Welcome to our School
I am delighted to welcome you to Ridgeway Academy. We are committed to providing an excellent education equipping your child to achieve their best academically, grow personally, and prepare for a successful future. We work hard at Ridgeway Academy and our expectation is that everyone endeavours to do their best in all that they do.
The very highest standards of conduct, respect, effort and personal attainment are our goal for all members of our school. We are a caring and well-disciplined school and our key aim is to ensure that all students realise their potential. We are a happy school, with an energetic and talented staff committed to the achievement of our young people. Everyone has a part to play at Ridgeway Academy and everyone is listened to. Team work is precious, but so too are initiative and originality. We encourage positive attitudes and a ‘can-do’ culture. We provide a secure, safe environment in which all our young people feel valued, where they can develop the skills, attributes and confidence which will serve them well throughout their life.
History of the School
In the 1950s 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’.
Our vision is that ‘Everybody can Achieve’ because we:
Have Respect for:
- learning and achievement;
- each other, valuing different views, beliefs and cultures;
- our community, supporting activities and presenting a positive image of the school;
- the environment, keeping it clean and tidy and fit for learning;
- the school rules and regulations.
Take Responsibility for:
- making significant progress and being a successful learner;
- setting high standards of behaviour, conduct, appearance and attitude;
- being effective independent learners and leaders, taking initiative and supporting others;
- meeting the challenges of the future and being confident in all that we do;
- making a positive contribution to society.
Develop Relationships which:
- are strong between each other, in and out of school;
- allow us to lead safe and healthy lives and look after the well-being of each other;
- help us think creatively and rationally and be enthusiastic about learning;
- help us know and value other people.
We will develop every student’s capacity to learn so that they become increasingly independent as they progress through the school. The strength of positive relationships between students and staff allows everyone to achieve in their learning.