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.
GCSE Examination Results Summer 2015
20 August 2015
St Birinus School would like to congratulate all of its Year 11 students who today receive their GCSE results.
Acting Headteacher John Marston said, “This has been an excellent Year 11 cohort for us. They have worked tremendously hard to achieve these results and they should be proud of what they have achieved. We have boys today who have achieved the very top grades and others who have fulfilled their potential or overcome significant difficulties to achieve grades which they richly deserve. They have all been highly valued members of our school community and we wish them well for their futures, be it with us at Didcot Sixth Form College or elsewhere.”
Performances of particular note were the following students who all achieved at least 6 A* grades: Kieran Agg, William Barnes, Daniel Blair, Ben Carless, Matthew Clancy, Finlay Greenfield, Nathan Hawkes, Seth Howes, Callum McDonnell, Zachary Rickford, Matthew Slade and Sebastian Small.
'A' Level Examination Results Summer 2015 – Didcot Sixth Form College
13 August 2015
Students at Didcot Sixth Form College, run in partnership between Didcot Girls’ School and St Birinus School, are celebrating their A’ level examination results at all levels again this year.
These results include superb performance at the highest grades as 24% of all exam entries received A* or A grades, including 9% at A*, and 61% of students achieved at least one grade A*-B. 48% of all exam entries were graded A*-B and 76% A*-C. The pass rate remains extremely high at 99%
In summary, for the 155 students that completed their A Level studies this year:
Whilst we are very proud of the achievements of all of our students, within these results there are some exceptional individual performances that deserve particular mention. Fourteen students achieved at least 3 A* or A grades and of these fourteen, three students have gained places at Oxford or Cambridge University: Clement Collins-Rice (Chemistry), Mary Spence (Geography) and Lydia Hickman (Experimental Psychology). The highest achieving student was Clement Collins-Rice with four A* grades closely followed by Samuel Baker (Bath to study Mechanics) and Samuel Hall (Bristol to study Engineering) who both achieved three A* grades.