As the Principal, Mrs Perry ensures that she is visible and available in school on a daily basis to answer questions that our pupils and students may have. See below some questions raised by our current pupils and students.
St Dominic’s is a school for pupils and students with special needs and we treat everyone as an individual. We would start by assessing your needs and difficulties and putting together a personalised programme to settle you in until you felt more confident.
No, we understand that behaviour is a form of communication and we would work with you to help you understand your frustration and anxieties and give you strategies to help you reduce inappropriate behaviours.
No, we would take the time to explain the work, identify exactly what you are finding difficult and give you the support to undertake the task.
Some pupils find it very difficult to do their school work at home. This work is an important part of learning and is set to check understanding and prepare pupils for the next topic. We have a ‘Homework Club’ straight after school which is supported by staff. Some pupils choose to go to ‘Homework Club’ rather than doing the work at home as they find the school environment easier to work in.
No, we have a number of pupils who need to have time out to settle themselves down. They are worked with on an individual basis and given time out cards and other strategies to support them. If you left the classroom you would be followed at a distance, we have to be able to see you to keep you safe.
You can talk to any member of staff about the rules and ask them to explain them to you. If you are not satisfied you can take your concerns to the student voice or follow the complaints procedure.
All members of staff are trained to safeguard you and we have a team of Designated Safeguarding Leads who are here to listen to you and keep you safe. If you wanted to speak to a person outside the school you could contact our Independent visitor.
We have had many pupils and students who have had terrible experiences in school and are frightened of failure. We would work with you to identify your interests and difficulties to help you back on track.
We are all on this planet and whether we like it or not we have to learn to operate in a socially acceptable way. We pride ourselves on preparing children and young people for the world of work and life beyond St Dominic’s by giving you coping strategies and a holistic education that will prepare you for life and enable you to ‘live life to the full’.
At St Dominic’s we celebrate difference and accept you for who you are. We do not try to make you ‘normal’ because ‘normal’ does not exist. We work with you and your needs to enable you to find out and accept who you are and assist you in constructing who you want to be.
No, we all get things wrong and behave badly at times, we accept people for who they are and treat them with the kindness and respect we all deserve.