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.’

KS3 Reporting & Assessment

Monday 27th November 2017

Our Year 11 Mock exams begin this week, and we keep the young people in our prayers as they work hard to achieve their full potential. The Apprenticeships Evening on Wednesday was a great success - thank you to all

those parents who came along to find out more information. It is our Year 8 Parents’ Evening this Thursday, 30th November, and we are looking forward to seeing as many of you here as possible.


Last Friday Mrs Livesey and I had the pleasure of joining student representatives from all the Catholic Primary and High Schools in Stockport, to celebrate the ‘Together in Faith’ Mass at Our Lady & the Apostles, celebrated by Fr Francis and the new Parish Priest, Fr David Long. It was a lovely occasion, and I am sure that you would like to join me in welcoming Fr David back to Stockport.


Thank you to all those parents who came to our Year 7 Parent / Tutor Evening last Thursday – it was very well attended. We combined it with our Curriculum Information Evening, giving information about Show My Homework, E-Safety and Reporting & Assessment, and the feedback from parents was really positive. As you know, the assessment and reporting system for KS3 pupils is new, and there is information about it on the school website, under Learning / Progress; Assessment & Reporting - http://www.stjamescatholichighschool.org.uk/learning-progress/assessing-reporting/. If you have any questions or concerns about it, please do contact either Mr Brophy, Deputy Headteacher, or Mrs Livesey, Assistant Headteacher for Progress.


Thank you very much to everyone who supported the PTA Christmas Shopping Event last Tuesday evening. It managed to raise £305 for the PTA funds, which in turn will benefit the young people of the school.