Due to the containment measures introduced by the Government to restrict the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), The Ridgeway School will be closed to some pupils.
Whilst the closure of the school will no doubt cause a significant disruption to you and your family, we are keen to ensure that the negative impact on your child’s education is minimised during this period. To this end, staff at The Ridgeway School have been working hard to make lessons and resources available online, through the student portal, and the linked web platforms.
How will work be made available?
The links to the specific lessons and learning materials can be found via GO 4 Schools. Students will need to follow a link to OneNote (Microsoft application accessed through the web). They will be able to access this via the link but occasionally may need to login using their normal school email and password. If you have any problems logging on, please email ITsupport@ridgewayschool.com.
OneNote provides a robust platform that enables staff to post, documents, presentations and text, as well as video input and specific web links that support student learning. The platform can be accessed via the internet and does not require additional software to be downloaded.
For your information, please see below the links to the different Year Groups resources. Please note that these will only be available through your child’s school email and password:
Expectations of students
Students will be expected to access the lesson resources and learning activities during the school closure. Typically this will involve them doing 4-5 hours of learning tasks each school day. We will set school work for students on a day-to-day basis and feedback to emails or work requested. We will also use this remaining time to undertake curriculum development, resourcing and moderation.
We strongly recommend that that all students Year 7-13 remain in a normal school day routine. Students should be up and ready to begin school work by 8.45am and work through until 3.00pm – with the normal breaks. Year 11, 12, and 13 students will have a longer, as expected at this point in their schooling. Students are used to working without distraction and for an hour at a time- please maintain these expectations, including their phone not being in the same room as them.
Students are encouraged to email their subject teacher about the lesson content if they have any problems or questions (contact details can be found on the school website and on the One Note page in the Home tab.) Staff will be available during the normal school hours (8:45-3:45pm) and able to respond to any learning related queries from students. Please be aware that there may be a delay in replying to emails where there is a high demand and for communications sent outside this time.
If you have any individual concerns or questions which are not subject specific, please email your child’s mentor.
Updates and information
Updates regarding learning related matters, closure information and plans for re-opening will be communicated via our website, school comms, and Twitter account.
Our Twitter account is: @schoolRidgeway
Thank you for your support and patience during this unsettling period and the undoubted disruption it will cause. However, we are keen to ensure that all students continue to engage with their learning and encourage you to discuss the work set with your child regularly so that any problems are identified early and addressed.