Uniform and Equipment

Uniform

Games / PE Kit 

Boys

  • Black shoes
  • Plain black ankle socks
  • Black belted trousers
  • White shirt (long or short sleeved)
  • Ridgeway Academy V-Neck Black pullover with badge (optional)
  • Ridgeway Academy Boys Blazer Black
  • Ridgeway Academy Tie Red

Please note: Students will either be sent home to change if they are inappropriately dressed or placed in the Reflective Learning Centre.

    • Ridgeway Academy Unisex Polo Shirt Red/Black
    • Ridgeway Academy Fitted Polo Shirt Red/Black (Girls)
    • Ridgeway Academy PE Shorts Black
    • Ridgeway Academy Track Pants Black (Optional)
    • Ridgeway Academy Sports socks 
    • Ridgeway Academy Midlayer Black/Red (Optional)                                                                             
    • Ridgeway Academy Skort Black
    • Ridgeway Academy Leggings Black (Optional)

JEWELLERY MUST NOT BE WORN

PLEASE ENSURE ALL ARTICLES OF CLOTHING AND KIT ARE CLEARLY MARKED

Girls

    • Black shoes
    • Plain black ankle socks (NO frills/lace, trainer or knee high socks)
    • 40 or 70 Denier Tights Black
    • Stitchpleat knee length black skirt or Straight Leg Black trousers (NO jeggings/leggings)
    • White blouse (long or short sleeved)
    • Ridgeway Academy V-Neck Black pullover with badge (optional)
    • Ridgeway Academy Girls Blazer Black
    • Ridgeway Academy Tie Red

General (both Boys & Girls)

  • Indoor non-marking Trainers – NO PLIMSOLLS
  • Football boots
  • Shin pads
  • Gum shield / mouth guards (recommended)

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Poorly dressed students reflect badly on the public image of the school and so place all its students at a disadvantage.

School Uniform

All students in Years 7 to 11 wear school uniform.  This is to encourage a sense of pride in Ridgeway Academy, discourage competition over dress and prevent students from wearing unsuitable clothes to school.  We are aware a high standard of uniform has a positive impact on behaviour in school and on making a calm, purposeful working environment for all students.  When students are dressed in the correct school uniform, they are positive role models for their peers and present a positive and impressive image of the school in the local community.

We ask that ALL items are clearly labelled with the student’s name.  In deciding on the style of uniform the cost, availability and ease of regulation were very much in our minds.

General Appearance

  • Students should look smart, clean and tidy at all times.
  • Shirts must be tucked in at all times with top button done up and ties correctly tied.
  • Tie and Blazer must be worn on site
  • Skirts must reach the top of the knees
  • Hair must be a natural colour and no extreme hair styles are acceptable.
  • Make-up, false/gel nails and nail varnish is not to be worn by any student in school.  Students will be required to remove make-up, false/gel nails and nail varnish.
  • On the grounds of health & safety, students must not wear any other jewellery, except for a watch. However, students who have pierced ears may wear one small stud (no sleepers) in each ear, but these must be removed for all PE lessonsNO other form of body piercings are allowed in school and will have to be removed.  Should students wear jewellery this will be confiscated and placed in the school safe until the end of term.

NB: HOODIES / SPORTS JACKETS, TRAINERS, PLIMSOLLS AND BOOTS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AND WILL BE CONFISCATED IF WORN

Items are all available from

Stevensons in St Albans
www.stevensons.co.uk
01727 853262

or

Smarty Schoolwear in Hatfield
www.smartyschoolwear.co.uk
01707 263909

EQUIPMENT

The school provides textbooks, exercise books, file paper, resources and a personal student area for work that can be accessed from school or from home.  There are other items of equipment, however, which parents are expected to provide.

General

All students will need essential items of equipment which will be checked regularly by the Form Tutor: –

  • Two Black Pens (Biro/Ink pens)
  • Two pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Ruler – 30cm (marked in mms and cms on at least one edge)
  • Protractor
  • Pair of compasses
  • Set of coloured pencils (felt tip pens are not recommended)
  • A good English dictionary (e.g. Collins Compact Dictionary)
  • A French dictionary
  • Basic function calculator
  • Glue stick

Stationery Shop

Students can buy all the equipment they need at very reasonable prices in Reception, at break and lunchtime before and after school only.

Pencils
Biros
Rubbers
Pencil Sharpeners
Protractors                                                                             

Compasses
Ink Cartridges
Sports Bag
School Ties
Exam Packs
School Blazer Badges
Rulers

SCHOOL BAG

It is essential all students should have a bag strong enough to protect their books and belongings from damage and the weather.

MOBILE PHONES

We recommend that NO Mobile phones are brought to school.

If your son/daughter has to have a mobile phone it must be switched off during the school day and kept in their school bag.  Mobile phones must not be used at all during school hours and if seen will be confiscated and parents will be asked to collect it by 4pm the same day.

Similarly, students should not wear headphones; they will be confiscated if they are seen.

 

Technology

School shoes (not trainers) MUST be worn in all technology areas for safety reasons.

Students will be taught the fundamentals of Health and Safety and will be provided with safety glasses and aprons when appropriate.

The Food module provides a wide choice of dishes to suit all family tastes, including vegetarian, and also covers the basics of nutrition and healthy eating.

MFL

The MFL Department would like students to provide their own English/French dictionary for modern language lessons in Year 7.

There will be an opportunity for all students to learn a second foreign language, Spanish, in Year 8.

Lost Propert

Lost property is kept in Student Services.  If an item is lost it should be reported immediately to the Form Tutor and we shall make every effort to recover it.  The student should go to Student Services, at break or lunchtime, to see whether it has been handed in.  Many items of lost property, some of them of considerable value, are never reclaimed.

Unclaimed lost property is taken to local charity shops for disposal at the end of every half term.  In order to reduce the quantity of possessions that are lost or stolen, we would be grateful if you, as parents, could reinforce the following advice which we give to all students.

  • Leave expensive articles, such as mobile phones, ipods, or jewellery at home
  • Label all clothing clearly
  • DO NOT bring large amounts of money into school
  • NEVER leave money or valuables in your coat pocket if it is unattended
  • When you change for PE or Drama, hand in all your money and valuables to the teacher
  • Take all your possessions and PE kit home at the end of each day

The school does not accept any legal responsibility for personal property and equipment brought to school.

You are strongly advised to insure yourself against damage or loss of your child’s property.  (Such cover can usually be included in household insurance).  The County Council also offer, through a reputable insurance company, a comprehensive property and injury cover.

BICYCLES

If you would like your child to ride a bike to school parents are asked to ensure that:

a) The bike is well maintained and in a safe and roadworthy condition

b) The students place their bike securely locked into the school bike shed during the school day

c) Students are encouraged to wear a cycle helmet

For safety reasons, students must walk their bicycles on footpaths in the school grounds. Failure to comply with this rule will result in permission to bring a bicycle to school being withdrawn.
Bicycles are brought to school at the owners own risk.

 

CARS & MOTORCYCLES

Students in Year 11 and 6th Form are permitted to drive or ride to school. An application form must be completed and returned to the school together with proof of licence and insurance. A permit will then be issued. These are parked at school at the owner’s risk.

SCHOOL DISPLAY MATERIAL/PUBLICATIONS

The school will occasionally use photographs of students to demonstrate activities and achievements. If you do not wish photographs of your child to be used please confirm this on the Student Registration Form.

LOCKERS

Lockers are available in school for all students who wish to use one. Students will need to provide their own padlock and key. Details of this facility are available from Form Tutors after term starts.

TRIPS & VISITS

Your child will have the opportunity to take part in a number of trips and visits. Please note the cost of these normally contain a deposit which cannot be refunded if you cancel your child’s place unless another student can fill that place.

Parents are encouraged to pay online through their ‘WisePay Account’. Please contact the Finance Department on extension 312 or email finance@ridgeway.herts.sch.uk who will arrange for a username and password.

Parents who experience financial difficulty with educational visits should contact the Director of Learning, as in some circumstances financial assistance may be available.

 

VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS TO ACTIVITIES DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

Governors have agreed that parents may be asked for voluntary contributions for:

* Some visits.

* Materials for Technology if it is intended that the student will be taking the product home, for example food prepared in school.

* Physical Education opportunities not available on site.