The Ridgeway Education Trust (RET) is the Multi Academy Trust (MAT) which oversees Didcot Girls’ School, St Birinus School and Sutton Courtenay Church of England Primary School.  It was created in 2012 when Didcot Girls' School converted to academy status to help facilitate future collaboration and partnership with other schools. In October 2013, RET was successful in its application to the Department for Education for sponsor academy status.

St Birinus School joined the MAT on 1 September 2015.  The increased collaboration between the two secondary schools helps to deliver a number of benefits including educational excellence, improved value for money and wider opportunities for partnership.

Sutton Courtenay Church of England Primary School joined the MAT on 1 April 2019, giving us the potential for further collaboration and the opportunity to build an exceptional coherent education provision from nursery up to, and including, sixth form.

The MAT Board has ultimate responsibility for running each academy within its structure and for setting the vision for schools within the MAT. The MAT has a master funding agreement with a supplemental funding agreement for each academy.

As Executive Headteacher and CEO, Rachael Warwick has oversight of the schools within Ridgeway Education Trust, and Didcot Sixth Form. She works closely with the Headteachers at each school, the Director of Didcot Sixth Form and the Director of the DGS Teaching School Alliance to ensure high standards and a culture of continual improvement.

Excellence through Partnership - RET Charter

Our Charter is a statement of our mission, values and culture ensuring that the Trust remains true to the founding principles of our collaborative partnership as it grows over time.

Please click this link to read the RET Charter in full.

The core values of Integrity, Ambition and Leading for Legacy underpin the Trust’s continuing development and support its commitment to excellence.

For further information, please visit the RET website, which can be accessed here:

Registered Office address:
Ridgeway Education Trust, Didcot Girls’ School, Manor Crescent, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7AJ

01235 812 092

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DAS Master Funding Agreement August 2012 09th Dec 2019 Download
Master Funding Agreement March 2019.pdf 02nd Apr 2019 Download
RET memorandum and articles of associati... 02nd Apr 2019 Download
DAoS re SBS Supplemental Funding Agreeme... 23rd Apr 2019 Download
Deed of Variation to the Funding Agreeme... 23rd Sep 2020 Download

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