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.’

First World War Centenary Visit - Legacy 110

Monday 12th October 2015

Harvey Conduit and Michael Mills from Year 10 are currently taking part in a government funded battlefields project - Legacy 110

On Sunday we travelled down to Kingswood Grosvenor Hall from Manchester. The journey was long but well worth it. Both Harvey and Michael have met pupils from other schools and are about to embark on their project. On arrival both pupils took part in team-building activities whilst staff were given INSET on the tour programme, looking at the aims and objectives of giving pupils up and down the country the opportunity to take part in the First World War Centenary Project. After tea pupils were asked to research particular soldiers from their local area. They also handled artefacts which included a Lee Enfield Rifle, medals and shrapnel. Both Harvey and Michael wish to focus on Private Frank Halliwell. This soldier was part of the 1st battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. Frank was killed in the opening moment s of the Battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916.

On Tuesday we will travel to the exact spot where Frank was, moments before he was killed. The area is known as the Sunken Lane. We will also visit Frank's grave at Beaumont-Hamel British Cemetery. As part of legacy 110 it is hoped that Harvey and Michael will produce a project to share with the local community. The idea is that both pupils will present their findings to over 110 other people. The significance of the number 110 is that 8000 pupils will take part in this project. If every pupil delivers a project to 110 people in their community, then they will have played their part in reaching out to 888,246 people - the same number of British and Commonwealth soldiers who died during the First World War. For more information visit http://www.centenarybattlefieldtours.org/legacy-110/share-your-experiences-landing-page/

Tomorrow will be a day in Belgium. We will keep you posted on the days' events.

Mrs Birch