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.’

A lovely way to end the term

Thursday 2nd April 2015

What a lovely way to end the term. The day began with a Reward Breakfast for invited Year 9 & 10 students - pupils who had been nominated by Form Tutors, or who have been in the 1-2-3 club over previous Quarters but hadn't been recognised through Subject Awards, and had not therefore been to a Pizza Lunch. I even managed to reward myself with a sausage sandwich!

Each Year Group then had their own 'Easter' Assembly, reflecting on the events of Holy Week, the significance of Good Friday and the meaning of Easter and the Resurrection. The students involved in the Music, Drama, Readings & Prayers really were fantastic, and the behaviour of all students was exceptional - prayerful, thoughtful & respectful. Well done and thank you to everyone, with a special word of thanks to Miss Wardle for bringing the whole thing together.

We even saw some sunshine at lunchtime, which has been a rare occurence of late, and it was great to see Mr Devine out on the playground, inspiring the Scientists of the future with home-made pin-hole cameras, making the most of the sun's appearance.

Thank you and well done to everyone for such a busy and successful term, and I wish you all a very happy and peaceful Easter.


Lord, we celebrate with great joy the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

We think of the great happiness and excitement that was experienced as the news of the Risen Jesus spread.

Help us to carry the joy of this season with us each and every day of the year.

We ask you to help us respond to the love of Christ on the cross,

and to share that love with others.

May we be willing to forgive one another as you forgive us. Amen.