'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. Please see the letter from David Laws congratulating us on this achievement and on our success with achievement for students in receipt of the Pupil Premium here. 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 Didcot Academy of Schools Multi Academy Trust. St Birinus School joined Didcot Academy of Schools in September 2015 and we are delighted with the opportunities this creates to further strengthen collaboration between our schools.
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 throughout our school community. 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 Ambassadors, Reading Ambassadors, Music Ambassadors, Reading Mentors, Numeracy Mentors and AG&T Mentors - are recognised and celebrated through the Leadership Ladder which runs from Years 7 - 13 inclusive. The House system is a strong feature of the school which we use to facilitate 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 and the three highest performing comprehensive schools in Oxfordshire. 80% of the year group achieved A*-C grades in both English and Maths and 77% of the year group achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Maths. A phenomenal 28% of all entries were graded A* or A and the progress made by students with Special Educational Needs was excellent. The average grade per entry was B-. Our specialism is Languages and we are a school which performs highly in the English Baccalaureate measure, with our girls consistently achieving GCSEs of C and above in Maths, English, 2 Sciences, MFL and Geography or History: this summer 32% of the year group achieved the English Baccalaureate measure against a 24% national average. Whilst clearly offering an academic and rigorous curriculum, we also provide learning pathways which fit the needs and interests of all of our students and 98% of Year 11 students achieved at least 5 or more GCSE passes. Results at A level were also strong 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 College please visit www.didcotsixthformcollege.co.uk
I am immensely proud to be Headteacher of Didcot Girls’ School and Executive Headteacher of Didcot Academy of Schools. 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.
Headteacher of Didcot Girls' School
Executive Headteacher of Didcot Academy of Schools