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.’

Lower School Presentation Evening

Friday 1st July 2016

Last week we held our Lower School Presentation Evening to celebrate the successes and achievements of our young people, and I have received several emails from parents thanking us for such a special occasion. The young people were a credit to their families and the school, and thoroughly deserved the recognition that they were given. The names of the award winners were printed in the booklets, but to add an element of surprise, we kept some of the prize-winners a secret right up until the moment they were announced. As their names were not printed in the booklets, I would like to make a special mention of them here in the newsletter. Congratulations to the following Special Award winners

  • Year 7 Form Awards – Tom Fletcher, Martha Lees, Sinead McFadden, Elizabeth Holland, Michael Devine, Joseph McKenzie
  • Year 8 Form Awards – Leah Bennett, Hannah Travers, Libby Morris, Sophie Whitehead, Ciara Crowley, Rebeka Eccles
  • Year 9 Form Awards – Nina Blincow, James Wheeldon, Sophie Gibbons Duffy, Joseph Wilkinson, Amelia Evans, Sophie Boyle

 

  • Year 7 Award – Joseph McKenzie
  • Year 8 Award – Libby Morris
  • Year 9 Award – Ruth Miller

 

  • The Gary Cox Award – Connor O’Flaherty
  • The Martin Charnock Award – Rachel Tsang
  • The Joe Dalton Award – Katie McMenamin
  • The Spirit of St James’ Award Ryand Yandoc

 

I would also like to thank our three invited guests for coming along to present the awards , past-pupils of the school who have all worked hard to achieve their goals – Jamie-Lee Donnelly, doctor, Charlie Gallagher, actor, and Priyanka Zacharias, International Partnerships and Grants Officer for Retrak charity. Photographs courtesy of Matt Eachus (http://www.themancphotographer.co.uk/)


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