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.’

Admissions

The law requires local education authorities and school governors to publish details of admission arrangements and other information so that parents are able to express preferences for schools in the light of full and comparable information about them. Arrangements for admissions to Stockport Schools can be found on the Council website.

http://www.stockport.gov.uk/services/education/educationtrainingandemployment/schooladmissions/?view=Standard

“The 1980, 1988 and 2002 Education Acts and the 2007 DCSF School Admissions code gave parents increased opportunities to choose the school where they would like their children to be educated..”

SEN Admissions
Students with SEN are allocated places in two ways:
Those students with Statements of Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) have a separate admissions procedure overseen by Stockport’s SEN team.
Those students who have SEN but do not have a Statement or an EHCP are admitted via the normal school admissions criteria.

Admissions Procedures

St James Catholic High School uses the following categories to allocate an offer of a place to students


Category A

Your child is a Baptised Catholic

You live in a parish (or part parish) which is associated with the Secondary school

Your child attends an associated Catholic Primary School

Category B

Your child is a Baptised Catholic

You live in a parish (or part parish) which is associated with the Secondary school

Your child goes to a Catholic Primary School

Your child has a brother or sister attending the school

Category C

Your child is a Baptised Catholic

You do not live in a parish (or part parish) which is associated with the Secondary School

Your child goes to a Catholic Primary School

Your child has a brother or sister at the school

Category D

Your child is a Baptised Catholic

You live in a parish (or part parish) which is associated with any of the three Catholic High Schools

 Your child goes to a Catholic Primary School

Category E

Your child is a Baptised Catholic

You live in a parish (or part parish) which is associated with the Secondary School

Your child goes to a non-Catholic Primary School

Category F

Your child is a Baptised Catholic

 Your child goes to a Catholic Primary School

Category G

Your child is a Baptised Catholic

 Your child goes to a non-Catholic Primary School

Category H

Your child is NOT a Baptised Catholic

Your child has a brother or sister at the school

You support the Catholic ethos of the school

Category I

Your child is NOT a Baptised Catholic

Your child attends an associated Catholic Primary School

You support the Catholic ethos of the school

Category J

Your child is NOT a Baptised Catholic.

Yours is a practising Christian family*

You support the Catholic ethos of the school

Category K

Your child is NOT a Baptised Catholic.

You want your child to receive a Christian education*

You support the Catholic ethos of the school

Category L

Applications received after the closing date ordered by the criteria detailed at A – K above

*The term ‘Christian’ will be interpreted as commitment to a belief in the Trinity and in the Sacramental nature of Baptism.

ADMISSIONS POLICY CRITERIA* - Catholic High Schools

NB: Categories A – K refer to applications received by the closing date

Looked After Children and previously looked after children - All schools must give looked after children and previously looked after children the highest priority in their oversubscription criteria. In the case of Catholic High Schools in Stockport, Catholic looked after children and previously looked after children will be admitted in advance of the outlined criteria of Category A. Non-Catholic looked after children and previously looked after children will be admitted in advance of the outlined criteria of Category H.

The Governing Bodies of all three Catholic High schools in Stockport have developed an admissions policy in consultation with the Local Authority, parents and governing bodies of other schools. The categories listed above are used for the allocation of places. In order to fit into a category your child must meet all of the conditions listed; and will only fit into one category. A nominated area may be a parish or part of a parish


The Primary Schools that are associated with St James Catholic High School are as follows

 Cheadle Catholic Primary School

Our Lady’s Primary School

St Ambrose Primary School

St Peter’s Primary School

St Simon’s Primary School

The Parishes or Part Parishes that are associated with St James Catholic High School are as follows

Christ Church Parish

St Ambrose Parish

St Ann's Parish

St Chad's Parish

St John's Parish (Benchill part)

St Peter's Parish (part Parish)

Our Lady's and the Apostles (part Parish)