Welcome from the Chair of Governors

Welcome to St Birinus School. We have high expectations and strong, progressive values – Inspiring Excellence with Care, Courtesy and Commitment. We expect high standards of behaviour, without exception.  We embrace diversity and encourage our boys to challenge prejudice and think for themselves.

At their last inspection, OFSTED rated us a “Good” school, but we want to do even better. We have a broad-based curriculum, with high standards of teaching and learning.  Our boys compare well with boys nationally in their exams. Many of our boys leave us for Oxbridge or Russell Group universities, but we prepare our boys for the paths which are right for them, whether university, further vocational training, apprenticeships or employment. Whatever their interests and aptitudes, it’s our job to help our boys reach their full potential, giving them the skills, confidence and values to be successful in our challenging modern world.

Education at St Birinus is not then just about exams. We are among the best schools in Oxfordshire in a wide range of sports, with many of our boys performing at county, national or international level. We have a strong tradition in music, embracing musical theatre, choral, classical and popular music. Many of our boys enjoy dance.  We work with local employers, many of whom are science and technology based, to prepare our boys for the world of work. There’s a wide range of clubs and opportunities for boys to develop leadership capabilities.

We are an all-boys school but there is a strong female presence and influence.   Half of our staff is female. As part of the Ridgeway Education Trust, we run a joint Sixth Form with Didcot Girls’ School. This will be based entirely at St Birinus from 2019. We share activities with the girls’ school, including public speaking and joint musicals. We have introduced a joint music faculty from 2018.

St Birinus School has strong traditions, but we are a modern, forward-looking school. We are proud of our boys and our staff. If you want to find out more, contact our Headteacher, John Marston, visit the school and see us in action.

Stephen White, OBE

Chair of Governors

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