The house system is at the heart of our student experience and house identity is a key ingredient of the Ridgeway bond. For example, houses play a major part in competitions and character education. Students are placed in one of our three houses when they arrive at Ridgeway.

As voted by the students, our three houses are named after three great humanitarians of the twentieth century — Mother Teresa, Maximilian Kolbe and Dr Martin Luther King Jr. A humanitarian is someone who works to improve the lives of others, often putting their own wellbeing at risk.

Each of our three humanitarians lived their lives according to principles of fairness, tolerance and respect for others. Their lives serve as an inspiration to us all.

King House

At a time when blacks were often treated as second-class citizens in the USA, Dr Martin Luther King Jr was a civil rights campaigner, believing that everyone should be treated equally.

  • He is perhaps most famous for his “I have a dream…” speech and for his belief in non-violence
  • He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964
  • He believed in equality, respect and fairness

Kolbe House

Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish priest sent to Auschwitz for hiding Jews and other refugees from the Nazis during the Second World War.

  • After an attempted escape by three prisoners, the guards randomly selected 10 other prisoners to be starved to death as punishment
  • Kolbe volunteered to take the place of one of the 10 prisoners, who was a family man
  • He gave his life to help others

Teresa House

Mother Teresa became famous as a Catholic nun who dedicated her life to caring for others, mainly in the slums of the Indian city of Kolkata (then called Calcutta).

  • She cared for the desperately poor, the sick, the abandoned and the dying
  • She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979
  • She dedicated her life to helping others less fortunate than her

The school badge, designed by the students, incorporates references to these three inspirational individuals and their work.