Year 10 - Didcot Girls' School

Year 10

Welcome to the Year 10 page. Read our blog below for all the latest Year 10 news. You will find key documents at the bottom of this page.

Mrs S Berrill

Wednesday 25th of July

End of Term!

It was a busy and challenging end of term for year 10 but they took it all on brilliantly!  Enjoy a well deserved restful summer and I look forward to welcoming you back on the 7th of September and seeing parents on the 13th for the Parent Information Evening.

Have a wonderful summer!

Wednesday 27th June


Many thanks to the Community Prefects for arranging for the #benicbus to visit DGS with the generous support of the Diana Award and Stagecoach.  Five sessions were run throughout the day for all year groups on how to to stay safe online with over 150 students dropping in over break and over 250 students at lunch!


Monday 25th June 

Gio-Gio (10RXN) featuring in exhibition at Cornerstone Arts Centre

Eclectica poster


Monday 11th June - Overdue library books

As we go in to the final term of the school year, it is vital that we have any outstanding items returned to the library in preparation for September. There are a number of students who still have books on loan that are long overdue. We do not charge late fees, so please simply return these items to the library as soon as possible - we are always happy to get them back! If your daughter has lost an item belonging to the library, we do ask that you consider paying the cost to replace it. This can be done by a cheque made payable to Didcot Girls' School or via the parentpay item 'Replacement fee for lost library item'. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mrs Barnes, the Library Manager, should you have any queries regarding this.

25 May 2018

Information Update

Year 10 snapshots and Mock Exam timetables have been sent out to parents and students emails today.  Please let us know if you have not received them so we can update your details. 

Please ensure you save the date for the upcoming year 10 Parent Consultation Evening on the 14th of June.  Letters with further details and log ins have gone out today by second class post.  Booking will open on the evening of the 6th of June and close on the 11th of June.  Please contact us if we can be of any assistance.

We will start the term with an additional assembly on Monday the 4th of June in Fridswide Gym to cover the Revision Revolution.  I look forward to seeing you all then!  But first have a wonderful and wll deserved break! 

23 May 2018

Study Cafe

Year 10 students have been working hard after school in the library on Wednesday with support from Sixth Former, Shaun Fuller.  There are two more sessions to run after half term before year 10 moves into the Study Cafe in S1!

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18 May 2018

#Mental Health Awareness Week

Everyone has a brain so everyone has mental health!  It is okay to not be okay, just say and help is out there!

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17 May 2018

Study Cafe Revision Sessions!

Many thanks to Sixth Former, Shaun Fuller, for leading a series of revision session for year 10 leading up to Mock Exams during the weeks of 18th and 25th of June. 

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Study 2

Study 1

10 May 2018

RAF Benson Youth Muster on 9th June 18


The RAF Benson Youth Muster 2018 is a unique opportunity for young people (14-18) in the local area to experience a day of flying, fun and inspiration at one of the RAF's main operating bases.

As well as an exciting flight in a military helicopter, participants will also take part in teamwork, leadership and sports activities, and have the chance to interact with a variety of military people and equipment in our hangar display

Please follow the link below to sign up and then let me know you have done so!

4 May 2018

Netball Umpires

On Thursday 3rd May, Georgia Evans, Freya Melrose and Lily Brown visited South Moreton School to help officiate the semi-finals and final of the Didcot primary schools Netball Garrick league. The four primary schools showcased some fantastic netball and our Year 10 PE Ambassadors took on the role of umpiring the games, demonstrating confidence, knowledge of the rules and good discipline. Being an official is no easy task and the girls did a great job! Congratulations to Hagbourne School who were crowned league winners.

Netball umpires


2 May 2018

Paralympic Champion Menna Fitzpatrick visits DGS

House capt and Meena

The range of speakers we have the privilege of welcoming to DGS continues to be very exciting! On Wednesday 2nd May Paralympic Champion Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide Jennifer Kehoe were here to inspire students with their story.

At the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games, Menna became Britain’s most successful Winter Paralympian as she claimed slalom gold, super combined silver, giant slalom silver and super-G bronze. Her guide, Jen, assists her through a high-tech blue tooth fitted helmet as they ski. Menna’s achievements are incredible and inspirational, particularly in light of the fact that she only has 5% visibility. She brought her goggles with her for students to try on and gain a sense of just how little she can see. Menna and Jen also brought along a range of impressive (and very heavy!) medals for us to look at and hold.

The visit lasted just over an hour, with Menna and Jen spending the first half with the PE Ambassadors, Ethos Leaders and Year 10 Deputy House Captains for a small seminar discussion. The second half in Cockcroft Hall involved all of Year 7, who were spellbound by the talk and asked an eclectic range of very impressive questions!

The main message Menna and Jen gave to us today was that a dream or passion is worth pursuing if it means enough to you. I felt particularly inspired to learn that Menna had declared her intention to become a Paralympian to her TA at Primary School and pursued this dream wholeheartedly since then. The fact that Menna is a Paralympic Champion with such limited visibility should reassure us that anything is possible should we set our minds to it!




27 April 2018

Interact Club Update

On Thursday 26th April several members of the Interact Club visited the Welcome Break community group to speak about their charity work so far this year and spend time meeting and speaking with the members. The Welcome Break group provides a meeting place for the older people of the Didcot area and they meet each Thursday afternoon at the Didcot Baptist's Church in Didcot.


The students had prepared an excellent presentation about their events in recent terms which was really informative and the Welcome Break members were impressed with the high standard of their public speaking skills. The Interact Club also got the opportunity to spend some time talking with the group about the Interact Club and their time at DGS.


Watch this space for more Interact Club events coming later this year!

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Interact 1

25 April 2018

Evie Tappin 10 KEZ

I was delighted to hear that after six and half years of hard work and dedication paid off when Evie achieved her Black Belt First Dan at the weekend.  We are extremely proud of her!

19 April 2018



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Over half year 10 enjoyed a warm summer evening out in London to see Wicked!  Many thanks to the year committee for arranging it with Ms Allsworth!





27 March 2018

Celebration Breakfast!

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23 March 2018

PE Ambassadors


On Friday 23rd March the Year 10 PE ambassador team helped to run and officiate the South Oxfordshire Year 8 Indoor Athletics competition at DGS. The team did a fantastic job cheering on the participants and officiating the competition. Well done Year 10 - fantastic DGS Ambassadors!


PE ambassadors athletics


22 March 2018

Big Questions Day!


Watch our Yr 10s feature on a BBC live lesson today at 22 and 34 mins.


21 March 2018

Cricket pic



On Tuesday 20th March Oxfordshire Cricket ran a Young Activators Course here at DGS for all of our keen Cricket players in Years 8, 9 and 10. The course was an opportunity for the girls to focus on their role as a coach and official within the sport, with the vision to support with local primary school competitions in the summer term. The day consisted of both theory and practical elements and all 17 participants showcased their current cricket knowledge and also gained skills to be able to score and officiate the game too. Students had a brilliant day being involved  in a sport they love! Many thanks to George Setterfield, Oxfordshire Development Officer for leading the course. We look forward to seeing how the girls can share their knowledge in the local community very soon!


Miss Palmer

PE Coordinator and Deputy Head of Year 10

20March 2018

Cafe Scientifique Talk

Year 10 pupil Maja giving an assured talk, at the Cafe Scientifique in Didcot, on her work making a model of the Large Hadron Collider in Minecraft! Well done Maja!


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7 March 2018

International Women's Day

Year 10 were out in force to celebrate International Women's Day with a chalk in outside Austen in the early spring sun!






6 March 2018

Leadership Conference

Dr. Kahn, Head of Ethos and Student Leadership, organised a Leadership Conference for young leaders at DGS and welcomed local schools to join us for the morning.  We were all entertained and inspired by Ms Suzie De Rohan Willner, CEO of Toast, Dr Jo Rhodes, Scientist at Imperial College London and Ms Amanda Hassell, Recruitment specialist and Operational Sports Administrator.  We thank them for sharing their insight, guidance and encouragement with us all!


On Wednesday 7th March, Didcot Girls’ School held its second annual Student Leadership Conference. Themed Journeys, the conference gave our students the opportunity to hear about the professional and personal journeys of three phenomenally successful women.

 Suzie de Rohan Willner, CEO of TOAST, spoke passionately about to our students about the value of having a vision for themselves even from a very young age and of developing a sense of who they are as people. Her own story of success, studded with many obstacles and challenges showed her resilience and determination. What our students loved most about her message was that leadership and compassion should never be mutually exclusive. When Suzie hires staff for her high performing team, she wants people who exude positivity – people who empower each other.

Our second guest speaker was Amanda Hassell, former Chief of Staff of the Army Sports Board, with a rich background of truly global experiences. Amanda's journey as a woman in the Armed Forces was a testing one, but she loves a challenge. Our students looked rightly amazed by her descriptions of a 24 hour canoeing challenge across the Thames!

Finally, we heard from Dr Jo Rhodes, a scientist at Imperial College, London, who studies patterns in pathogens and DNA. Jo's talk was mesmerizing. Her contributions to the world of science and disease prevention are inspiring. She was an international driving force behind the study of diseases such as Ebola and Zika. We spoke to several students later who were motivated by her line of work and wanted to explore it further.

A special mention must go to the Ethos Leaders, the Year 10 Deputy House Captains and the Sixth Form Executive Team. Their presentations were of an exceptional standard and there was warmth and sincerity in their words. We were also delighted to be joined by students from Marlborough School, Cherwell School and St Gabriel's School at the conference.  

 During what turned out to be an incredibly stimulating and inspirational conference, our students also designed their own Press for Progress manifestos for international Women's Day. Their ideas, which they shared with everyone else in the hall, were a crucial reminder that our next generation of women will expect more, want more and have more.

Please follow our update on Twitter for more news and updates about the conference!

And finally, don’t forget to ask yourselves and others around you today – how will you press for progress in 2018?


1 March 2018

GCSE PE trip to Woodlands!

19 Year 10 GCSE PE students braved the cold temperatures when they visited Woodlands as part of their practical PE assessment. Students either opted to focus on canoeing or climbing during their time away and both groups worked exceptionally hard, learning new skills and working well as a team. The freezing weather conditions really did challenge the canoeing group, however all students showed great levels of resilience and growth mindset to achieve their greatest potential. Well done to all GCSE PE students - keep up the good work!

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Woodlands 3

19 February 2018

Netball Tournament Results

On Tuesday 19th February, the DGS year 10 netball team travelled to Wallingford school to compete in the annual netball tournament. The girls worked to their maximum despite the cold conditions and overall came 5th out of 7 schools from around the area. A brilliant effort from all the girls, in particular Georgia Evans and Phoebe Thorpe who received Player of the Match over the course of the tournament. Well done girls for an excellent afternoon of netball!

TEAM:   Jasmine Barnes, Lily Brown, Georgia Evans, Mollie Janes, Sophie Martin, Freya Melrose, Rhiannon Seymour, Phoebe Thorpe



Lord Williams – DGS        4-1          loss

Ickneild B – DGS              1-4          win                        POM- Georgia

Ickneild A – DGS              4-1          loss                       

Gillotts – DGS                   3-3          draw                      POM- Georgia

Wallingford – DGS            7-5          loss                       

Langtree – DGS                1-5          win                         POM- Phoebe

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by Georgia Evans 10DH

1 February 2018

Indoor Athletics with Year 10 PE Ambassadors


On the morning of Wednesday 31st January, DGS hosted the primary school indoor athletics competition, welcoming 9 local feeder schools in to the sports hall for an exciting morning of competitive track and field events. Congratulations to All Saints school who were crowned Champions!


In the afternoon, we reset the equipment ready for our Year 7's to compete in the same competition. Each tutor group entered a team, the atmosphere at the event was extremely energetic and the girls performed well. 


The event ran ever so efficiently and this was due to the hard work of the Year 10 PE Ambassador team, who officiated the event and were fantastic motivators to all athletes competing. 


30 January 2018

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22 January 2018

DGS Poetry and Song-writing Competition

We are excited to announce the first DGS Poetry and Song-writing Competition!

Entries should be written from the point of view of a book character, and students will perform their entry to our Patron of Writing, Elaine Baker, in Cockcroft Hall on Thursday 1st March - World Book Day.

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We are also offering students the opportunity to take part in a song-writing workshop with our Patron of Reading, Jo Cotterill, and Mr Dingley on Tuesday 20th February, in which they will work on their entries. If your daughter is interested in taking part, please see the letter below, and ensure that the reply slip is completed and returned to Mrs Barnes in the library by Friday 9th February.

Click here for more information on Jo Cotterill, Elaine Baker, and the school library.

9 January 2018

Happy New Year and welcome back!  I hope everyone had a well deserved break and is looking forward to the year ahead!  We were sad to say good bye to Mr Millican last term but we wish him all the best for his retirement and we welcome Ms Norton, as tutor for GAM/ RXN.

19 December 2017

Rotary Club Student of the Term! the 7th of December, I attended the Didcot Rotary Club luncheon, held at Steventon House Hotel. During the luncheon, I was awarded the Student of the Term.

This is a highly prestigious award given to young people in recognition of their commitment in school and within their local community.

I was nominated for Student of the Term, for my work as a Reading Ambassador. Here, I read face to face with younger students who are working towards building their skills in reading. I am also a Community Prefect, I work with the Community Prefect team to raise awareness of anti-bullying strategies and ways to promote an inclusive school community. I was also nominated for my role as 10SXN’s Form Captain and my participation with the Abingdon Rowing Club. Here, I compete locally and at a national level. Recently, at the Junior National Championships, we placed 13th.

At the luncheon, I spoke to members of the Didcot Rotary Club. This was a great opportunity to learn more about the Rotary Club and listen to other young people who were also nominated. What was really interesting was an account of a student who spoke at length about his recovery from a brain injury and going back to school.

Upon reflection, I plan to continue my hard work with helping within the wider community in and outside of school.

Erin Gebhart 10SXN

15 December 2017

Season of Celebrations!

Yesterday Year 10 enjoyed a showcase of the arts in their end of term assembly.  We enjoyed hearing Daniella Leilani sing, the dancers perform two pieces from the Cornerstone show, Eleanor Haynes perform a monologue from the Drama show and Sadie Wooster and Ella Keats sing and play ukuleles.  Thank you for such amazing performances!

Today 25 students enjoyed a end of term celebration breakfast for a variety of outstanding reasons but we were recognising excellent snapshots reports, green attendance, service to the community and involvement in school life!  Well done!

Celebration breakfast T2 W7

14 December 2017

Yesterday, Jack from Homeless Oxford joined us at lunch to discuss the work of his organisation and how our donations would benefit those in need.  It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more and to encourage more involvement.  Please find the original letter below as a reminder of what you can donate by Monday!  Prizes to the tutor group with the most or best donations!  It looks a close call at the moment!

Oxford Homeless Pathways talk

Dear Students and Parents,

Re: Oxfordshire Homeless Pathways

I am writing to inform you that this year the Year 10 committee have shown an interest in helping out Oxfordshire Homeless Pathways for the third year running. However, they need your help. Oxfordshire Homeless Pathways is an organisation that provides a range of services for homeless and recently homeless people ages 18+. They help tackle issues that have led them to become homeless and to build confidence, develop new skills and put in place plans to change their lives.

In previous years before we have collected several donations to give to this cause. This year the charity are in need of toiletries. We need you to bring in items, that are either new or have never been used, such as:

- Deodorant (Female and Male)

- Soap

- Sanitary Items

- Toothbrush/Toothpaste

- Facial Wipes


- Body Spray (Female and Male)

We will need all donations to be handed in by Monday 18th December. By donating these items we will be able to ensure that the homeless get the kind of support in life they need due to their living conditions.

We look forward to receiving your donations and we thank you for all your help.

Yours Sincerely,

The Year 10 Committee with Mrs Berrill

7 December 2017

Community Prefects lead Chalk In!Community Prefects Duty HiVis

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1 December 2017

Anti-Bullying Week

This mornings assembly was given by the School Counsellors and by the newly appointed, Community Prefects to to discuss the outcome of anti-bullying week as well as to launch some new initiatives! Everyone took part in a pledge not take part in any bullying behaviour, not be a bystander and to report any concerns. 


On Tuesday the 5th of December, students will have the opportunity to take part in wearing odd socks to celebrate their individuality as well as a chalk in outside Austen to state how they are different.  I am so proud of these students in taking part and standing up for positive change.  We look forward to these events next week!  See you there!

Odd Socks Day Logo


24 November 2017

Take Over Day!

For takeover day I had the opportunity to be Mrs Berrill. I had a brilliant day doing a wide range of jobs!

In the morning I went to a staff briefing and then also helped to register the year 10 tutor groups and get them into assembly. Then through out the day my duties included filing, SSD duty and even writing for this blog!

Overall it was an amazing experience and I cant wait to be a teacher in the future!


Hana Pannell


Hana and I Take over day 2017


24 November 2017

Dear Students and Parents,

Re: Oxfordshire Homeless Pathways

I am writing to inform you that this year the Year 10 committee have shown an interest in helping out Oxfordshire Homeless Pathways for the third year running. However, they need your help. Oxfordshire Homeless Pathways is an organisation that provides a range of services for homeless and recently homeless people ages 18+. They help tackle issues that have led them to become homeless and to build confidence, develop new skills and put in place plans to change their lives.

In previous years before we have collected several donations to give to this cause. This year the charity are in need of toiletries. We need you to bring in items, that are either new or have never been used, such as:

- Deodorant (Female and Male)

- Soap

- Sanitary Items

- Toothbrush/Toothpaste

- Facial Wipes


- Body Spray (Female and Male)

We will need all donations to be handed in by Monday 11th December. By donating these items we will be able to ensure that the homeless get the kind of support in life they need due to their living conditions.

We look forward to receiving your donations and we thank you for all your help.

Yours Sincerely,

The Year 10 Committee with Mrs Berrill

9th November 2017

GCSE Options Learning Walk

Miss Palmer had a lovely afternoon visiting the year 10 GCSE options classes to see some outstanding teaching and learning.  Members of the senior leadership team also visited year 10 core subjects this week and reported back excellent teaching  with constructive and collaborative work from the students.  Well done year 10!  You can look forward to your snapshots on Friday the 17th of November. 


Dance blog

Dance - Year 10 Dancers preparing for the upcoming DGS Dance Show & performing to German Exchange visitors.

Daisy and Erin Drama

Drama - Dialogue rehearsals in Year 10 drama lessons.

NB food

Food - Naomi Byrne (10LNP) was nominated 'Top Chef' in her Laced Swiss Roll lesson.



20th October 2017

Halle Kennedy recognised by TVP Police Cadets!

The South and Vale Local Policing Area Commander recognises the commitment of young police cadets to the community by Thames Valley Police. ATtestation

19th Ocotber 2017


Many thanks to Miss Gilbert who kindly organised for some year 10s to do Zumba with Stuart Herniman today. The girls were so excited, worked incredibly hard and sweated lots.

It was a really nice, positive lesson. It was fantastic to see so many year 10s working incredibly hard all at once! Great work!

Year 10 Zumba

3 October 2017

House Opening Ceremony!

Lunchtime on Tuesday the 3rd of October was a riot of house colours, competition and enthusiasm! It was wonderful to see all the years join together for a shared purpose and enjoy the afternoon so much!  I hope you enjoy the pictures from Bussell House!

B house 4 2017             B house 2 2017

B house 3 2017  B house opening 17  B house 5 2017

Nicole Ediker wins Bowling Gold!

Nicole's huge success bowling for Team England in Scotland over the summer Bank Holiday weekend. She won the following medals: silver in the doubles, gold in the trios and gold in the team event!

Nicole then won bronze in the under 16s for the masters which is the top 6 girls from all events competing against each other.

The England coaches were so pleased with Nicole's performance and the way she conducted herself whilst representing Team England. Well done, Nicole!  We are all so proud of you!

22nd September 2017

Parent Information Evening

Thank you to those of you who were able to join us for the parent information evening on the 21st.  It was wonderful to see so many students and parents in attendance.  I have uploaded the presentation for your reference, please do get in touch with any questions you might have.

I have enjoyed dropping into Year 10 classes and have seen lots of brilliantly focused students working in outstanding lessons!  Its been a great start to Year 10 and I hope you all have a fantastic year!

7th of September 2017

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a much deserved restful and relaxing summer!  It has been wonderful to welcome back everyone to the start of Year 10. There has been such a strong start to the year with high levels of attendance, immaculate uniform and impeccable classroom behaviour and learning.  I look forward to meeting as a year group in assembly each Friday and to popping into your new extended student guidance times. Please save the date of Thursday 21st September for the Year 10 Parents' Information Evening: letters to go home shortly, or see below for the electronic version.  Please feel free to contact me for any reason and all the best for another amazing year!



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