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Our Vision and Values

Our Vision

St Birinus is unique as the only state boys’ secondary school in Oxfordshire.  We were eighty years old in 2016 and value our history and place in Didcot and the surrounding villages but are also committed to innovation, new technology and an education fit for the 21st century for all our students.

Our vision is one of “Inspiring Excellence” through which each and every student can succeed and fulfil his potential. We recognise the uniqueness of each student and the talents which every young person has; we strive for every St Birinus student to excel and achieve through giving their very best in the classroom and beyond.

Our House system with its four historic Houses – Athenian, Corinthian, Spartan and Trojan – lies at the heart of this vision. It rests on a sense of identity, a willingness to participate and a desire to always do one’s best.

Our Values

Our values are embedded in our vision and weaved through the life of the school.

They are

  • Community – we are all significant and important parts of the whole

  • Respect – we look after and support each other, cherishing difference and ensuring safety

  • Progress – we are committed to learning and developing ourselves

  • Challenge – we want to succeed and know that it does not always come easily

  • Resilience – when we do not succeed we keep trying and understand that failure can develop us

  • Ambition – we want to be as good as we can be

  • Leadership – we aspire to inspire others and improve the world for the better