Working at St James

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 an 11-16 mixed comprehensive school of around 840 students situated in the east of Exeter on a relatively new, purpose-built site which offers excellent facilities for all our departments.

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.

Our staff are incredibly committed and passionate about all that they do and are rewarded with bespoke CPD provision, in-house career progression opportunities and regular staff-wellbeing events.  Ofsted judged us to be very good in our recent inspection in February 2018 and were keen to acknowledge our continued improvement and how we were on a clear trajectory to achieve Outstanding in the near future.

Our 2017 results were the best in our history for the second year running.  Nearly 7 out of 10 students achieving at least a 4+ in both English and Maths (68% – the ‘Basics’), 66% achieving at least five A*-C GCSEs including English & Maths at 4+.  78% of students achieved a 4 or above in English, and 67% a 5 or above, whilst in Maths 74% achieved a 4 or above, and 50% a 5 or above.  The school’s aspirant and academic curriculum saw 40% of students achieve the Ebacc qualification and over 20% of all grades awarded were A/A* (7-9).  Our 2016 results were equally strong and saw us placed in the top ten schools in Devon as published in The Times on Friday 20 January 2017.