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.’


Students at St. James’ are very generous with their time and money, working throughout the school year to raise money for our designated charities.

There are many opportunities that exist beyond the classroom for pupils to be engaged with local, national and international charities"

Diocesan Section 48 Report May 2017


Each year group has a designated half term to help raise money and awareness for their nominated charities:

Year 7 – Cafod 

The International Catholic Aid agency for England and Wales. Working to alleviate poverty and the impacts of it around the world, as well as providing disaster relief.

In June 2018 students took part in Cafod's Share the Journey campaign, walking a total of 298miles between them and raising a fantastic £1,271.14. 

Year 8 – Retrak 

A faith-based charity whose vision is a world where no child is forced to live on the street.

Year 9 – St. Ann’s Hospice

Providing care and support to people living with or affected by life-limiting illness.

Year 10 – Prem Dan 

We have links with Aquinas VI Form College’s ‘India Project’ – supporting Prem Dan, a small charity that educate children of low income groups, often providing boarding as well as education. 

Year 11 – The Wellspring

Providing services to homeless and disadvantaged people 365 days of the year, working to support people out of homelessness.

Each year our Year 11 Prefects organise a collection of tinned goods to support The Wellspring in their work, with each form creating a Christmas Hamper. 


Whole School Lenten Effort – Caritas Shrewsbury 

The social action and social justice agency of the Diocese of Shrewsbury which seeks to develop the Church’s social mission in the years ahead. Their vision is of all children, families and communities being empowered to experience a fullness of life.

Cake sales, sponsored silences and a chocolate fountain were just some of the fundraising activities the students organised last year. 


Every 2 years, since 2013, we have a whole school Sponsored Walk in July (Year 7-10). Each year group raises funds for their designated charity. So far we have raised over £20,000 this way.