Senior Leadership Team
Mrs R. Warwick - Executive Headteacher of Ridgeway Education Trust
Rachael Warwick was educated in both the UK and USA, graduating from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature in 1990. Following three years working in children’s publishing, Rachael became a teacher and worked in seven schools in London, Sussex and Oxfordshire before becoming Headteacher of Didcot Girls’ School in September 2010 and Executive Headteacher of Ridgeway Education Trust in September 2015. Rachael is a National Leader in Education (NLE) and a passionate advocate of comprehensive education and of single sex education.
Rachael lives with her husband and two sons in Bampton and is able to devote the time and energy she gives to the school because of the wonderful support she enjoys from her family.
Mr T. Goodenough - Headteacher
Tom Goodenough read his English Literature degree in Leeds and North London, graduating in 2001. Following four years working in the pharmaceutical industry, Tom completed his PGCE at the University of Reading and joined the teaching profession. Having worked in three schools previously as Second in English and Head of English, he joined Didcot Girls’ School in 2013 and 'rose through the ranks', leading successfully as Head of English, Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Head of School before being appointed Headteacher from September 2018.
Tom lives with his wife and two young sons in Newbury and takes every opportunity to enjoy running, cycling, reading and supporting Tottenham Hotspur.
Mr W. Manning - Deputy Headteacher, Standards & Culture Director of Didcot Sixth Form
William Manning graduated from Kings' College London with a degree in French and Latin in 1994 and left university to pursue arabic studies in Egypt and then work in industry before completing a PGCE with Oxford University in 1999. William worked as a teacher of languages and a Head of Year at the Marlborough School, Woodstock and then subsequently as a Head of Year and Assistant Headteacher with pastoral responsibilities at Tanglin Trust School, Singapore.
William has responsibility for all matters relating to student behaviour including rewards and consequences, student support, care throughout Years 7 - 11 inclusive. William, a keen sportsman, lives with his wife and three children in Freeland.
Mr J. Cross - Director of Didcot Sixth Form
James Cross graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in English Literature and Language, before completing a PGCE at the University of Keele and teaching in the West Midlands. He returned to Oxfordshire in 2014 to work at Didcot Girls’ School, where has held a variety of roles, most recently as Head of English and Associate Senior Leader. He has also worked across a number of schools as a Specialist Leader of Education, supporting English departments with curriculum development and raising standards.
James is responsible for the Didcot Sixth Form, working across both St Birinus School and Didcot Girls' School. He lives in Didcot, though hails originally from the North, and enjoys anything that takes him to more mountainous terrain.
Miss S Roberts - Assistant Headteacher, Raising Standards Leader
Sarah Roberts graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Language and Literature in 2007. After two years working in academic publishing, Sarah returned to Oxford University to gain her PGCE and to complete an MSc in Learning and Teaching. Following a training placement at Didcot Girls’ School, Sarah successfully applied for her first teaching post at the school and has never looked back. Prior to becoming Assistant Headteacher, Sarah held the post of Head of English and Media and was an associate member of the Senior Leadership Team. As Assistant Headteacher, Sarah is the Raising Standards Leader with responsibility for the academic progress of Year 11.
Mr A Tamplin - Assistant Headteacher, Standards and Culture Year 9 & 10
Adam Tamplin graduated with a degree in Politics from Nottingham University and then embarked on a career in London working in Public Relations, with clients such as Save the Children, Barnardo's and the Department of Health. After three years in industry, Adam opted for a change in career and completed a PGCE at Exeter University. Adam then joined Didcot Girls' School and found his vocation!
Mrs F Ashton - Assistant Headteacher, T & L and CPD
Frances Ashton graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Language and Literature in 2006. After a year working as a teaching assistant, Frances returned to Oxford University to gain her PGCE before taking her first post at Didcot Girls’ School. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Headteacher, Frances held a range of posts across the school, including Second in English, Advanced Learner Lead and Leader of Pedagogy. As Assistant Headteacher, Frances is responsible for designing and coordinating an innovative CPD programme for staff and ensuring that teaching across the school is challenging, inclusive and inspiring.
Frances lives locally with her husband and two young daughters and takes every opportunity she can to indulge her penchant for crime dramas and painting.
Mrs C Pearl - Assistant Headteacher for Lower School and Transition
Having wanted to be a teacher since the age of seven, Cathy Pearl completed a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 1997. She began her career in education as a primary school teacher, which she did for many years. While her children were young, Cathy worked for Helen & Douglas House children's hospice, as a Schools' Fundraiser. It was through this job that Cathy first visited Didcot Girls' School and, having been so impressed by the staff and students, she applied for a Head of Year role. As a non-teaching Head of Year, Cathy successfully led a team of tutors and supported a cohort of students through the school from Year 7 to the completion of their GCSEs, culminating in her year group achieving the best exam results the school has seen so far.
Cathy was appointed as an Associate Senior Leader with responsibility for transition from primary school in September 2016 and then as Assistant Headteacher for Lower School and Transition in September 2018. She lives locally with her husband and two children.
Mrs H Fulwell - Assistant Headteacher, Director of Teaching School and Pupil Premium Champion
Hannah grew up in Oxfordshire before moving away to Exeter to study Biology Sciences; she graduated in 2004. Hannah then completed her PGCE at Oxford University and gained a range of teaching experience before joining Didcot Girls’ School in 2008. Initially appointed as KS5 Science co-ordinator, Hannah was promoted to Second in Science before being appointed as Head of Science in 2012. In 2015 Hannah was appointed as an Associate Senior leader before acting as Raising Standards Leader in 2018. Hannah is now Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Pupil Premium funding as well as being the Director of Teaching School.
Mr C. Powell - Director of Finance and Services for Didcot Academy of Schools
Chris Powell is a qualified accountant with a diploma in management and considerable experience in the education sector having operated as Chief Finance Officer for a multi academy trust in Norfolk.
Prior to this he was Head of Finance at Hertfordshire Police and has held other leadership roles within the police service, local government and with a government agency. Chris has responsibility for the school support services including finance, IT, HR, premises, catering, transport and administration. Chris has strong links to the area and went to school at St Birinus School. He is a keen runner and is married with two children.