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.’


Friday 24th April 2015

In this week’s newsletter there were some e-safety tips for parents from the NSPCC.  This week my assemblies have also been about e-safety, and the risks associated with the internet and social media. I have spoken to Years 8 – 11, and I will be talking to Year 7 in two weeks’ time.  As I said to the students in assembly, they live in a society very different to the one in which I grew up, and the rapid development in technology means that in some respects they have to be even more careful.  It is a shame that we have to give these messages to our youngsters, but it is also really important that they are prepared and understand the dangers. To help parents and carers to continue the discussion at home, the key messages of my assembly are as below:

What are the dangers?

  • Seeing disturbing information or images
  • Being a victim of online bullying (cyberbullying)
  • Being contacted and manipulated by an adult for sexual purposes (also known as grooming)
  • Sharing personal and indentifying information with strangers
  • Sending or receiving sexually explicit films, images or messages of yourself or others (sexting)


What is sexting?

When people talk about sexting they usually refer to sending and receiving:

  • naked pictures or 'nudes'
  • 'underwear shots'
  • sexual or 'dirty pics'
  • rude text messages or videos


What are the risks?

Reputation damage

  • Content can be distributed to other users very quickly
  • Content posted online can potentially exist forever in the public domain
  • The chances of a future employer seeing the content is increased, which can have longer term damage on your reputation and aspirations

Emotional and psychological damage

  • The distribution of sexting content to others can cause distress and upset to the person involved, especially if the content is distributed by someone they trusted it with
  • The effects of others seeing this content can lead to negative comments and bullying and may result in long-term damage to your confidence or self-esteem, and in extreme cases can lead to depression and other risks



  • It is important to remember that any information put online will leave a digital footprint
  • How much of YOUR personal information is out there and are YOU happy that anyone can see this?


What shoud you do if you are worried about any of these issues either for yourself or for a friend?


  • a parent
  • a trusted adult
  • a teacher
  • a friend







  • It is important to remember that any information put online will leave a digital footprint.

  • How much of YOUR personal information is out there and are YOU happy that anyone could see this?