Didcot Girls' School

Didcot Girls' School (also known as DGS) is a secondary school with academy status for girls in Didcot, Oxfordshire and the surrounding rural area. The school has been awarded with Language College and Enterprise College status (as of 2006).[2] The mixed sixth form, known as Didcot Sixth Form College, is shared with St Birinus School. The school is made up of seven houses which are named after famous women who are considered potential role models for the girls. These are Adie House, Bussell House, Ennis House, Greenfield House, Kennedy House, MacArthur House and Wilson House. Each house group has a different colour; red for Adie, pink for Bussell, orange for Ennis, yellow for Greenfield, purple for Kennedy, navy for MacArthur and green for Wilson. There were eight houses, but Roddick House and Plazas House were removed in September 2010 to make six. In September 2012, following Jessica Ennis' success at the London 2012 Olympics, Ennis house was created, bringing the number of houses to seven.

Didcot Girls' School
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Manor Crescent

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OX11 7AJ

Coordinates51°36′24″N 1°15′14″W / 51.606769°N 1.253976°W / 51.606769; -1.253976Coordinates: 51°36′24″N 1°15′14″W / 51.606769°N 1.253976°W / 51.606769; -1.253976
TypeGirls' academy
MottoCommitted to Excellence
Local authorityOxfordshire County Council
SpecialistsLanguage, Maths and Computing[1]
Chair of GovernorsMs Ruth Elliot
HeadteacherMr Tom Goodenough
GenderGirls, co-educational at Sixth Form
Age11 to 18

The school has four main building blocks; St. Frideswide's (also known as Frids), Austen, Sherwood (formerly New Building) and Cockcroft. A large, modern sports hall is sited next to St. Frideswide's, and the canteen in St. Frideswide's is rated five stars.

The executive headteacher, Mrs Warwick, was previously the Deputy Head at leading secondary school Bartholomew School. The headteacher is Mr Goodenough, having been appointed from September 2018.

The "Friends of DGS[3]" charitable committee was relaunched in 2015 by parent and staff member Lisa Turner to raise funds for the school. They have a monthly 'lottery' and September 26, 2015 sees the first ever "DGS Fest[4]" which is a music, craft and beer festival within the school grounds.


The school was created by the merger in the early 1970s of the former St. Frideswides secondary modern school and adjacent Didcot Girls' Grammar School.

Notable former pupilsEdit

Ann Packer winning the 1964 Olympics 800 metres gold

Didcot Girls' Grammar SchoolEdit


  1. ^ "alphabetical list of all 2892 specialist schools". March 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2008.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Bardsley, Fran (22 August 2013). "GCSEs 2013: Blog of results, updates, reaction, pictures and tweets". The Didcot Herald. Newsquest (Oxfordshire) Ltd. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Friends of Didcot Girls' School - Didcot Girls' School". www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Friends of Didcot Girls' School". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 25 September 2015.

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