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.
Miss G. Littler - Headteacher
Georgina graduated with a Degree in French and German from Nottingham University in 1998 and completed a PGCE at Oxford University shortly afterwards. Following several years teaching in Oxfordshire she worked in International schools in Egypt and in the Philippines before returning to the UK to start a family. She then worked in the Cotswolds as Assistant Headteacher before taking on the role of Deputy Headteacher in Tewkesbury. She truly loves working in education and passionately believes in its power to affect the life chances of young people for the better.
Georgina loves to travel but also enjoys spending time at home in the Cotswolds with her family and two dogs.
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.
Dr M Hawes - Deputy Headteacher
Martha Hawes graduated with a degree in Physics from King’s College, University of London, and went on to complete a PhD at the same university. After a few years in publishing, she worked for an aid organisation in the Balkans following the break-up of the former republic of Yugoslavia. After returning to the UK, she completed her teacher training in Physics at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, followed by two years at a comprehensive school in Cardiff. She moved to Oxfordshire in 2007 to take up a teaching post at The Cherwell School in Oxford, where she went on to be Year Leader, and then Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion and SENCO at the school. She joined Didcot Girls’ School as Deputy Headteacher in 2021.
Martha loves to be in the mountains or by the sea, and has a great love of gardening.
Miss S Roberts - Deputy Headteacher, Curriculum and 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 H Fulwell - Assistant Headteacher, Director of Teaching School and Pupil Premium Champion (maternity leave)
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.
Miss C Davies - Assistant Headteacher, Standards and Culture
Cat graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University with a BSc Degree in Sport and Physical Activity and completed her PGCE at the University of Worcester shortly after.
Cat relocated from Herefordshire to Oxfordshire in 2011 and worked in an inner-city Oxford school where she held a variety of roles, most recently Head of Year and Data and Progress Lead for key stage 4.
She joined Dicot Girls’ School in 2018 and, prior to becoming Assistant Headteacher, Cat held the post of Head of Year and was an associate member of the Senior Leadership Team. As Assistant Headteacher, Cat is the Standards and Culture Lead with responsibility for Year 10 and Year 11.
Cat lives locally and enjoys socialising with friends and spending time at home with her Fiancé, two cats and her dog.