Welcome from the Head of School

We are a vibrant school community which empowers girls to become resilient and to fulfil their potential as future leaders.

Welcome to Didcot Girls’ School. As the only all girls’ comprehensive school in Oxfordshire we are proud of the superb opportunities we offer to all of our girls to develop in an environment which fosters resilience, leadership skills and a commitment to the highest educational standards. Our co-educational Sixth Form, shared with St Birinus School, offers excellent progression to study in a vibrant and growing Sixth Form community. Didcot Girls' School is consistently one of the highest performing schools both in Oxfordshire and the UK. In November 2015, Ofsted judged the overall effectiveness of our school to be Outstanding. We are pleased that the report recognises and validates our mission statement (provided above), describing the distinctive elements of our provision. Please click here to read the report in full. In August 2012, the school converted to academy status and created the Ridgeway Education Trust. St Birinus School joined Ridgeway Education Trust in September 2015 and we are delighted with the opportunities this creates to further strengthen collaboration between our schools under the inspirational leadership of the Executive Headteacher, Rachael Warwick.

Our core values of mutual respect, inclusivity and high expectation underpin the developments that we work towards together as a learning community. Student Voice is powerful here. We work in partnership with our students who actively participate in the running and decision-making of the school. The School Council is a very important group in our school and you will find their welcome message sits alongside that from the Chair of Governors and myself for this reason. The wide range of leadership opportunities in the school - there are over 80 Year 11 Prefects,  House and Deputy House Captains, Sports Captains, Science, Reading and Music Ambassadors, Advanced Learner Mentors - are recognised and celebrated through the Leadership Ladder which runs from Years 7 - 11 inclusive. We offer a rich choice of extra-curriculur clubs, over forty run each week, and encourage all of our students to participate. The House system is a strong feature of the school and this facilitates girls mixing across year groups, to foster friendly but fierce competition, and to focus on powerful and influential female role models. The seven Houses are named after Helena Kennedy, Ellen MacArthur, Jacqueline Wilson, Susan Greenfield, Jessica Ennis, Darcey Bussell and Kate Adie.

This summer students in Year 11 at Didcot Girls' School achieved another year of outstanding GCSE results placing us, once more, in the top 20% of schools in the country for both attainment and progress, and amongst the highest performing comprehensive schools in Oxfordshire. 74% of the year group achieved Grades 9-4 in the new, challenging reformed GCSEs in both English and Maths and 22% of entries across all subjects were graded A* or A. The achievement of our most able students was phenomenal and 31 students achieved six or more grades at A*/A or grade 7-9. Results at A level were also strong again this summer, with over half of exam entries graded A*-B, many students successful in securing places at Russell Group Universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. To find out more about Didcot Sixth Form please visit www.didcotsixthformcollege.co.uk

We focus on the wellbeing of our students alongside academic excellence and a vibrant extra-curricular provision . It is important to us that our girls are known and valued as individuals and that they enjoy their time with us. We have opened our own Wellbeing Centre to provide time for our students to reflect in a quiet space and to access pastoral support where helpful. We have a raft of highly qualified and excellent pastoral staff dedicated to supporting students and their families.

I am immensely proud of Didcot Girls’ School. Our girls are strong, confident and passionate: they are ambitious and aspirational for themselves and their futures, and yet deeply conscious of their role in creating a caring and just society. We are a vibrant community of students, staff, parents and governors which is truly 'committed to excellence' in all that we do.  There is no better way of judging a school than making a visit on a normal school day and we are always very happy to welcome visitors. We very much look forward to welcoming you to our school.

Best regards

Tom Goodenough
Head of School, Didcot Girls' School
 

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