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Results Day 2012

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, July 23rd, 2012
Results Day 2012 - 23rd August 10 am - 12 noon

St James School GCSE Results Day 2012

Thursday 23rd August 2012 10:00 am – 12:00 noon


New Term Arrangements for September 2012

Posted in: Latest News on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
New Term Arrangements for Sept 2012

Dear Parent/Carer


As one term draws to an end, we are already planning ahead for September and the academic year beyond. I thought it would therefore be helpful to clarify the start of term arrangements for parents and also to remind parents of uniform and equipment requirements for the academic year.

There is one new item of equipment expected by all students as part of basic school equipment which is a scientific calculator.  These can be bought in shops like WHSmith and the school library will also sell them.

Start of term:

  • Students return to school on Thursday 6th September.
  • Year 7 start at the usual time of 8:35.
  • Years 8-11 start school at 9:55, this is to allow year 7 to settle in to the first day and is something which we have done very successfully for several years now.


  • Blazers are compulsory from September for all students. During the very brief spell of hot weather we had this term, we made blazers optional for the summer term, however, things revert back to normal in the Autumn term.  All items are listed below. Students arriving in incorrect uniform will borrow items from the school or face other consequences for repeated issues with uniform.
  •  Black School blazer with St James School logo
  • School tie
  • Plain black full length tailored trousers which do not trail on floor (no leggings or skinny jeans, stretch, baggy, flared, or bell-bottoms – jeans, canvas, or corduroy trousers)
  •  Plain white shirt with collar and buttons up to the neck (not a polo shirt)
  • Plain black footwear. Boots (flat-soled) are acceptable only if they are plain black and are worn inside trousers. There must be no coloured markings or logos
  • Plain black socks
  • Large bag suitable for carrying all equipment and books


Girls Only:

  •  Girls may wear a black knee length skirt instead of trousers if preferred. (No pattern or additional colours visible on the skirt – A-line or straight styles. If belts are worn they should be narrow and plain black with a normal buckle. Logos on belts and buckles are unacceptable.
  • The skirt should be worn with plain black socks. Alternatively, plain black tights may be worn.
  • Black or white headscarf for Muslim students

Jewellery boys and girls:

  • One stud in each ear and a watch are the only items permitted in school. There should be no other piercings of any sort.

PE Kit:

  • There is a new PE kit which is compulsory for year 7 only. Other year groups may purchase the new-style kit but this is optional. For more information please see the school website. PE kit for years 8-11 is outlined below.
  •  Black short-sleeved polo shirt with St James School logo available from Thomas Moore.
  • Black tracksuit bottoms or shorts.
  • Trainers – not ‘skateboard’ type (non-marking soles).

Daily Equipment:

  • Pen (black, blue)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  •  Rubber
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Scientific Calculator


I hope that this letter is helpful to parents in identifying which items your child needs for September and I hope you have an enjoyable summer.


Yours faithfully

Sophie Roughsedge

Deputy Headteacher

New Term Arrangements for Sept 2012 letter


Curly and Thomas Wright takes on the John o’ Groats Cycling Challenge

Posted in: Latest News on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
Curly Wright and Thomas Wright takes on the John o' Groats Cycling Challenge

Curly Wright, Tom Wright’s Grandfather will be taking on the John O’ Groats cycle challenge next week. Tom himself will be riding from Bridgewater to Lands’ End as are some of Curly’s Grandchildren. Each of them will be undertaking a minimum of 50 miles in various stages to help them appreciate children with less opportunity than themselves. Tom’s challenge is approximately 140 Miles over 4 days. Curly and his family will be cycling for the benefit of The West of England School for Children with little or no sight, which is situated in Topsham Road, Exeter. Tom will be accompanied all the way by Curly and Curly’s Daughter Gem Spicer; who works at WESC. At the End of the challenge on Sunday 19th August, there will be a fete held in the WESC grounds from 2PM till 8PM. There will be live music (A Lady Gaga tribute), trade stands, Exeter City past and present and a BBQ and bar will be available. Tickets will be £7 or a family ticket £25 available to purchase from WESC.

 Any further information can be obtained from Curly’s Website: www.curlyscyclechallenge.moonfruit.com


French Residential 2012 Video

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, July 16th, 2012
French Residential 2012 Video

French Residential 2012 from St James School on Vimeo.


Children Of The Blitz Rehearsals

Posted in: Gallery, Latest News on Saturday, July 14th, 2012
Children Of The Blitz Rehearsals Gallery


Non-Uniform Day 18th July 2012

Posted in: Latest News on Friday, July 13th, 2012
Non Uniform Day Wednesday 18th July 2012

There will be a Non-Uniform Day on Wednesday 18th July (Last day of term) this will cost £1.20 where all funds raised will be donated to Hospicecare.


End of term arrangements 2012

Posted in: Latest News, Letters on Thursday, July 12th, 2012
End of term arrangements 2012

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to inform you of our end of term arrangements. In the summer we traditionally finish at lunchtime on the last day of term and this will also be the case this year on Wednesday 18th July.

Students will be dismissed from school at 1.15pm. Unfortunately the school buses will not come at an earlier time, however, your child is welcome to wait in the library until 3pm if he/she wishes to take the school bus home. Alternatively the bus passes work on the public buses so you may choose this option.

There will be no lunch served at 1.15pm. If any Free School Meal students wish to have a packed lunch they need to inform their tutor or they can buy pasta or other food at breaktime.

It has been a great year at St James School and we are awaiting the summer GCSE results with great anticipation. Staff are already planning for next year to ensure that your child is able to succeed academically and take part in a wide variety of activities in school. I hope you have an enjoyable summer and that the weather picks up soon!

Yours sincerely

Sophie Roughsedge

Deputy Headteacher

Download the End of Term letter 2012 


We reward the best teaching. Even if the teacher is your student – 02 Learn

Posted in: Latest News on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
We reward the best teaching. Even if the teacher is your student 02 Learn

As the end of the academic year draws closer, O2 Learn have some exciting new developments to help engage your students before their summer holidays.


For those of you not familiar, O2 Learn is a free, moderated video lesson sharing website that celebrates the UK’s best teaching. It has over 1,500 curriculum focused video lessons for UK students aged 13-18 years old. All the video lessons are created and uploaded by teachers and all are all quality assured by our Learning Champions (expert teachers).

Each week O2 Learn awards £2000, split between between the teacher and their school department, to the best lesson , to be. This also qualifies them for the O2 Learn Annual Teaching Excellence Awards will be presented in December with £45,000 prize money for the winning lesson.

The power of peer-to-peer learning to engage

We know from talking to our teaching community that their students are often the instigators of their video lessons. We also know from watching the lessons on O2 Learn, that it is often those created in collaboration with students which are the most engaging.

This led us to ask how useful our students and teachers found student led peer-to-peer learning. The answer was unanimous. It seemed that the experience supported the research; to teach, is to learn.

Changes to the competition

So, to encourage great peer-to-peer teaching we are changing the rules of the competition. From this week, students will also be able to upload video lessons giving them the chance to win the weekly Best Lesson Award worth £2000 for them and their school department. We think it’s really important that teachers are involved in this process, so all student entries will need to be approved by their teacher.

Getting your students involved

To help make film-making even more accessible to as many of you and your pupils as possible, we’re also launching a free iPhone app that allows you to easily and quickly film, edit and upload video lessons in minutes to the O2 Learn website. No need to find the old school video camera and its missing charger. The app is called ‘O2 Learn’ and will be available on iTunes app store from the end of the week.

So over the closing weeks of term, be inspired to upload your best video lesson to O2 Learn or help your students create theirs.