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.’

Welcome Back

Tuesday 18th April 2017

I hope you all had a happy and peaceful Easter. The Summer term has begun, and even though the sun has not been shining as brightly as many of us we would have liked, I am sure that many of you will be thinking of your summer holidays. May I remind you that Headteachers are no longer able to authorise holidays in term time, and may grant leave of absence ONLY if they are satisfied exceptional circumstances exist. Our attendance policy can be viewed on our school website at http://www.stjamescatholichighschool.org.uk/.



We welcome back the pupils and staff from their skiing trip to Italy. Thank you to Mr & Mrs WIlby, Mr Ellison, Mrs Williams and Miss Sweeney for a very successful and enjoyable trip.  Photos can be found on the school’s Twitter feed @StJames_CHS. We welcome to St James’ and to our RE Faculty Mrs Ciara Duggan, a former student of our school.


As you know, all Year 11 students now have their personalised revision plans. These revision plans will go through to the final GCSE exams in June, with three blocks of revision per day. In most cases the revision activities will replace homework, but teachers may also set additional learning tasks. There are now only 18 school days left until the start of the GCSE exams and it is the responsibility of each of our young people to make sure that they are as prepared as possible. Parents have been given their own copy of the plans so that they can help and support their son / daughter, but if you do have any concerns or questions about the revision plans or the exams themselves please do not hesitate to contact school. Thank you to those parents who have contacted us - our aim is to help and support, not to add undue pressure.


We look forward to a very busy and successful term, and our thoughts and prayers are with our Year 11 and Year 10 students as they prepare for exams.