These four subjects are highly valued at The Ridgeway School and we have lots of exciting opportunities for students within these four areas.
We have been hugely successful in competitions such as the Go4Set Challenge and the Faraday event, with students progressing to the final rounds at Exeter university and Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, respectively.
There is a weekly STEM club open to all KS3 students, where students can extend their knowledge of all areas of STEM in exciting challenges and projects. We have made sweet dispensers, looked at the science reactions when cooking food, robotics, electronic textiles, maths challenges and lots more.
In addition to our popular STEM club, Year 12 students have taken part in a residential trip and an ongoing project working with aeronautical engineers to design and create a prototype project that the presented to a panel of judges.
Throughout the year we hold STEM events, including guest speakers – our latest speakers were the STEMettes who held an assembly to Year 9 girls about careers in STEM. We also hold challenge days for groups of students to work with STEM companies and take part in STEM challenges.
All students are welcome and encouraged to take part in the opportunities that STEM offers. We look forward to seeing you in some of our STEM events soon.
Year 10 Airbus Visit
In March 2018 the BTEC Engineering group spent some time at the Airbus site in Bristol where they learnt about how virtual reality is helping engineers and the testing that is involved when making landing gears for planes.
Students were also given lots of information regarding how STEM subjects could create career paths and apprenticeship, internship and graduate opportunities at Airbus. The students asked some really interesting questions, some that even made the graduates showing us around think!
The afternoon was spent at the Aerospace museum where students saw Concorde and got to experience what the inside of the plane was like. They also got to learn about all of the different sectors of aerospace engineering and the products that are produced within each sector, and got to see real life examples of how this industry has changed in such a short space of time.
The feedback from students was really positive and the information from the trip should help massively in their coursework as research.
Miss L Hodge
On the 15th May 2018, Caroline from Generation STEM visited 15 Year 10 students to talk to them about potential careers in the STEM industry and to give them advice and tips on job interviews, writing application forms and CVs and skills that could be useful in the workplace. After the morning workshop, each student took part in a 10-15 minute formal interview to discuss their career plans, their hobbies and what a work experience placement would mean to them.
In the following few days, 5 of the 15 were chosen to take part in a work experience program with a local company that matches their future career plans and hobbies. Those students will be working with various departments and will also be asked to complete a mini project during their time at the company.
Caroline commented, “You should be extremely proud of each and every one of the students involved during the day. They really listened and took on board the tips that I gave them in the morning and it was lovely to see them using these techniques in their own interviews. It will be incredibly difficult to pick 5 students as they were all polite, engaged and came across really well at interview.” We will keep you updated on how the lucky 5 students get on! Miss L Hodge
Formula 24 Project
For a number of Key Stage 3 students, the first couple of weekends after the summer holidays 2018 were very eventful! The Ridgeway’s Formula 24 team took part in their first electric go kart race days.
On the 9th September the students visited Dunsfold Park and completed a 90 minute endurance race competing against 51 other schools. We came 38th overall but achieved first place out of the 8 new teams that took part. The students were rightly proud of their achievement and were already looking at improvements to make to the car for the following weekend.
On the 16th September, the students visited Castle Combe for the last race of the season. The students took part in two 90 minute endurance races – finishing 42nd out of 53 in the morning race and clawing it back in the afternoon race to finish 39th!
The students were up against seasoned racers, so were incredibly proud of what they achieved. All of the students involved demonstrated fantastic team work and their attitude throughout the whole project has been inspiring! The season has now finished for the year, but we will be recruiting new team members after the October holidays to join some of the original team members to make further improvements on the car ready for the new season in May.
At the heart of The White Horse Federation is a belief in using collaboration to provide a first-class education to a wide range of children. This means that every child understands what they are capable of, and can collectively strive for excellence.
THE SCHOOL IS PARTIALLY OPEN FOR CRITICAL KEY WORKING FAMILIES AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN
Updated 19th May
Dear parents and carers,
Thank you to those who sent kind comments after they received my letter on Friday evening. All staff members in every White Horse Federation school are making preparations for reopening in June. As we prepare to reopen our secondary schools to children in years 10 and 12, we need to gather indicative numbers from parents and carers who intend for their child to return.
Regardless of your choice to send / not send your child(ren), please ensure you complete this very short survey if they are in years 10 and 12 to help us prepare. [Click Here]
If you want your child(ren) to attend school when we reopen, we will send you an online booking form in the coming week that you will be expected to complete. This will confirm that your child(ren) will be attending school when we reopen. If you choose not to send your child(ren) to school, this is entirely your choice and no punitive action will be taken.
When we reopen schools, we will make every effort to mitigate any risks to children, staff, and families. Here are some of the conditions and circumstances that we will be putting into our schools in preparation for reopening:
We will only be open for non-key worker and non-vulnerable children in year 10 and year 12 for two consecutive days a week for face-to-face teaching.
We will continue to be open for children of critical key workers and for vulnerable children regardless of year group for five days a week.
For all children in other year groups, the online home learning offer will continue as usual.
Thank you for assisting us with our preparations for reopening. I wish you continued good health and look forward to the safe reopening of our schools.