St James’s is a Voluntary Aided Church of England Secondary School, judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. It was deemed a National Teaching School in 2012 and plays a central role in school to school support and trainee teachers training in Bolton.

The school motto of ‘Caring for Others † Achieving Excellence’ is central to everything they do. When young people join the school, they become part of the school family and through this develop their potential through academic success, persona, spiritual and social development and self -discipline, based on the beliefs and values of Christian faith. Our substantial offer of extra-curricular activities, from Duke of Edinburgh Award, sport, music and drama, offer excellent opportunities for each child to develop their talent and future potential.

Academic standards are very high and well above the national average. The school curriculum offers a personalised approach, meeting the needs and abilities of each young person, whether they are gifted and talented or have special educational needs.

It is very important that students feel confident and secure at school and display the Christian values of respect for self and others. The whole school, including its Pastoral Care provision, was rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and the school takes pride in the close links it has with parents and carers. Work within the community, locally and internationally, allows students to see how they can take an active role in society and make a difference in the World.

As a Voluntary Aided Church of England School, pupils and parents are expected to be fully supportive of the Christian principles which form the foundation of the education and care provided. The school intake reflects the commitment of parents to our Christian foundation and also recognises other faiths and service to others.