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St James School host a Wildlife Conference!

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, October 20th, 2014
St James School host a Wildlife Conference

On Wednesday 8th October we were lucky enough to host the Devon Wildlife Trust’s annual conference. Here is what they had to say about the day:

‘Our annual conference at St James School Exeter today was AMAZING!!! 14 schools and 127 students came together to learn about local wildlife and to transform the grounds at the school.  Ruppert Goddard from Buglife taught us the value of pollinators before everyone was treated to a superb show from Andy Robinson of the National Marine Aquarium.  On the practical side we were blessed with clear skies and the successful planting of over 300 bulbs, a wildflower meadow, a new butterfly border, a pond and garden clearance and new bug habitats- so much in one day!!’

Our students as always were excellent ambassadors for our school- taking photos, serving drinks, guiding the visitors around the school grounds and helping to set up and clear away equipment.  A huge thank you to everyone involved in making the day such a success!

Please visit the Devon Wildlife Trust website for further details about the day!


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Invigilators Wanted

Posted in: Latest News on Sunday, October 19th, 2014
Invigilators Wanted

Invigilators – £7.71 per hour

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of young people? Are you able to relate to young people? Are you reliable, punctual, flexible, accurate, a confident communicator and able to work under pressure? If so we need you!!

St James School is seeking to extend its team of invigilators that support the examinations officer during the busy exam periods throughout the academic year. The role will involve working with students, teaching staff and other invigilators. The ability to work as a part of a team is essential. Full training will be given.

If you are interested please complete the Non Teaching Application form - Word Document OR Non Teaching Application Form - PDF Document

The application and covering letter should be addressed to Mrs M Marder, St James School, Summer Lane, Exeter, Devon, EX4 8NN. Closing date is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 22nd October 2014.

A DBS disclosure is required for this post. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


St James 34, St Wilfrid’s 32

Posted in: Latest News on Sunday, October 19th, 2014
St James Vs St Wilfrids

St James kicked off their U-15 Rugby season with a thrilling victory over St Wilfrid’s School. Led by skipper Tom Ogg, St James suffered an early set back when they shipped tries within the first five minutes through poor organisation and some missed tackles. As they grew into the game, St James were beginning to look dangerous through the elusive and powerful running of Matt Smith and Ethan Matthews. The forwards were now rucking with precision and securing lots of possession and it came as no surprise that the home side got on the scoresheet thanks to a flowing move, finished nicely by fly half Aidan King, who also slotted the conversion.

The second half began with a bang, St James had their tails up and two stunning bursts, first from Matt Smith, then by scrum half Jordan Sandford enabled the latter to finish off for a try, again expertly finished off by Aidan King. Some tough tackling as ever by Baylie Hicks and Bilbo Wooton led to a turnover and possession and Sandford was again the recipient to score the try. St Wilfrid’s continued to attack and added further tries themselves to set up a tense final five minutes with the scores just in favour of the away team. However, good hands by Ogg, and rapid new winger Tyler Davies enabled a length of the pitch move which resulted in King scoring the winning try. A fantastic victory for St James! Final score 34-32. Training will continue Tuesday after school, 3pm-4pm. New players welcome!


St James Staff taking part in Great West Run

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, October 13th, 2014

A team of staff are taking part in the Great West Run on Sunday 19th October in memory of our great friend and colleague Paul Campbell, and are raising money for the cancer charity Anthony Nolan. If you would like to sponsor us, you can donate at:

Http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Campbellscrew2014 many thanks for your support.

There will also be a Non Uniform day, Cake Bake sale and a 1 mile fun run on FRIDAY 17th OCTOBER. Again, all proceeds will be donated to the Anthony Nolan Cancer Charity.

Wristbands are also on sale from Mr Foster, these are a £1 Minimum donation fee.



Open Evening 2014 Presentation

Posted in: Latest News on Friday, September 19th, 2014
Open Evening 2014 v2

If you missed our fantastic Open Evening last night then please check out the Prezi from Mrs Moira Marder (Headteacher) http://prezi.com/fhewkfpjccaw/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

Open Morning Tours: We are always delighted to show people around the school during the day. We are offering tours between 9-11am between Friday 19th September and Friday 3rd October. If you would like to attend our tour, you can book a place on a tour by contacting Jill Willis on 01392 209922 ext 285 or admin@st-james.devon.sch.uk



Exeter College Open Events

Posted in: Latest News on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Exe Coll Open Events

OPEN EVENT A5 card Aug 14


For the third consecutive time, St James receive the British Council International School Award 2014-2017

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, September 15th, 2014
International award

Staff and students at St James are celebrating after being accredited with the British Council International School Award 2014-2017; an award that they have held now since 2008 in recognition of the school’s commitment to ensuring that cultural diversity is celebrated and that students become global citizens, fully aware of the world and the positive impact they can have on it.

The report from the British Council on giving the award states: “It is very encouraging to see the level of commitment and passion that you [St James] have dedicated to your international education programme over the years that you have been engaged in it. Every activity is completely cross-curricular and they are all appropriately linked with global themes that have resulted in this excellent work. Your ability to embed internationalism into your curriculum in such an apparently effortless manner clearly demonstrates your understanding of the principles and mechanisms of international learning… Your school is a very good example of how to guide your international work through clearly planned and delivered activities across an extensive cross-curricular platform.”

The report also drew attention to the work of St James within the local community: “You have done very well in disseminating good practice to your international and local partner schools. Your status as an ambassadorial school is further strengthened by your efforts to encourage other schools to embrace international education … In fact, your readiness to extend your current success to a wider network of schools is commendable, and your ideas and activities for enriching the curriculum are a credit to your school.”

Helen Stephenson, Ethnic Minority Achievement Coordinator, said of the award, “St James has a number of international partner schools including those taking part in the Comenius Project from Denmark, Germany, Hungary and Spain, our Japanese partner school that visits annually and our long term partnership with St Joseph’s in Sri Lanka. In addition, lessons across all curriculum areas incorporate a global perspective and are underpinned with an all-inclusive, multicultural set of values. Receiving this award recognises this philosophy and approach, as well as our commitment to sharing our International School work with the local community through our Youth Cultural Champions programme and our calendar of school-based international events. ”

Moira Marder, Headteacher at St James, said of the award, “This is a fantastic accolade, and a true recognition of the achievement of the whole school. Staff and students work exceptionally hard to ensure that we recognise the diversity of cultures at St James.”

For interviews and further information, call Amy Grashoff on 01392 209922 ext 221 or email amy.grashoff@st-james.devon.sch.uk

St James School: St James School is a mixed comprehensive of 650 students occupying a purpose-built site on the eastern edge of Exeter. Specialising in Maths and Computing with excellent facilities in all areas, staff offer a wide range of experiences both in and out of the classroom with high expectations of students in personal standards, aspirations, discipline and attitude. The School is proud of its achievements and looks with optimism and enthusiasm to the future. The overriding approach of ‘Learning comes first’ and ‘Every child can succeed’, encapsulated in its motto of ‘Believe and Achieve’ permeates the school’s culture and approach. More information: http://www.st-james.devon.sch.uk Location: St James School, Summer Lane, Exeter EX4 8NN


A Parents’ Guide on GCSE Controlled Assessment & Exams

Posted in: Latest News on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
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Click here to download PDF: Parent guide on GCSE Exams and Controlled Assessments

The purpose of this booklet is to provide you with information on the assessments and exams that your child will be sitting during their GCSEs at St James:

  •  How many pieces of Controlled Assessment and coursework there are on the GCSE course
  •  What percentage of the final grade is awarded to Controlled Assessment
  •  When Controlled Assessments are due to be completed
  •  How many exams they will sit at the end of the GCSE course
  •  What percentage of the final grade is awarded to the exam(s)

If a subject says that Controlled Assessment is continuous, this means that every lesson students are compiling evidence of their understanding to put in their portfolio which forms part of their final grade.

Parents and their children have access to ShowMyHomework where all homework and controlled assessment details are added by teachers. You can login at www.showmyhomework.co.uk. If you have any problems with logging in, or have any questions about the website, please email Mr Farmer on stephen.farmer@st-james.devon.sch.uk.

In a political landscape where there are significant changes being made to educational policy and the exam system on an annual basis, GCSEs are frequently being modified in terms of their structure and assessment. This document will therefore be updated and released annually (or more frequently if required) to ensure that you are aware of the full picture and the impact of any of these changes on the GCSE course your child is studying.

If you have any further questions on assessment, please contact Miss Robins, Assistant Headteacher, on charlie.robins@st-james.devon.sch.uk or 01392 209922 ext. 287.



St James Open Evening 2014

Posted in: Latest News on Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Open Evening 2014

This year our open evening will be on Thursday 18th September  from 6 – 8.30pm. We look forward to welcoming you and showing you round our outstanding school.

We also have open mornings from Friday 19th September through to Friday 3rd October from 9 – 11 am. You can book a place on a tour by contacting Jill Willis on 01392 209922 ext 285 or admin@st-james.devon.sch.uk


St James' Open Evening poster


Welcome back 2014

Posted in: Latest News on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Welcome Back 2014

The 2014 school year starts this Thursday 4th September 2014.

  • Year 7 students start at 08:35am in their tutor bases
  • Other year groups start at 09:55am (Period 2) and they need to go straight to their tutor bases.

If you have any questions about the start of term, please email admin@st-james.devon.sch.uk