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.’

A Week of Sporting Successes

Friday 14th November 2014

On Wednesday 13th November the U13 girls' football team competed in the Stockport Schools girl's football tournament at Woodley Sports Centre and won the competition. They are now Stockport Champions and go through to the Level 3 Greater Manchester School Games, representing Stockport next summer. Below is Erin O'Connor-Kellock's match report and there will be a photo in next week's newsletter. The Key Stage 3 badminton team also won their pre-qualifying Stockport event on Wednesday, at Stockport School, and the Year 10 Btec/GCSE students won the School Winter Games 2014 at the Chill Factore. Yesterday the Year 11 football team won their second round Greater Manchester Cup match against Crompton House school. They won on penalties after a 2-2 draw with extra time. Conor O'Shea and Will Aldred scored the goals for St James'.

'Nine of the Stockport Schools competed in the competition and the teams where split into three groups of three. St James U13 girl's football team faced St. Anne's and CHHS in round one of the competition. We beat St. Anne's in the first game 4-0 with excellent goals from Danielle Seager and Jodie Pearson. We then faced a stronger CHHS side and showed resilience and determination to hold them to a 1-0 victory. A as a result of these victories we went through to round two as group-winners and entered the 'Champions League'. Round two began and we played a very strong and physical Werneth side and the St James' girls battled to beat them 3-2 meaning we had to win our final game against Kingsway to win the tournament. We fought throughout this final game and showed determination. We were winning 1-0 with 2 minutes to go and an outstanding, storming run by Hannah Travers kept the ball in their half. Danielle, Jodie and Hannah kept pressing to the keep ball in there half and the three of them performed brilliantly! Jodie, our fantastic captain, did an excellent job, leading by example, and also scored the most amount of goals on the night.
We finished the night as STOCKPORT CHAMPIONS and go through to the Level 3 Greater Manchester School Games representing Stockport next summer. We are so proud of each other and cannnot wait for our next game!!'

U13 girls' Football squad:
Year 7

Danielle Seager
Rebecca Hunt
Abby Hewitt
Leah Bennett
Hannah Travers

Year 8

Erin O'Connor-Kellock
Ruth Miller
Jodie Pearson CAPTAIN
Chloe Walker
Ellie Walker