The Douay Martyrs School

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The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School
Established 1962
Type Academy
Religion Roman Catholic
Location Edinburgh Drive
Greater London
UB10 8QY
Coordinates: 51°33′32″N 0°26′40″W / 51.559°N 0.44452°W / 51.559; -0.44452
DfE number 312/5408
DfE URN 137925 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

The Douay Martyrs RC School is a Roman Catholic secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in Ickenham within the London Borough of Hillingdon, England. It serves around 1,500 pupils from a range of social backgrounds, and its current Headmaster is Mr Tony Corish.[1] It has close links with other nearby educational institutions, including Uxbridge College, Vyners School, and Bishopshalt School.[citation needed]

The school provision was rated 'Excellent' by Ofsted in its most recent inspection report.[2]


The school opened in 1962 with 450 pupils, eventually rising to 862 by 1982.[3]

Douay Martyrs is split into two campuses separated by Long Lane. The Arrowsmith campus contains the original building, and is situated in Edinburgh Drive near Ickenham Station. The Cardinal Hume campus, though older, did not become part of Douay until 1974 formerly being Swakeleys Girls school, though this was not its first identity. A Level studies mainly occur on this site though a certain amount of cross over occurs; increasingly so with year group. It is nearer to Hillingdon tube station on Long Lane.

The author Colin Dexter, writer of the Inspector Morse novels, visited the school on 6 December 1991.[3]

Building work on a new canteen and chapel for the Arrowsmith Campus was completed in 2010.

Mission and Values[edit]

The school puts strong emphasis on its fostering of Catholic moral values throughout the time of study. Its mission statement (“To create a Christ-centred learning community where every individual is enabled to fulfil their true potential” [1]) and motto (Pro Fidi Petri) reflect this. Religious courses are compulsory for all years, taking the form of a Maryvale Diploma for sixth formers.


The uniform has changed notably twice in the school's existence. At first consisting of black blazer, grey trousers and white shirt, the uniform was changed to differentiate it from other local schools. For many years girls wore similar attire to that of boys but with skirts. This was further changed in 2008 in an attempt to improve uniform standards. The girls now wear a blue blouse with a fitted blazer with the new smaller school badge which looks smarter than the original bigger badge. Girls used to wear a blazer, shirt and tie. The boys' uniform has changed slightly. The only thing that has changed is the blazer.

Sixth Form[edit]

Those in the Sixth form are expected to wear "smart" or business attire.


  1. ^ Mass Marks New Leadership at The Douay Martyrs School. 2015. 
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  3. ^ a b Skinner, James (2005). Images of England: Ickenham. Stroud: Tempus. ISBN 0-7524-3411-X. 

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