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Principal Blog 24th September 2020

24 September 2020
Principal Blog 24th September 2020


A member of staff at The Ridgeway School is a member of the Swindon Lions Club. As a club they wanted to recognise the work of individuals that went above and beyond during the pandemic. A newspaper article regarding one of our students Theo, was passed onto the Lions who were very impressed and wanted to present him with a certificate to show their appreciation and recognition of his work. Theo worked hard throughout lockdown producing PPE with his 3D printer.

Mr Povoas presented the certificate to Theo this week, on behalf of the Lions Club. Well done Theo, fabulous achievement.


A huge proportion of our students, at The Ridgeway School, take the bus to and from school. We rely on a dedicated group of bus prefects to ensure the smooth transition from home to school and vice versa.

Bus prefects’ roles and responsibilities include reporting any concerns to heads of year, helping others (if required) and making the journey as safe and pleasant as possible.

Congratulations on this year’s bus prefects who had to apply by submitting an application, explaining why they wanted to be a bus prefect, the importance of the role and what they thought they could bring to the role.

We need you now, more than ever!

To see all our prefects please visit… .


Everything’s been a bit strange this year, and we haven’t seen each other for ages! So much to catch up on, and very little opportunity to mingle and share our lockdown stories; so Mrs Loveridge came up with the idea of a Lord of the Rings themed pictureboard to remind us that in amongst all the Covidity, we have also had some fun. Some of the categories: V.E. day photos are grouped in An Unexpected Party; Food is found At the House of Tom Bombadil (confusing for film fans!), Photos taken out and about are in The Old Forest and photos of new and long-loved pets are At the Sign of the Prancing Pony. As new images turn up they are being added as they are unearthed from wherever Gollum buried them. Whenever we are finding it all a bit too much, we can look at the board and remember what Galadriel said: “May it be a light to you in dark places.”


The members of the School Governing Body would like to extend their congratulations to all of the students who received their results this year under very difficult and differing circumstances to previous years. We were really pleased to see that in the majority of cases the huge amount of work and effort put in prior to the pandemic hitting resulted in grades which enabled them to progress to their chosen next destination. Well done to you all.

Our thanks go to the teachers and staff who collated and reviewed students work and assessments following a robust process to put forward a grade that was a realistic and fair reflection of each student's ability. This would also have ensured that the centre assessed grades could have been evidenced had they been challenged.

Finally, thank you to all parents and guardians for your continuing support to your children and to the school during this very challenging time.

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