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.’

Outstanding GCSE Results Once Again

Friday 2nd September 2016

Last Thursday was a fantastic day for St James' and its students. Everyone was nervous, and there were plenty of butterflies in attendance. Would the Class of 2016 achieve as well as previous year groups, particularly last year's record-breaking Class of 2015. The answer was yes, and in fact, with the Government's new performance measures coming into effect for the first time, it looks as though this year's Year 11 have made better progress than any group of students at St James' before. We will have to await confirmation later in the term, but according to the new Progress 8 measure, initial analyses is showing that students at St James' have, on average, achieved over half a GCSE grade higher than other similar-ability students nationally - an outstanding result for all! As well as all students making such excellent progress, there were also some oustanding individual results with 22 of our young people gaining 6 or more A* or A grades -  Rebecca Chantler, Asha Turner, Chloe Thomas, Matthew Allen, James Breckell, Isobel Macdonald, Thomas Newsome, Anna Pullar, Ella Wild, Alicia Barlow, Patrick Gormley, Olivia Hutchinson, Alexandra Langdon, Ewan Lawson, John Mediavillo, Mary Sweeney, Amy Hall-Murphy, Lucy Costagliola, Alexander Foster-Grime, Maisie-Jane Garvin, Alex Lowry & Georgia Maguire. Well done in particular to Rebecca, Asha & Chloe who acheived an A* or A grade in all of thier subjects!

Thursday morning was busy, with plenty of our students coming to pick up their results personally, many accompanied by equally anxious parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents or friends. A great many staff had also come into school to help collate information, hand-out the envelopes, offer words of congratulations or advice, or just to be present to share in this unique occasion. Mr Matt Eachus was also present to take a photographic record. Have a look at the photos below for evidence of the laughter, tears of joy, hugs, phone-calls home, and all-round celebrations. Well done to the Class of 2016 - you have shone!

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