Ridgeway High School judged ‘Good’ by Ofsted in all areas

Ridgeway High School in Noctorum has been judged ‘Good’ in all areas following an official Ofsted inspection across two days at the end of January 2024.

A co-educational school providing quality education for 901 pupils, Ridgeway High School is committed to transforming lives through learning.

Following the inspection, the school was judged as ‘Good’ across four key areas for:

  • The quality of education
  • Behaviour and attitudes
  • Personal development
  • Leadership and management

Headteacher, Gavin Sterry, described it as, “an important milestone on the school’s ongoing journey of improvement and development – another sign that we are on the right track”.

Some of the comments the inspectors made in their report include:

  • “The school has a strong sense of community which helps pupils to feel happy and safe.”
  • “The school has high aspirations for all pupils. It expects pupils to flourish both academically and socially.”
  • “Pupils benefit from an ambitious curriculum.”
  • “The school is aspirational for pupils’ futures.”
  • “The school provides a range of opportunities to enhance pupils’ learning of the curriculum.”
  • “Teachers have strong subject knowledge.”
  • “Pupils’ learning in personal, social, health and economic education ensures that they understand the importance of healthy relationships and healthy lifestyles.”
  • “Staff are proud to work at the school.” “Leaders have an accurate understanding of the school’s priorities.”

Mr Sterry continued, “I am proud of the contribution that everyone has made – teachers, non-teaching staff, parents and carers, governors and, of course, the students – towards helping the school secure this ‘Good’ judgement. It really has been a collective effort and is confirmation of the progress that Ridgeway has made in the last few years.

“But this is not the time for complacency. We have further to go to fulfil our vision of transforming lives through learning, and this judgement gives us all the momentum to continue striving towards our very ambitious goals.

“My aim is to ensure that Ridgeway High School offers a world-class education for the students and families of the local community.”

This judgement comes off the back of a number of other recent accolades. In November, Ridgeway was shortlisted in two categories at the 2023 Educate Awards ceremony, the most prestigious set of teaching awards in the north west.

They also received a glowing report from Investors in People, noting that the school’s values are “reflected in the way people treat each other; people genuinely care and it’s a good atmosphere” in the school.

And in December the school was selected as a Steplab hub school for instructional coaching – a form of professional development – making it one of only two secondary schools in the whole of the north of England to be recognised as a national centre of excellence in this way.

Image: Ridgeway High School

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