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.’


E-Safety at St James’ Catholic High School

E-Safety is a priority at St James’. All pupils are educated about staying safe when using technology and the Internet through ICT and PSHCE lessons, assemblies and form time. Our aim is to teach pupils how to be responsible users and understand how to protect themselves when using social networking sites.

We believe it is equally important that students are encouraged to use the Internet safely and responsibly outside of school. It is vital that parents and carers regularly monitor their child’s use of the Internet (including PC’s, laptops, tablets and phones) and talk to them about staying safe online. We would ask that you are vigilant in checking who your child is ‘friends’ with on any social networking sites and to check that privacy settings have been activated.

Below is a list of websites that you may find useful. You can also download a guide to Instagram and Snapchat.


 Live Streaming https://www.net-aware.org.uk/news/live-streaming-news/

 Lovoo https://www.net-aware.org.uk/news/lovoo-news/

 SimSimi App https://www.net-aware.org.uk/news/simsimi-news/

 Thinkuknow Musical_ly_Parent_Guide.pdf


Instagram is now one of the most popular social networking sites used by adults and young people. Below is a link to their terms and conditions which are worded in a way that they are very accessible to users of all ages. The terms include: 

Ø  Our Rules if you want to use Instagram


Ø  Your rights and our rights


Ø  Closing an account


If your child has an Instagram account, please take some time to look at these terms and conditions together and remind then about the importance of privacy setting and being mindful about what they post.


For parents of pupils who are playing the online game Fortnite,here is a link to a website which gives important information about privacy settings and potential safety concerns:




Esports - a guide for parents

Download: Online gaming advice

Download: YouNow_Parents_Guide.pdf

Download: Snapchat

 Download:  ooVoo_guide_for_parents.pdf

Download: YouTube Guide

Download: Year 11 Safeguarding Poster

Download: Esafety Guide 2018

Dowload: https://protectyoungeyes.com/apps