Extra Curricular

The curriculum at Ridgewood is enriched with a huge range of opportunities for students outside of the classroom. These are arranged to stimulate interest and enjoyment and support achievement in the widest sense. Extra Curricular activities occur across the faculty’s and cater for a wide range of interests. Some of these include D of E, Music clubs, Dance clubs, Drama clubs, An annual school show, Sporting activities and whole school enrichment days. We also encourage students to get involved with our very own charity ‘Project Gambia’. More information on these activities can be seen below.

Homework Club

Homework club runs in the Library on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday every week, 3 pm – 4 pm.

Homework, Coursework Catch up and iDEA club

Every Wednesday and Friday at lunchtime in G17.

Speak For You

Speak for you runs 3.00pm-4.00pm on Thursday in C14. This is a Debating Club run by Ridgewood students in preparation for debating competitions with other schools. 

Science Club

Science Club will be starting on the 9th October, and will be running weekly on Wednesdays, 3pm to 4pm, in D21.

PE Clubs

PE Extra Curricular timetable

Dance Club

Year 7 – Tuesday 3-4pm in the dance studio

Year 8 Wednesday  3-4pm in the dance studio


  • 3-4.30pm in F9.
  • Pupils can make whatever they would like to but need to provide their own ingredients. 
  • See Mrs Lawrence for more details.
  • The top 3 pupils from each round go through to the semi finals.
    The dates are:
  • Round 2 Thursday 7th November
  • Round 3 Tuesday 3rd December
  • Round 4 Thursday 6th February
  • Round 5 Thursday 12th March
  • Round 6 Thursday 23rd April

Semi Finals

  • Tuesday 19th May
  • Thursday 21st May

Make something for Christmas

From Thursday 7th November there will be a Textiles club with Miss Crump to make something for Christmas.  See Miss Crump for more details.

Gardening Club

Every Thursday from 3-4pm with Mrs Lawrence and Mrs O’Neil.  Pupils will help to maintain the garden behind F block and grow their own vegetables.

Reading Clubs – Library

Monday Lunchtime –  KS3 Reading Revolution: reading and thinking together.

Current read “Annie on my Mind”, LGBT struggle in 80’s America. 

Tuesday Breaktime – Rebel Reading: all listen to a fun story.

Current read “You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum”.

Friday Lunchtime – KS4 Reading Revolution: reading and thinking together.

Current read “This is Where it Ends”, minute by minute witness accounts of a school shooting.

Duke Of Edinburgh

Ridgewood High School’s Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is pleased to announce that we have received an injection of funds courtesy of The National Lottery.  This fantastic news means that we will be able to invest in some new equipment benefiting future Duke of Edinburgh students for years to come.

The Duke of Edinburgh scheme offers children from all backgrounds the chance to gain key life and work skills.  It is recognised by colleges, universities and employers alike.   The scheme demands dedication and hard work over a six month period with requirements for volunteering in the local community, learning of a new skill and practising a form of physical exercise.  The Bronze scheme culminates in a two day expedition where the children learn vital skills such as team working, navigation and first aid. It is not for the faint hearted!

We are extremely proud of last year’s recruits and have just began the enrolment for this year’s Bronze award scheme. As always we would like to say a big thank you to all staff who volunteer their spare evenings and weekends during the year.  Without them we would not be able to offer this amazing extra-curricular opportunity to our students.

If you would like any more information please contact Mr Hall (DofE Manager).


Trips and Visits

Most curriculum areas will organise trips and visits to support teaching and learning. Activities will vary from year to year and most incur a voluntary donation from parents though costs are kept as low as possible. In addition we organise a number of extended residential trips each year, including ski trips and water sports in France, Mediterranean cruises, Languages and Humanities trips to Europe, cultural visits to London, Rome and New York along with Project Gambia.

Performing Arts

At Ridgewood High School we have a thriving performing Arts department. This includes separate dance and drama studios as well as a fully equipped music teaching room and music practise room. We have a team of dedicated staff that give up their own time to provide a variety of different activities. Each year the school presents and participates in a variety of concerts and performances both at school and within the community and the London Cultural/Theatres visit is also popular. The annual school musical brings together all the art forms and regularly involves a very large number of students. 


Project Gambia

Ridgewood High School has raised money to support developments in the Kutisilo region of The Gambia since 2007. Each year a group of year 10 students supported by staff and community volunteers visit villages in The Gambia to work and improve education and living conditions. This project has rightly earned National recognition and has proved to be a life changing experience for all concerned.

More information about Project Gambia can be found on the Project Gambia Website.

If you wish to make a donation to Project Gambia please  click here to visit our Support page.

Information on our trip to Gambia is posted on our dedicated trip page.