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 - Head of School
Tom Goodenough studied English Literature 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 has led successfully in a number of Senior Leadership role since this time. Tom is now Head of School, working closely with the Executive Headteacher, Rachael Warwick, to ensure that the school continues to move from strength to strength.
Tom lives with his wife and two young sons in Newbury and takes every opportunity to enjoy running, cycling and supporting Tottenham Hotspur.
Mr P. Willett - Director of Didcot Sixth Form
Paul Willett was born, raised and educated in Oxfordshire. He was awarded a scholarship to read music at The Queen's College, Oxford, and graduated more years ago than he wishes to recall. He joined DGS in September 2000 as Head of Music having previously been a professional musician, Director of a Saturday Music School with over 200 students, and Head of Music at another Oxfordshire school. He is responsible for the Didcot Sixth Form, working across both St Birinus School and Didcot Girls' School.
Mr W. Manning - Deputy Headteacher, Standards & Culture
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.
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 KS3
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!
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. He is a keen runner and is married with two children.