“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire!”
St. Catherine of Siena
St. Damian’s offers a plethora of inclusive, enriching experiences which support pupils’ personal, social, emotional and cultural development. Pupil leadership opportunities, ASPIRE Days, a wide range of extra-curricular activities and enrichment opportunities all complement the knowledge-rich academic curriculum and nurture, develop & stretch pupils’ talents & interests as well as embed fundamental British values.
St Damian’s aim is to equip pupils to lead happy, healthy and successful lives by providing opportunities to develop positive character attributes and strong personal values which include respect and awareness of others as well as positive self-esteem, social skills, self-confidence, motivation and resilience. This helps pupils to become independent, responsible and pro-active members of the local community.
To show our commitment to personal development, we have successfully achieved the ‘Excellence in Pupil Development’ award. The ‘St. Damian’s way’ ensures the pupils are at the heart of everything we do.
Further information about this award can be found at: https://www.awardplace.co.uk/award/epda
Our Catholic Community
As a proud Catholic community, our Liturgy Group and Caritas Group promote prayer, morality, faith and spirituality as well as stewardship. Our fundraising and Share Day activities as well as our charitable works during Advent and Lent nurture the desire to support those who are less fortunate than ourselves. The Eco club raises environmental awareness and reminds us of our global responsibility to protect our planet.
Mental & Physical Well-being
Mental well-being and physical well-being includes pupils’ awareness of healthy eating and the participation of pupils in physical exercise and sport as well as music and team activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Anti-bullying initiatives, diversity awareness, relationships and sex education and the focus on the responsible use of technology and media ensure that pupils value their own identity and have the ability to make confident, well-informed decisions in the future as well as know where, when and how to seek advice.
Our school prides itself on fostering skills for future leaders. Leadership development starts straightway in Y7 with form captains and then culminates in the prestigious roles of Head Boy, Head Girl and senior prefects in Year 11. In addition our STEM leaders act as peer mentors to younger pupils. The skills developed help raise aspirations and prepare pupils for a smooth transition to the next stages of education, training & employment.
Our SEND and most vulnerable pupils enjoy equality of opportunity with a rich lunchtime provision of activities which include social club, games club, film club and craft club and develops their self confidence and enjoyment of social interaction.
Our motto ‘Believe to Achieve’ encompasses all that we do in the area of Personal Development.