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Principal's Blog 19th July 2019

19 July 2019
Principal's Blog 19th July 2019

Where is the Love?' TWHF Arts Festival 2019

On Wednesday we took 9 Year 7 students to the WHF Arts Festival. They truly were a credit to Ridgeway, and really got into the experience of the festival.

Their interaction with other school pupils in the federation was exemplary; they were kind, courteous and polite to all students & staff who spoke to them. They all got stuck into the workshops, creating some great Samba Rhythms as well as creating a car made from recycled materials! There are some pictures below.

We had to give an award for the student who participated in the festival with the best spirit, and this award went to Charlotte Collins (7S2). She received an art pack for her efforts full of materials for her to use in her own artwork.

Art News

So incredibly blown away by how our amazingly talented and creative students pulled all of the set and props together for the school production of Fame last week!!! We have had so many amazing comments to say how professional it looked. A massive thank you to all of the students involved in KS3, 4 & 5! A special thank you to our year 12 artists who have worked tirelessly for months on designing & creating the set & props. Also to Hollie Zaccaro, Marianne Stubbs, Ellie Easter, Brad Guilhem & Sofia Field in year 11 who came back in to school and gave up their summer holiday to help. I feel very lucky to work with such inspirational students!!!!

Year 8 Students Eat Like an Athlete Competition

Nineteen Year 8 students participated in the Eat Like an Athlete cooking competition on the 12th July. We had four judges, Mrs Stamp, Miss Blackler, Miss Collins and ex-student, Megan Leigh, who were amazed by the talent of young cooks and standard of dishes produced. Huge congratulation to the 5 winners:

- First place overall winner: Michael Ukpoju with Chicken Alfredo

- Second place snack: Oliver Szymor with Lemon Tarts

- Second place meal: Jack Tatem with Steak and Mushroom Sauce

- Third place snack: Daisy Allen with Savoury Muffins

- Third place meal: Lewis Gurr with Chorizo Chilli

Well done to all students involved!

Fame VIP Canapé Event

Year 9 and Year 10 students prepared cooked and served canapés to our VIP guests before the production of Fame on Thursday 11th July. These students had previously planned their canapés in Food and Catering lessons and voted to cook their chosen dishes at the event. On the evening, these talented students worked hard to prepare each canapé with support from their chosen sous chef and served these to our guests whilst experiencing what life is like in a professional kitchen.

A huge well done to the following students for your hard work, creativity and ability to stay calm under pressure:

Head chefs- Grace Stuart-Brown, Freddie Winters, Maisy Williams, Guy Vickery, Jacob Canfer-Smith, Daniel Ready and Luke Pancott

Sous chefs- Chelsea Gordon, Owen Wilson, Nicole Tarrant, Abie Blackmore, Ethan Emmett, Skye Lamb and Charlotte Price.

Reading in the Community

Year 10 Child Care and Development students have being doing a fabulous job reading regularly to the toddlers at Tick Tock Nursery. Giving up their lunchtime to do so, Charlotte the nursery manager has been so impressed with their attitude and commitment that she has offered volunteering positions to our students over the summer holidays.

Summer Pic ‘n’ Mix

It is the summer pic ‘n’ mix pack selection for our term 6 Accelerated Reader competition winners. Student: Miss, is it really one item from each pile to put in the bag? Librarian: Yes, it is really is! Congratulation to the 20 winners.

Black Country Museum Trip

On Tuesday the 16th, History took 117 Year 8 students to the Black Country Museum in Dudley. The students have been looking at the Industrial Revolution, and this gave students a chance to get a sense of what life was like in this era. Students were given a tour around the living museum, which included a trip to the General Store and a chance to see a chain making demonstration. Students experienced a trip into the coal mine and some had a hearty lunch of drippin’ fish and chips!!

The Hub Students SEN Students Celebrate a Year of Hard Work

On Wednesday 10th July, we held our Hub celebration BBQ. The BBQ was to celebrate all our hard working SEN students at Ridgeway; to celebrate their resilience and tenacity. We had some fantastic rounders games, we had games such as apple bobbing, Jenga and tin-can alley. The apple bobbing is always a huge hit with students who begin by timidly trying to get an apple and by the end of the afternoon; they are fearlessly dipping their heads in the water! Everyone enjoyed some BBQ food and some well-earned relaxation and bonding time. Thanks to all the SEN staff for running this event, especially Miss Ornov and Miss Chadwick. We look forward to another rewarding year next year and wish you all a wonderful summer holiday break.

Greatwood Presentation Day

Each Tuesday morning for eight weeks, a group of six students from Ridgeway ASC and SEN set off for a Confidence-buliding course at Greatwood, near Marlborough; a charity set up to look after retired racehorses that also runs educational courses. The course involved learning how to respect, care for and interact with animals of all sizes. Ridgeway students learned how to muck out horse stalls and groom Shetland ponies. They became confident at rounding up and performing health-check on chickens and goats. They led full-sized retired racehorses around the exercise enclosure and had a go the “Equicisers” on which jockeys train to ride racehorses. For autistic students unfamiliar with farm animals and horses this was a huge challenge to which all rose brilliantly!

Having had the relevance of the written work instilled during face-to-face interactions with the animals concerned, no student failed to complete their workbooks to show their understanding of animal welfare and every Ridgeway student passed the course. At the presentation day, each student went forward to collect their certificate with proud parents watching on. Afterwards, parents and students had the opportunity to go and greet some of the horses in the stables where elderflower cordial drinks were being served along with cakes. A local ice cream van turned up, providing “complementary ice creams”, which provided a great opportunity for vocabulary building (What? It means free?). There was also an opportunity for a Ridgeway staff member to give a short speech summing up the benefits of the course, which was very well received. The presentation event was a superb end to the students’ Greatwood experience, providing fun, closure …and ice cream!


Congratulations to Billy who came 6th overall in the ALL BRITISH Motocross meeting at the weekend in round 3 of this seasons events. We wish Billy luck for the rest of the season.

Parent Governor Vacancy

We presently have a vacancy on the Local Governing Body (LGB) and we would welcome parents of students at Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College to express an interest in joining us.

The LGB plays a central role in the management of the academy, with its main aims to drive up standards of achievement for all students and to make sure that resources are used well to give every student the best possible education.

The LGB is made up of a mixture of staff, parents, and co-opted governors to provide a balance of skills, expertise, and stakeholder representation. For example, parent governors are vital to the LGB as they ensure that highest priority is given to the concerns and issues which are most important to our parents and ensure that the LGB is kept in close touch with parent opinion.

More information can be found on the LGB pages on the school website click here or contact can be made with the Chair of Governors by email [email protected] to find out more about the role. The recruitment process will begin in Term 1 of the new school year.

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