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.’


Mock Election

Mon 12th Jun 2017

The school council also organised a mock election, which took place on Thursday. Only those parties who were up for election in our local constituency of Cheadle were on the ballot paper. Read here for the results and the results from the St James’ count is as follows:

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A Week of Praying for Peace

Tue 6th Jun 2017

At the end of each day this week, staff are invited to gather in the Chapel, at 3.15pm, to join together in praying for peace - in our world, in our communities and in our lives.

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Prayer for Peace

Mon 5th Jun 2017

Following the horrific and senseless acts of terrorism in Manchester and London recently, as well as praying for those students taking exams, we have also been praying for peace.

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An 'Outstanding' Catholic School

Mon 22nd May 2017

'St James’ lives its mission statement .... Much of this comes from the key leaders in the school embracing the Catholic ethos and letting it SHINE for everyone to see and give the glory to God.' - Diocesan Inspection May 2017

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Exams Begin!

Mon 15th May 2017

Our Year 11 students begin the long season of GCSE exams today. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families during this time, and also with those other pupils who are sitting exams over the next few weeks.

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St James' Day & Programme of Study

Tue 9th May 2017

Last Wednesday we celebrated the Feast of St James, and our morning prayer, form-time prayer and assembly were all focused on St James and ‘Faith in Action’.

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Ofsted Report

Tue 2nd May 2017

Thank you very much to all those parents who have written to me congratulating us on the highly successful inspection.

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Good luck to Year 9 & 11 Football Teams

Mon 24th Apr 2017

Year 9 & 11 football teams have had a fantastic season so far, and this week sees both teams competing in the Stockport Cup and Stockport League Cup finals.

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