St James Academy
Principal: Mr Ian Moore
Ofsted Inspected: March 2022
Overall effectiveness: Requires Improvement
St James is situated in the centre of Dudley and is housed in the buildings of what was Dudley Grammar School for Boys, to which many modern blocks have been added. Since the creation of the Trust, extensive electrical, heating and roofing works have taken place. Facilities are good and well resourced, with all learners in years 7 and 8 having their own laptops.
The academy is relatively small, with a polite and friendly atmosphere noticeable in the corridors and classrooms. There is also a strong caring ethos, which ensures high levels of support for students and creates a culture of mutual respect. Ofsted found the school to be a harmonious community in which students learnt well in lessons, and our learner survey indicates that the school is well liked.
Over the last five years, the grades that learners achieve have improved significantly, and the proportion of learners achieving Grade 5 or higher in both English and Mathematics has doubled. An increasing number of departments have achieved 100% GCSE Grade 5 pass rates. The academy has a strong track record of success in the arts subjects.
Students are challenged to extend their interests through a wide programme of extra-curricular activities, sports teams and enrichment activities.
The academy has a strongly inclusive ethos with over 30 different first languages spoken. The number of students with Special Educational Needs is over 20% of the academy population.