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


PowerPoint from presentation Thursday 18th January 2018



Time of Year





PSHCE Careers Education and Guidance programme across all Key Stages




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.






Careers interviews continued in Year 10 and PSHCE.



Year 9: Apprenticeships Evening





CV preparation and information assembly concerning mock interviews



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





Year 9: “Be Your Potential” Aspirations and Goals

Work Experience Evening



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




Closing Date for Work Experience

Careers Continuation of one-to-one career interviews

Year 10: Career Information Assembly



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






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



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  


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