At St James Academy we have always ensured that every one of our students does matter. We strive to meet every individual's needs by personalising learning.
Care, Guidance and Support
Excellent student support is crucial to ensure that students achieve their potential. The Tutor is the key person in the system. Students are allocated to a form where a Form Tutor will be responsible for monitoring each individual student's progress. Parental support is also a vital part in helping students realise their potential. Parents/Carers are asked to sign a Home School Agreement which clearly lays out all of the responsibilities of parents, students and school to ensure a successful partnership.
Good communication is an important part of this partnership. Communication can be via phone, email, letter or visit. The school has a dedicated team of Student Progress Managers to assist Form Tutors in dealing with issues as they arise. Our student planner is designed to inform parents/carers of the homework set, each student's individual subject target grades and learning goals. The planner should be checked and signed weekly by home and school. It can also be used for communication between home and school.
Consultation Evenings are a vital part of the dialogue between home and school. The dates are included in the school calendar distributed at the start of the school year and available as a download. We look forward to welcoming you and your child to these evenings.
The Castle High School Association offers valuable support to the school. It organises social events and fund raising activities which provide financial support to enhance the facilities and resources of the School. Parents are welcome to join this association. Further deatisl available here.
All students are expected to work hard and maintain high standards of behaviour. If students do not follow the School Code of Conduct, sanctions are in place to help modify their behaviour. To help encourage and reward positive behaviour, achievement, good punctuality and attendance, the school has the Vivo rewards system, Achievement Assemblies and a Celebration of Achievement Evening.
Health and Well Being
We are a Health Promoting School having gained the Healthy Schools Mark and work with a number of outside agencies to ensure health issues do not adversley affect the learning of students.
The School Nurse, School Counsellor and Connexions Advisors are available to any student should the need arise. A healthy lifestyle is promoted through the schools Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education Programme. The issues are dealt with in tutor time or on special Focus Days. Enterprise education is a growing theme in these sessions. Visiting theatre groups are used, when appropriate, to deliver the programmes.
All students remain on site during lunchtime. The School Cafeteria which has achieved the Food for Health "Platinum Award" offers a wide range of healthy options to suit all tastes and diets. Parents are welcome to visit the cafeteria.
Only water is allowed to be drunk during lessons and this is available from a vending machine. The tuck shop does not sell chocolate, crisps or fizzy drinks.
Our Student Voice body allows students to participate in school decision making. This is an ideal preparation for participation in local forums after leaving school.