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.’

The Learning Resource Centre

The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is located in the very heart of the school. We have approximately 8500 books, both fiction and non-fiction. They are all very up-to-date, and there is an excellent range for all interests and abilities. We also have newspapers and magazines, and DVDs to borrow to help with study.

The LRC is open daily:

  • Before school from 8.15am
  • At Break
  • At Lunch (the LRC staff also open Room 29 for increased computer access)
  • After school until 4pm, open for Homework Hub - open to all pupils

The LRC runs the school’s Stationery Shop, where prices start from 2p for a pen, to help pupils ensure they are always Ready To Learn each day. The LRC is also the one-stop shop for buying revision books. We source the most appropriate revision books for GCSEs, and sell to pupils at cost price, i.e., the school makes no profit. 

The Librarian is Mrs Morrin, and there are also some pupil librarians who help on the desk, to issue and discharge books, and also assist with the Stationery Shop.

 

PRICE LIST

YEAR 11 GCSE REVISION BOOKS

Geography Revision £2.50
Geography Workbook    £2.50
History Revision                 £2.75
Food Tech £2.75
Product Design  £2.75
Business & Communications        £3.25
RE Unit 3 £5.00
RE Unit 8 £5.00

MFL (Specify French or German) Revision

£2.75
Music- Areas of Study Revision   £4.00
Music Core Content Revision £4.50
Music Core Content Workbook & Answers £5.00

Science

Additional Science Revision £3.50
Chemistry Revision          £3.50
Physics Revision £3.50
Biology Revision £3.50

Maths

Edexcel Higher Revision £2.00
Edexcel Workbook incl. answers                £2.00
WJEC Foundation Revision £2.00

English

Spoken Language Higher Revision £3.25
Producing Non-Fic & Creative Writing Higher Revision £3.25
Producing Non-Fic & Creative  Writing Foundation Revision £3.25
Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar for GCSE  (SPaG) £2.25

YEAR 10 GCSE REVISION BOOKS

Geography Revision £2.50
Geography Workbook    £2.50
History Revision                 £2.75
Food Tech £2.75
Product Design  £2.75
Business & Communications        £3.25
RE Unit 3 £5.00
RE Unit 8 £5.00

MFL (Specify French or German) Revision

£2.75

Science

Core Science Revision    

£3.50
Chemistry Revision          £3.50
Physics Revision £3.50
Biology Revision £3.50

Maths

Edexcel Higher Revision £2.00
Edexcel Workbook incl. answers                £2.00
WJEC Foundation Revision £2.00

English

Of Mice & Men Revision £2.75
An Inspector Calls Revision £2.75
Poetry Anthology Revision £3.25
Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar for GCSE  £2.25