St Birinus School

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St Birinus School
St Birinus School logo.png
Motto Inspiring Excellence
Established 1936
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr Alwyn Richards
Location Mereland Road
OX11 8AZ
England Coordinates: 51°36′05″N 1°14′31″W / 51.60143°N 1.24182°W / 51.60143; -1.24182
Local authority Oxfordshire
DfE URN 138762 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1274
Gender Boys
Ages 11–16
Houses Athenian, Corinthian, Spartan & Trojan[1]
Colours Red (Spartan), Blue (Athenian),Yellow (Trojan) & Green (Corinthian)
Website Welcome St Birinus School

St Birinus School is a secondary school with academy status for boys in Didcot, Oxfordshire, England and the surrounding rural area. The headteacher is Mr Alwyn Richards. The school has been awarded with Technology and Language College statuses as of 2006. The school takes boys from the age of 11 and they leave with the opportunity for further study in the sixth form or work placements. The mixed Sixth Form is shared with the Didcot Girls' School and the schools work to offer each locations assets to pupils. The most recent OFSTED inspection was in 2011 and was very happy with the standard of teaching and judged child development as 'outstanding'. The school was given 'good' and are now working towards outstanding.

Facilities are at the heart of learning at St Birinus, and with constant updating. Boys here have all the latest advances to enhance their learning. In 2001, the new Mathematics centre was opened by Johnny Ball. In the spring of 2004 the new Humanities Centre with the History and Food block was opened. The most recent was the new Science Centre, costing £4.8 million and was opened on the 11th March 2009. It is the best science centre in Oxfordshire and one of the best in the United Kingdom. It was officially opened by BBC nature presenter George McGavin on the 14th October 2009.

The school has 4 houses: Athenian, Corinthian, Spartan and Trojan. They provide a sense of pride and competitiveness in the school and are a focal point of everyday life at St Birinus. The houses compete in a variety of sports including Rugby, Football, Cricket, Basketball and Athletics. There are also a range of non-sporting events so everyone can take part.The houses gain house points, which are awarded for Hard Work, Dedication, Commitment, Respect and Achievement, all of which are aspects which the school holds dear.


St Birinus opened in 1936 where it was previously known as 'Didcot Boys', later the school would be known as St Birinus taking its name from Saint Birinus who was the first Bishop of Dorchester. The actual school site has been built around the still existing English block. In 2006, the school celebrated its 70th Anniversary. The school has changed a lot over the past near 80 years, its continual improvement has meant for a popular uptake from not only Didcot but also the surrounding villages and towns.

St Birinus has gained a variety of sport awards as well as some academic awards and achievements also. The school has also recntly updated their facilities including the Science Centre, Mathematics Block, Humanities Centre, History and Food Block with many other things including a new multi million pound investment in technology from the summer of 2013.

Exam Results[edit]

The school has also been striving to improve results and below is the comparison of past results.

5 GCSEs graded A*-C (a pass) 2009 - 47% 2010 - 59% 2011 - 61% 2012 - 59% 2013 - 64%

Charity work[edit]

St. Birinus also pairs with several local charitiess and organisations, using methods such as cake sales, work outs and sponsored silences. For the past six years (2003–2008), St. Birinus School has raised over £11,000 for the Oxford Children's Hospital, a £15m charity fund raising campaign with the school's efforts spearheaded by former student & sixth former, Andrew Baker. As a result Brinus has also been in media several times.

Events to celebrate the schools 70th milestone included a whole school sponsored walk which raised £11,461 for the Oxford Children's Hospital Appeal and its link school in The Gambia, West Africa.

As a result of being a major supporter for the Children's Hospital, St Birinus School has been recognised for its contribution, having its name engraved with Andrew Baker on a plaque of recognition which sits inside the children's hospital atrium. Young supporter and past 6th former Andrew Baker represented the efforts of the school at the official opening ceremony of The Children's Hospital (CHOx) in November 2008 when Her Majesty The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh commemorated with the unveiling of a plaque in front of a group of supporters, patients and staff.

Notable Pupils[edit]

Dan Rivers - Shooting - 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold and Bronze Medalist - 50m Rifle 3 Positions and 10m Air Rifle

Matt Richardson - Comedian and Co-Host of The Xtra Factor

Ben Watson - Weightlifter - 2014 Commonwealth Games Bronze Medalist in 105kg Category

Antony Hanson - West-End actor and contestant on Any Dream Will Do


  1. ^ "Houses and Awards". Retrieved 2008-04-21. 

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