Head teacher makes his mark on school
Catholic school boss continues to ring the changes
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.