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.’

Bake Cake! Save Lives!

Thursday 16th October 2014

Yesterday I was Paul Hollywood for 15 minutes, and along with fellow judges Mrs Kilburn and Mrs Bickerton we saw and tasted some fantastic bakes, from Mr Walker's Red Velvet sponge cake. to Anna Walsh's Cookie Monster cup-cakes We were delighted with the entries, not just by the quantity but by the quality as well.

The cakes have been portioned off and sold this morning, and there have been pupil and staff raffles for Olivia's Pink Castle and Mrs Heatley's Hat Cake. Thank you to all participants, and congratulations to all the winners:


Category Winner Runner-Up

Best Beginner Bake (7-8)

Keeley Liever

Gino Bianci

Best Showstopper (7-9)

Chantelle Patterson

Olivia Irvin

Best Pink Innovation

Olivia Ring

Megan Finch

Best Batch (7-9)

Anna Walsh

Kerris Bailey

Best Showstopper (10-11)

Rosie Cowgill

Best Technical Challenge

Patrick Garvin


Category Winner Runner-Up

Best Bloke's Bake

Mr Ian Walker

Mr Paul Kirrane

Best Showstopper

Mrs Jane Corless

Best Pink Innovation

Mrs Julia Heatley

Mrs Ruth Morgan

Best Batch

Mrs Trish Whalley

MRs Jen Healey

Best Shop Bought

Mrs Dominique Rarity

Best Technical Challenge

Mrs Emma Bennett

Thank you to Mrs Bickerton for organising the whole event. A total of £211 was raised for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. If you would like to donate please go to www.breakthrough.org.uk/bakeoff