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 Gift Aid Scheme

St James’ owes a debt of gratitude to its many generous donors.

Today's pupils benefit from the encouragement and past contributions of our many benefactors.

Your donation will assure St. James’ continuing commitment to providing excellent facilities, giving St. James’ pupils the best we can offer.

We invite you to contribute to the shaping of future generations.

There are so many ways of supporting, but did you know
sometimes it can be as simple as ticking a box?

Gift Aid is a Government scheme which allows charities to reclaim the basic rate of tax 28p from the Inland Revenue on every pound donated by UK taxpayers.  This makes it more important than ever for our parents and carers, whether donating to the Diocesan Building Fund or making direct donations to school, to do so through the Gift Aid scheme.

For example, on a £100 donation we are eligible for an additional £28 through reclaiming the basic tax relief, at no extra cost to us or you. To qualify for Gift Aid you need be a UK tax payer, paying tax either through your wage or salary via your yearly self-assessment form each year, or on any taxable savings, for example a pension plan.

To make your declaration, please complete a Gift Aid Form and return it to:


The GAD Scheme Coordinator,
St. James’ Catholic High School,
A Specialist Humanities College,
St. James’ Way,
Cheadle Hulme,
Cheadle,
Cheshire,
SK8 6PZ

Telephone: 0161 482 6900

The more money we can claim from the Inland Revenue, the more we can raise for our school.