The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School was founded in 1962. The entry in the school log by the founding Headteacher, Mr Burke, on the first day of term states:
“The school opened at 8.45 a.m. on Tuesday, 11th September. The number of pupils was 88”
Since then the school has flourished and grown and now has nearly 1300 students on roll in Years 7 – 13.
The school is named after the 160 Douay Martyrs between 1577 and 1680. The school motto “Pro Fide Petri”, Through Faith Success, reflects the ethos, values and faith of those Martyrs.
Our mission statement “To create a Christ – centred learning community where every individual is enabled to fulfil their true potential” provides us with our essential objectives. As a consequence students leave Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School with excellent educational outcomes and as well rounded young adults who have been educated in a Catholic School environment.
The current Headteacher, Anthony Corish, took up post in September 2015 after 10 years of Headship in the Diocese of Portsmouth. Working with staff, parents and students the Head, Governors and Leadership Team have articulated an ambitious vision which builds on the tradition and school values already established. This “Douay Way” of life, Christ centred, ambitious and inclusive defines everyday life in the school. This is accompanied by outstanding Pastoral care and Guidance which is developing under the banner “Walk with me”. The school has excellent relationships with local and DOWAT schools, experienced and committed Governors, in a growing practice of collaboration with parents and above all a talented staff and students who are proud of their school and its tradition.