Welcome from the Executive Headteacher
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
The story of Didcot Girls’ School’s success is neatly summed up by Aristotle. Our purpose is simple: to provide the very best educational experience for all of our young people. We achieve this through a shared mindset which is ‘committed to excellence’ in all that we do. Excellent leadership and teamwork at all levels of the school ensure that our strategy for ongoing development is strong and that the attention to detail which supports high standards is consistently applied.
Didcot Girls’ School is thriving. Since being rated as outstanding by Ofsted in December 2015, the restlessness which characterises many excellent schools ensures that we continue to move from strength to strength. GCSE results in 2018 were phenomenal and likely to place us in the top 3% of schools in the country for progress and attainment when national data is published later in the year. The year ahead promises to bring yet more innovation as we continue to develop our House system, further refine the KS3 curriculum taught in Years 7 and 8, and extend our provision to support students’ wellbeing. The ‘Revision Revolution’ is an ongoing priority and provides our students with additional skills and resources to revise independently as we prepare them for the challenging, reformed GCSEs across the curriculum.
My role as Executive Headteacher is to work closely with Mr Goodenough, Headteacher at Didcot Girls’ School and Mr Marston, Headteacher at St Birinus, to ensure high standards for all young people across the Ridgeway Education Trust. By working in close collaboration we ensure that all young people benefit from the best that each school has to offer. Didcot Girls’ School was awarded Teaching School status in 2017 and there is more exciting work to be done here alongside the Director of Teaching School, Mrs Fulwell. I will also be working closely with Mr Willett, Director of Didcot Sixth Form, and supporting the work that he is leading post-16.
I am passionate about both Didcot Girls’ School and St Birinus School and extremely privileged to work with inspirational young people, wonderful staff and talented leaders. I look forward to an exciting year ahead!