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St Dominic Savio Catholic Primary School ‘Serve the Lord with Joy’


"Leaders and teachers do not place a ceiling upon what pupils can do and achieve, taking every opportunity to reinforce their high expectations."

(Ofsted, February 2020)

Every Child

All of our children can be successful, regardless of birth or background. We are aspirational for all. We focus on ensuring every child leaves our school literate and numerate. We believe that knowledge about the world is central to our pupils’ success.


No Excuses 

Every excuse is a step on the road to failure. We do not accept excuses and we do not make any either. All children are taught the same curriculum. We never place low expectations on children with additional needs. Every child has to achieve academic success if they are to succeed in the future.


High Expectations

All children, staff, school and community will live up to the exceptionally high expectations placed upon them. We all want our school to be the very best.


Exemplary Behaviour

Our school is a respectful and orderly environment, where teachers focus on teaching and pupils focus on learning. Outstanding behaviour is taught, reinforced and recognised through our Five Golden Rules and poor behaviour is not tolerated. We are strict in our approach from the day children start our school at the age of four. We wear our smart school uniform with pride. Our mantra is: work hard, be kind.


Excellent Teaching

The most important thing that happens in our school happens in our classrooms. A teacher is the most important factor affecting pupil achievement. We work with our teaching staff to ensure excellent teaching and support them with training and development. Teacher instruction and subject knowledge is at the heart of this. To ensure no child is left behind, we monitor pupils’ progress regularly and quickly identify when children need extra support and interventions.


No Islands

When we work together, anything is possible. Children do best when teachers and families work together: we involve families in all aspects of school life and encourage participation and collaboration. Our home-school agreement underpins this. We keep parents well informed of pupils’ academic progress and work together to understand any challenges children may face at home or at school. Together, we aspire a climate of scholastic excellence.


"Do not be afraid to be saints.

Follow Jesus Christ who is the source of freedom and light.

Be open to the Lord so that He may lighten all your ways."

Pope John Paul II