St James’ Church of England Academy

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About St James’ Church of England Academy

Name St James’ Church of England Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Miss Julia Strickland
Address Dorchester Road, Bransholme, Hull, HU7 6BD
Phone Number 01482825091
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 217
Local Authority Kingston upon Hull, City of
Highlights from Latest Inspection


St James' Church of England Academy continues to be a good school.

The principal of this school is Miss Julia Strickland. This school is part of Hope Sentamu Learning Trust, which means other people in the trust also have responsibility for running the school.

The trust is run by the chief executive officer, Helen Winn, and overseen by a board of trustees, chaired by Tony Myers.

What is it like to attend this school?

The school is a welcoming environment for pupils. As part of its Christian ethos, the school emphasises to pupils the importance of respect, kindness and perseverance.

This work is seen in the positive relationships pupils have with each other and the... adults in school.

Pupils' behaviour reflects adults' high expectations of them. Pupils recognise that poor behaviour is infrequent.

Adults deal with these instances effectively. Pupils feel safe in school. Pupils share any worries with adults.

The adults help them quickly and effectively.

Pupils benefit from several opportunities to explore their talents and interests. The majority of pupils participate in at least one extra-curricular club.

The school has plans to add more variety to this offer. Most pupils attend a residential visit during their time at the school. For example, the school took Year 6 on an outdoor pursuits residential visit to develop pupils' resilience and independence.

The school has a strong focus on ensuring that pupils achieve well. Most pupils enjoy school and attend regularly. In lessons, pupils are attentive and contribute positively.

Pupils develop secure knowledge and skills from across the curriculum.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Pupils study an ambitious curriculum. The school has considered the order in which pupils will learn new content.

The curriculum is carefully organised to effectively build on pupils' knowledge from the early years. The school has recently strengthened the curriculum that pupils study in some subjects, such as history. Increasingly, these improvements include enrichment opportunities linked to subjects.

For example, pupils experience an extra-curricular visit to learn about Hull's maritime past during their local history unit.

In lessons, teachers prioritise the teaching of important vocabulary. Adults, including those working with children in the early years, consistently model the accurate use of vocabulary to pupils.

Teachers use a consistent approach in lessons. They use this approach effectively to support pupils to develop their knowledge of the curriculum. Pupils regularly discuss their learning, which helps to deepen their understanding.

In some lessons, teachers do not routinely check on what pupils know and remember from the curriculum. When this happens, opportunities to correct pupils' misconceptions can be missed.

Children in the early years make a positive start at school.

Adults take opportunities to teach children how to behave appropriately. This is reflected in the consideration that children show to each other. Children sustain concentration during activities and enjoy their learning.

Adults make use of well-chosen questions to strengthen children's knowledge. For example, by reinforcing children's understanding of counting while investigating insects as part of their learning about the natural world.

Staff are knowledgeable about the teaching of early reading.

The school's phonics lessons are taught in a consistent way. Over time, pupils learn to read with expression when reading aloud. Most pupils achieve well in national phonics assessments.

Pupils who struggle receive effective additional help to keep up with their peers. The school correctly identified that some pupils do not read fluently. The school has recently taken additional actions to provide further support to these pupils.

The school has effective systems for identifying the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The school works effectively with external agencies, parents and carers to support pupils with SEND. Teachers make appropriate adaptations to their lessons to meet the needs of pupils with SEND.

The school places importance on pupils' personal development as well as their academic progress. The school provides pupils with a range of support, including sessions to help pupils maintain positive mental health and teaching pupils mindfulness techniques. Pupils know broadly how to keep themselves safe, including online.

Pupils' understanding of the personal, social and health education curriculum is strong. They talk confidently about the fundamental British values, such as tolerance and the rule of law, as well as other faiths and beliefs.

Pupils undertake a range of leadership roles, such as playtime buddies, library monitors and student council members.

These roles allow pupils to make a positive contribution to the school and wider community. Recently, the school council organised a charitable obstacle course event as part of their fundraising to help the local church make repairs.

Those with responsibility for governance have a clear vision for the school.

They provide effective support and challenge to school leaders. The school has revised some subject curriculums and has introduced a number of other new initiatives, such as those to support pupils' reading fluency. In some cases, these are very recent and not securely established.

The multi-academy trust's central team is providing effective support to enable school leaders to embed these changes.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some lessons, opportunities are missed to identify and correct pupils' misconceptions as quickly as possible.

When this happens, pupils' progress through the intended curriculum slows. The school should ensure that teachers effectively check pupils' understanding and adapt their teaching based on the information they gather. ? The school has recently made changes to some subject curriculums and launched other new initiatives.

Some of these are led by new leaders or are not well established. The trust should ensure that effective support enables new leaders to be highly effective in their role and to successfully embed recent initiatives.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in January 2018.

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