Our School

As the Headteacher, I am delighted to welcome you to the Ridgeway Academy.  I hope our website will provide a brief insight into our school and some of the amazing work and achievements our students and staff have undertaken.
We believe that ‘everybody can achieve’ if they are challenged and inspired appropriately.  A well balanced curriculum supported by a comprehensive extra-curricular provision helps Ridgeway Academy students develop as well-rounded individuals in all aspects of their lives.
Ridgeway Academy is one of a family of schools within the Alban Academies Trust (AAT) and whilst we aim to preserve the distinct ethos of Ridgeway Academy, we embrace the Trust’s core purpose of achieving the best outcomes for all students.
We are extremely excited by the opening of Ridgeway Academy.   If you would like to learn more, or would like to visit our school, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Jed Whelan

History of the School

In the 1950’s two new schools were planned to serve the rapidly expanding housing developments on the north-east side of town; High School, Herns Lane which opened in 1956 and Attimore Secondary Modern School, which opened in 1960. In 1968 the two schools were amalgamated into one and renamed Sir Frederic Osborn School in honour of one of the founding fathers of Welwyn Garden City.

In September 2018 the school joined the Alban Academies Trust (AAT) and was renamed Ridgeway Academy. The school still retains its strong sense of community which the students describe as a ‘small school but with a big heart’.

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