Last Monday, 20th June, St. James’ had its Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). The inspector spent the whole day at school, talking to several members of the community, staff, parents, children, governors and the church, as well as observing collective worship, lesson observations and looking at children’s books.
The final report has now been published and we are delighted to announce that St. James’ is a Good church school.
‘Every pupil and adult flourishes within the family at St James’. The interim Headteacher and leaders have swiftly ensured that the Christian vision and associated values are well embedded in the academy community.’
‘Exemplary opportunities for character development and nurture are harnessed by staff and pupils. As a result, pupils have hope and aspiration for their futures and compassion which leads to social action in the local and global communities.’
‘The instigation of forgiveness and reconciliation within policies and procedures are the driving force for recent improvements in pupil behaviour. Social and cultural development are effective and contribute to the flourishing of all.’
‘Worship is the heartbeat of St James’ and is a strong expression of the vision. It is fully inclusive and offers people a safe and invitational place to worship, reflect and pray. Strong links with the parish church exist.’
‘Pupils flourish in rich and thought-provoking religious education (RE) lessons. The subject is well led and has a high priority across St James.’
We are extremely proud of our school and its Christian distinctiveness and we are pleased that this has been recognised in inspection.
‘Love, hope, and forgiveness are the hallmarks of St James’. Every member of the community understands the part they must play in the learning family. At St James’ all things are possible. The vision ensures that pupils and adults flourish.’