It is with great pleasure that I write to you as Headteacher at St Birinus School. My vision for the school is very simple: for it to provide the very best possible education and experience for all of its students – boys in the main school within Years 7 to 11 and girls and boys in the Sixth Form. The highest standards permeate everything we do.
As a parent myself, I know that all parents and carers want the very best for their children – and rightly so. As a school, we have a duty to provide all of our students with an exceptional learning experience, one that allows them to attain excellent examination results, but also one that prepares them for an increasingly challenging world beyond school, where the ability to keep learning and developing is imperative.
St Birinus offers consistently outstanding teaching and an innovative and highly personalised curriculum, where literacy and numeracy skills are secured as firm bedrocks, and a cutting-edge approach to information technology ensures that our students are engaged and have the best possible tools for learning. The school provides a safe and stimulating environment, where mutual respect threads through the tangible ethos of care, support and guidance. In preparing students for the world beyond school, we firmly believe in high standards of dress and attitude, so that good manners, tolerance and understanding underpin everything we do. Tradition is important – and we hold on to our traditions and high expectations, whilst also thoroughly embracing innovation and a 21st century approach to learning.
We see the single sex provision within the main school as a huge advantage to the boys developing and learning. Put simply, there are far less distractions and the boys feel less stigmatised about engaging with activities such as music and public speaking – areas that thrive at the school. In terms of results, the boys frequently out-perform boys elsewhere in the county.
Our programme of extra-curricular activities is of the highest calibre and contributes towards the students thriving in all aspects of their growth and development; equally, our provision for the most able ensures that they progress through the Didcot Sixth Form College to the best universities, including Oxbridge. Celebrating the strong traditions of languages at the school, we thoroughly embrace the need for students to develop their international awareness and to realise their positions as global citizens. The Didcot Sixth Form College consists of the Sixth Forms from St Birinus School and Didcot Girls’ School – and it is this sharing of resources and expertise that makes the College one of the very best Sixth form provisions in the county – and beyond.
In short, St Birinus School provides the very best education, where students progress and thrive because they enjoy their learning. The school compares very favourably with other schools in both the private and state sectors throughout Oxfordshire and, indeed, beyond. It is a school that I feel very proud and privileged to lead: the exceptional staff and students make my job the best in the world!
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the school further, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the school – I will be delighted to meet with you.
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