It is important that pupils feel at ease when making the transition from primary to secondary school and at St James’ we make every attempt to facilitate this transition and make the move to our school as smooth as possible for all.


We are delighted to share our short video that has been made by our friends at, with the help of our staff and pupils. It is designed to give you a little insight into the values and ethos that make St James’ so special. We hope the video provides a taste of what you can expect when you join our school family.

In order to ease the transition of pupils from their primary schools into high school, pupils from our feeder primary schools are visited by various members of St James’ community throughout Year 6. We also plan a number of additional activities and events each year.

With the ongoing restrictions caused by Covid-19, the planning for our 2021 cohort has been much more challenging, however we will use this page to inform you of the steps we are taking to ensure that your introduction to St James’ will be as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Transition activities

As we look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 in September, we have created some activities to give you a taste of the different subjects you will be learning at St James’ and to help prepare you for work in Year 7. You can choose which activities you wish to complete and then you can send them in to school via our dedicated email address so that we can showcase them on our website and Twitter page. Please add your first name and Primary School to anything you send in. Alternatively, you can post them into school


We are thrilled to be able to offer every new Year 7 child who starts with us in September 2021 with the opportunity to select a free book of their choice.

Please click here to find out more about Bookbuzz

Music Lessons

We offer many exciting musical opportunities for you son/daughter at St James’, through our Key Stage 3 Music lessons that are provided to all pupils, extracurricular clubs and instrumental tutors from Stockport Music Service. If your child is interested in private Music lessons please see the link below:

Please click here to find out more about private Music Lessons at St James’

Please click here to find out more about musical opportunities at St James’

Meet the Year 7 Tutors

Hello Year 7. My name is Mrs Brown and I’m looking forward to being a year 7 form tutor again. I’ve been at St James’ for 12 years being Head of Science and a form tutor to different year groups. In my spare time I enjoy attending exercise classes, cooking for the family, reading and going on nice walks in the countryside. Before I had my own children, I travelled a lot and my favourite adventure was going on safari in Kenya, as I love animals and wildlife. I’m looking forward to meeting you all in September and helping you settle in.

Hello Year 7. My name is Miss Frost and I’m a geography teacher here at St James’. I can’t wait to meet you as either your form tutor or your geography teacher in September. In my spare time I love to read and bake, not at the same time of course! I also love walking and spending time outdoors. Enjoy your summer and I hope you’re excited to become part of our St James’ family. Hello I am Mrs Clark and I teach Music here at St James’. My main instrument is the saxophone, which I used to play on cruise ships when I was a little younger and I like to play the Piano, Ukulele and sing pop songs. I also like to dance and I have 3 little girls who also love to sing and dance! I have been teaching since 2008 and I really love my job. At St James’, we enjoy putting on large scale musicals with acting, dancing and singing, and hope you will get involved with those and the other ensemble groups we run here, such as Pop Choir and Rock Band. I look forward to seeing you very soon.

Hello, My name is Mrs Birch and I am Director of the Humanities Faculty. My passion is History, particularly the twentieth century. I have organised many visits abroad for students at St. James’ which include the First World War Battlefields and Berlin. As part of my interest in the First World War, I have enjoyed the opportunity to lead tours on the Western Front and proud to have been appointed as a Specialist Leader in this area during the 100th anniversary commemorations. I also enjoy reading both fact and fiction books and visiting museums. I also enjoy walking in the Peak District and places of historical significance.

Hello 7E, I am Mrs Bray, one of the Art and Design teachers who has worked at St James’ for over twenty years! I love all things creative and ‘arty’ which is why your form room is crammed with colour and exciting things to look at. I am really looking forward to getting the chance to meet all of you in September and the opportunity to help you to start the next chapter of your school journey. Have a fantastic Summer break and take care.

Welcome to St James’, my name is Miss Duffell and I will be a year 7 form tutor this year! I teach science and I am also new to the school just like you. Outside of school I enjoy swimming, all kinds of music, exploring the outdoors and spending time with my hamster called Keith. I hope you are looking forward to beginning your secondary school journey and I can’t wait to learn more about you all soon – see you in September!

Hello year seven! My name is Miss Outhwaite, I am a History teacher and soon to be form tutor to 7S alongside Miss Duffell.  I have been at St James’ for one year, and have really enjoyed getting to know the school and the St James’s family in this time. My favourite things to do outside of school are to spend time with my friends/family, and my tortoise Monica.
Have a lovely summer, I really look forward to welcoming you all soon!

Hi 7C! I am Mrs Duggan, an RE teacher here at St James’ and cannot wait to meet you all! There are three things you might like to know about me: I am a huge Manchester City fan and was a season ticket holder for many years; I love to travel and also hear about the places that other people have been to; and conversations based around what opinions people have and why they have them are my favourite! Whether you are explaining to me why Daily Milk chocolate is better than Galaxy, which Disney film is the most profound, or something being discussed in the media and what you think about it, I really enjoy hearing about what you think or feel, and challenging why someone else may hold a different opinion. Have a lovely Summer break and I look forward to meeting you soon. We have a wonderful 5 years ahead of us!

“Never let the fire in your heart go out”

Romans 12:11

Jesus looked at them and said,
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”

Matthew 19:26