Ofsted Inspection Report, September 2021 

Our latest Ofsted report has now been released. “Pupils enjoy coming to school to learn and they said that they feel safe” is just one of many positive comments the report makes that gives us much to celebrate. You can read the report by clicking on the link below.

The report recognises that the school has improved significantly since our last inspection in 2017 and that it continues to do so. I discussed with the inspectors the impact that the pandemic has had in delaying some training for less experienced staff and slowing some of the improvements in the quality of education, particularly in subjects with newer members of staff.

The inspectors referred to English teaching at Ridgeway as being a “cultural gift” to our children. When talking about PE they said that “being disadvantaged is not a disadvantage” in our school. These are just some of the fabulous comments that the inspectors fed back to me, reflecting the hard work that our staff team put in every single day.

I am tremendously proud of the way that all of our students, staff and families supported us during the inspection. I can put my hand on my heart and say that the inspectors saw a very typical couple of days at Ridgeway. The reference in the report to the “polite and well mannered” students is very much what I recognise and what visitors frequently point out to me.

I am grateful to you for the part that you play in your child’s education, ensuring that they attend school regularly and supporting them at home. Working together, we will ensure that students get the best opportunities and outcomes, strengthening the school even further.

I look forward to sharing with you over the coming months information on the progress we are making with regard to the improvement priorities that Ofsted have set us.

Gavin Sterry
November 2021