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.The year ahead promises to bring yet more innovation with the establishment of the extended tutor period each morning. This will create half an hour each day for private study and revision, reading for pleasure and ethos activities as well as enabling bespoke intervention for students who need a little more support with literacy or numeracy. I look forward to the opening of the DGS Wellbeing Centre as we prioritise the emotional wellbeing and mental health of our young people with a bespoke provision to provide space for reflection, discussion and support. The ‘Revision Revolution’ will provide our students with additional skills and resources to revise independently as we prepare them for the switch to challenging, reformed GCSEs across the curriculum.
My role as Executive Headteacher is to work closely with Mr Goodenough, Head of School at Didcot Girls’ School and Mr Marston, Headteacher at St Birinus, to ensure high standards for all young people across the Ridgeway Education Trust. Didcot Girls’ School was awarded Teaching School status in June, and there is exciting work to be done here alongside the Director of Teaching School, Mrs Bowers. 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 have the opportunity to work so closely with such talented leaders. I intend to remain very visible and ‘hands on’ at both schools and look forward to an exciting year ahead!