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

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.

‘Believe to Achieve’

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