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.’

National Citizen Service and RISE Theatre

Monday 29th January 2018

Last Friday Year 11 had an assembly about the National Citizen Service, a fantastic opportunity available to them this summer - a three week experience of adventure, skills and making a difference. It costs £1400 to fund each place on the course, but this is heavily subsidised by the Government, so it only costs the young people £50 (£35 if they sign up in the next three weeks). St James’ is a ‘Champion School’ for NCS, having contributed the largest group of participants out of all Stockport schools in recent years. I have not met a young person yet who hasn’t enjoyed their NCS experience, as it is great way to build confidence, develop skills, meet new friends and add to your CV. You can find out more at http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/

Next Tuesday, 6th February, we are welcoming RISE Theatre, a professional Christian theatre company, to St James’. They will be performing ‘Romero - Heartbeat of El Salvador’ to Year 7 & 8 pupils. They are also visiting other local Catholic Primary and Secondary schools next week, as well as performing at St Peter’s Church in Hazel Grove on Sunday evening, 4th February. All are welcome to join the parish community as RISE Theatre give a performance of 'Happiness'- a quirky, inspirational performance, suitable for all ages. Doors open 7.00pm for performance 7.30 - 8.45pm. Bring your family and friends. Donations on the door towards the costs of the event.

May I please remind parents / carers of Year 11 students that Year 11 Parents’ Evening is this Thursday 1st February and I look forward to seeing as many of you here as possible. As you know, 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, please do contact the school reception and your name and details will be passed on to the PTA.

 Finally, we have received another complaint from a resident on Leafield Drive, entitled ‘Disrespectful People’ and saying that in all likelihood his complaint will ‘fall on deaf ears’. This particular resident came home from work at 2.55pm last Monday to find a car parked outside his house and a car double parked over the road from his property, so that he was unable to park on the road or enter his driveway. He also makes the very valid point that if the Emergency Services were to try and access the road, then they wouldn’t be able to. Once again, therefore, please be careful and considerate, to avoid accidents, but also to show courtesy to local residents and pedestrians’ right of way.