OFSTED April 2017 Key Comments: 

  • ‘Pupils shine at this school because they benefit enormously from being part of the ‘St James family’, a supportive and caring community. They are happy and safe in school.
  • ‘The conduct of pupils in this school, the way they interact with each other and adults, is impeccable – in fact, it is the best I have ever seen(Feedback from HMI to School Governors, Local Authority and Diocesan representatives)
  • Pupils readily respond to leaders’ high expectations evident in the ‘SHINE’ ethos. As a result, they ‘Speak politely, Have respect, follow Instructions, Never say never and Engage positively’ in all that they do
  • ‘Pupils work exceptionally well together’
  • ‘Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning, they are curious and want to achieve their best.’
  • ‘Pupils know what it means to be ‘ready to learn’’
  • ‘Pupils’ conduct is exemplary. They show high levels of respect for each other and for their teachers and teaching assistants.
  • ‘Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength of the school’
  • ‘The school's work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare is outstanding. Leaders make sure that pupils are cared for exceptionally well’
  • ‘Staff are proud to be a member of staff at this school’
  • ‘Pupils, including the most able, are challenged by their work’
  • ‘Pupils are taught the skills needed to become thoughtful, self-confident citizens, able to express their views and opinions.’
  • ‘Progress overall is much better than that of similar-ability pupils nationally’
  • ‘Key stage 4 outcomes in GCSE examinations demonstrate consistently strong progress over each of the last three years’
  • ‘Parents have highly-positive views of the school and confirm their children are safe and happy at this school. They greatly appreciate the pastoral care and support provided.’
  • ‘Pupils say they feel safe at school, they say there are no bullies and are confident they would be listened to if they shared a concern with a teacher or pastoral leader.’
  • ‘Governors know the strengths of the school and where there are further improvements still to be made.’
  • ‘Pupils enjoy coming to school.’
  • ‘Pupils, including the most able, are challenged by their work because most teachers have high expectations of pupils and plan work which is hard enough for them.’
  • ‘Pupils learn well and make excellent progress because teaching in English, mathematics and most other subjects is consistently good.’
  • ‘Leaders have successfully introduced a more ambitious culture in the school based upon high expectations.’
  • ‘Pupils typically make good progress because teachers have strong subject knowledge, which they use well to plan interesting and challenging work for pupils.’
  • ‘Teaching assistants support pupils well in lessons, including low-ability pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, who need extra help.’


KS3 Reporting & Assessment

Mon 27th Nov 2017

As you know, the assessment and reporting system for KS3 pupils is new, and there is information about it on the school website, under Learning / Progress; Assessment & Reporting. If you have any questions or concerns about it, please do contact either Mr Brophy, Deputy Headteacher, or Mrs Livesey, Assistant Headteacher for Progress.

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December Exams

Mon 20th Nov 2017

Year 11 students have their December examinations starting next week. They have all be provided with a Revision Plan, and these plans have proved most useful and popular with pupils and parents in previous years.

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Class of 2017 Presentation Evening

Wed 15th Nov 2017

Last Thursday was our Year 11 Presentation Evening at Stockport Town Hall, and it was lovely to see all the young people gather together one last time, to celebrate their achievements

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Year 11 Presentation Evening

Mon 13th Nov 2017

Last Thursday was our Year 11 Presentation Evening at Stockport Town Hall, and it was lovely to see all the young people gather together one last time, to celebrate their achievements. Each Form Tutor said a few words about their class before inviting them all onto the stage together to receive their certificates.

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History Trip to the Western Front

Mon 6th Nov 2017

The Year 10 History trip to the Western Front, studying the battlefields of the First World War, is now underway, and returns on Wednesday evening. This is, of course, a particularly significant trip given that Remembrance Day is this Saturday, when we honour the fallen men and women of war.

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All Saints' Day

Tue 31st Oct 2017

Tomorrow is All Saints’ Day, and as mentioned before half-term, we would usually gather together to celebrate a whole-school Mass. Unfortunately, due to recommendations made during our recent fire risk-assessment audit, we are currently unable to hold whole-school Masses in the Sports Hall. There will be no homework set, to allow families to attend their local parish Mass, so please check with your parish for Mass times.

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Alton Towers

Mon 16th Oct 2017

On Friday we held our annual rewards trip to Alton Towers, recognising the excellent ‘Attitude to Learning’ that so many of our students demonstrated in the last academic year. It was a very successful day, with lots of tired-looking pupils (and staff) returning to school on Friday evening.

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Open Evening a Great Success

Mon 9th Oct 2017

Our Open Evening last week was a huge success, and we have received some really positive feedback, particularly about the students who were helping out on the night.

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