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.’

Blog

The Real Schools Guide 2016

Mon 22nd Aug 2016

The Real Schools Guide 2016 has given us a 5 star rating.

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HAE Week Day Four

Tue 19th Jul 2016

Whilst many of our Year 8 students are in France, and all of Year 10 on Work Experience, the rest of the school are on HAE Week - here is the fourth newsletter.

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HAE Week Day Three

Tue 19th Jul 2016

Whilst many of our Year 8 students are in France, and all of Year 10 on Work Experience, the rest of the school are on HAE Week - here is the third newsletter.

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HAE Week Days One & Two

Fri 15th Jul 2016

Whilst Year 8 students are in France, and Year 10 on Work Experience, the rest of the school are on HAE Week - here are the first two newsletters

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Lower School Presentation Evening

Fri 1st Jul 2016

Last week we held our Lower School Presentation Evening to celebrate the successes and achievements of our young people. Click to see photos from the evening.

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Night at the Movies

Fri 17th Jun 2016

What a talented group of students we've got here at St James'! The Music BTEC students organised a really lovely evening of musical entertainment. Well done to all of the students - you are stars!

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Eu Referendum

Fri 10th Jun 2016

This week's assemblies on the EU.

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EU Referendum

Wed 8th Jun 2016

We are preparing our students for the forthcoming Referendum with assemblies, debates and a mock referendum in school.

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