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.’

Good luck to Year 9 & 11 Football Teams

Monday 24th April 2017

As some of you may know, our Year 9 & 11 football teams have had a fantastic season so far, and this week sees both teams competing in the Stockport Cup and Stockport League Cup finals. Year 9 are playing their two matches at Stockport Sports’ Village, Woodley on Tuesday 25th April in the Stockport Cup Final v Marple Hall, and Thursday 27th April in the Stockport League Cup Final v Hazel Grove or Kingsway. Year 11 are playing their two matches at Hyde Utd Football Ground on Wednesday 26th April in the Stockport Cup Final v Reddish Vale and Friday 28th April in the Stockport League Cup Final v Harrytown or Bramhall. All matches kick-off at 4.15pm, and spectators are welcome. Good luck to both the teams!

The PTA met last night, and although there were not many members present, plans were discussed and decisions made for the benefit of the young people in the school. Firstly, we have very kindly had two vouchers for a ‘Shampoo, Cut & Finish’ donated by Famous Henry’s. The PTA have decided to raffle these vouchers through school, at £1 per entry, and names will be drawn on Friday 26th May. This would be a great prize for to be won by one of our Year 11 boys, in preparation for their Prom in June, but the competition is open to boys (and girls) in any year group, and indeed members of staff or parents / friends of the school. Secondly, the PTA is operating it’s second-hand uniform sale again, to take place after the New Intake Evening on Wednesday 5th July. If you do have any good quality, spare uniform could you please hand it into the school reception by Friday 30th June. This uniform sale has been a great success over the last couple of years, and it not only benefits the school in terms of funds raised, but also those families who purchase the clothes. Thirdly, the PTA has recently purchased a popcorn machine, for use at school functions. If any parent would like to use the popcorn machine for a child’s party, or indeed their own, then please contact the school, and it can be arranged in return for a donation to the PTA. Finally, as I have mentioned before, the work of the PTA is highly valued by the school, but unfortunately, because of a lack of volunteers they are struggling to complete some of their traditional services, like providing tea and coffee at parents’ evenings. If you would like to volunteer to help the PTA, even if you can’t make the half-termly meetings, please do contact the school reception and your name and details will be passed on.