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Supporting Students

Special Educational Needs

The aim of the Special Educational Needs Department at The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School is to ensure that all students have access to a wide, balanced and appropriate curriculum in line with the school’s mission statement.

Support is offered to students in a range of formats depending on an individual’s needs, this could include differentiation of classwork, small group work, LSA support or other in-school interventions. The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School also works with a range of external agents including: Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist and a Hearing Advisory Teacher to ensure positive outcomes for all students.


In order to access the Local Authority’s SEND Local offer please Click Here.

Claire Bradley – SENCO: 01895 679447


Pupil Premium

The Coalition Government introduced the Pupil Premium in 2011 to provide additional school funding for those children classed as having deprived backgrounds, and also those who had been looked after (by a local authority) for more than six months.

The Service Premium was also introduced for children whose parent(s) are, or have since 2011, served in the armed forces.

This funding on a per pupil basis is sent directly to the school and it is up to the school to use the funding in the best way possible to benefit all children and young people who are eligible and to close the ‘attainment gap’ that exists between students who are in receipt of the grant and those who are not.

A breakdown of how this money was used last year and the outcomes of our Year 11 Pupil Premium cohort can be downloaded here. Our Pupil Premium strategy for this year can be viewed here.

A plan for our usage of this funding during this academic year is available here.

In order to maximise the effect of the additional funding on those children and young people for whom the grant was provided, the school is utilizing the best evidence that is available from The Sutton Trust and The Education Endowment Fund (who are the leaders in this field of research on how to maximise educational gain for Pupil Premium students). Parents or guardians interested in looking into the work of these two organisations can visit their web-sites at:

Click here for information concerning Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium.  

Able Students

Able students at Douay Martyrs School are offered an effective pedagogical approach to embed differential learning within and outside the classroom at the departmental level.

Able students are involved in a number of university visits, they attend several lectures and have the opportunity to experience a glance of University life. . The Douay Martyrs School has links with Peter House in Cambridge University, Oxford University, Royal Holloway and Brunel University.

An extensive extracurricular programme runs throughout the academic year offering pupils from year 7 to year 12 the opportunity to attend lectures and workshops outside the classroom.For more information regarding this programme contact Mr. Kieran Marshall, Senior Teacher.



Every member of our community is made in the image and likeness of God. Therefore bullying of any type is contrary to the very basic tenets of what The Douay Martyrs Catholic School stands for.

No young person should suffer the stress of bullying, all students are encouraged to report bullying to a member of staff if they see it going on or indeed suspect that it is going on.  The Douay Martyrs Catholic School takes a zero tolerance stance on this issue, once alerted to bullying we will work with the individual who is the victim, along with his or her parents/guardians etc. to stop it happening. We will keep parents and young people who are the victims of bullying fully informed as a matter of course as to how the school is dealing with any instances of bullying. The school will also work with the perpetrator of any bullying so that they learn that such behaviour has no place in The Douay Martyrs Catholic School.

Accelerated Reader

The Accelerated Reader program is a computerised program that tests reading and comprehension. Students select books on their reading level, read independently, and take an independent comprehension test on the computer. Each book is worth a certain number of points based on its length and reading level. Click here to access AR.