School mis­sion to de­velop the whole child

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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.”

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