We Believe in Positive Encouragement
St. Dominic’s Grammar School is a happy place, because we believe in positive encouragement, where the Emotional Quotient is as important as the Intelligence Quotient. We believe they are linked, as a happy child wants to learn.
At St. Dominic’s Grammar School we arrange transition days, transition trips and induction days to make sure that your child settles in happily with their form. They are a part of the form before lessons begin! We also arrange a buddy system so that your child has ‘a friend’ already in place before they begin.
From the earliest years we encourage our students to take on responsibility. They participate in drawing up policies such as the anti-bullying policy which includes cyber bullying. We have a vibrant School Council where our students from Years 6 to 13 sit side by side working together to improve school life. They become school monitors, and prefects and are enthusiastic about raising funds for charity. They are encouraged to take ownership of their work and their activities.
The Form Tutor takes pride in understanding and getting to know their form – they will be the ‘home base’ for each student. The Form Tutor will be your initial point of contact. Any qualms within the subjects can be channelled through the Form Tutor. The next stage is the Pastoral Manager. She will have overall responsibility for the academic and social welfare of each child; arranging the transition days, induction days and other fun outings such as Disney on Ice, for example, or a weekend in London.
We are a community; we are a family! As the children progress through the school, they develop a sense of belonging and in doing so, they become true Dominicans!
There is truly a development of spirit here with emphasis on good deeds, moral fibre and developing an understanding of the wider world.
St. Dominic’s Grammar has a sound Christian foundation and yet is open to children of all faiths or no faith at all. Through discussion and forum, Form time, PSHE and Citizenship, students are encouraged to discuss moral issues, they are taught truth, and responsible behaviour. We have an ethos that is respectful, maintains a high standard of behaviour, and of course has a strong work ethic. They are encouraged to consider others, to love your neighbour as yourself, to be kind to one another and whatever they do, to do it cheerfully.