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.’


Your School!  Your PTA!

Welcome to St James’ PTA, we invite you to join us to make a difference to your child’s experience at school.

Every school year St James’ PTA organises a calendar of fundraising events and activities which have included an annual Gala Dinner, Ladies Night with Fashion Show, Summer Party Nights etc. We also sell raffle tickets at school events with some fabulous prizes which have included hampers, concert tickets and signed football boots. 

 Over recent years the funds we have raised have paid for: 

  • Purchase and maintenance of a 16 seater mini bus

  • 12 iPads for use throughout the school

  • Online learning packages for Languages and Science

  • Food printer for Food Tech

  • Microphone and mixer for live productions

  • Interactive white boards for all classrooms

  • The creation of the prayer garden 

  • Donations to the Diocesan Building Fund

    …the list goes on. 

To ensure we continue supporting the school, we have a 500 Club which enables a regular stream of monies to fund the school requirements and at the same time you have an opportunity of winning £250, £150 or £100 in the monthly draw.  Simply complete the 500 Club information form and standing order form and ask your child to hand it in to school reception.

We rely on your help to ensure we achieve our fundraising targets as we are constantly looking for new ideas for our fund raising events and projects – we would appreciate your input.  

You can help in various ways:

  • Join the 500 Club

  • Volunteer to help out at school events ie. serve tea and coffee, sell raffle tickets 

  • Buy tea and coffee at school events

  • Support our Gala Ball and Ladies Night

  • Donate raffle prizes

  • Donate unwanted uniform for the PTA Uniform Sale

  • …or simply attend the PTA meetings each half-term and share your ideas with the group.


If you could spare some time and would like to volunteer to help on the Tea and Coffee rota to support parents evenings and occasional after school events, please contact Sian Geddes on sian@mikegeddes.co.uk


PTA Meeting Calendar

Monday 18th September 2017 6:30pm

Monday 16th October 2017 AGM 7pm

Monday 6th November 2017 7pm

Monday 15th January 2018 7pm

Monday 12th March 2018 7pm

Monday 23rd April 2018 7pm

Monday 18th June 2018 7pm


Please help us to enhance your child’s time at St James’ by joining and working together with the school to share that common goal, our children’s welfare.




Jackie Hall – PTA Chair

Sian Geddes - PTA Treasurer