Welcome from the Chair of Governors

At St Birinus School, we have the very highest expectations for both our staff and students. There is a strong ethos which consistently runs through the school, supporting the core values of Inspiring Excellence through Care, Courtesy and Commitment.  

The last Ofsted inspection in February 2020, adjudged the school to be a “Good” school, however, we are striving every day to better and deliver the highest standards of teaching and learning. Single sex education works. SBS boys achieve very well year in year out and many go on to study at Russell Group universities. Our vision is to equip the boys with the skills, knowledge and character to grab any opportunity and achieve their full potential and that is what we are focused on every day.  

However, the focus is not simply on the academic. St Birinus is among the best schools in Oxfordshire in terms of offering a wide range of sports and extra-curricular activities, from football to archery, weightlifting to Warhammer. There is also a strong ethos in the arts, with a large number of boys engaged in Music, Dance and Drama.  

Located a stone’s throw from Harwell’s Science campus, St Birinus is able to network and work closely with surrounding employers and businesses to help prepare the boys for their next steps into the world of work, supported by a thriving Careers and Leadership programme.  

Although we are an all boys’ school, there is strong female influence running through the school from the Leadership Team down. As part of the Ridgeway Education Trust, St Birinus is part of a joint Sixth Form with Didcot Girls’ School which also affords the community joint events such as public speaking, dance shows, theatre productions and concerts for all our musicians.  

Whilst St Birinus has strong traditions, we are a modern and forward thinking school. We are proud of our students and of our staff. If you want to find out more, contact our Headteacher, William Manning and visit the school (when possible) to see us in action.  

Conor Byrne
Chair of Governors

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