Welcome from the Chair of the Board

Welcome to Ridgeway Education Trust.  

Marcus goverI have had the privilege and honour to chair this multi-academy trust since it was founded in 2012.  I became a governor of Didcot Girls’ School in 2007 and was chair of its governing body until 2017.  I believe that supporting the education and development of our young people is critical for our future. It sits very well with the purpose of my day job as chief executive of an environmental charity. 

The origins of Ridgeway Education Trust lie in Didcot Girls’ School but its real strength comes from the  partnership with St Birinus School in 2015 and with Sutton Courtenay Church of England Primary School in 2019.  Together, we have a shared vision which serves our communities in and around South Oxfordshire.  The single ambition of our dedicated staff, governors and trustees is to achieve the best outcomes for the young people in those communities. We have a strong track record of doing that as recognised by Ofsted, by our parents and by our students. 

Each of our schools has its own character and encouraging that is part of the success story. The schools are united by common values and a commitment to high quality education.  The Trust is there to support, to foster collaboration, to share best practice and to facilitate the best use of the resources. Our commitment to the community goes beyond our own schools and we run programmes for other schools in our community – giving  primary schools access to some of our language and sports specialists, for example. 

We have a strong group of trustees and executive leaders. You can read more about them on this website. Together they are an important part of our success. The leadership from our Executive Headteacher and Chief Finance Officer has played an important role in cementing the successful partnership between our schools. The experience and support from the Vice Chairs of the Trust has also been critical. 

You can read more about our vision, values and operating model on the pages of this website.  If you are a parent, you can link through  to our individual school websites. If you are another school interested in working with us or joining us, please get in touch.  We would be only too pleased to talk to you.

Dr Marcus Gover

Chair of the Board of Trustees

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