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36 EDUCATION
NEWSDESK: 0161 379 0250/0251
SEPTEMBER 20, 2018
   ST DAMIANʼS: A CONSISTENTLY HIGH
ACHIEVING SCHOOL IN TAMESIDE
Over the past few years, St education, in which the whole reason for our successes.
 Damian’s GCSE outcomes have been some of the best in Tameside. This year is no exception.
The percentage of pupils achieving Grade 4 or above was 87 per cent in English and 83 per cent in maths, while the percentage of pupils achieving Grade 5 or above in English was 68 per cent in both English and maths. These measures are the foundations of future progress and success.
Across a range of subjects including religious education, sciences, triple science, history, geography and languages, St Damian’s achieved great exam successes with these subjects all achieving better than expected grades. Within these, many pupils achieved grades 8 and 9.
For example, in chemistry 76 per cent of pupils entered, achieved a Grade 8 or 9 and in religious
cohort was entered, more than 25 per cent achieved a Grade 8 or 9.
These are outstanding results and all areas of the curriculum broke all previous records. Our vocational subjects, including BTEC PE, ICT, CPLD also excelled in their achievements with many pupils surpassing high targets.
The question for many parents is ‘Why send my child to St Damian’s?’ St Damian’s strongly believes that great schools genuinely have
children at their heart.
We foster excellent relationships
with pupils to ensure pupils become the very best they can be. Importantly, the safety of your child is our number one priority.
As Ofsted said, we are ‘rigorous in keeping all pupils safe’ and are ‘meticulous in ensuring that pupils receive superb pastoral care.’
Our pastoral support is a prime
Believe to Achieve’. This is instilled in all the children from day one. Our excellent Pupil Learning Forum [PLF] ensures that pupil voice has an impact on the quality of learning within school. This forum, led by a range of pupils, develops pupils’ leadership skills and confidence.
There are already exciting plans for the forthcoming academic year. Our ambitions for your children are limitless and this is supported by a strong and comprehensive careers program which aims to raise aspirations about their futures.
I look forward to meeting you on Monday, October 1, at 5.30pm.
I will be doing two talks, one at 5.45pm and one at 6.45pm. Furthermore, you are more than welcome to visit the school during the working day to see St Damian’s at its very best. Please contact the school for an appointment.
Finally, we are an ambitious school.
Ambitious in the best sense, making sure that YOUR child achieves their potential in all they do. We hope that parents will
continue to support the school and uphold our simple values and rules. Watch this space for August 2019 where our aim is to be one of the best achieving schools in the
country!
 ACHIEVE TOGETHER AT GREAT ACADEMY ASHTON
                        Great Academy Ashton is a very special place, indeed. The academy is the embodiment of our sponsor’s commitment to providing the very best start in life for all of our young people.
GAA is a non-selective acade- my and wholly inclusive in ethos. Partners include The Manchester United Foundation, Sea Cadets, local schools and businesses, and Tameside Council. Together, we make sure that GAA students have an unrivalled set of oppor- tunities to broaden their experi- ence and fulfil their ambitions.
GAA has an exceptional £43 million building and, as you would expect, is able to offer one
of the most stimulating learning environments in the North West of England, with cutting edge facilities in each department.
Outstanding sports, art, drama and music facilities are available to all students and are regularly used by our community, too.
Principal Mrs J Langley says: “GAA prepares students for their futures by educating minds and developing character.
“Our students are Genu- ine, Respectful, Excellent and Achieve Together.
“I am very proud of all of them, and very proud to be part of the Ashton and Tameside commu- nities.”
      Principal: Mrs J Langley Telephone: 0161 241 9555 Email: [email protected]
Broadoak Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 8RF
Great Academy Ashton Open Evening
Tuesday 2nd October at 6.30pm
   



























































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