We are very proud of our small school, many visitors comment on the good feelings they get as they look around. As a Church school we believe strongly in Christian Values; Love - underpinned, by Trust, Respect and Forgiveness. We regularly welcome members of the local clergy into our school, attend family services and celebrate special occasions in the Church of St Laurence which is right next door.
Our pupils consider themselves to be part of the 'Ridgewell Family', where everybody knows everyone else. Behaviour in our school is very good and the children clearly care for one another. Little Stars Pre-school functions on our site within our Early Years Unit. From 3 years old children are welcomed into our school. Our results at the end of KS2 are consistently higher than national averages.
We strongly value the partnership between home and school. We recognise that this support from home is vital for our children to achieve good results. Together we can ensure that all children achieve their full potential. We recognise that a child needs qualities and skills that cannot only be taught in a classroom. Our Forest school ethos is an integral part of our curriculum. Children are encouraged to be outside learning new skills, strengthening resilience and becoming familiar with the environment. At Ridgewell everyone has a pair of wellies!
We encourage out future citizens to become involved with the local community through participating in the village fete each summer and taking part in the annual tidying up of the village. We join with villagers to remember local soldiers on November 11th each year at the war memorial on The Green. Our School Council has an active role in our school raising money for charities both global and closer to home.
We actively seek awards through enhanced provision and recently achieved Essex Healthy Schools status. We recognise that good health for life encompasses fitness, diet and emotional wellbeing. We are delighted to have won an Active Essex KS1 award and we have also received a Gold Award for our commitment to the development of sport from the School Games programme.
We have strong links with local secondary schools and participate in local sports tournaments and events. We encourage our children to join our after school clubs, they are very well attended and cater for a variety of children's interests.
Mrs Linda Taylor
Executive Head Teacher
Latest Ridgewell School Diary Dates Events
- Cultural Day - South America06Feb2019
8:40 am - 3:15 pm
- Family Service13Feb2019
9:30 am - 10:30 am
- Valentines Disco - FORS Friends of Ridgewell School14Feb2019
3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
- Half term18Feb2019
8:40 am - 25 feb, 3:15 pm