A Warm Welcome
Our school is a happy school with many strengths. 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 a culture of achievement and success both 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; Ridgewood students look out for each other, creating a positive, well disciplined atmosphere in which teachers can teach and students can learn. Ridgewood is a School where traditional values and modern thinking go hand in hand to provide the highest quality of education. As an established Specialist Science College we place a high emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), developing the range of skills through a focus on learning, that our students will need in an increasing technological world. Choice, challenge and innovation are key elements of a broad curriculum, with all students valuing their ‘early’ year 8 option choices and extended key stage 4. These developments, supported by outstanding teaching have combined to make Ridgewood one of the most improved schools in the country, with standards well above local and National averages.
This success extends beyond the classroom. 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. This begins early with all year 7 students on a residential experience in their first half term, a great opportunity to develop their personal skills and establish friendships.
Ridgewood is a school where everyone can achieve success and I look forward to working with you to continue our mission of ‘Achieving Excellence Together.’
C Nutting B.Sc