Welcome from the Executive Headteacher
We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it. Barack Obama
This is the quotation emblazoned on the wall of the main hall at St Birinus School and it encapsulates the school’s drive and ethos. We want all of our boys to grow into young men who make a positive difference in the world. The school’s mission statement ‘Inspiring Excellence through Care, Courtesy and Commitment’ signals this ambition and our belief that we do so through growing young people with deeply-held values and character. Since being rated as ‘Good’ once more by Ofsted in March 2016, excellent leadership and teamwork at all levels of the school are ensuring that the school continues to moves from strength to strength. This summer’s GCSE results are likely to place the school in the top 25% of all schools nationally and top 10% of boys’ schools for progress and attainment when national data is published later in the year.
The year ahead promises to be an exciting one at St Birinus as student leadership is developed further, with a particular focus on the concept of modern masculinity or what it means to be a man in the twenty first century. We are delighted to widen the curriculum to include Mandarin Chinese from Year 7 and GCSE Dance from Year 9. Music will be led across both schools by Mr Dingley, as Director of Music for Ridgeway Education Trust. We are committed to offering a wide curriculum offer to all of our students where Art, Music, Drama and Dance are valued equally alongside Maths and STEM subjects to provide a wide and enriching curriculum for all of our students. We look forward to basing the Didcot Sixth Form entirely at St Birinus School from September 2019 and the refurbishment of the main school and sixth form centre will form another key focus of the year ahead.
My role as Executive Headteacher is to work closely with Mr Marston, Headteacher at St Birinus, and Mr Goodenough, Headteacher at Didcot Girls’ School, to ensure high standards for all young people across the Ridgeway Education Trust. By working in close collaboration we ensure that all young people benefit from the best that each school has to offer. Didcot Girls’ School was awarded Teaching School status in 2017 and there is more exciting work to be done here alongside the Director of Teaching School, Mrs Fulwell. I will also be working closely with Mr Willett, Director of Didcot Sixth Form, and supporting the work that he is leading post-16.
I am passionate about both St Birinus School and Didcot Girls’ School and extremely privileged to have the opportunity to work so closely with such inspirational young people, wonderful staff and talented leaders. I look forward to an exciting year ahead!
Ridgeway Education Trust