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.’

Employment of Children in Stockport

Child Employment

A Guide for Parents and Carers

The following text is taken from the Stockport Council Guidance leaflet regarding child employment.

The law governing the employment of children is there to ensure they are protected and not exploited if they have a part‐time job, while still of compulsory school age.

The relevant laws in particular are:

The Children and Young Persons Act 1933 to 1963.

The Education Act 1944 to 1996.

The Children Act 1989.

The Children (Protection at Work) Regulations 2000.

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council Byelaws.


Common terms in relation to employment

EMPLOYED A child or young person is employed if s/he assists in any trade or occupation, which is carried out for profit – whether or not s/he receives payment or reward for that employment. This applies to employer’s own children also.

CHILD For the purposes of employment regulation: a child is a person who is over 13yrs of age and of compulsory school age (CSA). A child is of CSA until the date they are officially allowed to leave school (the last Friday in June of the school year in which they reach the age of 16), NOT on their 16th birthday, or when they have received their National Insurance Number.

LIGHT WORK Work which:

a)  is not likely to be harmful to the safety, health or development of the child;


b)  is not such as to be harmful to their attendance at school, or work experience in accordance with The Education Act 1996, section 556.

PARENT Includes a birth parent, someone with or rewarded parental responsibility, or anyone who has care of the child.

BYELAWS Stockport’s byelaws with respect to the employment of children form part of a two‐tier model of regulatory framework. This consists of primary legislation by the Department of Health (DoH), and local byelaws containing further conditions of employment.


Information about types of child employment


Children aged 13yrs may only be employed in light work, and only in one or more of the following specified categories:

a)            Agricultural or horticultural work (under direct supervision of a parent);

b)            Delivery of newspapers, journals or other printed material;

c)            Shop work, including shelf stacking;

d)            Hairdressing salon;

e)            Office work;

f)             In a café or restaurant;

g)            In riding stables; and;

h)            Domestic work in hotels and other establishment offering accommodation


A child aged 14yrs or over may only be employed in any type of light work.


 No child of any age may be employed:

(a) in a cinema, theatre, discothèque, dance hall or night club, except in connection with a performance given entirely by children;

(b) to sell or deliver alcohol, except in sealed containers;

(c)  to deliver milk;

(d) to delivery fuel oils;

(e) in a commercial kitchen;

(f) to collect or sort refuse;

(g) in any work which is more than three metres above ground level or, in the case on internal work, more than three metres above floor level;

(h)  in employment involving harmful exposure to physical, biological or chemical agents;

(i) to collect money, sell or canvass door to door;

(j)  in work involving exposure to adult material or in situations which are for this reason otherwise unsuitable for children;

(k) in telephone sales;

(l) in any slaughter-house, abattoir or butcher’s shop where meat is prepared for sale;

(m) as an attendant or assistant in a fairground or amusement arcade or in any other premises used for the purpose of public amusement by means of automatic machines, games of chance or skill or similar devices;

(n)  in any residential care home or nursing home.


Hours of employment

 During school term time no child shall be employed for more than twelve hours in any week (any period of 7 consecutive days);

For more than two hours on any school day between 7.00am and 8.00am and the close of school and 7.00pm;


13/14 years ‐ 5 hours maximum

15/16 years ‐ 8 hours maximum

Between 7.00am and 7.00pm

NB: ‐ there must be a rest break of 1 hour after 4 hours of work.


13/16 years ‐ 2 hours maximum Between 7.00am and 7.00pm


A child must have two consecutive weeks without employment each year during school holidays.

The working and rest break times for Saturdays and Sundays remain the same as above.

However, children can only work a maximum of hours as prescribed below during the holidays:

              13/14 yrs25 ‐ hours in any week

             15/16 yrs35 ‐ hours in any week

Further information

 Children who work in Stockport require an Employment permit to be issued by Stockport local Authority. The employer must contact Stockport council/local authority to obtain this permit.

 Employment permits are specific to:

a)            The CHILD or YOUNG PERSON

b)            The EMPLOYER

c)            The PLACE OF WORK and the TYPE and HOURS of WORK they are employed to do.


The Local Authority responsible for issuing Employment Permits is dependent upon WHERE the employment TAKES PLACE and NOT where the child lives.


Parent’s responsibilities

 Before you allow your child to work part time, please satisfy yourself that:

a)            The job is safe

b)            The employer is reputable

c)            Your child’s attendance at school, and their school work will not suffer

d)            The employer has applied for a permit and you have signed the application form

e)            You have received a report of the Risk Assessment from the employer



 Unless your child is registered s/he may not be covered by his/her employer’s liability insurance.

 There is only one school leaving date which is the last Friday in June each year.

 Children and young people doing odd jobs for neighbours, hand washing a car in a private residential setting (but make sure you are OK with this responsibility), or work experience organised by school do not require an employment permit.

For futher information from Stockport Local Authority regarding the advice and laws surrounding the employment of children please click the following weblink:

Stockport Local Authority - Child Employment Pages