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.’

Dracula Spectacula

Monday 13th February 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. Tickets are still available for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday's performances - £5.00 per adult, £3.00 child / concessions and we would like as many of you as possible to join us for this musical extravaganza.

Our Year 11 trip to Auschwitz departs next Sunday, returning on Wednesday 22nd February. This is the first time we have organised this particular trip, and I’m sure that as well as being very educational, it will be an experience that will stay with them for a very long time. We wish them all a safe journey. Last week Year 8 pupils experienced very successful day retreats at Animate in St Helen’s.

Over the last couple of weeks we have been reminding students that bringing energy drinks like Lucozade, Monster or Red Bull into school is not allowed. Any student found with an energy drink will have it confiscated and may be given a detention. We would also ask parents to support us by not providing pupils with drinks or food with a high sugar content, as per the advice from Public Health England and the British Heart Foundation below:

Energy drinks are not a healthy choice, particularly for children and young people. In some people caffeine can cause increased irritability, nervousness or anxiety, particularly if you are not used to it. Public Health England has recently advised that sugary drinks have no place in a child's daily diet

Too much sugar in the diet means too many calories leading to weight gain and obesity. Obese children and teenagers are more likely to be bullied, have low self-esteem, miss school and become obese adults who have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease’ - Public Health England

‘If you feel that you are lacking in energy you should look at your overall diet and lifestyle to find out why you are so tired, rather than just reaching for an energy drink. Good habits like eating well, being physically active and getting enough sleep might seem harder to do than opening a can, but sticking to a healthy routine will ensure you feel well, rested and ready for the day ahead which in turn will mean you do not need the energy drinks - as well as helping to look after your longer term heart health.’ - British Heart Foundation

School closes for half-term this Friday at 3.00 pm and opens for pupils on Monday 27th February at the usual time.