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.’

School Holidays 2019 2020

 AUTUMN TERM 2019  Pupils start school Tuesday 3rd September 2019  
   Pupils finish school  Friday 18th October 2019
   Autumn half-term  
   Pupils start school Tuesday 29th October 2019 
   Pupils finish school Friday 20th December 2019 
 SPRING TERM 2020  Pupils start school Tuesday 7th January 2020
   Pupils finish school Friday 14th February 2020 
   Spring half-term  
   Pupils start school Monday 24th February 2020 
   Pupils finish school Thursday 2nd April 2020
SUMMER TERM 2020  Pupils start school Monday 20th April 2020
   Pupils finish school Friday 22nd May 2020
   Summer half-term  
   Pupils start school Monday 1st June 2020
  Pupils finish school Friday 17th July


Staff in service days:

INSET 1: Monday 2nd September 2019

INSET 2: Monday 28th October 2019

INSET 3: Monday 6th January 2020

INSET 4: Friday 3rd April 2020


BANK HOLIDAYS                                          

Good Friday – 10th April 2020

Easter Monday – 13th April 2020

May Day – Monday 4th May 2020

Spring Bank Holiday - Monday 25th May 2020