Welcome to our website, which I hope will provide you with a glimpse of our school life.
I feel extremely proud and fortunate to be the Headteacher of this very special school. I believe students, staff, and families who 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 independent Catholic school, educating boys and girls from the age of 3 to 16, where children of all faiths are welcome.
We are ranked as one of the top performing non-selective schools in the area, which was recently highlighted when our students achieved excellent GCSE grades; with 100% of them accomplishing 5 or more grades 4-9 and more impressively we are currently ranked 2nd performing school in Staffordshire against selective and non-selective schools for Maths and English at GCSE .
I believe in challenging each student to achieve the best they are capable of and attribute the continued success of the school to my dedicated teaching staff, who go above and beyond, to ensure all our students reach their full potential.
I am very proud to have unveiled our brand new teaching building this year. The new state of the art eco-friendly building provides three stories of high tech classrooms, science laboratories, a performing arts studio, an art studio, a peripetetic music room and even a roof top classroom housing an eco garden. The building sits alongside the Trent and Mersey canal and many classrooms have panaramic views of the water giving the children a tranquil space to learn in.
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.
A busy programme of sports, cultural events, speakers, visits, clubs, and activities enhance school life. There is something for everyone at St. Dominic’s.
Since the temporary closure of our school on Friday 20th March 2020 we have been providing a full curriculum of learning for children of all ages via Microsoft Teams in a virtual setting. I'm so overwhelmed by the children's ability to adapt and to stay focused and motivated, and I am very grateful to my talented teaching staff for delivering a new type of learning. It has certainly been a challenging time for everyone; children, staff, and families but as long as we continue to support eachother we will get through it together.
As children are now begining to return to school life, the Senior Leadership Team have worked hard to ensure that all possible precautions have been put in place to ensure the safety of our pupils. There is a one way system operating at school, markings on corridors indicating 2 metre gaps, distanced workstations and hand washing points throughout the site. Processes are in place to control drop off and collection of children and hand washing takes place on entry to and exit from school as well as regularly during the day.
Mrs Rebecca Harrison