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Year Groups

Each of our year groups is led by an enthusiastic and dedicated Head of Student Learning. They, along with their Assistant HOSL and form tutors, work to support and enhance every aspect of our students' education here at St. James'

This is achieved through working collectively to monitor the attitudes and behaviour of our students. Concerns are addressed as they are identified whilst ensuring that achievements are fully recognised and rewarded, not only within the year group but also the wider school community.

The work of the year  teams is further enhanced by a Pastoral Support Manager (PSM).  The PSM for Years 7 and 8 is Ms Stevens, the PSM for years 9 and 10 is Miss Agolli, whilst Miss Holohan works with Year 11.

Year 7

I am Mr Sellek, the Head of Student Learning for Year 7.  During the summer term, I visit every year 6 student, that is coming to St James', in their primary school and explain all the steps in moving  on to secondary school. This helps the transition to be as smooth as possible.

During the summer term, students come to St James'  for a Transition Day, to get a feel for St James' and to meet many of the teachers. They will also meet their form tutor and new form class.

The school year begins with a Welcome Mass.  The first reading (1 Corinthian 13) reminds us that we are one body with many parts. Like a family, when one part suffers, we all suffer, and likewise when one part rejoices, we all rejoice.  One of my favourite times of year is the Achievement Assemblies, where we celebrate hard work and achievement from across the curriculum areas and rejoice in each other’s successes.   

I am part of a larger team that is here to support all year 7 students throughout the year. Ms Stevens is our Pastoral Support Manager.  We also have a great team of form tutors who are the first point of contact.  Please click on the relevant name below to e-mail myself or Ms Stevens, no matter how small the issue.

Mr Sellek


Ms Stevens


Form Tutors  
7S Miss Gardener
7T Miss Bayard
7J Miss Janin
7A Mr Chodurek
7M Miss Jacobs
7E Miss Mills
7C Mr Dewan


Photo of Year 7 students receiving their merit badges

Year 8

Welcome to the Year 8 page! It is a privilege to be able to introduce myself as the Head of Student Learning of this talented year group. I am very much looking forward to working with each individual student and getting to know parents better.

Year 8 is always an exciting year; the students are no longer the newest members of the school and are a lot more comfortable with school rules and expectations, they also have over a year before having to decide on their GCSE options. So this is the year for them to start thinking about their future, consider pathways and develop personally & academically.

This year we expect students to continue with the focused and outstanding behaviour they demonstrated in their first year. We aim for students to have excellent attainment through our teaching, intervention & mentoring programmes and to help them improve their gifts & talents through our extra-curricular activities. 

Students will be encouraged to do their very best to achieve and make the most of their time in the school. We will be walking step-by-step with each student to ensure they are on track and plan to engage with parents regularly to ensure this happens. 

So please frequently visit our page, as we update you on our progress and all wonderful things happening in Year 8. 

I am supported by our Pastoral Support Manager, Ms Stevens and our dedicated Form Tutors are on hand to discuss any queries you may have regarding students in their form, but alternatively feel free to contact Ms Stevens or I by e-mail, by clicking on the names below.


Mr Tomene


Head of Student Learning - Year 8


Ms Stevens


8S Miss Mistry
8T Mr Riley
8J Miss O'Connor
8A Mr Davine
8M Mr Szymiczek
8E Mr D'Lima


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Year 9

I am delighted to be the Head of Student Learning for Year 9 and hope to be in this role for this group of students right through to Year 11 when they sit their GCSE qualifications.

I have been a pastoral leader at St James' for many years and really enjoyed working with and sharing in the success of our students last academic year. I look forward to building on this in 2017/18 and discussing student progress with parents.

This year will be a demanding year for our Year 9 students. We expect every student to work to the best of their ability, providing exceptional work and demonstrating excellent standards of behaviour. I look forward to regular dialogue with parents and students about progress made and individual achievements.

We encourage all students to take an active part in our broad range of extra-curricular activities and are delighted to share in their successes and achievements.

Year 9 have an outstanding tutor team who are hard working committed to tracking student progress and keeping parents informed. Miss Agolli is our Pastoral Support Manager and is always available for any students that have concerns in school.

To contact wither Miss Agolli or I by e-mail, simply click on our names below.

Mr Knibb


Head of Student Learning Year 9

Miss Agolli


Pastoral Support Manager

9S Mr Phelan
9T Miss Hatton-Gore
9J Ms Okwuosa
9A Miss Yiannitsarou
9M Miss Bernard Roy
9E Miss Print


Year 10

I am delighted to have taken on the role of Head of Student Learning for Year 10 and am really looking forward to developing strong relationships with students and parents.

This year will be demanding for our Year 10 students as they undertake the first full year of their GCSE studies. It will be vital that they give their best at all times and the year team will be here to support them throughout the year and to help with any concerns that might arise.

I encourage our students to continue to make the most of the extra-curricular opportunities available to them and I look forward to sharing in the success of our students academically and outside of the classroom.

I am supported by Miss Agolli in her role as Pastoral Support Manager and we can be contacted by e-mail if any issues arise, by clicking on our names below.

Mr Bird


Head of Student Learning 

Miss Agolli

Pastoral Support Manager

10S Mr Donnelly
10T Ms Unsworth
10J Mr Asare
10A Mr Stokes
10M Miss Walsh
10E Mrs Khan


Year 10 Information Evening - Presentation September 2017

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Year 11

It is my pleasure to introduce myself as the Head of Student Learning for Year 11 and on behalf of the year team, I am delighted to welcome you to the 2017-2018 academic year.

This year will require great determination from our year 11 students, but as they have already made a fantastic start to their GCSE studies, I know that they will continue to move from strength to strength.

I look forward to celebrating achievements with students and parents alike over the coming year and if you do have any concerns or comments regarding your child’s education, please do not hesitate to contact myself, our Pastoral Support Manager, Miss Holohan, or your child's form tutor.

I wish each student every success for the academic year and I know that there will be much to celebrate on GCSE Results Day in August 2018.

If you would like to contact us with any questions or concerns, simply click on the name below to send an e-mail and we'll come back to at the earliest opportunity.

Miss Johnston


Head of Student Learning

Miss Holohan


Pastoral Support Manager

11S Mr McCarthy
11T Mr McDonald
11J Mr Plum
11A Ms Cascos
11M Miss Stanclova
11E Miss Lardner


Presentation from Year 11 Information Evening - September 2017