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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.
I am Mr Sellek, the Head of Year 7.
During the summer term, I visit all of the year 6 students, that are coming to St James', in their primary schools 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, and other activities 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. Some students will attend a summer school and a summer project is set.
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 including a great team of form tutors who are the first point of contact. Please click on my name below to e-mail us, no matter how small the issue or concern.
Head of Year 7
My name is Mr Knibb and it is a privilege to be able to introduce myself as the Head of Student Learning for Year 8 this year. Having taught and developed strong relationships with the majority of this cohort last year, I am very much looking forward to working with each student on a much more individual basis 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 and more crucially, they will be choosing their options for their GCSEs. This is the year for them to start thinking about their future, consider pathways and develop personally & academically and I will be on hand to guide them through this.
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.
I am supported by our dedicated Form Tutors who are on hand to discuss any queries you may have regarding students in their form, but alternatively feel free to contact me by e-mail, simply by clicking on my name below.
Head of Year 8
Welcome to Year 9, It is a privilege being the Head of Student Learning for this talented year group. Last year, we further developed relationships between students and parents and set clear expectations on behaviour and conduct.
This year our focus will be on attainment and academia and we will be demanding more from the year group. Students are beginning the first year of their 3 year GCSE studies and it is imperative that they start off well and meet their targets as early as possible.
Students will be encouraged to seek support and be accountable for their own learning, but we will always endeavour to be around to motivate, help and intervene where necessary. Our students should 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 both academically and outside of the classroom with you all.
I am supported by the Assistant Head of Year, Mr Bennett and dedicated form tutors who are on hand to discuss any queries you may have regarding students in their form.
To e-mail me, simply click on my name below.
Head of Year 9
Welcome to Year 10, this year students are entering the second year of their GCSE courses. Last year, they set firm foundations on their courses and this year we plan to build on them.
Our focus on attainment has not changed and we expect each student to be engaged in their learning and work to the very best of their abilities.
We encourage each student to seek support as early as possible and to be accountable for their own learning, but we will always endeavour to be around to motivate, help and intervene where necessary. Our students should 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 both academically and outside of the classroom with you all.
I am supported by our Assistant Head of Year; Miss Lally and our dedicated Form Tutors, who are on hand to discuss any queries you may have regarding students in their form.
To e-mail me, simply click on my name below.
Head of Year 10
Welcome to a new academic year for 2019-2020. As we are all aware, this is an extremely important year for all the students in the year group.
This year will require a great deal of effort, resilience and determination, characteristics which I am confident that the year group will be able to demonstrate. On that basis, I will be really looking forward to seeing a huge number of incredibly happy students and parents when it comes to results day in August 2020.
We will do everything we can to support the students this year and we hope all parents will help us with this. If there are any queries throughout the year, please contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance. Alternatively, please contact me by e-mail by clicking on my name below.
I wish all the students in the year group an enjoyable and successful year.â
Head of Year 11