Ethos and Values

Transforming lives through learning

Our vision at Ridgeway High School is a simple one: to transform lives through learning. It is at the heart of all that we do.

Transforming lives through learning means:

  • Equipping young people with the knowledge and skills required to take advantage of opportunities and experiences in later life
  • Enhancing literacy skills so that students read, write and converse fluently and with precision and authority
  • Celebrating the rich history of human achievement and instilling an appreciation of the value of lifelong learning
  • Nurturing character values that strengthen students’ sense of self and responsibility to others

Our LEARN attributes and values


  • Taking on responsibility
  • Acting as a role model
  • Representing yourself, the school and the community with pride


  • Developing resilience
  • Rising to meet challenges
  • Learning to overcome obstacles


  • Setting demanding personal goals
  • Developing a strong work ethic
  • Fulfilling dreams and ambitions


  • Celebrating difference and diversity
  • Treating others with fairness and dignity
  • Recognising and valuing authority


  • Responding with kindness
  • Ensuring inclusivity for all
  • Fostering a culture of social responsibility and personal growth

Health and wellbeing

We value both physical and mental health and wellbeing. We want every student to be happy and to enjoy school, feeling safe, secure and cared for. We promote a caring culture, with students outward-looking, tolerant and compassionate.