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 Peter's Clothes Store Plea

Tuesday 19th April 2016

As mentioned in this week's newsletter, I have had another request from St Peter’s Justice & Peace group, who run the Parish Clothes Store. Since they started the store seven months ago some hundreds of asylum seekers have come through the parish doors and gone away better equipped, emotionally and practically. Now, however, they are at crisis point, with both stocks and finances in need of a boost.

They have made the decision not to open the store next Tuesday, so as to give themselves two weeks to try and replenish supplies. Below is a poem that really makes you think about the plight of these refugees, as well as a few suggestions from the parish newsletter about how we can help - they are not looking for major fund raising/collections, but if anyone can help out in any way by donating a number of items or a single item for their toiletry bags, then it would be of great help to them:


  1. Create a small refugee fund-raising group among your family and friends for the store. We have already formed one among the store volunteers. At £1 per person per week a single five-member group could raise £20 a month. 10 such small family groups would raise £200! Will you and your friends/family be one of the ten? 

  2. Make Tee shirts your obsession! Tee shirts are definitely a collector’s item among our visitors. We cannot get enough of them.  We need people who will focus on begging for, collecting, sourcing and buying tee shirts. Will you become one of the secret `T’ team whose mission will be to keep the Tee shirts rolling in? If we had twenty people willing to do this - what an immense support that would be. Currently Primark are selling tee shirts at £2 each!

  3. Make up a refugee gift bag monthly. Our toiletries gift bags are highly appreciated by our visitors and we have made in excess of 350 since October. We simply fill a large size freezer bag with soap, toothpaste, toothbrush deodorant, razor, shampoo, a pair of new socks and a pair of new underpants.

  4. Alternatively you can concentrate on a single item to contribute monthly. There is fierce competition among the volunteers to source the cheapest items! We have found toothpaste at 25p a tube; 3 pairs of underpants at £3.99 and jeans in a charity shop for £1.99 or new at £5.

  5. Organise a collection of men’s clothes at your workplace or Church or local school- wherever you have contacts: trainers, jeans, T shirts, jumpers, jackets and luggage-suitcases, rucksacks or holdalls are our main needs. We have tried to reach out to many places, but we are few and the sources many, so your support in this area would be immeasurable.

  6. You may come up with an idea of your own –infinitely more productive than ours. Whatever it is please go for it! We need you all to help us keep our parish store going. Please respond to our plea.

    Anything that you can donate will be greatly appreciated. Please bring to the school office and I will ensure that it is delivered to them.