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Institute of Physics

Institute of Physics

The Science Department at Didcot Girls' School has participated in a two year long research project committed to encouraging more girls to choose A level Physics. We are delighted to have received this recognition of our work - and also delighted that just over 50% of the students studying A level Physics in the Didcot Sixth Form College are girls!

Schools Council Awards

DGS School Council is Highly Commended

The DGS School Council have been 'Highly Commended' in the Speaker's School Council Awards for 2016.  The award recognised the achievement of the Councillors' 'Choices for Change' project.

The School Council wanted to implement some changes to the school environment that the majority of pupils agreed with, not just the school council members.  They also wanted to tap into all pupils’ experiences of being a pupil. 

The School Council therefore, for the last two years, have come up with a list of possible changes in school and then produced a video showing the location of these changes and explained the reasons for wanting change.  They showed the videos in their year group assemblies and handed out ballot papers to all pupils before counting up the vote and then trying to implement the change which received the most votes.

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Students celebrate democracy accolade

Students at Didcot Girls' School have been recognised nationally for their dedication to community work, citizenship and democracy.

Didcot Girls' School was just one of twenty schools in the UK to be awarded the "Discovering Democracy Accolade" this year.

The prize is handed out by the Government's Cabinet Office to secondary schools that have created a "positive culture of citizenship and democracy" and "develop youth participation in society". 

Read more about what our students did to achieve this award here

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DGS is an Outstanding School

We are delighted and extremely proud to announce that Didcot Girls' School has been judged as an outstanding school as a result of the Ofsted inspection which took place on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th November.
 

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The Institute of Physics

 

There are some fantastic career opportunities available to girls in the Science sector and DGS has been recognised by and is working with The Institute of Physics for further these opportunities for our students. 

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A group from DGS attended the finals of the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory School Science Prize. There were 15 finalists, chosen from 180 entrants who had all submitted an essay on "Why I love science".

Finalists were given a  behind-the-scenes tour of the high-powered laser facilities and then each finalist gave a two minute presentation entitled ‘Why I love science’. 

All the presentations were very impressive, but we are delighted to tell you that the judges awarded the top prize to Heidi Omar.

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Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Didcot Girls’ School is very proud to have become a Licensed Organisation for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. This means we have the correct training, health and safety and insurance in place to successfully run the Duke of Edinburgh Award at DGS. This will allow us to continue to enrich the experiences of our students under this prestigious scheme. 

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Recognition for schools that promote youth participation and democracy.

A new Award for schools that encourage pupils to take an interest in the democratic process has been presented to19 schools who have been encouraging pupils to have their say in society - both within the school or through social action projects in the local community.

The Discovering Democracy Award, which was created to support the need to develop character as well as a strong grounding in core academic subjects, was launched by the British Youth Council in partnership with the Cabinet Office and the Department for Education in September. 

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National Takeover Day - November 2015

Didcot Girls’ School has  been successful in gaining a gold commendation for our preparation and delivery of a successful and engaging Takeover this year

 

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Outstanding Success at the BACAs again - November 2015

On Friday 13th November, four Year 12 students stole the show at the annual Business and Community Awards (BACAs) by winning two awards for their campaign ‘Stop the Stigma’. The awards for Inspirational Youth Group and for Raising Awareness were awarded to Beth Hancock, Betsy Brind, Freya Barnes and Amy Lockett for their campaign to raise awareness of the stigmas surrounding mental health discrimination. The campaign was run as part of the girls’ Citizenship GCSE with the help of Mr George, who was also recognised during the awards evening (ran by Didcot First) for his commitment to helping the community through supporting Citizenship groups each year. The girls received £200 which they will give to Mind, a charity that helps people with mental health problems that has previously supported the girls with their campaign.

 

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INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL AWARD

Didcot Girls' School is the only secondary school in Oxfordshire to have been awarded the International Schools Award for six consecutive periods. The Award was first gained in 1999 and renewed as a testimony to the international partnerships that DGS has across the whole school curriculum.

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STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory School Science Prize

Congratulations to Heidi Omar who was the winner of the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory School Science Prize on December 17th.

 

 

First Give National Awards

First Give National Awards Ceremony

The year group’s work resulted in Didcot Girls’ School and Mr George being shortlisted for ‘School of the Year’ and ‘Teacher of the Year’ First Give National Awards respectively. The feedback given to us by the selection panel was as follows: ‘The concepts of charity, community action and their value in enriching young people are fundamental to Didcot Girls’ School approach to education.  The school’s engagement with First Give was fantastic and led to an inspirational final.

Didcot Girls’ School was delighted to be awarded second prize in both categories – and that is some achievement!

 

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Young Carer's Gold Award

DGS was a pilot school for the Oxfordshire Young Carers Award, achieving Bronze in 2013. DGS now holds the Gold Award for the support we have in place for Young Carers.

In December 2015 DGS was awarded the Gold Award for the National Programme. This is a joint project run by the Children's Society and The Carers Trust, to help identify, listen and support young carers in schools across the country, so that they get the help they need.

Support at DGS includes:

  • Identifying young carers as soon as possible so that support can be tailored to their individual needs.
  • A weekly lunchtime where the girls can relax and do fun activities
  • Extra support for homework such as  extended deadlines and mentoring
  • Support to encourage application to further education and university
Oxfordshire Sports Awards FOOTBALLERS SCOOP TOP AWARD

The Under 16 Football team picked up ‘Junior Sports Team of the Year’ at the Oxfordshire Sports Awards. This prestigious event, which was hosted by BBC news presenter Jerome Sale, was held at the Kassam Stadium.  The girls were joined by their parents, Mrs Warwick, Miss Walker and over two hundred representatives from different sports across Oxfordshire. The girls earnt their place in the final following a successful nomination and short listing process. The team were up against City of Oxford Swimming and The Oxford Academy Football who similarly had successful seasons, but Didcot Girls’ School were met by huge cheers as they were deservedly announced as Junior Sports Team of the Year. Below is a picture of the girls collecting their award, before being interviewed for BBC Radio Oxford and The Oxford Mail.

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DGS Swim Team earns a place at Nationals

The Intermediate Swim Squad have been selected for nationals following their success at the County Finals. The teams impressive performance has put them into the Top 30 in the country.

The girls will travel to the London Aquatic Centre on Saturday 21st November to compete at the very highest of levels.

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The Under 12 Football team picked up their first piece of silverware at the county round of the ESFA National Indoor 5-a-side tournament.

The girls beat KAs 1-0 and Faringdon 2-1 in the group stages. The team then met St Helen and St Katherine in the semi final, and brushed them off with a 1-0 win.

The team then went on to play KAs in a nail biting final. Despite tiring after just playing their semi final, Grace Hansen was first to pounce on KAs defence, coolly placing the ball into the corner of the goal. Skipper Meg Regan lead by example, making strong challenges to break play up. Her efforts were repaid when she won the ball in the middle and produced a spectacular and unstoppable strike into the top corner. As DGS begun to tire, KAs took advantage and claimed back a constellation goal.

Final score DGS 2-1 KAs.

The girls will now go on to represent the Vale of White Horse at the Regional Finals of this national competition at Fareham in late January. We wish the girls all the very best of luck!
 
 

Sporting Success

As a school we are now ranked in the top 50 state schools in the country and the only school listed from Oxfordshire. This is a phenomenal achievement and one that sets us at the highest standard of sporting success in the county. This title comes from the School Sport association who rank schools in accordance to achievements across a range of sports throughout the academic year, here is a list of some of the girls incredible achievements.

 

 

U15 Football English Schools’ National Champions (3rd successive year)

U14 Netball Oxfordshire County semi finalists

U13 Swimming Oxfordshire County Bronze Medallists

 

U16 Football Oxfordshire County Champions (3rd successive year)

U16 Netball Oxfordshire County semi finalists

South Oxfordshire County Swimming Champions (5th successive year)

 

U13 Football Indoor County runners up

 

U15 Netball Oxfordshire County Champions

U14 Badminton South Oxfordshire County Champions (5th successive year)

U13 Football South Oxfordshire representatives School Games

U15 Cricket Oxfordshire County Champions (2nd successive year)

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U13 Cricket South Oxfordshire County runners up

 

 

 

 

Science awards

 

DGS wins prestigious Science Oxford STEM Award!

Didcot Girls’ School scooped the prestigious Science Oxford “School of the Year” Award for its work in providing students with a whole range of science-related enrichment opportunities.

Increasing the opportunities available for students to access Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related experiences has been one of the central aims of UK educational policy for some time so we are delighted to be recognised for our outstanding work in this area. STEMNET is a government funded project which links businesses and schools through STEM ambassadors. The science department regularly run events and clubs with the help of the programme including the Engineering Club, a STEM Day for Year 9, Astronomy Club and the celebration of National Science Week (16th – 20th March). This term we will also be taking part in the Festival of Chemistry at Oxford University.

Mrs Warwick, Headteacher, said: 'We are delighted to receive this very prestigious award. The STEM agenda is at the heart of our mission to provide students with every opportunity to experience the world of Science and Business. We know that these are areas where women have been traditionally under-represented so we are doing all we can to ensure that our students continue to buck the national trend."

Dr Lynn Nickerson (pictured below) is the driving force behind the extracurricular science provision at Didcot Girls’ School. Earlier this year Dr Nickerson was named the “South East Higher Level Teaching Assistant of the Year” in recognition of her outstanding work in the area of advancing the STEM agenda.

 

 

 

 

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BBC Radio Oxford interviews Miss V!

Earlier this year, Miss Vassiliou was nominated for Oxford University's 'Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award'. Rebecca Sutherland, ex-DGS student now studying for a degree in English Literature at Oxford University, nominated Miss Vassiliou to thank her for inspiring her, and countless other students, in her English lessons.

BBC Radio Oxford interviewed Stella about her award this week and we are delighted to share a recording of the interview with you. You need to listen from 2:24:10

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p030s8nq

We are extremely proud that Miss Vassiliou has won this award which is so well deserved and which she accepted at the award ceremony 'on behalf of all teachers who do a wonderful job day in and day out at my own school and schools throughout the country.'

Well done, Miss V!

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'This Girl Can' Campaign 

This year, we have seen the introduction of Sport England’s “This Girl Can” campaign which is designed to be an inclusive celebration of active and aspiring women across the country. The campaign has helped develop sport from grass roots level right the way though to elite performance with records broken in every domain. The England ladies football drew in record crowds of over 40,000 people in a recent game against Germany at Wembley and the widespread coverage of the Women’s World Cup has been fantastic on the BBC. The women’s boat race made history this year, held on the same day and on the same course as their male counterparts for the first time in over 90 years.

Here at DGS, the girls have responded brilliantly to this exposure and we have once again seen record attendance at an array of inclusive after school clubs. Competitively, we have had the most successful year with area, county and regional titles being won or retained. As a school we are now ranked in the top 50 state schools in the country and the only school listed from Oxfordshire. This is a phenomenal achievement and one that sets us at the highest standard of sporting success in the county. This title comes from the School Sport association who rank schools in accordance to achievements across a range of sports throughout the academic year, here is a list of some of the girls incredible achievements.

  • U15 Football English Schools' National Champions (3rd successive year)
  • U14 Netball Oxfordshire County semi finalists
  • U13 Swimming Oxfordshire County Bronze Medallists
  • U16 Football Oxfordshire County Champions (3rd successive year)
  • U16 Netball Oxfordshire County semi finalists
  • South Oxfordshire County Swimming Champions (5th successive year)
  • U13 Football Indoor County runners up
  • U15 Netball Oxfordshire County Champions
  • U14 Badminton South Oxfordshire County Champions (5th successive year)
  • U13 Football South Oxfordshire representatives School Games
  • U15 Cricket Oxfordshire County Champions (2nd successive year)
  • U16 Badminton South Oxfordshire County Champions (5th successive year)
  • U13 Cricket South Oxfordshire County runners up

Our biggest success story is our inspirational national footballers who made English Schools’ history by becoming the first team to win three national titles in a row, this achievement is one that no other school in the country has ever accomplished. The hunger and fire our team have shown, even when the going really did get tough is truly inspirational. The girls have become local celebrities, having appeared in the national women’s football magazine “She kicks”, BBC Radio Oxford, ITV news and Sky Sports 1. A journey that has not only taught them a huge amount but has surely created memories that will last a lifetime.

We have also seen a record number of girls be selected for county representation in sports such as Netball, Cricket, Football, Badminton, Swimming and Rugby. Our sports leadership pathway from Year 7 has grown through the development of our Year 10 Sports

Ambassadors who have set up and run lunchtime clubs for younger students. We are also giving our sports leaders the opportunity to become accredited as officials with the introduction of the Youth Netball Umpiring Award.

Thank you to all of our outstanding students who have represented and contributed to the schools incredible sporting success, who continue to be inspirational young athletes and role models that are forever smashing through the glass ceiling.

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Under 16 Football Team Crowned County Champions

The Under 16 Football Team won the county cup for the second consecutive year after a 12-0 victory against King Alfred’s, Sports College. The squad have had a very impressive run in the cup after a  15-0 win against St Gregory the Great Catholic School and an 8-1 win against Lord Williams Sports College.

The team found themselves 1-0 within the first minute as Jordan Harris slotted the ball home from close range. The floodgates were open and the goals came quick with Charlie Deeley heading home from Jordan Harris’ pin point corner. Gemma Archer, Jordan Harris and an unfortunate own goal ended the first half 5-0.

 As the second half started King Alfred’s continued to defend deep in to their own half with little success. Gemma O'Donovan scored three more to get her hat trick whilst Jordan Harris lobbed the keeper from distance  to score her 2nd of the afternoon. Charlie Deeley was quick to follow suit as her header took a deflection to find the net. Winger Ailie Lynn and right back Natalie Mutamba both finished off the afternoon with solo efforts to give Didcot Girls a very impressive 12-0 win.

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Under 13 Football Team Crowned County Champions

Didcot Girls' School Under 13 Football team were crowned county champions for the second year running after a 3-1 victory over St Greg's. Goals from Freeleigh Parnell, Hollie Springate and Holly Porter secured the title for the team. This is the second year the team have won the county cup after a very impressive run in form. The team conceded just 1 goal and scored 25 beating Wheatley Park 17-0, Marlborough 4-0 and Lord Williams 1-0 before reaching the final which was played at Oxford Rover Sports Ground on Thursday 20th March.

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Under 12 Five-a-side Football Oxfordshire County Champions

The Under 12 five-a-side football team became Oxfordshire County Champions after a fantastic display at the National Schools Indoor Tournament. Isabella Rowan, Maili Nugent, Anna Newell, Holly Porter, Freeleigh Parnell and Maisie Marriott won all their games scoring 40 goals in five matches and conceding none! The girls won the final against Langtree with a convincing 6-0 win. The team will now progress  to the Southern Finals at The Soccer City in Fareham where they will represent Oxfordshire.

In other competitions, the Under 13's are through to the County Cup final whilst the Under 16's are through to the semi finals. The Under 15's are through to the last 8 of the National Schools FA Cup, whilst the Under 13's are down to the last 16 and will play their 5th round tie in the next couple of weeks.

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International School Award

DGS has been successful in gaining the prestigious International School Award (2012-15).  The adjudicating panel from the British Council said the DGS has "an exciting range of international activities demonstrating a sound commitment to the global dimension". Mr Harvey who is the Specialism coordinator and who applied for the award on behalf of the school said "It is great to have our International work recognised."  The judges were impressed by the wide range of activities that we run which in the past 12 months have included:
Sixth form child care project with a school in Sweden
Year 7 trip to a chateau in Normandy
The Didcot Partnership's annual International Day
The multicultural fashion show
The Planegg link and visit to Germany
Global citizens - International themes which are studied across of range of subjects, including Citizenship, History, Art, ICT, Modern Languages, Music, Design, Geography,

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Crest Award

DGS has received a certificate in recognition of the achievement of students in the CREST award scheme. These awards, run by the British Science Association, are for individual or group project work in science and technology. The Bronze awards require 10 hours of project work and are aimed at 11 to 14 year-olds. Silver awards can be gained by students aged 14 to 16 who have put in about 30 hours on a specific project while the Gold awards are given to 16 to 19 year-olds who have worked at least 70 hours on real research. Sixth form students undertaking the Engineering Education Scheme work a minimum of 100 extra hours on the project.

Many CREST Awards have been achieved by Didcot Girls School students and just during the past academic year 30 girls have received certificates for their work at bronze and silver levels.

Dr Nickerson, who has administered and mentored our CREST entrants for the past ten years, was surprised and delighted to receive her own personal certificate for her contribution to its success. Dr Nickerson has ensured that students’ work meets the CREST criteria and carried out the administration so students get the correct certification. She said: ‘The CREST awards are a scheme that gives students extra recognition for completing their own research projects. Students spend many hours after school at Science Club working on these, but it is something that is valuable and it creates opportunities. For example, a project by Year 9 students, investigating the links between the endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi bodies in plant cells, has been judged to be one of the best in the UK and will be presented at the UK National Science Fair in London in March.’

She added: ‘I want to encourage young people in science and in gaining research skills. I enjoy helping students to experience the excitement of scientific research. The look on their faces when they do succeed makes it all worthwhile. It’s those “Eureka” moments when they realise they have solved a problem, or perhaps have made a discovery themselves. Working for a CREST Award also helps students to enhance their STEM knowledge and develops work related skills. Many of our former CREST awardees have gone on to study science at A level and beyond, mentor younger students, and some are now beginning an exciting science-based career.’