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

Safer Internet Day

Tue 7th Feb 2017

Safer Internet Day 2017 is being celebrated globally today, Tuesday 7th February, with the theme 'Be the change: unite for a better internet'.

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Safer Internet Day, National Citizen Service and Work Experience

Mon 6th Feb 2017

Tomorrow is Safer Internet day, last Friday Year 11 had an assembly about the National Citizen Service and this Tuesday evening our Work Experience coordinator, Mploy Solutions, are coming to school to meet with students and parents

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Mobile Phone Policy

Mon 30th Jan 2017

There have been a couple if incidents recently, at the end of the school day, where mobile phones have been confiscated and returned to parents, as per our behaviour policy.

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December Exam Results

Mon 23rd Jan 2017

Year 11 students received their December examination results and Quarter data this morning during assembly, and we were delighted to welcome Mr Danny Pearson, Principal of Aquinas College, to talk to our young people about course expectations and entry requirements for Sixth Form Colleges.

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Growth Mindset

Mon 16th Jan 2017

Last week Dr Guscott & Mrs Livesey led very successful study sessions for all Year 8 & 9 students, with the focus being the 'Growth Mindset'.

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Growth Mindset

Mon 16th Jan 2017

Year 8 & 9 students attend 'Growth Mindset' sessions to support them in their learning

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Happy New Year

Mon 9th Jan 2017

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday and after two weeks’ break I expect you are all pleased that school has started again!

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Flu Virus

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