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.’

Prayer for Peace

Monday 5th June 2017

I hope you all had a happy half-term break, and that our Year 11 students continued working through their revision plans. The exams continue this week with History & Food Technology today, English Language and Geography on Tuesday, German and Computer Science on Wednesday, Maths on Thursday, and Biology and Music on Friday. Year 10 students have also got exams this week and next. Our thought and prayers are with all of our young people as they sit their exams. If you have any questions or concerns about the Year 11 Programme of Study, please do contact our Assistant Headteacher for Progress, Mrs LIvesey at patricia.livesey@st-jamescatholic.stockport.sch.uk.

Following the horrific and senseless acts of terrorism in Manchester and London recently, as well as praying for those students taking exams, we have also been praying for peace. The following prayer has been said across school this morning, and you may want to pray it yourselves:

Dear God,

Let us remember those who died or were injured in the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London.

Grant those who died eternal rest and we pray for their families at this time of sorrow. For those injured we pray for their recovery and return to health.

Help us all to have love and peace in our hearts and not hatred and fear. May we all respect one other and tolerate those who may appear different to us. Grant peace and understanding to our world.


With Thursday being General Election day, as well as the school being used as a polling station for our local area, the School Council is also organising a Mock Election for our students and staff, to take place before school, at break-time and at lunch-time in the School Hall.

With so many trips and activities planned for the remainder of the Summer term, could I remind you that in an attempt to reduce the use of cash and cheques, trips may be paid for by using our e-payment service, ParentPay. If you require any assistance, please telephone the Finance Office on 0161 482 6903. It really is a simple and convenient way of transferring your money.