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School Photos are now available from G90

Posted in: Latest News on Friday, May 24th, 2013

School Photos are now available from G90.


St James Newsletter April-May 2013

Posted in: Latest News on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

The April-May 2013 St James Newsletter is now available to download and read. This months issue contains articles on:

  • Ten Tors
  • Sparx Revision
  • 1633 Challenge
  • Parents for St James Quiznight

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Half Term English Revision

Posted in: Latest News on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Half Term English Revision:


GCSE English- Y Population students.

There will be a revision day on Thursday May 30th from 10.00 until approximately 2.30 in the English corridor. We will be covering Romeo and Juliet, Of Mice and Men and the writing question. Please let your English teacher know if you are planning to come along.


GCSE English Language- X Population students.

There will be a revision day on Friday May 31st from 10.00 until approximately 2.30 in the English corridor. Remember to bring your Of Mice and Men book. We will be covering all aspects of the exam. Please let your English teacher know if you are coming along.


June 4th- Pre Exam Breakfast Club

There will be pre exam Breakfast club on Tuesday 4th June for those of you with last minute worries or questions. If you are sitting the English Language exam go to Mrs Thornton and Miss Telford in F41. If you are sitting the English exam go to Miss Delve, Mrs Lasker and Miss Newton in F33.  We’ll be around from 8.0 0am.



Posted in: Latest News on Monday, May 20th, 2013
News from the Sun



On the 1st May 2013 a group of year 10 GCSE Art students took a trip into Exeter City Centre to experience current contemporary art exhibitions and gather primary research for the next GCSE Art project ‘Identity, Future, Fantasy and Communication’.

We started at The Phoenix Art Centre, where we met  curator and gallery manager Matt Burrows who gave an in-depth talk about the current exhibition ‘News From the Sun’.

The exhibition brought together four artists (Adam Dix, Martin Fletcher Systems House, Peter Macdonald and Charlie Tweed) who, in a variety of ways, displayed an interest in subverted or obsolete modernity, referencing technology, architecture and design that offer up optimistic promises of a utopian future. Their work can be seen to explore a sense of nostalgia for the future through references that oscillate between the aesthetics of 20th century science fiction, cold war propaganda and fin-de-siècle modernity.

Students had time to view, photograph and sketch work that interested them, as well as gathering information about the four artists involved.

Students also viewed a new series of paintings by local artist Rebecca Turk-Richards called ‘Small Things’. Rebecca’s paintings intend to convey a playful engagement with the everyday, where memory and experience may inspire a series of jumbled moments that are translated into paint.

We then explored the newly refurbished Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery. This year the RAMM was playing host to the BP Portrait Award. The students examined the showcase of the very best in contemporary portrait painting from around the world. The exhibition presented outstanding and innovative new work in a variety of styles and approaches, from informal and personal studies of friends and family, to revealing paintings of famous faces. This year’s exhibition featured fifty-five works selected from 2,187 international entries. The students were amazed by the variety of portraits, discussing and examining which styles they enjoyed the most.

During our lunch in Northernhay Gardens, we discussed the exhibitions and our ideas for the new GCSE project.

After lunch we made our way down to our final gallery SPACEX. We spent time looking around the  current exhibition by British artist Katy Dove, ‘Thought Becomes Action’. Dove’s work can be interpreted as a kind of aesthetic essentialism, or the distillation of the everyday into fundamental shapes, sounds and colours. The students watched animated films alongside print based works.

Finally, students had the opportunity to explore the city of Exeter through photography, collecting photos to form the basis of new project.

We had a fantastic day, with amazing weather. Students were encouraged and excited by the standard and complexity of the themes running through the works they had seen.  We were able to take away new ideas, themes and primary research which will form the bases of the new project.


SWTN – Safe Social Networking for Staff – FREE CPD!

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, May 20th, 2013

Do you and your colleagues use Social Networking either at home or at work? Keep up to date with privacy settings and ensure your professional identity is protected. Cost: FREE!

South West Grid for Learning are working in partnership with Microsoft and a growing range of partners to build an innovative teacher network for the South West.

Investing in teachers to develop skills that will enable them to utilise technology to impact positively on teaching and learning.

The South West Teacher Network will focus on creating opportunities for teachers to further develop their skills and knowledge in areas including: Digital literacy; Digital citizenship; Basic skills; Computer programming; Technology in other subjects; and whole school technology.

Membership to the South West Teacher Network (SWTN) is free to all teachers from SWGfL schools throughout the South West, most CPD opportunities and resources are FREE of charge to members.  Events are hosted right across the region bringing a wide range of opportunities to you, locally.

To register for the CPD session please go to:

To register to the SWTN (South West Teacher Network)




10 Tors 2013

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, May 13th, 2013

On Friday 10th May the St James School Ten Tors team departed from Exeter for the annual Ten Tors expedition; a 35 mile walking route across Dartmoor that takes place over two days.

Training for the challenge began back in September and after a series of four day walks and four training weekends, which included the 1633 Challenge, the staff team had the tough task of selecting a team of six to take on the Ten Tors challenge. It was a very tough decision as competition for places was high, but the team eventually selected were: Mustapha Rehemi (Team Leader), Megan Hawker (Deputy Leader), Abby Carbines, Hesham Hanna, Jamshid Haydari, and Tyler Knee.

Friday was spent completing scrutineering – a process where experts went through each individual’s equipment with a fine tooth comb to make sure they had everything they needed. After this the team attended a safety briefing and then spent the rest of the day preparing their route and completing final preparations to their kit. Friday night was a fairly early one….

On Saturday, the participants and staff were woken up to the ‘Chariots of Fire’ theme tune, together with other tunes designed to motivate and encourage! As it was 5am, some may have needed more encouragement than others! The team set off for the start line at 6.15am. At 7am, together with about 5,000 other participants, supporters and staff, the team stood on the line and listened to final words of encouragement and the Ten Tors prayer. Then the gun fired and they were off. As the Ten Tors is completed unaccompanied, the staff would not see them again for over thirty six hours.

The team had to be self-sufficient; there was nobody to turn to for advice if things started to go wrong. This is where real teamwork and leadership happens! After battling with very tough conditions, wind and rain and swollen rivers, the team reached their sixth tor at 7.20pm, which was a great effort. After a splendid night of comfort and luxury at Black Tor, the team were away again by 6am on the Sunday. Conditions to begin with were good, but the rain, together with really poor visibility and high winds, returned by around 9am, making it a very tough test for day two.

It proved a very challenging day, proving to be without question the hardest thing most of the students had ever done. The qualities needed were physical and mental toughness, together with teamwork, leadership and dogged determination to succeed and never, ever, ever give up!

The team eventually crossed the finish line at 3.30pm, after completing 40 miles over two days, a truly exceptional achievement, and one that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Their success was borne out of true grit and determination, qualities that will certainly serve them well throughout their lives.

None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support from a dedicated staff team, led by Mr Foster, comprising Mr Daly, Mr Milverton, Mr Tallentire, Mrs Vine, Mr Humphrey and Mr Farmer.  St James, and Mr Foster, would like to say a huge heartfelt and sincere thank you for all of their help and commitment.  St James would also like to thank the staff from the Exeter School Ten Tors team for all of their help and support.



Latest numu Tracks! Congratulations to “J-Strings” St James’ Folk String Group!

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, May 13th, 2013

Congratulations to “J-Strings” St James’ Folk String Group!

Take a listen:

Tinga Layo

Angelina Baker/Old Joe Clarke



School Photo Money Reminder

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, May 13th, 2013

The last day to pay in the money of the school photos is Wednesday 15th May.


Paris Trip Final Itinerary

Posted in: Latest News, Letters on Sunday, May 12th, 2013

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Revision Sessions at Oxygen House Letter.

Posted in: Latest News on Friday, May 3rd, 2013

May revision at Oxygen House letter – 19 4 13

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