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.’

Mini-DASH reflect on the Year of Mercy

Friday 26th February 2016

I travelled to the Wirral today, to attend the Diocesan Association of Secondary Headteachers' conference (DASH). I was accompanied by Mrs Livesey and four of our Year 10 students, Luke, Maisie, Oscar & Sophie, who all attended Mini-DASH. There were over a hundred young people there, from ten of our Diocesan High Schools. They travelled from as far afield as Telford, Warrington, Tameside, Macclesfiled, Runcorn, Chester, Crewe, Wirral and, of course, Stockport.

The theme of Mini-DASH was the Year of Mercy, and there were plenty of activities to help the students reflect upon and pray about Mercy in our lives and in our world.

I was really impressed by the way all of the young people worked together in groups, as if they had known each other for much longer than just that morning. The Headteachers were invited into Mini-DASH at the end of their meeting, to see and hear exactly what they had been up to, and I was more than impressed with how these students, from Years 7 to 12 spoke with such maturity and confidence. Well done to them all, but particularly to our students, Luke, Maisie, Oscar & Sophie - you were stars!

I was tweeting images of our day on the school's new Twitter feed @StJames_CHS, but here are some of images of the day: