Headteacher’s welcome

St James is a thriving, diverse and proud community. As an inclusive and committed team we are positively and diligently raising standards.

Our aim is for students to achieve excellent outcomes, move onto exciting post-16 activities and most importantly to gain a range of skills and experiences which enable them to be happy and successful in the future.

We are a school with very high expectations of, and for, our students; only their best is good enough. We provide students with opportunities to shine through excellent teaching and innovative practice, a vibrant extra-curricular provision and a curriculum that challenges and inspires from the start of year 7 and is increasingly personalised as students move up through the school.

We are one of the highest performing schools in the area because we believe that students achieve excellent outcomes as a result of five years at a school where they are happy and engaged at all times; where they are challenged from day one and are consistently supported to be the best they can be.

St James has achieved another year of strong GCSE results, despite this year seeing the introduction of the new style GCSEs in English and Maths which are 100% exam and seen as more challenging and rigorous. Headlines figures show that 66% of students have achieved 5 A* – C GCSEs including English & Maths at 4+ (comparable to the old 5 A*-C GCSEs incl. English & Maths measure), and 68% of students are leaving with a 9-4 in English & Maths (the government’s Basics benchmark measurement).  78% of students have achieved a 4 or above in English, and 67% a 5 or above, whilst in Maths 74% have achieved a 4 or above, and 50% a 5 or above.  The school’s aspirant and academic curriculum means that 40% of students have achieved the Ebacc qualification (meaning they have secured A*-C/9-4 in an English, Maths, Science, Language and Humanity GCSE) and over 20% of all grades awarded were A/A*.

If you would like to know more, or to see the school in action, please do contact us or come and visit.

Mrs Amy Grashoff

Headteacher

Mrs Amy Grashoff

Mrs Amy Grashoff

Headteacher