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. The summer’s GCSE results were strong again, placing the school in the top 25% of all schools nationally for boys’ progress. We are very proud!
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. Didcot Sixth Form is now based at St Birinus School and we are proud of the bespoke sixth form teaching and learning centre, cafe and study spaces that we have created for our sixth form students who are wonderful role models for the boys in main school.
My role as Executive Headteacher is to work closely with the Headteachers of the Trust Schools, Sutton Courtenay CofE Primary School, Didcot Girls' School and St Birinus School, to ensure high standards for all children and young people across Ridgeway Education Trust. By working in close collaboration we ensure that all our students 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 also work closely with Mr Cross, Director of Didcot Sixth Form, supporting the work that he is leading post-16.
I am passionate about all of the Trust schools and extremely privileged to have the opportunity to work so closely with such inspirational children and young people, wonderful staff and talented leaders. I look forward to an exciting year ahead!
Ridgeway Education Trust