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.’

We will remember them

Tuesday 11th November 2014

Today the whole school observed a two minutes silence, followed by a Remembrance Day service in school. The service was attended by a representative from each Form, as well as Mr Platt and some  pupils from Cheadle Catholic Junior School, Mrs Finan and pupils from St Peters Catholic Primary School, and invited guests from Abbeyfield Care Home. Prayers and readings were read in the Chapel, before the poppies were taken outside to the Prayer Garden and the Last Post was played by Jacob Hillman. Fr Pat then led us in prayer. It was a lovely, prayerful and reflective service, giving us all the opportunity to remember those men and women who have died as a result of war.

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Introduction

 

 

Welcome to this act of Remembrance. We come together to give thanks for the freedoms we enjoy, and to recognise what that has cost, and continues to cost so many.

 

 

silence

 

 

They shall grow not old,

 

as we that are left grow old;  

 

age shall not weary them,      

 

nor the years condemn.

 

 

 

At the going down of the sun,

 

and  in the morning,

 

we will remember them.

 

 

 

We will remember them


Opening Prayer


 

Almighty God, we come today to remember the past,

 

The cost of war and the price of peace.

 

Remind us of all we owe,

 

Lest we forget.

 

 

 

Help us to live and work for peace

 

To hate what is evil and corrupt,

 

To serve and not to count the cost,

 

To give our all in the cause of a better world.

 

Remind us of all we owe,

 

Lest we forget

 

 

 

We come to you, our refuge and strength,

 

Conscious that you seek love, life, justice and peace for all,

 

Offering your only Son for the sake of the world, to make us whole.

 

Remind us of all we owe,

 

Lest we forget


 

Listening to the Word of God

 

 

 

“When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,

 

 and after he sat down his disciples came to him.

 

Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

 

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,

 

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

"Blessed are those who mourn,

 

for they will be comforted.

 

"Blessed are the meek,

 

for they will inherit he earth.

 

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst

 

for righteousness,

 

for they will be filled.

 

"Blessed are the merciful,

 

for they will receive mercy.

 

"Blessed are the pure in heart,

 

 for they will see God.

 

"Blessed are the peacemakers,

 

for they will be called children of God.

 

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

"Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

 

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven,

 

for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

 

Matthew 5:1-12

 

 

 

The Gospel of the Lord

 

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

 

 

 

Act of Penitence

 

 

 

Let us remember before God, sins of division and conflict in our own lives, our desire to triumph over others…

 

 

 

 

 

God of peace,

 

Lead us in the ways of peace

 

Prince of peace

 

Lead us in the ways of peace

 

Spirit Giver of peace

 

Lead us in the ways of peace

 

 

 

By your own self-offering upon the cross

 

Lord, inspire us

 

By your willingness to die for us

 

Lord, inspire us

 

By your love and your care for all

 

Lord, inspire us

 

 

 

For all our attempts to control and triumph over others

 

Lord, forgive us

 

For our trust in might and in violence

 

Lord, forgive us

 

For our hidden hatred and prejudices

 

Lord, forgive us

 

For turning a blind eye to evil,

 

Lord, forgive us

 

For our standing by whilst others suffer

 

Lord, forgive us

 

For our silence when peace is challenged

 

Lord, forgive us


 

Prayers of Intercession

 

 

 

Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict, and ask that God may give us peace:

 

 

 

for the service men and women

 

who have died in the violence of war,

 

each one remembered by, and known to God;

 

Lord, in your mercy

 

Hear our prayer

 

 

 

for those who love them in death as in life,

 

Lord, in your mercy

 

Hear our prayer

 

 

 

for all members of the armed forces who are in danger today,

 

remembering family, friends

 

and all who pray for their safe return;

 

Lord, in your mercy

 

Hear our prayer

 

 

 

for civilian women, children and men

 

whose lives are disfigured by war or terror,

 

Lord, in your mercy

 

Hear our prayer

 

 

 

for peace-makers and peace-keepers,

 

who seek to keep this world secure and free;

 

Lord, in your mercy

 

Hear our prayer

 

 

 

for all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership,

 

political, military and religious;

 

grant them gifts of wisdom and

 

resolve in the search for reconciliation and peace.

 

Lord, in your mercy

 

Hear our prayer


 

God of truth and justice,

 

we hold before you those whose memory we cherish,

 

and those whose names we will never know.

 

Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world,

 

and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm.

 

As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future;

 

for you are the source of life and hope,

 

now and for ever.

 

Amen.


Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy Kingdom come;

thy will be done on earth

as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil .

Amen


 

Act of Remembrance

 

Let us remember before God, and commend to his love, men and women of all nations who have died as a result of war; those who we have known, and whose memories we treasure.

 

 

 

Those who suffered or were killed as a result of war,

 

We remember them.

 

 

 

Those who suffered or were executed because they refused to kill in war,

 

We remember them.

 

 

 

All people bereaved because of war,

 

We remember them.

 

 

 

All those who are refuges due to war,

 

We remember them.

 

 

 

Those suffering injury through war,

 

We remember them.

 

 

 

People suffering disease through war,

 

We remember them.

 

 

 

Children made orphans through war,

 

We remember them.

 

 

 

All who became homeless due to war,

 

We remember them.

 

 

 

Those people starving due to war,

 

We remember them.

 

 

 

Those people enduring mental trauma due to war,

 

We remember them.

 

 

 

All people made destitute because of war,

 

We remember them.


 

 

The Last Post will now be  played by Jacob Hillman


Let us commit ourselves to responsible living and faithful service.

 

Will you strive for all that makes for peace?

We will

 

Will you seek to heal the wounds of war?

We will

 

Will you work for a just future for all humanity?

We will


 

Gracious Father, we pray for peace in our world;

 

For all national leaders, that they may have wisdom to know and courage to do what is right;

 

for all men and women, that our hearts may be turned to you in the search for truth and peace;

 

for those working to improve international relationships, that they may find the true way to reconciliation.

 

For those who suffer as a result of war, especially for those who grieve.

 

Amen