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 Volunteer's Week

Monday 15th June 2015

National Volunteer's week, from 1- 7th June, is important to me because since early October I have been a weekly volunteer at Beechwood Cancer Care Charity Shop, in Heald Green. I like the fact that I feel good about what I am doing, whilst helping others.

I enjoy volunteering because I work with an amazing team of women who all have different lives and stories which inspire me.  I can work hard and laugh with each and every one of them.  On Friday the 5th June I was invited, along with the other volunteers, to go to the main Beechwood centre for an appreciationafternoon tea, organised by all the managersand the patients of Beechwood.

On arrival I was met by one of my co-workers, Carol. She took me to the main lounge where all the other volunteers from Stockport were gathered. The managers from the centre were there and I started to understand that the rumours were true - the Heald Green shop does have the loudest volunteers.

The head of Beechwood Cancer Care was at the event, and he spoke to all the volunteers, congratulating us on our hard work, saying that without us Beechwood would not be able to run properly. He also gave us the fantastic news that we are now one of the 162 charities who have won the Queen’s Award for volunteering! He then asked me to stand up and commended me for being the youngest Beechwood volunteer.

Linda and Janet then took us through to the buffet meal, which was incredibly tasty. The amount of strawberries meant that the event lived up to its name - the ‘Strawberries and Cream Tea Party’. I wanted to know more about what actually happens at Beechwood so I asked the fundraising manager, Jo, to take me around. I hadn’t understood just how homely the centre is for all the patients; how they make it comfortable for the children to ask questions and the adults to relax. I am glad that the results of my work go somewhere so amazing. We are currently celebrating 25 years of Beechwood with the Silver Wings Appeal and are planning to build a new wing for Counselling and Family Therapy at the centre.

Penny Lodder, 9S