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.’


Careers Convention

Mon 2nd Oct 2017

Thank you to those parents and students who came to our Careers Convention last Thursday. Thank you also to the representatives from the different Colleges and Apprentice providers who were there to provide information and answer questions.

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Make Some Noise!

Mon 25th Sep 2017

On Saturday Mrs Bennett and Mrs Livesey took seven pupils by minibus to Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton, for games, outdoor activities and prayer. The event was entitled "Make Some Noise" after a quotation from Pope Francis

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Year 7 Settling in Well

Mon 18th Sep 2017

Our new Year 7 pupils have continued to settle in really well, and their retreat days to Linnet Clough last week were a huge success.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2017

Fri 15th Sep 2017

These results, along with other results by individuals and different faculties are very much the product of the partnership between home and school. I would also like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all our staff, without whom this would not have been possible. My congratulations go to each and every one of our young people. I told them to shine, and shine they did! Our current Year 11 students received their GCSE English Literature results in August, and should also be congratulated

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Photographs from Lower School Presentation Evening

Wed 5th Jul 2017

Photographs from the evening can be seen here

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Mission Team from Steubenville University, Ohio

Mon 3rd Jul 2017

Today we welcome a Mission Team from Steubenville University, Ohio, who have been invited to the Diocese by Bishop Mark.

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Lower School Presentation Evening

Mon 26th Jun 2017

Last week we held our Lower School Presentation Evening to celebrate the successes and achievements of our young people, and I have received several emails from parents thanking us for such a special occasion.

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End of Exams

Mon 19th Jun 2017

Last Friday was the last GCSE exam for the vast majority of our Year 11 students, and it was therefore their very last day in school as a ‘St James’ pupil’.

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