A Warm Welcome
Our school is a happy school with many strengths and a proud record of success. I am privileged to lead a team of dedicated, talented and caring teachers and support staff who work together to provide the range of opportunities necessary for students to achieve success. Success breeds confidence and young people need confidence in order to believe that they can achieve. At Ridgewood we aim to develop this confidence through academic study and a range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities that are second to none.
We have high expectations of our students linked to the four A’s of Attendance, Appearance, Attitudes and Achievement. Through our strong, well established house system with vertical/mixed age tutor groups we encourage a sense of family and belonging in which each student is known as an individual. This includes new intake students who are guaranteed a great start at Ridgewood due to an outstanding programme of transition activities with local primary schools. Ridgewood students look out for each other, creating a positive, supportive, well-disciplined atmosphere in which teachers can teach and students can learn.
Our innovative three-year GCSE curriculum begins in year 9 and provides more time and flexibility to meet the needs of all our students, helping them to gain not only the qualifications but the range of employability skills needed to make the ‘next step.’ These developments, supported by excellent teaching have combined to make Ridgewood one of the most improved schools in the country at a time when sweeping changes to the exam system have made success far more challenging. Standards are consistently well above local and National averages as reflected by such a positive OfSTED report in March 2014 which judged the school to be ‘good’ across all areas of its work.
At Ridgewood we aim to provide not just an education but an experience. Our students are encouraged to be active participants and become positively involved in the life of the school, as prefects, mentors, house seniors or through an excellent student voice system. A full and varied programme of clubs, activities, trips and visits ensure that students can broaden their horizons and experiences. These range from the year 7 residential in the first term to the internationally renowned ‘Project Gambia,’ which sees up to a third of year 10 students working together in African villages each Easter; a life changing experience.
We continue to plan for the future and spring 2015 will see Ridgewood converting to an Academy within the newly formed King Edward’s Stourbridge Academy Trust. This closer, formal working relationship with King Edward VI College will further enhance opportunities for our students.
Ridgewood is therefore a school where every student is supported and encouraged to achieve success and I look forward to working with you to continue our mission of ‘Achieving Excellence Together.’
C Nutting B.Sc