Another successful year for St Damian’s, and another reason to celebrate
– we are the top performing school in Tameside in many measures!


Over the past few years St Damian’s GCSE outcomes have been some of the best in Tameside. This year is no exception, our
Class of 2017 are record breakers! St Damian’s was the highest performing school in a range of areas showing that our
academic standards are high. The percentage of pupils achieving Grade 4 or above, at 86% was the highest in Tameside and
the percentage of pupils achieving Grade 5 or above, at 63% was also the highest. These basic measures are the
foundations of future progress and success.


Here at St Damian’s, we have removed many barriers to learning through our exceptional pastoral care, our focused
leadership and clear vision to become an outstanding Catholic school in all we do. Over recent years’ pupil outcomes have
improved substantially, and we are now heavily over-subscribed reflecting the high levels of confidence in the local
community.


We were delighted to be runners up in two categories in this year’s Educate Awards…

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Runners up in the Innovative and Creative Literacy Award
Our staff are dedicated and share their experience within St Damian’s, and make an exceptional contribution to other
secondary schools in the local authority. In 2016, our English department were recognised as ‘English Team of the Year’ at
the national TES Schools Awards. The department has worked tirelessly to improve standards within her school. This has
been rewarded with successive increases in pupil results with peaks in the last three years.
Judges’ comments: “As is evidenced by other recent awards, St Damian’s is setting the pace in terms of their approach to
literacy. Children are improving across the board, they have outstanding results and progression rates. The English team has
collaborated with other secondary schools to ensure raised attainment of the local authority.”

Runners up in the Spirit of Enterprise Award
At St Damian’s we pride ourselves on the various amounts of opportunities we provide for our students to build skills for life
and prepare them for the workplace. We have developed strong partnerships with business to ensure that our pupils are
given every skill to develop a ‘Spirit of Enterprise’. We have a successful business partnership with National Grid through the
BiTC (Business in the Community) and host regular ASPIRE days which involve over 480 pupils across Year 8, 9 and 10. A
highlight of the school calendar is the annual ‘Enterprise Challenge’ – where every form group is given £10 to raise as much
funds as they can for a chosen charity. Pupils raised a staggering total of £5,550!
Judges’ comments: “St Damian’s have some great enterprise days designed to develop enterprise skills and talents. A
thorough, well thought out programme of initiatives. A good all-round mix!”

Judges’ comments: “St Damian’s have some great enterprise days designed to develop enterprise skills and talents. A
thorough, well thought out programme of initiatives. A good all-round mix!”
Mrs E Jones, Chair of Governors, was delighted with the recognition St Damian’s received at the Educate Awards and said
“This is a true recognition of what our school is all about. We aim to be inspirational for all our pupils and all connected to our
school, including governors, staff, parents and of course our great pupils”.
Mr Logue, was equally proud stating “this is a culmination of a true community working together to ensure we fulfil our motto,
‘Believe to Achieve’. My staff are truly great, and this is a tribute to their perseverance, commitment and dedication. I am
privileged to work with such ‘inspirational’ staff”. At St Damian’s we will celebrate all our achievements and use this recognition
as a springboard to re-energise our determination to our Mission, which is to ensure we provide an excellent all-round
education to our pupils.
We are very grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a glorious event and an exceptional venue with so many
likeminded people wishing each other success. This has been a massive boost for everyone in school and is testament to
everyone working together in a caring and safe environment. So, on behalf of St Damian’s, we would like to thank Educate
Awards for recognising the effort and pride our pupils and staff have in St Damian’s. Special thanks go to our wonderfully
supportive parents; with their trust and continued belief in us, the whole community of St Damian's have achieved such a
prestigious award.


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Runners up in the Spirit of Enterprise Award & Runners up in the Innovative and Creative Literacy Award

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Most Inspirational Secondary School of the Year 2016

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Most Inspirational Secondary School of the Year - a message from Mr Logue 

After a year in which we deemed the most successful in our proud history, as demonstrated by achieving record pupil outcomes, St Damian’s RC Science College, is celebrating yet another external award.

In July 2016, we were delighted to win the ‘Secondary School of the Year’ Award at the annual Manchester Evening News ceremony. Since then we have gone from strength to strength and have recently won another prestigious award ‘Most Inspirational Secondary School of the Year’ at the annual Educate Awards 2016. Schools ‘overcoming barriers’ was a key theme of the schools shortlisted in this category for 2016.

Well, here at St Damian’s, we have removed many barriers to learning through our exceptional pastoral care, our focused leadership and clear vision to become an outstanding Catholic school in all we do. Over recent years’ pupil outcomes have improved substantially and we are now heavily over-subscribed reflecting the high levels of confidence in the local community.

The Educate Awards are a celebration of the successes and achievements from schools across the North West; Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire. In this sense, the award is extra special and an acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication to our Community. Mrs E Jones, chair of governors, was ecstatic and said “This is a true recognition of what our school is all about. We aim to be inspirational for all our pupils and this is a just award for all connected to our school, including governors, staff, parents and of course our great pupils”. Mrs Jones was so proud that she attended the weekly staff briefing to ‘present’ the Award to the staff as she said that it was their Award and that it was “staff who go into the classrooms day in and day out to inspire our pupils”. Mrs Jones then followed this with the Year11 assembly.

Mr Logue, was equally proud stating “this is a culmination of a true community working together to ensure we fulfil our motto, ‘Believe to Achieve’. My staff are truly great and this is a tribute to their perseverance, commitment and dedication. Without them, this award would simply be impossible. I am privileged to work with such ‘inspirational’ staff”. At St Damian’s we will celebrate this fabulous achievement and use this as a springboard to re-energise our determination to our Mission, which is to ensure we provide an excellent all round education to our pupils.

We were also delighted to be shortlisted in the ‘Eco School Project of the Year’. This category was for schools that raised awareness of an environmental issues. Our ‘Sow, Grow, Eco’ project encouraged both KS3 and KS4 pupils to understand food provenance. Pupils planted and grown a range of fruits, vegetables and herbs to be used in Cooking and Nutrition lessons as well as using ‘left overs’ to make compost for further growing. We have also used the area to create a wild flower garden to bring wildlife such as bees and dragon flies into the school environment and this has led to the Geography and Science Faculties using the resource to enhance pupil’s learning. Mrs Brophy, Assistant Headteacher, said “It has been a privilege to work alongside our pupils and develop their wider understanding of the world around them! Pupils have loved the hands on approach to learning and eating what they have actually grown!”

Finally, our journey towards being inspirational has not always been easy, but collectively we feel that it has been unique and worthy of this recognition. We are very grateful for this opportunity which was presented in such a glorious venue with so many likeminded people wishing each other success. This has been a massive boost for everyone in school and is testament to everyone working together in a caring and safe environment. So, on behalf of St Damian’s, we would like to thank Educate Awards for this fitting and remarkable accolade. Special thanks go to our wonderfully supportive parents; with your trust and continued belief in us the whole community of St Damian's have achieved such a prestigious award.

 

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