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.’


Welcome Back

Tue 18th Apr 2017

I hope you all had a happy and peaceful Easter. I hope you all had a happy and peaceful Easter. We welcome back the pupils and staff from their skiing trip to Italy.

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Approaching the End of Term

Mon 27th Mar 2017

It has been a short, but very busy half-term, and this week is no exception.

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East Africa Appeal & School Funding

Mon 20th Mar 2017

You will have seen or read the news about the devastating famine in East Africa. The Government is also consulting on the second stage of a national fairer-funding formula for schools.

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NAtional Careers Week & Year 7 Parents Evening

Mon 13th Mar 2017

Last week was National Careers Week and Form Tutors used form-time to discuss all different aspects of careers and the ‘world of work’ with their pupils. Thank you to all those parents and carers who attended Year 7 Parents’ Evening last week.

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Substance Abuse Policy

Mon 6th Mar 2017

Following on from my letter last week, regarding the incident on Tuesday morning, I would like to thank all those parents and friends of the school who have come forward with words of support and encouragement.

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Ash Wednesday

Mon 27th Feb 2017

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, and as we embark on our Lenten journey we remember the time that Jesus spent in the wilderness, in preparation for his public ministry.

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Dracula Spectacula

Mon 13th Feb 2017

Staff and pupils were busy rehearsing over the weekend for this week's production of ‘Dracula Spectacula’, with further dress-rehearsals taking place today.

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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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