St James's Church of England High School
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|Motto||Caring For Others - Achieving Excellence|
|Type||Voluntary aided school|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Headteacher||Mrs T. Lewyckyj|
|Deputy Headteacher||Mr R. Coulson|
|DfE URN||105266 Tables|
Blue and Silver
|Website||St James's Church of England High School|
The school was a secondary modern school. It became a comprehensive in the early 1970s, and effectively became the only school in the area when the former Farnworth Grammar School was demolished. There is also a St James C of E Primary School in Farnworth, on Hillside Avenue.
The school is continually achieving high GCSE grades, with 61% of pupils attaining the equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade C or above. The school achieved sports college status in September 2005. The new sports area includes a dance studio, a multi-use games area (MUGA) and a sports hall. St James' is a respectable school in all areas, especially in charity work, for which they raise over £5000 each year. The sports college status has now been removed. The School recently achieved its highest ever exam success in 2008 with 73% of students achieving 5 or more Grade A* to C G.C.S.Es. With 65% of students achieving 5 or more Grade A* to C G.C.S.Es including Maths and English. But recently, the school hasn't published any results for the 2015 GCSE results.
Assistant Headteachers - Mrs C. Thornton, Mr A. Leigh, Mr J. Waring, Mrs S. Gibbs and Mr J. Whittaker
The school has a rich history of charity work and fundraising. In 2004, the school started a fundraising project called 'B The Change'. This project was to raise money for a selection of charities including Ryan's Well and Fairtrade. It proved to be very successful - the school creating 'B THE CHANGE" wristbands as a part of this in the then school colours of blue and yellow; the proceeds of whose sale went to charity. Charities that the school has supported include Bisee Books, the Fairtrade campaign and Winter Watch. The school continues to support these charities, as well as Masooli School in Uganda. St James's recently hosted a choir from the Pearl of Africa Childcare charity during their UK tour.
Following the appointment of the new headteacher, Mrs T Lewyckyj, St James has recently been inspected by Ofsted and received an overall grade of Outstanding. This was the only secondary school in Bolton to receive this honour at the time of inspection, and places St James in the top 2% of schools nationally. This inspection is dated back in 2011.
Notable former pupils
- Laurence Robertson - Conservative MP for Tewkesbury (when a secondary modern and later transferred to Farnworth Grammar).
- Jason Wilcox - Former England, Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United footballer
- Luke Daniels - Scunthorpe United F.C. goalkeeper
- Tom Aldred - is a defender with League One side Blackpool F.C..
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