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Principal Blog 30th April 2021

30 April 2021
Principal Blog 30th April 2021


Running from the 15th – 19th March the UK celebrated ECO week, focusing on green alternatives to energy, increased recycling and planting trees to reduce the country’ carbon footprint. In honour of this, we ran an ECO week competition to design a plan to improve the green image of the school.

We had over 600 entries to the competition, which was incredible and made the job of the judges very hard! The Environment Prefects and STEM Coordinator Miss Case read through every entry and after much debate decided on three winners, whose proposals will be brought to life in School.

Our winner wrote an incredibly detailed and well-researched letter. Outlining the importance of recycling for the World’s future but also mentioned the importance of green spaces for student wellbeing. Therefore, first place went to year 9 Millie.

Our runners up Lucy, (Year 10) and Callam, (Year 9), also wrote very passionate entries featuring proposals for insect friendly flowers, a vegetable patch, communal recycling bins and investing in solar power.

An honourable mention has also been given to John Brice for his impassioned submission about the pros of building a nuclear reactor on the field! Although taken into consideration, it was decided the risk to PE was too high.

The School Council, Environmental Prefects and STEM team are looking forward to implementing the winning ideas around school in the coming months!


This school year has been challenging for everyone, but especially for the Year 7s in Silver Block whose experience of the this amazing resource has been curtailed by the need to ‘bubble’ the year groups within the building so as not to compromise the school’s year-group bubbles. However, their key workers have risen to the challenge, making the Year 7 area welcoming, cosy and cheerful as well as a calm place to learn. Each student has a wallboard where their own achievements are displayed while other areas show images celebrating autism and reminding the students of the fun and games they have enjoyed. It is a delight to see how well these new students are thriving in this environment so it is going to be a real joy, for the staff as well, when all the year groups can fully socialise again.


Over lockdown and term 4, we had 915 entries into Active Project and covering a distance of 3486 miles! This more than covering the distance from The Ridgeway School to New York, USA!

This was amazing and fantastic to see so many students Years 7-13, staff and families in the community get involved. The idea was to increase activity of all students over lockdown by walking, running, cycling, working out or any other physical activities and then logging it on the forms link. Overall, Active Project has been a great success and we thank all participants for their efforts and engagement - we hope you enjoyed it as much as we have!

The final standings show the winning house with a total of 1094 miles was Kennet! A massive congratulations to Miss Haigh and Kennet House who have remained consistently at the top of the table throughout the duration of the challenge. Closely, in second place and only 24 miles behind was Silbury, followed by Avebury, R6 and Barbury. Commiserations to all other houses and well done for all your efforts.

Again, it was brilliant to see so much engagement and effort throughout a few tough months. Thank you everyone for your efforts. Remember to stay active!

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