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Headteacher's Welcome

St Birinus School is unique in Oxfordshire as the only boys’ state secondary school. This uniqueness manifests itself in a strong sense of identity, a tangible ethos and a vibrancy which visitors always comment upon. Although fundamentally a boys’ school, we are collaborative partners in Didcot Academy of Schools – a multi-academy trust committed to educational excellence – with Didcot Girls’ School and share our 16-19 provision in the form of Didcot Sixth Form College. We value this partnership and see it as a driving force for developing educational provision in Didcot and its surrounding areas in the future.

Our results are excellent: students at St Birinus achieve well above the national averages for boys in headline measures. We are committed to the very best teaching and learning. Our teachers know how to teach boys; focusing on high standards and expectations in behaviour, uniform and equipment; careful planning of activities which engage students of all aptitudes and abilities; and instilling in students a spirit of enquiry and genuine curiosity about the world around them.

School is of course about experiences. Extra-curricular activities and the “hidden curriculum” are at the heart of what we offer. What we remember from school – what forms us and makes us the adults we become – is beyond the classroom; it’s the trips and visits, the performances and matches which we remember, the experiences we share with others and which we never forget. We are fortunate at St Birinus that we have so much on offer. Sport, music and drama are the classic triumvirate – we have teams, bands, clubs and productions for students of all abilities, aptitudes and interests – but there is also a wide range of other activities to embrace.  From weightlifting to Warhammer – both of which are extremely popular – there is something for everyone.

Our aim is to produce young people who can go out in to the world as well-rounded citizens ready for the challenges of the 21st Century. What we offer is broad and balanced with the goal of inspiring excellence in the classroom and beyond.

If you would like to find out more, please do arrange to visit us.You will be made very welcome.

Best wishes,

John Marston BA (Hons), M.Ed
Headteacher