Welcome to our website, which I hope will provide you with a glimpse of our school life.
Please do come and visit so you can truly experience what is so special about St. Dominic’s Priory School.
I feel extremely proud and fortunate to be the Headteacher of this very special school. I believe pupils, staff, and families who have or have had the privilege of being associated with our school will be able to identify how the school seems to engage, enthral and captivate all those who have been fortunate enough to have played a part in its amazing heritage.
We are an outstanding Catholic independent school educating boys and girls from the age of 3 months to 16 years, where we welcome children of all faiths.
We are ranked as one of the top performing non-selective schools in the area, and once again this year our pupils achieved excellent GCSE grades, continuing the school’s reputation for academic success by accomplishing a notable pass rate across all subjects of 100%. This highlights the school’s strong academic tradition and reputation for giving an outstanding all-round education.
Our school creates a love of learning in a friendly and happy environment; we nurture individuality and an acceptance of others’ strengths and weaknesses, so each child is advised and guided to explore and pursue their own interests and encouraged to succeed in all that they want to achieve. This was recognised when we were awarded an ‘Excellent’, which is the top grade achievable by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and equivalent to outstanding in Ofsted terms.
We excel in the creative and performing arts and our pupils enjoy participating in activities, including art exhibitions, music concerts, school productions and dance groups. A busy programme of sports, cultural events, speakers, visits, clubs, and activities enhance school life. There is something for everyone at St. Dominic’s.
Mrs Rebecca Harrison
About Our Headteacher
Rebecca started her working life as an administrative clerk at Staffordshire County Council who then provided funding for her to do a Higher National Diploma in Computer Studies. Rebecca’s first teaching qualification was a Certificate in Adult Teaching from Stafford College, which led to her role as lecturer at Stoke on Trent College. Stoke on Trent College supported her to complete her degree in maths and computing along with her PGCE. She was to remain there and work her way up to management level over the next ten years.
From fulltime lecturer in IT and computing, she progressed to teaching HND Business and Computing Modules and A-levels in computing, maths and IT. She also delivered corporate training and did consultancy work on the college’s behalf for external organisations, which culminated in her final management role at the college as course team leader.
In 2003, with two young children, she took on a part-time teaching role as Head of IT at Yarlet School and teacher of mathematics. Thus completing her teaching experience across the five main key stages. Seven years down the line, Rebecca, by now a full-time teacher at Yarlet, was appointed to her role as Head of Main School in September 2010. She served on the Senior Leadership Team playing an integral part in enabling Yarlet to gain an ‘excellent /outstanding’ in their inspection.
Rebecca provided daily leadership and management in her role and ran all aspects of the school alongside the Headmaster. She completed and passed her NPQH in January 2014.
Rebecca was appointed as the new Headteacher of St. Dominic’s Priory school, a role she took up in January 2015.
A week after starting in her new role at St. Dominic’s, Rebecca was notified that an ISI inspection would take place the following week! Under the guidance of Rebecca and the dedication of all the staff, the School received an ‘Excellent’ achievement.