Edinburgh Drive, Ickenham, Uxbridge UB10 8QY CHOOSING A CATHOLIC GRANT-MAINTAINED SCHOOL
Catholic Grant-Maintained Church Schools have been in the news recently 'the Douay Martyrs School, lekenham, is the Catholic Grant-Maintained School For the Western Area. Like those schools referred to in recent press reports, it also sees itself as unique in providing excellent choices for parents and pupils. Some information about the school's work on hehalr of young people is provided below.
It is an 11-18 Grant-Maintained School in the trusteeship of the Roman Catholic Diocese ol Westminster. Applications from Catholic children in the western area of the Diocese are welcome.
a The school offers a wide and challenging curriculum including Latin, German, Russian and Italian; opportunities also exist for early GCSE entry in English and Mathematics and Art setting is wellestablished in core National Curriculum subjects.
* At 14 all pupils can choose three subjects in addition to the compulsory core programme or follow the new national GNVQ course. Its Able Pupil programme flourishes as does its work on behalf of SEN pupils. * In the Sixth Form students may opt for a classic academic route of 'A' or 'AS' Levels in Art and History of Art. Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry. Computing. Design & Technology, Economics, English Literature, Environmental Science, French, Geography, Graphical Communication, History, Law. Maths. Media Studies, Music, Physics. Government & Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre Studies or may enter the GNVQ at
Intermediate or Advanced Level.
You can also read about the school in the "Good State School Guide", "Evening Standard" and "Daily Telegraph" Good Schools Supplements September 1993 Guide. It gained the schools Curriculum Award in 1990 and has been commended for its school-based Teacher Training Scheme by Inspectois.
The reason why. the school attracted 400 applications for next year are reflected in the excellent Ofsted Report; some verbatim quotes from it follow.
GOVERNMENT INSPECTORS' REPORT ON THE DOUAY MARTYRS
The school was inspected during the week of 17 21 October 1994 and the inspection report has now been published.
Governors are delighted by the Report's emphasis on the distinctively Catholic nature of the school and the many commendations in it covering all aspects of the school's work.
The inspector; reported that the school commanded the confidence of the pupils and parents, that it was a purposeful and caring community and that it offered a good educatiort to its pupils. The school is commended for its curriculum, management, teaching and efficiency and its very strong values resulting in good learning and behaviour.
In recent years examination results are above the national average, there are good standards of work in lessons and students following vocational courses obtain the qualifications for which they study.
The inspectors reported that:
"The management of the school is good. the headteacher provides strong leadership and staff carry out their responsibilities efficiently. The governors take an active part in ensuring value for money."
They also commended the good quality learning in the school, the well motivated pupils who enjoy the lessons "Relationships are very good. Pupils are well mannered and courteous with each other and adults. The standard of behaviour is VERY HIGH and the school is an orderly community." That pupils' opinions are valued and their suggestions have produced identifiable results was a strong feature of the school. They noted that there is good quality teaching in the school, the teachers know their subjects well and lessons have pace and rigour The many valuable curriculum links with industry and commerce at home and abroad bring considerable benefits to pupils. The wealth of prominent visiting speakers make a significant contribution to the education of pupils. This enhances the curriculum and builds confidence Pupils engage in a large amount of charity work throughout the year this together with the high priority given to service to the community makes a significant contribution to the quality of education provided by the school. The Catholic life of the school was seen to promote good values and the spiritual, moral and social education of the pupils is a strength of the school. The cultural life of the school is rich and varied. The variety of cultures in the school and in society are properly represented within the work of the school. The school places strong emphasis on caring for the well-being of its pupils. The quality of welfare and guidance Is good. Teachers focus upon pupils' needs. There is consistency throughout the school. with predict being based upon clear principles. Pupils appreciate the way in which their needs are met and their views are sought.
As in every school there were areas to address. Setting. which is a positive feature of the school received more emphasis in this year's.plan and the governors have examined the policy of open enrolment into the sixth Form.
The inspection team recognised the need for higher quality accommodation and a Bid for enhanced accommodation has been passed to the Funding Agency for Schools by Governors with the successful outcome of f 1,55 million granted for new buildings. Governors are delighted by the Report's emphasis on the distinctively Catholic nature of the school and the many commendations in it covering all aspects of the school's work.
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