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.’

School Policies

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Accessibility Plan Review due May 2021

Admissions - Approved following consultation January 2019

Anti-Bullying Policy - Review due November 2018

Anti-Fraud Policy - Review due April 2019

Assessment & Marking Policy Review due November 2018

Attendance Review due February 2020

Asthma Policy  Review due May 2019

Behaviour Policy Review due November 2019

Capability (LA Policy)

CES Governor Code of Conduct (Review due Autumn 2019)

Charging & Remissions Policy (Review due April 2019

Complaints (Adopted January 2018)

Dignity at Work (LA Policy)

e-safety policy Review due November 2019

Exams Internal appeals procedure 2018

Finance Manual - Review due April 2019

First Aid Policy  Review due January 2019

 First Aid Risk Assessment 

Health & Safety Policy - Review due April 2019

 Homework Policy - Review due January 2019

Intimate Care Policy - Review due January 2019

Lettings Policy  (review date as per Finance Manual)

Looked After Children - Review due November 2019

Medical Conditions in Schools Policy - Review due April 2019

Mental Health & Wellbeing for students - Review due November 2019

More Able Policy - Review due Janary 2019

Pay Policy  -  Reviewed October 2018

 Pubic Sector Equality Duty Statement - Due for review May 2019

Records Management Policy

Respect Policy - Review due January 2020

Responsible Use Policy (ICT) Review due November 2019)

Rewards Review due November 2019

Safeguarding Children Policy Review due Autumn 2019

Safer Recruitment Policy Review due May 2019

Sex Education Policy Review due November 2019

Special Educational Needs Review due January 2019

Smoke Free Policy (LA Policy)

Stress Policy (LA Policy August 2017)

Substance Abuse Review due January 2019

Teaching & Learning Framework Review due November 2019

Whistleblowing (LA policy)

Young Carers Review due May 2019