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.’

Year 10 Work Experience Information Evening

Wednesday 27th January 2016

Our Work Experience coordinator, Mploy Solutions, came to school last night to meet with students and parents, and to share important information about this year's Work Experience. Dr Guscott also presented information about the process of preparing for Work Experience and the time-scale and deadlines for all students. You can find the two presentations from the evening below, in case you want to look back over the information presented or if you were unable to attend the event.

žWork Experience runs from Thursday 14th to Wednesday 20th July 2016 and THESE DATES CANNOT BE CHANGED.
žALL FORMS MUST BE IN BY FRIDAY 18th March whether students are arranging their own self-palacement or they require Mploy to find a placement for them.
As Dr Guscott explained, Work Experience is a fantastic opportunity to:
  • žTo meet new people.
  • žTo find out more about industry and commerce.
  • žTo experience travelling to work.
  • žTo exercise more self-discipline and responsibility.
  • žTo improve your self-confidence.
  • žTo improve your social skills.
  • žTo learn the importance of punctuality.
It is not:
  • žCheap labour
  • žA skive from school
  • žA holiday for your teacher
  • žA path to a sure job
Some schools no longer offer Work Experience to theri students, but we think young people should have the opportunity to:
  • Understand the pros and cons of working.
  • Get more information about jobs.
  • Possibly be offered a job.
  • See what working would be like.
  • Learn new skills and work with people of different age groups.
  • Do something different.

For a Work Experience to be successful, however, it is down to the young people to approach it with enthusiasm and interest. In which case it will be a worthwhile and challenging adventure!