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.’

Another busy day!

Friday 13th February 2015

Today all Year 10 students experienced a practice interview organised by Education Business Solutions. EBS recruit employers to interview students using their large database of volunteers, in all industry sectors from across Greater Manchester, and the students are matched to the most appropriate interviewer using pre-activity application forms. The interviews all last between 20-30 minutes, and include time for verbal and written feedback. This is a great experience that we provide each year for Year 10 students, and it gives them the chance to develop their interview techniques and communication skills, as well as the opportunity to ask industry professionals for career advice on the range of career opportunities available within their sector.

Also, the following Year 9 students were out of school at the University of Manchester, for the first day of this year's Model United Nations. There are four meetings in all, and the final one is held at Stockport Town Hall. Students from other Stockport High schools attend, and the school delegates all represent their allocated country. Awards will be given on the final day, but this is not the sole purpose for those participating. The judging panel will be looking to find delegates that work well in all aspects of the Model UN experience, including public speaking, writing papers, discussion and debate.

This morning was mostly about the students getting to know one another, and they each presented 45 second speeches on poverty. They learnt the basics about the UN as a peacekeeping organisation and in their groups they were allocated a country. The topic they will be debating and preparing for over the next few months will be Human Trafficking - the modern equivalent of slavery and an illegal activity that generates billions of dollars. The objective is to eradicate this practice, and to achieve this objective nations around the world need to strive for everyone to exercise their right to life, liberty and security.
The St. James Model UN Team:
Kayla Man, Patrick McDermott, Adam Geddes, Sean Laffey, Alisha Bentley-Baird, Luke Hogg, Eamonn Dolan, Holly Holmes, Charlotte Hughes


Holly Holmes reading the details on the topic for debate. Human Trafficking


Yrae 10 Practice Interviews