St James School
Devon, United Kingdom
About St James School
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 900 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 a strong Good in our recent inspection in January 2018, but clearly acknowledged that we were on a clear trajectory to achieve Outstanding in the near future.
In 2018 St James’ GCSE results were the strongest to date, building on previous high levels of performance that have been sustained for a significant number of years. This continued improvement has been achieved in a year when nearly all subjects are now following the new much more rigorous and challenging style GCSEs. Headline figures show that 56% of students are leaving with a grade 9-5 in English & Maths and 73% with a grade 9-4 in English & Maths. 81% of students achieved a 4 or above in English, and 67% a 5 or above, whilst in Maths 82% achieved a 4 or above, and 66% a 5 or above. 55% of students achieved at least five ‘strong’ 9-5 passes including English & Maths with 69% achieving at least five grade 9-4 ‘standard’ passes including English & Maths.
Over 12% of all grades awarded were grades 8 & 9 and 25% of all grades awarded were 9-7. These top grades were achieved across all subjects with the following grade 9-7%: Biology 80%, Chemistry 75%, Physics 75%, Computing 35%, French 32%, Music 31%, Maths 30%, Media Studies 29%, English Language & Literature 27%, iArt (photography) 25%, Geography 21%, History 20%, Food Nutrition 20% and Religious Studies 20%.
The school’s aspirant and academic curriculum means that 36% of students achieved a ‘strong’ pass in the Ebacc qualification and 54% of all students achieved at least a ‘standard’ pass of grade 9-4 in the same suite of subjects. The high percentage of students entered for the Ebacc (73%) and the strong achievement in French (32% 9-7, 64% 9-5, 84% 9-4) are two of the reasons why St James has been asked to become an MFL Hub by the Department for Education (one of only nine hubs in the country). For more information on this exciting development, please see http://www.stjamesexeter.co.uk/latestnews/3666/.
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.
The Governing Body:
The Local Governing Body operates with full delegated authority from the Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust and is directly accountable to the Trust. The governors understand well their statutory duties to hold leaders to account as well as setting the strategic direction of the academy and ensuring the academy has a sound financial footing. Their commitment is absolute, believing in social justice they bring a rich background of experience beyond education. They are led by a chair determined for the academy to be a first choice for parents and where every child is given the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
To see St James in real time and to get a sense of what our school is like, please watch our short ‘Transition’ and ‘What it means to work at St James’ films. Please click on this link - http://www.stjamesexeter.co.uk/job-opportunities.
We have an open door policy at St James, so if you would like to come and see the school in real time, please do give us a call.