Ridgeway academy ensures students are at the heart of everything we do. We ensure students are able to voice their opinions, take on leadership roles and become ambassadors for Ridgeway.
The Ridgeway academy has an active Student Voice council who meet half termly with a member of the Senior Leadership Team and members of the Sixth Form Leadership Team. They are able to feed back to their peers and bring forward any ideas or concerns which they may have; the aim is to allow students to take ownership of their school and be an integral part of making Ridgeway academy the best it can be.
Each form group from year 7 to 10 has four representatives; one from each house. They meet half termly with their Director of Learning and hold discussions with their form groups.
Ridgeway academy also have a Sixth Form Leadership Team
Head Boy – Waseem Bendahane
Deputy Head Boy(s) – Tobi Sowemimo
Head Girl – Libby Moore
Deputy Head Girl(s) – Regan Semmens
In addition to the school council, Subject areas also offer leadership opportunities within their Department. These ambassadors are awarded throughout the year. There is also a highly prestigious Sports Leadership Programme which has allowed a vast number of students to take on leadership roles both within school and within the local community and primary school network. (See Physical Education curriculum link for more information). Our school ethos encourages all students to work together to enhance their learning experience and provides many opportunities for student leadership. Student panels form a key element of our recruitment processes. Students gain valuable skills through involvement in interview panels, conducting visitor tours of the school and meeting and greeting parents at school events. They also play a key role in our Year 6/7 transition programme. Our Sports Leaders run Sports Clubs and sporting events for Primary Schools.
New in 2018 was the introduction of ‘Speak Up!’ a new debating society. We hope to see the debating society grow from strength to strength as we hold our termly Inter-House debating competitions.
Key Stage 4 students also have the opportunity to apply for a Prefect position which allows them to undertake further leadership roles, including weekly duties and peer reading. These students are outstanding ambassadors for Ridgeway Academy and provide excellent role models for younger students.