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.’

Careers Education Overview

CAREERS PLAN FOR ALL YEAR GROUPS

Time of Year

KS3

KS4

 

 

PSHCE Careers Education and Guidance programme across all Key Stages

 

September

 

Year 11: Careers Fair- all college and employer providers attend. Number of attendees monitored. Giving information for post-16 career advice.

 

Year 11: Assembly talks from college providers.

 

Year 10: Career interviews begin and rotation of careers module in PSHCE.

 

 

 

October

 

Careers interviews continued in Year 10 and PSHCE.

 

November

Year 9: Apprenticeships Evening

 

 

December

 

CV preparation and information assembly concerning mock interviews

 

January

Year 8 and 9: Apprentice talks within PSHCE.

Year 10: Mock interviews for all Year 10 pupils, work with SENCO concerning interview strategies

 

Year 11: Parents’ Evening- Careers Advisor in attendance to guide pupils and parents of post-16 option

 

 

 

February

Year 9: “Be Your Potential” Aspirations and Goals

Work Experience Evening

 

March

Careers “drop in” started March 2017 initiative for Years 7-10 offering guidance by Mrs Grainger and involvement of guest speakers – weekly, every Friday lunchtime

 

 

 

 

Year 10: Attendance at Careers Fair for targeted Year 10 students

 

Careers Week

PowerPoints shown in registration throughout week for all Year groups

 

Years 7, 8 & 9 PSCHE Career based lesson

Apprenticeship visit to school and presentation for identified Year 11 pupils

 

April

 

Closing Date for Work Experience

Careers Continuation of one-to-one career interviews

Year 10: Career Information Assembly

May

 

Information and promotion of Work Experience concerning expectations in form time & assemblies for Year 10

June

 

 

July

 

Work Experience for all Year 10s, teacher visits

HAE Week activities:

Operating Theatre Live – Years 7 and Years 9

Team working skills – Year 7

Hub Challenge – Year 9

Engineering Futures – Year 9

Enterprise Day – Year 9

August

 

GCSE Results day

 

Download: Qualifications checklist

Careers: Helpful Websites

 

iCould Careers Inspiration                            www.icould.com  

National Careers Service                              nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk  

Greater Manchester Higher website             www.gmhigher.ac.uk

PLOTR                                                         www.plotr.co.uk  

Apprenticeships                                          www.getingofar.gov.uk/apprenticeships  

Prospects                                                    www.prospects.ac.uk  

 

Which? University

www.which.co.uk/University   

Find out what to study, where to go and how to get there. Includes advice on: A Levels choices, Career prospects. GCSE choice and university and Student finance.

Moving On Magazine

www.movingonmagazine.co.uk

Moving On is a fun and informative guide to the options for young people: apprenticeships, work experience, gap years, further education and higher education.

Career Point

www.careerpoint-gm.co.uk

This website is a virtual environment for career information, advice and guidance, labour market information and apprenticeships.

The Apprenticeship Guide

www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk

The Apprenticeship Guide is a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to find out more about Apprenticeships and offers a whole host of information to help school leavers make the right career choice.

National Apprenticeship Service

www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

Visit this website to discover how Apprenticeships can deliver a real difference to young people.

Careers Box

www.careersbox.co.uk

Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information. As the preferred digital new media partner to the Institute of Career Guidance, the largest careers body in the UK, Careersbox aims to deliver the right information at the right time to careers advisers and job seekers.

Our case study films show real people doing real jobs, giving viewers insight into careers across all sectors and helping them to find the right career.