Monthly Archives - May 2022


St Dominic’s Primary is OUTSTANDING!

St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School in Stone is celebrating reaching official ‘Outstanding’ status in its recent Ofsted inspection.  Teachers, support staff and students are all delighted with the result. The school was previously judged to be ‘good’ in its last full inspection in 2012 and in a short inspection in 2019. Since 2018, the school has become a member of The Painsley Catholic Academy and recently extended its provision with the opening of a pre-school nursery facility on site. All areas of the school were judged to be outstanding during the two day inspection at the end of March. This includes the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and Early Years provision. The report states; “Everyone at St. Dominic’s does their very best to live up to the school’s mission “As Children of God, we Love One another. Consequently, this is a very friendly and caring school. Leaders have very high expectations for every pupil’s academic success. They place equally high importance on developing pupils’ consideration for others…leaders provide an extremely wide range of exciting and innovative activities to meet pupils’ interests and develop their talents. Leaders have designed the curriculum so that pupils link what they learn to the world beyond school….Behaviour in lessons and around school is exemplary.” Mrs Dianne Stokes, Head teacher at St Dominic’s commented, “I am delighted with this report which acknowledges the hard work, commitment and enthusiasm of the staff and school community.” St Dominic’s takes children from age 3 to 11 and welcomes children of all faiths.

£16,500 Raised by The Painsley Catholic Academy for CAFOD’s Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal. 

The Painsley Catholic Academy is delighted to announce that its schools have collectively raised £16,500 for CAFOD’s Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal.  The academy comprises two Catholic high schools and thirteen Catholic Primary schools in Staffordshire and started their fundraising in March.

Primary school activities included sponsored walks, fun runs, making and selling craft items including their own story books, bake sales, film nights and many more.  Two primary schools asked students to bring in loose change and used the coins to fill in a large map of Ukraine. A special mention should also go to St Filumena's Catholic Primary School who raised a massive £2446 with their ‘Walk For Ukraine’, where the children completed laps of the sports field within a set time.

At Blessed William Howard Catholic High School, in Stafford, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Uttoxeter and Painsley Catholic College, in Cheadle, students brought in a huge quantity of items to be shipped to Ukraine – items such as bedding / torches and long-life food, in addition to raising almost £10,000 in funds.

Painsley College asked students to use a £1 donation from the RE Department and to make it grow by investing it into their own personal fundraising activities. Blessed William Howard students organised a whole day of activities for the school, including 'sponge the teacher', tuck shops, penalty shoot outs and rowing competitions.

St John’s Catholic Primary School in Great Haywood near Stafford is one of the smaller schools in the academy, and has welcomed three Ukrainian children into its family this term.  Head of School, Mrs Lucy Snaith, commented, “The school community has raised over £150 for the CAFOD appeal but what has been really amazing is just how lovely our children have been in welcoming our three new students and going out of their way to make them feel at home.”

Mr Steve Bell, CEO at The Painsley Catholic Academy said, “I am immensely proud of the efforts of all of our students, from age 3 to age 18, they have all taken this campaign to their hearts.  Thank you also to parents and staff who have supported the various initiatives throughout the academy.”