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.’

Stockport 14-19 Partnerhip Conference & #BEYOURPOTENTIAL

Friday 29th January 2016

This morning I attended a very informative 14-19 Partnership Conference. We heard about and discussed, with partner organisations and agencies, important issues potentially impacting on 14-19 education, both nationally and in Stockport. One of the presentations was about the regeneration projects currently underway in Stockport, and the potential employment prospects for the borough. I found this information interesting, not just as a headteacher, but also as a resident of Stockport, and I would recommend you visit the following website to look at the current and future Town Centre and Borough Wide projects.


We also looked at some of the latest national policy developments impacting on 14-19 education, with particular regard to Careers Education & Guidance, the growth of Apprenticeships and up-to-date Labour Market Information for Stockport and Greater Manchester. As a school we have an outstanding record of ensuring our young people leave school and access full-time education or training, with 99% of last year's leavers successfully placed. As part of our students' ongoing careers education, though, it is important that we share with them all the relevant information, including employment trends and future prospects, types of occupations, skills requirements and shortages, average salaries and entry & progression routes. In the meantime below is a link to a really good section on the National Careers Service website about Greater Manchester and careers advice. It is targetted at Year 8 upwards, but it is never too early to start thinking about aspirations, dream jobs and how to get there.


On a similar note, on Friday some of our Year 9 students will be listening to an inspirational speaker, Alex Stanisforth, who will be talking about struggling against adversity and facing fears head on - Be Your Potential

You may also like to see the following article in last Wednesday's Manchester Evening News, recognising St James' as the second highest performing school in Stockport last year. The article is also in this week's Stockport Express, along with another article about a former St James' student, Robert Wragg, who is part of a team hoping to make a film in the Icelandic wilderness as part of his graduate project at the Londn College of Communications - Be Your Potential!