Key dates for your diary

Below you will find key dates for year group Parents Evening. A letter will be sent home with your child explaining our Parents Evenings. Should you wish to speak to anyone regarding these dates please contact us on the above telephone number.
 

Date

Year Group

21st September 2016 Year 11 - Induction Evening (7pm)
28th September 2016 Year 10 - Induction Evening (7pm)
17th November 2016 Year 11 - Parents Evening (4:30pm)
23rd November 2016 Years 8 & 9 - Information Evening (6pm)
24th November 2016 Year 7 - Information Evening (6pm)
26th January 2017 Year 10 - Parents Evening (4:30pm)
02nd Feburay 2017 Year 8 - Parents Evening (4:30pm)
02nd March 2017 Year 9 - Options Evening (6:30pm)
09th March 2017 Year 7 - Parents Evening (4:30pm)

23rd March 2017

Year 9 - Parents Evening (4:30pm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feedback from our Parents Evenings

Thank you for the massive and genuine show of support for St Damian’s and your appreciation of all the hard work that teachers undertake for your children. Also for the many positive comments, that I will pass onto my staff. We are resolute in our determination to ensure your child achieves, and exceeds their potential in a safe and caring environment. Below you will find some of the many positive comments parents and carers have made, and a resounding show of confidence from our Parent Evening Questionnaires.

Feedback from our Year 8 Parents Evening 30.01.14

Thank you for the massive and genuine show of support for St Damian’s and your appreciation of all the hard work that teachers undertake for your children. 77 questionnaires were ‘returned’ and 77 would recommend the school to another parent. This is an overwhelming 100% show of confidence! Thank you for the many positive comments that I will pass onto my staff, 2 of my favourites being “my daughter is thriving at your school. You do a fantastic job” and “I have 2 happy children coming to St Damian’s. I could not ask for anything more”. My staff and I are resolute in our determination to ensure your child achieves [and exceeds] their potential in a safe and caring environment. Mr Logue

Parental Comments and Recommendations

At every parents evening I ask if you would complete a Parental Questionnaire. These give us valuable information about your child's experience of St Damian's. I want to ensure that you are happy with your child's education and I am always striving to improve. Therefore, I welcome feedback on any areas we could improve on, and in particular any aspects of our school that you really like. I would like to share a few comments with you.

 

Parents

Evening

Would you recommend this school to another parent?

A few comments from our parents

Yes

No

N/a

 

Year 10

on

26.01.17

 

75

 

3

 0

 

'I have no issues or concerns regarding my daughter. She is extremely happy and I am more than happy with the care and teaching at this school'

'One word: AMAZING'

'My daughter has loved St Damian’s from her first day, her whole experience has been a pleasure'

'Fantastic teachers who support my daughter in every aspect of her development in school, thank you'

'Great school, great teachers and really understand the kids they teach'

'Excellent school, dedication to the students – wonderful'

'Parent/teach relations excellent, supportive teachers'

'My children are very happy here'

'That each member of staff knew my child and her personality'

'Supportive, approachable teachers'

'My son is very happy at St Damian’s and his parents evening results confirmed that'

Year 11

on

17.11.16

 

70

 

0

 

0

'Cannot recommend this school enough, everybody is trying to get their child in this school.  Everybody is talking about this school.'

'I think the school is absolutely brilliant.'

'Please tell them ‘I love this place’

'How well your staff come across to the pupils and their progress, could not have asked for a better school.'

'The staff are brilliant.'

'The last of my children in this school.  We’ll be sad when he leaves.'

'Yr 11 is a crucial year for students, the support and teaching with regards to my son is outstanding.  I feel so fortunate my child attends St Damian’s and has been given emotional support from Yr 7 to Yr 11.  Well done St Damian’s.'

'Thank you for additional support and study groups.'

'This is my last parents evening, I’ve had two children go through and I have to say both my children have found Mr xx’s teaching to be ‘INSPIRATIONAL’

'The staff excel at pastoral care, it is evident and has been from day 1 that the staff have our son’s best interests at heart, both his well-being and education.'

'The staff are caring.'

'Make a sixth form because my daughter loves this school and would really want to stay for further education.'

'Both my daughters Shannon and Hannah Roche have enjoyed this school – I would recommend it to anyone.'

'I would like to thank all the staff who have been integral in the development academically and mentally, she has overcome some challenges over the last year – but I truly believe she has been guided well.'

'All staff are doing an amazing job, they do really care and its excellent to see.'

'Friendly, welcoming and very informative.'

'Impressed with the support to students and the information supplied to parents. Team effort.'

'Keep up the great work. Thank you.'

'Keep up the good work.'

'School has taught all my three sons and I wouldn’t have sent them anywhere else.'

'Leadership and passion for learning is always present when I attend school.  My children feel valued at St Damian’s.'

'Very caring, very helpful staff.'

'Thank you for all the hard work.'

'There is a really friendly atmosphere in the school.  All the teachers care about my child’s education.'

'Have always felt confident since open night for Harry, that you were firm but fair.  I still believe this.'

'Both children really love the school.'

'My daughter is very happy at this school.  Every aspect is great.'

'Teaches are very helpful and are caring to the students.'

'Please pass on thanks to all teachers.  As a parent I really appreciate all the time and effort they put into making sure that every child achieves their best.'

'Fantastic & enthusiastic teachers.'

'The care they put into pupils education.'

Year 9

on

17.03.16

87

2

2

'Always appreciated the strong ethos at the school, community spirit and friendliness of all staff'

'An excellent parents evening and very proud of Lydia’s progress. Many thanks to all the teachers'

'I am overwhelmed by the support the teachers give to my daughter. I am a very proud parent to say my children attend St Damian’s'

'It was lovely to see that all teachers knew my daughter as an individual and knew her personality and achievements'

'It is lovely to see XXX’s confidence levels increase, she just needs to stop the chatting'

'My daughter is very happy coming to school and is making great progress. The pastoral care at St Damian’s is ‘outstanding’. We feel very lucky that our daughter attends this school. Thank you'

'I think you have great staff and they really make a difference'

'The teachers and staff are fantastic!! I know my son will do great and that’s down to the dedication of staff'

'Keep up the outstanding work!'

'Great school, fantastic teachers'

'Keep doing what you’re doing. The results speak for themselves. Strong leadership and great staff. Absolutely recommend to another parent'

'All the teachers are friendly and approachable. I would have no problems speaking to any of them about any concerns I might have'

'It is a great school and she enjoys attending'

'I love everything about the school and staff. I feel they look after the pupils well'

'Fantastic teaching and commitment from all staff. Thank you for all your hard work and effort'

'My child enjoys the extra opportunity to join in all the clubs and groups'

'We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff for their hard work and support they have given XXX this year. Very pleased with all his improvements'

'Continue the superb work. Thank you each and every member of staff'

'My daughter enjoys school, she feels she is in a good environment for learning and the teaching staff always encourage her to do her best'

Year 7

on

03.03.16

92 0 2

'All the teachers we met were extremely positive and enthusiastic, parents evening was very valuable'

'Great pastoral care'

'Great to meet the fantastic teachers in St Damian’s'

'Carry on raising children’s expectations and creating an all-round education keeping catholic values at the heart of all learning and experiences'

'I have dealt with reception on a few occasions-communication is always excellent!'

'Would you recommend to another parent? Yes, indeed I have done so earlier today to a parent'

'Really feel that the staff do have the children’s best interests at heart. Given my sons recent upsets this is a school that has communicated with me. Thank you'

'Updates and fundraising events excellent. Staff are lovely and approachable J'

'I like seeing Mr Logue and other teachers outside when children are starting and finishing school keeping them safe and doesn’t tolerate bad behaviour'

'Excellent school. XX has settled in well and loves school'

'XXX is very happy here and is growing in confidence every week'

'I’m just really pleased that XXX has been offered a place in Sept following her 2 older brothers and we are really pleased with the progress they have made and the environment you provide. Thank you so much'

' Staff are amazing and want children to achieve. Thank you'

'Both my children are doing very well and the teachers are very caring towards them'

'Very happy with the style of effective teaching. Staff have made XXX feel welcome and supportive. I would recommend this school

'All teachers welcoming, professional and genuinely care about my child'

'My daughter’s confidence has grown and grown since she came to St Damian’s. I thought the transition would be daunting but she is loving every minute'

'I like the way the staff support my child. If I have needed to talk to any of the staff it’s never too much trouble. Thank you'

'Fantastic school. Amazing school and staff'

Year 8

on

28.01.16

92 0 0

'My son thoroughly enjoys his time at school, has a great relationship with his teachers, and I’m extremely pleased with his progress.'

'It was a real pleasure to meet my daughters’ teachers and I found all of them very honest in their evaluation of her.  Good teaching staff.'

'Fantastic how my daughter is being pushed to reach her full potential, excellent teaching, best thing we ever did sending her to this school.'

'I just hope my son will get a place in the near future.'

'Excellent school with high standards.'

'Great school and staff.  Great atmosphere'

'Wonderful opportunity to find out my child’s progress.  Very dedicated staff who know the children they teach extremely well. Thank you to all.'

'The school is Fantastic in all categories, thank you

'Be proud in all you do in school'

'This is an excellent school – nothing more to say'

'Have dealt with office staff many times and they are always helpful.  No problems with St Damian’s !'

Year 10

on

21.01.16

97 1 2

'There is a genuine community and family ethos.  The principles are real and must be maintained to the same high standards.'

'Just keep doing the excellent work you already do!'

'I love the enthusiasm of the staff at the school, this creates a really positive, welcoming learning environment for the pupils and is really apparent when talking to the students.  This enthusiasm has clearly created a great attitude to learning which combined with the effort my daughter is encouraged to put in reassures me she will be confident going into her exams.'

'Dedicated staff that are committed to supporting my child to learn and achieve, to do well in exams/study and general community involvement'

'We have always been delighted we chose St Damian’s as the school for our children.'

'The teachers really work hard to help bring the best out of my child.'

'Fantastic well organised evening. Extremely approachable and honest staff.  thankyou all for your time and consistent hard work.'

'All wonderful'

'The support and encouragement from all the staff have enabled my daughter to reach all her targets and her ability to stride ahead.  Her confidence has grown 100%, thanks to St Damian’s.'

Year 11

on

19.11.15

45 0 4

'Staff are helpful and care'

'Friendly and professional atmosphere'

'All the staff have been brilliant with my daughter, and we thank you for all your support.'

'I like how the catholic ethos is encouraged throughout the school'

'My child enjoys school and all it stands for'

'Good school to home communication'

'Keep up the good work and this includes the caretakers who look after visitors'

'The teachers are all extremely helpful and dedicated and go beyond and above their duty'

'All the teachers are excellent'

'St Damian’s is a fantastic school, who I believe have taught my daughter valuable life skills.  Keep up the good work !'

'The teachers are exceptional and brought out the best in my son'

'The positivity and the discipline, thank  you'

Year 8

on

22.05.15

90 1 0

‘Continue as you are, the school is brilliant’

‘Great staff, thanks for all your hard work !’

‘I feel my daughter is developing new skills, she is growing into a lovely young lady guided by the staff’

‘Really pleased with all aspects of school life, could not ask for better for my children’

‘Staff are really committed to doing a great job’

Year 7

on

05.03.15

115

1

0

‘Really pleased with all aspects of school life.  My daughter has settled in well and school has made the transition from primary easy for her, thank you’ 

‘I imagined that my child would feel lost in such a big school.  I have found that staff and pupils have taken her under their wings and I never have to worry that she will not be looked after while she is at school’

‘Our daughter is making excellent progress, her teachers show that they know a lot about here.  We are so pleased with her and the lovely staff, a credit to the school’ 

‘Fantastic school, teachers and well behaved pupils.  All a credit to the school’ 

’Our son is really happy and settled in school.  A great reflection on the staff and leadership of the school’

‘Keep doing what you’re doing, it’s working brilliantly !

Year 10

on

15.01.15

76

0

1

‘All I can say is Brilliant!’

‘Fantastic caring teachers who have helped our son develop into a confident young man we are very proud of, thank you’

‘I particularly like the pastoral care the school offers.  We are kept well informed about our child’s progress’

‘Carry on the good work’

‘My son is making excellent progress and I am very happy with St Damian’s it is a fantastic school’

Year 11

on

27.11.14

57

1

1

‘I am proud to say my child attends St Damian’s’

‘The attitude of the staff has allowed my son to progress and grow throughout his time here’

‘Excellent communication’

‘All staff are very attentive and are genuinely concerned for the future of the children’

‘St Damian’s is a great school, my son has been supported from the beginning’

Year 9

on

20.03.14

 65

 0

 3

 ‘For the constant support and help my child receives on a daily basis’

‘Just keep up the good work ! the best school ever !!’

‘All staff are very knowledgeable about the children they teach, and are enthusiastic in their approach’

Year 7

on

27.02.14

73

0

1

‘Keep up the good work ! we are proud to say that our daughter goes to St Damian’s’

‘Our son settled in straight away, we are really pleased with his progress.  The teaching standard is excellent’

‘Knowing our son is safe, well cared for and respected at school  as he has immense respect for his teachers’

Year 8

on

30.01.14

76

0

1

 “I have two happy children coming to St Damian’s – I couldn't ask for anything more”

“My daughter is thriving at your school. You do a fantastic job!”

“We are extremely pleased with the support our child is given with her academic learning and also her spiritual growth too. Our child loves coming to school and that in itself is a credit to your teachers”

Year 10

on

16.01.14

 90

1

2

“I am very proud to say that my daughter attends St Damian’s school”

"The school is wonderful in so many ways. Thank you”

"So proud tonight, all fantastic comments but that’s down to the fantastic teaching skills of staff.  My child always talks about how teachers ‘make it real’ and relate to things – pupils understand!  Well done

Year 11

on

28.11.13

 57

2

3

“Pastoral care is excellent.  The children are rewarded for their efforts.  Good communication between teachers and parents”

“The relationship between pupils and teachers is really good. Teachers are role models rather than disciplinarians”

“My children have all been very happy at St Damian's and we feel your teaching staff are a credit to you. Thank you”

Year 11

on

18.09.13

 34

0

1

“St Damian’s is a great spirit of belonging. It is a lovely school in a great location. The atmosphere in the school is always very friendly. I loved my time as a parent of children at St Damian’s – it is simply a great school in my opinion”

“The passion to succeed, and acting out ‘Every Child Matters’ quote rather than just saying”

“Over the years I have seen my children grow and blossom.  They have good self-esteem, and treat others with dignity and respect…thanks very much for St Damian's help & Support”

 

The following is a summary of responses from our Parental Questionnaires

 
Parents Evening Number of
Parental Responses
Total number of responses to all questions Would you recommend this school to another parent?
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know Yes No Not Completed
Year 10 - 26.01.17 78   593 240 13  75 
Year 11 - 17.11.16 70 659 98 0 2 11 70 0
Year 9 - 17.03.16 91 755 207 11 6 22 87 2 2
Year 7 - 03.03.16 94 788 195 13 1 37 92 0 2
Year 8 - 28.01.16 92
712
283
3
0
14
92
0
0
Year 10 - 21.01.16 100 772 293 10 6 19 97 1 2
Year 11 - 19.11.15 49 372 142 4 1 20 45 0 4
Year 8 - 22.05.15 91 703 260 14 2 25 90 1 0
Year 7 - 05.03.15 116 1085 161 2 1 27 115 1 0
Year 10 - 15.01.15 77 553 258 14 1 21 76 0 1
Year 11 - 27.11.14 59  442  179 9  2  17  57 1 1
Year 9 - 20.03.14 68 514 217 8 0 9 65 0 3
Year 7 - 27.02.14 74 630 155 8 1 20 73 0 1
Year 8 - 30.01.14  77  567   237   12  4  27   76   0
Year 10 - 16.01.14 93 633 332 23 3 32 90 1 2
Year 11 - 28.11.13 62 357 263 22 3 26 57 2 3
Year 11 - 18.09.13 35 254 120 1 0 10 34 0 1
Year 8 - 27.06.13 103 617 460 20 1 33 99 1 3
Year 10 - 25.04.13 78 446 363 16 2 31 59 2 17
Year 9 - 14.03.13 102 685 369 25 14 29 87 0 15
Year 7 - 28.02.13 114 874 317 19 2 42 98 0 16
Year 11 - 07.02.13 55 400 217 6 2 12 47 2 6

This is a sample of our Parental Questionnaire:

Question StronglyAgree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree
My child is happy at this school        
My child feels safe at this school        
My child makes good progress at this school        
My child is well looked after at this school        
My child is taught well at this school        
My child receives appropriate homework for their age        
This school makes sure it’s pupils are well behaved        
This school deals effectively with bullying(bullying includes persistent name calling, cyber bullying, racist and homophobic bullying)        
This school is well-led and managed        
This school responds well to any concerns I raise        
I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress