Parent’s Evening – Year 5, 7 and SEN

Parent Evenings are being held on Monday 20th, Monday 27th and Thursday 30th June between 4-7pm. This is an opportunity for parents of all children in Year 5 & 7 to talk to subject teachers. This is also for parents of children in all year groups who are on the special needs register. Please book an appointment via your child’s planner.

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Ridgeway Academy Awarded Gold Primary Science Quality Mark


Primary Science Quality Awards have been awarded to 154 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.  So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 1700 schools across the UK have achieved the award.

The Primary School Quality Mark scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning.

The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education.

Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school.  The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each of these schools is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

Safeguarding Statement

Please find below information from the local Police and Ridgeway regarding an incident that occurred in Astwood Bank yesterday (May 4th 2016).


Police urge parents to reiterate ‘stranger danger’ messages after girl approached in Redditch

An 11-year-old girl was walking home along New Road in Astwood Bank between 3:20pm and 3:30pm yesterday (Wednesday 4 May) when she became aware of a man behind her.

The man asked the girl where she lived and tried to walk in front of her. He then asked her to smell something that he put in the girl’s face.

The girl ran off toward Chestnut Road and the man shouted after her. When the girl reached the end of Chestnut Road she saw someone she knew. The man who had been following her, could no longer be seen.

The man is described as white and of a skinny build. He is also believed to be in his thirties and about 5’11” tall. At the time of the incident he was wearing a black hat, black trousers and may have been wearing a black coat with orange writing on it. He also had a lisp when he spoke.

Det. Con. Ryan Townsend, investigating, said: “We are continuing to investigate this incident and we are actively following a number of enquiries.

“I want to reassure residents and parents that we are continuing to conduct patrols in the area. Likewise, the girl involved and her family are being supported by specialist officers.

“We would encourage parents to speak with their children about talking to strangers. We would ask children to never go off with anyone they do not know, get into a vehicle with a stranger, accept gifts off a stranger or wander off on their own.”

If you have any information that could help police please call 101 quoting incident number 655s of Wednesday 4 May.


Please be aware that there will be a Police presence at the school gates at the end of the school day. Ridgeway Academy takes the safeguarding of our pupils extremely seriously and we are working closely with the Police regarding this matter.


Poetry Slam Girls 2016

Recently, Spoz came into Ridgeway Academy for the Year seven Poetry Slam and this is when the Sassy Similes (our team name) were created! Our poem was voted the best of the day, which meant we were able to attend and compete in the finals at the Palace Theatre in Redditch. For the past three months, we had been practicing every lunchtime and sometimes after school.

The night of the finals was finally here! When we arrived we found Mr Frost and Mrs Riddell, who were there and ready to cheer us on. We went and found our seats, feeling nervous but excited too. The judges drew the schools out of a hat, for the running order of the performances. Luckily, we were told we were performing last and this meant we could check out the competition. The other teams were good; we were nervous and excited but definitely ready to smash it!

Once we were on the stage we couldn’t see that much because of the bright lights. This helped a lot because it made the audience seem smaller. Also, having performed earlier on that day in front of the entire school we felt ready to do it! We had our best performance to date on the night and we were really happy with how it all went. Spoz told us that we were having an interval and we would find out the results after the break.

The results were in and we couldn’t wait to find out how we had done…. When we found out that we had come third we were over the moon! All our hard work had paid off!

We are now starting to perform at other schools around Redditch – including Astwood Bank. Thank you to everyone at Ridgeway for their support!

By Jessi Dodd, Maeve Winn, Maisey Leake, Sammie Oliver, Ella Harrison, Karenza Williams and Mollie Adams.

Ridgeway Academy Parents Voice Survey Results

Thank you for completing the recent survey. We are grateful for your comments and we are keen to work together in educating your child. Results are overwhelmingly positive and we are responding to the points raised her. We do not always get everything right all of the time, but we are listening and taking on board your comments. We may not respond to all points individually, but all points raised will be addressed in the responses below.

As with any area of school life, we do encourage parents to discuss actions the school takes with us. Staff are keen to speak to parents, please book an appointment if you would like to discuss these comments further.

Please see the results here.