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.’

St James' Feast Day & Options Evening

Monday 30th April 2018

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, this Thursday is Year 9 Options Evening. A letter was sent to all Year 9 parents and carers at the end of February, and information has been available on the school website http://www.stjamescatholichighschool.org.uk/learning-progress/curriculum-overview/ . The information includes a copy of the letter, a presentation and a draft options booklet. The presentation explains the options process in more detail, and will be shown on a continuous loop throughout the course of the evening. We do however recommend that you take the opportunity to view this presentation and read the information about each subject in the options booklet in advance of options evening.

Thursday is also the feast of St James’, and to celebrate this day the School Council have organised a programme of inter-form activities, including a 100m relay, a dodgeball tournament, a scavenger hunt and a ‘University Challenge’. Best of luck to all participants, and may the ‘best’ Forms win. We will also be marking the day with a Mass for all Year 8 & 10 students, in the Sports Hall.

Congratulations to the Year 10 football team who won the Stockport Cup on Wednesday, against Cheadle Hulme High School, and well done to the Year 8 team, who narrowly lost their final to Hazel Grove. 

Finally, could I remind you again about the PTA second-hand uniform sale, taking place after the New Intake Evening on Wednesday 4th July. If you do have any good quality, spare uniform could you please hand it into the school reception by Friday 29th June. This uniform sale has been a great success over the last couple of years, and it not only benefits the school in terms of funds raised, but also those families who purchase the clothes.