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Charter Mark- To win a Charter Mark, organisations must demonstrate that they meet six criteria:
-Set standards of service and perform well
-Be actively engaged with your users, partners
and staff
-Be fair and accessible to all and promote choice
-Continuously develop and improve
-Use resources effectively and imaginatively
-Contribute to enhancing opportunity and equality of life in the communities you serve.

This award has now become known as the Customer Service Excellence Award with a revised logo.  We are pleased to report that following a vigorous external assessment in 2010 we have been reaccredited under this scheme for a further three years. The Assors report is available to read. Click here.

We choose to have the Annual Charter Mark Early Re-assessment / Continuous Improvement Report and in July 2005 were reaccredited for a further 3 years. Click to read the assessors report. Charter Mark Re-assessment / Continuous Improvement Report.

Accreditation is awarded for three years with annual monitoring visits from the accrediting body approved by the Cabinet Office. We were awarded our Charter Mark in July 2004. Click to read the assessors report. Charter Assessment















Beacon schools- are schools which have been identified as amongst the best performing in the country and represent examples of successful practice which are to be brought to the attention of the rest of the education service with a view to sharing and spreading that effective practice to others. Beacon Schools offer advice on a wide range of areas including specific curriculum subjects, pupil monitoring, school management, provision for gifted and talented children, improving parent involvement, special educational needs and anti-bullying strategies. Beacon Schools contribute to overall school improvement strategies and to the continuing professional development of all teachers.
The Basic Skills Quality Mark- is a National Award recognising schools that meet good standards in teaching literacy and Numeracy. Schools are externally assessed against the 10 Elements of the Primary Quality Mark. Schools in receipt of the award are monitored regularly and at the end of three years are subject to a full reassessment. We were reassessed in July 2004 and our reaccreditation was confirmed. After a further assessment in July 2007 we retained our accreditation and can now use the Quality Mark 3 logo.

Investors in People- is a national quality standard which sets a level of good practice for improving an organisation's performance through its people. The award is only granted after a thorough external assessment of the organisations policies and practice. It is subject to a three yearly cycle of renewal. Click to read the 2002 assessors report IIP Report
December 2005 saw the end of our first three year recognition period. A return visit from the assessor saw the school successfully revalidated under a new framework. Click to read the assessors second report. IIP Report 2
Having successfully been reacreddited for the third time we were pleased to receive the assessor Gemma Grace's 2008 third IIP report.

DFES Achievement Awards- This scheme was developed to celebrate and recognise the contribution of the entire school workforce in raising pupil attainment and the achievements of high performing schools that have made significant improvement over time.
St James the Great School has twice received the award in 2001 and 2003. The DfES have however
discontinued this scheme following this third round of awards.
Community Link Kitemark Award- These are awarded to schools that are developing links with their community by opening their doors to clubs and organisations within their local area during out-of-school hours. The Kitemark Award scheme was introduced in Croydon in 1995. The Kitemarks are awarded to Schools where there is established community use or where new community use is being
developed. Schools are invited to reapply for a new star to add to their Kitemark Plaque each year.

An Artsmark school:

  • has an overarching policy for the arts
  • provides opportunities for pupils to participate in the arts in curriculum time
  • provides out-of-hours arts opportunities for pupils
  • provides teachers with continuing professional development
  • shares achievements in the arts within the school and with parents and the community
  • has partnerships with arts organisations and arts practitioners


ActivemarkGold- is an assessment and accreditation scheme for the primary sector that recognises and rewards a school for its commitment to promoting the benefits of physical activity and offering good physical activity provision. The programme provides schools with a thorough auditing and development tool to help raise the standard of physical activity provision.
The Activemark process is closely linked with the British Heart Foundation which offers practical steps and guidance on how to plan, as well as ideas on improving all-round physical activity provision.

NAACEmark for Schools- The NAACE mark has been developed by the National Association of Advisors for Computers in Education (NAACE), in association with the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta). It is an award, which through an in depth external assessment process, recognises a school's success in developing and implementing a strategic approach to ICT. It provides a framework for using ICT to enhance teaching and learning and provides opportunities for the school community to develop ICT capability. Gaining the NAACEmark enables schools to move forward with the knowledge that they are implementing recognised good practice.

National ICT Register Schools- ICT Register schools are part of a unique database which captures ICT and eLearning expertise in cutting edge primary, secondary and special schools across the nation. You can browse or search the services on offer from register schools. All Register Schools will respond to enquiries free of charge but if schools on the register engage another school to give extended help and advice there may be a charge for this.

The National Healthy School Standard works to; improve educational achievement, improve health and emotional well being, make schools a safe, secure and healthy environment where young people can learn and develop. Our school has been recognised as a Healthy School. The Healthy Schools Programme is a key part of the Government’s drive to improve standards of health and education and to tackle health inequalities.The Standard has eight key themes; personal, social, health education (PSHE) and Citizenship, sex and relationship education , drug education, including alcohol and tobacco, emotional health and well being, healthy eating, physical activity, environment and safety and working with parents and the community.

The Leading Aspect Award has been designed with, and by, educational practitioners as a means to recognise leading practice that exists in schools, families of schools, Higher and Further Education Institutions, Behaviour Support Services, Foster Care, Secure Accommodation, in fact anywhere where leading practice exists and which may or may not have been recognised.  The flexibility of this award acknowledges the diversity to select the area to be accredited and to tailor it to the individual setting. St James the Great School has been awarded this award for;

Physical Education - “enrichment of the whole child and school community through physical education"

            Music – broad based Music curriculum accessible to all.            


Following an assessor visit our school has been granted affilliative membership of the trust. Specialist schools are required to work with an identified family of schools: primary, middle, special and secondary schools, to devise a community plan that meets the needs of all the partners. The Specialist Schools Trust offers family of schools members the opportunity to affiliate to the Trust.

The purpose of the scheme is to:

  • Support and develop co-operation and partnership working between specialist and non-specialist schools;
  • Improve the transition between phases and key stages;
  • Enable collaborative working on common issues, e.g. leadership development, innovation;
  • Enable family of schools to access more fully the benefits of links to specialist schools;
  • Develop a coherent approach to teaching and learning from 5-19 years; Support and develop an integrated approach to continuous professional development.

The Government in England wants every school to be a sustainable school by 2020. The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) launched their Sustainable Schools Framework in 2006 when the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP set out challenging long-term aspirations for schools to mainstream learning about sustainable development issues and sustainable practices into everyday school life.

Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.

Schools work towards gaining one of three awards – Bronze, Silver and the prestigious Green Flag award, which symbolises excellence in the field of environmental activity.  Bronze and Silver are both self accredited through this website and Green Flag is externally assessed by ENCAMS.  We have been successfully externally assessed and awarded Green Flag status.

Inclusion Quality Mark The Benefits (Read Assessors Report)

  • Local and nationalrecognition of your inclusive practice
  • Its emphasis on practical evaluation – not based in theory but firmly rooted in what happens in school
  • Its use of all stakeholders in the school
  • The usability of the framework as an evaluative tool
  • The way it is structured
  • The concept of a self-evaluation process rather than a series of tick boxes
  • Externally assessed and moderated by a high professionaly team
  • Its overall recognition of the work going on in schools on inclusion

The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) have made it a compulsory requirement that all schools are assessed against a Financial Management Standard. Schools will be required to submit for assessment a file of evidence. The assumption underpinning FMSiS. Effective financial management is essential for schools in order that they can:

  • Exercise proper control and stewardship over the significant amounts of public funding entrusted to them.
  • Allocate and deploy resources effectively to meet school priorities for development and improvement.

A DCfS pilot study concluded that financial management standards in schools could benefit from support for self improvement and to do this schools needed:

  • A clear and consistent standard for financial management which they could aim to achieve.
  • A self evaluation tool for schools to identify their own current strengths and weaknesses and prioritise action for improvement.
  • An external evaluation tool for external and independent opinion on whether or not they meet the financial management standard.
  • guides to good practice in respect of financial management

This Intermediate International Schools Award is designed for schools that have more substantial curriculum-based international activities. It is expected that schools will also have made some progress towards planning collaborative work with partner school/s from another country/ies. It aims to provide a framework for identifying current practice and generating aims for future development. Schools are encouraged at this stage to extend international activities into other areas of the curriculum and to plan collaborative activities with school/s from another country/ies.

  • There may be a number of teachers from a range of subjects in your school who have begun to integrate global issues and international awareness into their lessons.
  • There may be whole school activities such as a European or world project.
  • One class might be exchanging emails with pupils in another country.
  • There may be visits abroad and international exchanges or teacher study visits.

Intermediate ISA award for SJTG global gateway logo
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