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.’

Western Front Battlfields Trip Day One

Sunday 2nd November 2014

On the first day of our trip we visited the Souvenir Cemetery in Longuenesse. In the cemetery we saw the graves of the French, British, Chinese Labour Corps, Czech-Slovakians, Germans and some nurses. Each and every person played a very special part, and one was even awarded the Victoria Cross to show his immense bravery. Our tour guide, Mr Alan Reed, showed us the graves of the soldiers and many had messages left at the bottom of the stone, chosen by their family. One said, 'never to be forgotten by his wife and children'. One grave that belonged to a WT Welling, who died in 1916 at the age of just 16! His stone read, 'He would insist on serving his country'.

This cemetery was a base for the Royal Flying Corps (which later became the RAF). It was also used as a casualty cleaning station in World War II, which is why many of the graves belong to soldiers who fought in that war  

There were many nationalities shown throughout the cemetery with different countries having different types of graves. For example, German graves were shown as being pointed at the top of the stone, British being curved, and French stones were crosses. 

At the moment the cemetery is being prepared for Armistice Day, which in France is celebrated on 11th November (the day the war ended). This is shown by French flags being placed near the French graves.

in the evening, after supper, our Tour Guide, Alan showed us some of the equipment used by a British soldier in World War I. The equipment was very hot and I did not know how they coped, as they had to wear the same uniform whatever the weather. They had to wear a tunic, jacket and then carry all of their heavy equipment.