Head teacher makes his mark on school

Catholic school boss con­tin­ues to ring the changes

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HEAD teacher Tony Cor­ish has been ring­ing the changes at Douay Mar­tyrs School af­ter tak­ing hold of the reins in Septem­ber.

In his first five months in charge at the Ro­man Catholic school, in Ed­in­burgh Drive, Ick­en­ham, he has cre­ated ex­tra cur­ric­u­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents and is hav­ing the school re­fur­bished.

The school li­brary is be­ing ex­panded and there are plans for a sep­a­rate li­brary for the sixth form.

Mr Cor­ish, who was pre­vi­ously a head teacher in Bas­ingstoke, has also re­vived the school coun­cil and ap­pointed a head boy and head girl for the sixth form.

He has in­tro­duced Satur­day morn­ing classes for pupils who would ben­e­fit from ex­tra learn­ing, with staff vol­un­teer­ing once a month to take turns run­ning the work­shops and re­vi­sion ses­sions.

He in­tends to cut next year’s Easter hol­i­days by five days for pupils who are tak­ing sum­mer ex­ams.

Other ini­tia­tives have in­cluded ‘deep learn­ing days’ on so­cial top­ics, of­ten in­volv­ing out­side ex­perts, and link­ing with lo­cal busi­nesses to pro­vide ca­reers ad­vice.

Bri­tish Air­ways staff re­cently staged mock in­ter­views with Year 11 pupils.

Mr Cor­ish said: “I am greatly look­ing for­ward to lead­ing The Douay Mar­tyrs Ro­man Catholic School to out­stand­ing out­comes.

“I want to pro­vide ev­ery stu­dent with the op­por­tu­nity to make the very best of their po­ten­tial within a car­ing Catholic school com­mu­nity.”

The school is named af­ter the Douai Mar­tyrs, who were Catholic pri­ests trained in Douai, France, who were ex­e­cuted by Eng­land dur­ing the reigns of El­iz­a­beth I and her suc­ces­sors. It opened in 1962.

Mr Cor­ish added that schools can make a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity and stu­dents reg­u­larly take part in lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing rais­ing do­na­tions for the foodbank, sup­port­ing Calais refugees and vis­it­ing lo­cal care homes and hos­pices.

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