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.’

The Real Schools Guide 2016

Monday 22nd August 2016

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The Real Schools Guide 2016 has just given us a 5 star rating for the first time - you can read it here.

It also ranks St James' in the top 10% of all secondary schools nationally, and 14th out of 160 in Greater Manchester. If you remove the Trafford schools, the only GM Local Authority with a selective education system, then St James' is 7th out of 142.

The Good Schools Guide analyses all local government data to bring you information on your local secondary schools. You can also see we compare against other schools across England.

Data is available on pupils attainment, average grades, the quality of the teaching and when the school was last inspected.

We are of course delighted with this news, which comes as no surprise to us, and we are looking forward to making the next academic year an even more successful one for all of our young people.

Congratulations to all our past students who received their A Level results last Thursday, and my thoughts and prayers are with all our students receiving their GCSE results this Thursday. Year 11 results are available from 10am, and Year 10 results from 11am.

Students who cannot collect their results on the day, from school, must follow this procedure:

Collection by third party (student’s representative)

If you are not able to collect in person, you can nominate someone to collect on your behalf. Mrs Morrin should have already been informed in writing by the student – not a parent - before the 21st July, and whoever is collecting results for you must bring photo ID.

Posting results

Students should have left a stamped addressed envelope with Mrs Morrin before the 21st July if they would like their results posted to them.


Collection by students after 25th August


After results day school will not be open until Tuesday 6th September.


Each pupil’s GCSE results are passed to the local paper for possible publication.


Under no circumstances will examination results be issued over the phone, by text, or fax. Results can be emailed under certain circumstances.


Any other queries please contact Mrs Morrin, the Exams Officer.


Tel: 0161 482 6900


Email: amy.morrin@st-jamescatholic.stockport.sch.uk