School mission to develop the whole child
FOR the third successive year, St Damian’s has achieved good academic outcomes for pupils. This year, 64 per cent of pupils achieved at least five A* to C grades, including English and maths. This follows on from a really positive Ofsted report in March 2014 that not only recognised the hard work of staff and governors, but also externally validated that the college’s vision, to become an ‘outstanding Catholic school’ in everything it does, was achievable.
Behind this headline was the outstanding achievement in English, where a record 83 per cent of pupils achieved at least a grade C, with many of these achieving beyond what they were expecting. GCSE maths results were also above the national average. Many pupils achieved fantastic results, with three achieving an amazing total of 30 A to A*s between them. Furthermore, current Year 11 results in core science, biology, performing arts and ICT, all indicate that next year St Damian’s is on track to produce results that will surpass all past records.
These results are a combination of many factors, most importantly a relentless focus on teaching and learning, and great staff. The staff at St Damian’s: teachers, leaders and support staff are dedicated and committed to the children in the school. Add to this strong leadership, including very pro-active governors, determined to get the best possible results, and in practice this means that every single child matters and this is at the heart of the college’s vision.
So, why send your child to St Damian’s?
Headteacher, Mr Logue said: “I strongly believe great schools genuinely have children at their heart. Over the last few years, St Damian’s has an embedded culture of raising both attainment and aspirations of our children. Our excellent Pupil Learning Forum ensures that pupil voice has an impact on the quality of learning within school. This forum, led by a range of pupils, has already helped to create ‘what makes an outstanding lesson’ and there are already exciting plans for the forthcoming academic year. Ofsted, 2014, said that the Pupil Learning Forum had been ‘instrumental in raising the quality of feedback’.
“However, academic results are only part of what we do. Our mission is to develop the whole child and our strong pastoral care is, quite simply, outstanding.
“This all-rounded education is the foundation of what we do and is reflected in our very happy pupils and excellent attendance.
“As our children are happy, so are the parents. I am especially proud of the overwhelming parental support. Survey after survey on parental satisfaction within the school is very high (consistently over 99 per cent).
“This loyalty is recognition that their children receive a great quality of education. All the staff, leaders and governors are committed for this to continue.
“I look forward to meeting you on Monday September 29 at 6.30pm. I will be doing two talks at 6.45pm and 7.45pm. Furthermore, you are more than welcome to visit the school during the working day to see St Damian’s at its very best. Just contact the school for an appointment.”