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 Uniform

Every pupil is required to wear the school uniform.  Our pupils are often complimented on their appearance and we always seek to maintain high standards. The uniform is as follows:

Years 7 - 10

Girls Years 7 - 10

  • Navy blazer with school badge
  • Navy box pleated skirt (box pleat only please)*
  • White blouse (button up type to take school tie)
  • School tie (clip on for Years 7-9)
  • Navy blue school pullover with St James’ trim (optional)
  • Black or white ankle or knee length socks or plain black tights
  • Dark brown or black shoes (no boots, pumps or trainers)
  • Shoes must have a plain black or brown upper and no obvious logos or badges, leather looking, no trainer laces or trainer soles.
  • For Science:  Blue overall (Optional)

Girls PE  

  • White polo shirt with school logo
  • Black plain shorts (no stripes)
  • Black plain skort (no stripes) optional from September 2016
  • Navy fleece – St James’ badge compulsory
  • White sports socks for indoor use
  • Blue football socks for outdoor use
  • Sports trainers for indoor use
  • Navy plain sweater for outdoor use – optional
  • Navy track suit bottoms (no Stripes) – optional
  • Shin pads – optional
  • Gum shield - optional
  • Astro trainers - recommended
  • Bobble - all hair must be tied back for PE lessons               

Boys Years 7 - 10

  • Navy blue blazer with school badge
  • Charcoal grey or black trousers
  • White shirt
  • School tie (clip on for Years 7-9)
  • Navy pullover with St James’ trim (optional)
  • Dark brown or black shoes (no boots or trainers)
  • Shoes must be plain black or brown and no obvious logos or badges, leather looking, no trainer laces or trainer soles.

Boys PE

  • Navy blue rugby jumper (reversible gold)
  • Black shorts (shadow striped)                                                                         
  • White polo shirt with school logo
  • Trainers for indoor use
  • White ankle socks AND navy blue sports socks
  • Shin pads (optional)
  • Gum shield (optional)
  • Astro trainers (recommended)

All Year 11 Pupils

All pupils in Year 11 wear our special Year 11 maroon pullover and clip on school tie.  They are not required to wear a blazer.

Buying School Uniform

Many items of general school uniform e.g. blouses, shirts, shoes etc. are available from a number of suppliers however regulation items e.g. our school tie, blazer badge and Year 11 pullover are only available from:

  • FR Monkhouse, The Precinct, Cheadle Hulme
  • Davensport, 201 Bramhall Lane, Davenport, Stockport, Cheshire SK2 6JA

*Girls' box pleated skirts must be purchased from either FR Monkhouse or Davensport


For all years, hairstyles MUST be sensible and tidy, with extreme hairstyles forbidden – a shaven haircut, where the scalp is clearly visible, is an example of an extreme hairstyle, as is hair that is dyed an unnatural colour e.g. bright red.  Long hair should be tied back during practical activities or when instructed by a member of staff. Accessories worn in the hair such as bobbles, clips or hairbands should be dark in colour and in keeping with the style of the school uniform

Facial hair for example beards and moustaches are also not permitted.

Jewellery, Mobile Phones, I-Pods

Jewellery of any kind (including earrings) is NOT to be worn by pupils and expensive products such as mobile phones and i-pods must not be brought to school. If such items are brought into school and are seen by a member of staff they are confiscated; to be reclaimed by either a parent or carer after the end of the school day. Put simply, we expect ALL pupils of St James' to have high standards and adhere to the school rules.

 “Smart” watches that can replicate mobile phone functions (camera, text messaging, email etc.) are not allowed to be worn in school. Such devices are also specifically banned from all external examinations by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). “Smart” watches will be subject to the same rules as mobile phones – i.e. if a student is wearing one in school it will be confiscated and have to be collected by a parent or carer. We thank you in advance for your co-operation in this matter.

We expect FULL SUPPORT in these matters from parents and carers applying for their child(ren) to come to St. James’ Catholic High School.

It is impossible to list every aspect in relation to the school uniform rules however we believe that high standards of uniform are vital and we expect that parents/carers will support the letter and the spirit of the uniform rules when purchasing uniform and that students will wear all aspects of their uniform correctly and with pride.

Reviewed and approved by governors November 2015


Visual Guide to Shoes