St James' Catholic High School

Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Great Strand
Colindale
London
NW9 5PE
Phone 02083582800
Reference Number 101364

Description

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St James' Catholic High School, located at Great Strand, NW9 5PE in Colindale, Barnet, is a voluntary aided mixed-sex school catering to students aged 11 to 18. Founded by the Dominican sisters in 1934, it was originally established in response to the local need for Catholic secondary education to families residing in north-west London. Initially, the school was a non-selective, mixed setting, and in 1949 it absorbed St. Thomas' Independent School in Stanmore. Today, St James' is a specialist school in science and sports and operates on a single site after reuniting in 1997.

The school's history is marked by notable figures such as Sr Mary Catherine Walsh, who served from 1934 to 1969, and Mrs. Niamh Arnull, the former headteacher. Other notable headteachers include Sr Veronica Desmond O.P, Sr Mary Raymunda Jordan O.P, Mr. Kevin McSharry, and Mrs. Anne O'Shea. The school is overseen by the local authority of Barnet, and the current headteacher is Mr. Anthony Ellul.

General Makeup

Number of pupils 1252
Boy/Girl ratio Boys: 53.83%
Girls: 46.17%

Year Groups

Year Number of pupils
7 210
8 234
9 208
10 231
11 207
12 87
13 75

Ofsted Rating Good
Last Inspection Date 2022-06-24
Date Description Report
2022-05-04 School inspection School inspection
2020-10-06 Monitoring visit Monitoring visit
2017-03-07 Full inspection: Full inspection:
2013-02-27 Full inspection: Full inspection:
2011-05-16 Curriculum and development visit Curriculum and development visit
2010-01-13 Full inspection: Full inspection:
2008-11-05 Curriculum and development visit Curriculum and development visit
2007-05-17 Full inspection: Full inspection:
2001-10-15 Full inspection Full inspection

Attainment 8 Score

Attaimenment 8 is a measure of a pupil's average grade across a set of 8 subjects. The 8 subjects which make up Attainment 8 are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • 3 subjects from qualifications that count towards the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), like sciences, language and history
  • 3 more GCSE qualifications (including EBacc subjects) or technical awards from a list approved by the Department for Education
Each grade a pupil gets is assigned a point score from 9 (the highest) to 1 (the lowest). These scores are added up, with English and maths counted twice.

School Score Percentile (local) Percentile (nationwide)
50.3 Upgrade Upgrade

GCSE Results

Metric School Score Percentile (local) Percentile (nationwide)
Grade 5 or above in English and maths 51% Upgrade Upgrade
5 or more GCSEs at grade 9-4 (or A-C) 67% Upgrade Upgrade

Progress 8 Score

A progress score is a way to measure how well a student progressed in comparison to other students of a similar starting ability. A score of zero means would mean that a student made the same progress as others that had a similar starting a ability. A positive score would mean that the student made more progress than other students of similar starting ability. The scores below are for the whole school so is the average progress score across all students.

School Score Percentile (loc) Percentile (nationwide)
0.24 Upgrade Upgrade

Attainment 8 Score

Attaimenment 8 is a measure of a pupil's average grade across a set of 8 subjects. The 8 subjects which make up Attainment 8 are:

GCSE Results

Progress 8 Score

A progress score is a way to measure how well a student progressed in comparison to other students of a similar starting ability. A score of zero means would mean that a student made the same progress as others that had a similar starting a ability. A positive score would mean that the student made more progress than other students of similar starting ability. The scores below are for the whole school so is the average progress score across all students.

2023 Admissions

Number of Applications Number of Offers
First Preference Upgrade Upgrade
Second Preference 129 35
Third Preference 97 19
From another Local Authority 140 56

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