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Year 7 & 8 Subject Feedback

Posted in: Latest News on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
Year 7 & 8 Subject Feedback

As part of our Department Self Evaluation Process we gather information from our students to help us improve and make plans for the coming years. If you are a year 7 or 8 student please complete the correct surveys below:

Design Technology






French/Spanish (MFL)








St James Newsletter June 2012

Posted in: Latest News, Newsletter on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
St James Newsletter - June 2012 Now Available to Download

“Sharing the experiences and achievements of students with the community”

The St James School June newsletter is now available to download. This issue includes articles on:

  • 10 Tors taster day
  • Parents for St James Car Boot Marshalling
  • Apps for Good nominations
  • Year 7 Student wins Uk Animators Competition
  • Met office Trip
  • Semi Finals of the Spelling Bee

Link to Download: St James Newsletter June 2012


10 Tors Taster Day June 2012

Posted in: Latest News on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
10 Tors Taster Day

On Monday 25th of June 26 year 9 students took part in a taster day designed to give them an insight into what the Ten Tors and 1633 Challenge is all about. The group completed an 8 mile walk, taking in 5 tors in the process – Hound Tor, Top Tor, Rippon Tor, Saddle Tor and Hay Tor.

The day was a huge success, largely down to the highly motivated students who approached the day with such a positive attitude. The group learned how the whole process will work next year, with four Saturday training walks from October through til January, followed by a two training weekends before the 1633 Challenge, which is undertaken alongside Exeter School and open to all who complete the training. Ten Tors team selection will happen after the 1633 Challenge. We also discussed the qualities necessary to succeed in the Ten Tors and 1633 Challenge – physical fitness, mental toughness, determination to succeed, navigation and camping skills, teamwork, positive attitude, and a sense of humour – ask Callum Oakes about his foray into a bog!

The staff team are greatly looking forward to next season, and hope that all the students who attended yesterday will sign up for the challenge……!


Emma Wakeley, Year 11 gets place on Michael Caines Academy

Posted in: Latest News on Friday, June 22nd, 2012
Emma Wakeley Year 11 gets place on Michael Caines Academy

The Michael Caines academy at Exeter College is for people who want to achieve excellence in the hospitality and catering industry; so when I heard about it I thought it was perfect for me. I sent off my application to apply for this academy and had to wait to hear back from them. I received a letter in the post saying that I had an interview, at the interview I had to prove that I was worthy to take the course. This consisted of different challenges such as silver service, knife skills, tasting session and a small test of my knowledge. At the end of the interview they decided who to put through for the next stages of the interviewing process. A week later I had my next interview at the Royal Clarence Hotel where I was interviewed by five different people including Michael Caines. Later on in the day I had received a message saying that I had got in to the academy.

I’m really looking forward to starting the academy in September with the fifteen other people that also got into the academy. On the course I will be learning lots of new skills and I will be experiencing what it is like to work in the hospitality and catering industry. I’m really excited about starting this course because it will be challenging, interesting and memorable.


Written By

Emma Wakeley – Year 11 Student.


Conner Otter Takes first in High Jump and Shot Put

Posted in: Latest News on Friday, June 22nd, 2012
Conner Otter Takes First In High Jump And Shot Put

Connor Otter who has competed for St James School V Exeter schools in high Jump and Shot taking first place. This has lead to Connor competing for Exeter against east Devon where he was successful in coming First in shot and runner up in high jump. On Saturday he competed for Exeter and east Devon against the other Devon regions to come first in high jump. Connor’s next event is this Saturday where he will represent Devon in the SW schools championships. Hopefully Connor’s performance will match last Saturdays and he will represent Devon at Gateshead in the national school finals.


PSJ fund raising event – Marshalling the Matford Car Boot Sale. Sunday 6th May 2012.

Posted in: Latest News on Friday, June 22nd, 2012
PSJ fund raising event - Marshalling the Matford Car Boot Sale. Sunday 6th May 2012.

Strangers to this time of day (5.45am) with flasks of coffee and sensible shoes, the 13 bleary eyed PSJ volunteers gathered for instructions at Marsh Barton Livestock Centre.  Our remit was to direct the traffic to the queue, sell tickets to the vehicles wishing to set up a stall (when is a van not a van? – that depends on how brazenly you tell us that you “come every week and are always charged as a car”) and show them where to set up their wares.

During the few hours between everyone being safely inside, and them wanting to leave, we were free to enjoy the sale. As a seasoned bargain hunter of some repute, I managed to buy a new pair of caterpillar boots, 6 paperbacks, plants, garden tools and fab crockery, all for about five bob – an achievement only beaten by Kim’s outstanding coup of mirrors and other stuff absolutely free!  Others, munching bacon rolls and drinking tea, watched in disbelief at my childlike glee, as I scurried back and forth to the car like one of Fagin’s orphans with my spoils. I love a bargain me!

As only one small refuse collection vehicle is budgeted for, we were charged with preventing people leaving any rubbish as they packed up – a job which some of our party took to with some relish …! Then, armed with a bin bag and a single industrial rubber glove between two, we had to collect all the litter that had been left by the tricky blighters who had eluded us – not much fun at the end of a 6 hour stint.

Praised for our penny perfect balance of tickets sold and money taken (not as common as you might think dontchaknow) we were delighted that our share of the takings raised a pretty impressive £548 for the school to add to the Parents for St James Reward which will fund places on award trips for “unsung heroes” of St James, the pupils who consistently do their best.

Not bad for a morning’s work…..


Year 8 Geography – Crealy Trip

Posted in: Latest News on Friday, June 22nd, 2012
Year 8 Geography Crealy Trip

A quick reminder to hand in your Crealy field trip slips if you haven’t!


Below are the trip forms if you have lost yours.

Year 8 fieldtrip letter – Crealy – 22.05.12

Year 8 Crealy SOE3 form – 24.05.12


Job Vacancies – Temporary Teaching Assistant

Posted in: Latest News on Friday, June 22nd, 2012
Job Vacancies – Temporary Teaching Assistant

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Uniform Wanted!

Posted in: Latest News on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
Uniform Wanted!

Uniform wanted – During the new intake day on the 5th July we would like to offer prospective parents the opportunity to purchase second hand uniform. If you are willing to donate anything then please drop it off at reception. All monies made will go into the PSJ Reward pot to allow more students the opportunity to take part in school trips/events.


Maths Primary Challenge

Posted in: Gallery on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012