Welcome

Welcome to the Ridgeway Community School Website. 

The Ridgeway Community School is committed to safeguarding and has robust child protection and whistle blowing practices and policies. 

Governors have investigated the potential benefits of conversion to Academy status. Currently they have decided to remain as a Local Authority maintained school, but keep this option under continued review.

The Ridgeway Community School is a special school for pupils and students ranging from 2 to 19 years old with a diverse range of learning needs.

 

The Ridgeway Community School Spring Newsletter

We are always looking at new ways to save money and protect the environment, which is why for the first year ever we have decided not to print our newsletter out for parents.

It is now available for download in PDF format. Please click the link below to download it.

Ridgeway Community School Spring Newsletter Download

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Ridgeway Spring Fayre 

The Fantastic Ridgeway Spring Fayre will take place on Saturday, 14th June 2014 from 11am to 2pm - put this date in your diaries!

Mufti days -
2 May - bring a bottle
23 May - fill a jar with sweets or small gifts eg hairbands
13 June - cakes

Parent and Careers Lunches

We have enjoyed brilliant monthly lunches prepared by students from different classes. The students have enjoyed shopping and working out how many people need to be catered for. The smile on their faces says it all. 

There have been a variety of speakers covering quite a large range of topics. Aromatherapy, Symbols Making Sense books, Partnership with Parents, Speech and Language therapy and Cool2Care are just a few.

Please do come along to future lunches. It is great to chat to other parents & carers and to get some good ideas from each other.

Many thanks to Darryl for providing the food and for all the staff and students who prepare the buffets.

We also hold coffee mornings every other month from 9.30 a.m. - 11 a.m. at school where everyone is welcome to come. 

The next dates for your diary are: 

  • 18th March 2014

British Red Cross Everyday First Aid Training – this will be a brief overview of theessential first aid we should all know; It is free and will be a very useful training session.

  • 23rd April 2014

Vicky from SALT at the school with a technology update – Vicky will go through thecommunication aid equipment used in school.  She will also give us some advice on goodwebsites and apps for our children to use.  She is available for any questions you may have.

  • 15th May 2014

Karen and Ann from the Parent Action Group – This group (known as PAG) provide a lot of activities and events for children with SEN in the Aldershot area.  They run groups for dance and drama and hold events in the holidays.  They also provide a special performance of thepantomime each year at the Princes Hall in Aldershot, for children with SEN and their families.

  • 17th June 2014 

Kate Richardson from Sailability – Sailiability is a part of the Frensham Pond Sailing clubbased at Frensham Big Pond. This group runs each week from April to October and provides children and adults with any disability, the opportunity to go sailing with an experienced sailor.

  • 9th July 2014

Chris Todd from Carers Support and Nikki Callingham – Carers Support is the localgovernment funded group to support all of us who care for someone.  Chris will talk about Carers Support and Nikki will be giving mini therapies at the same time (hand or shoulder massage through clothing). 

We look forward to seeing you all there!


 

  • Singing Choir at Farnham Festival

    date posted: Monday 31 Mar 2014

    The Ridgeway Signing Choir showcased their talents at the recent Farnham Festival. Led by Music Subject Leader, Colleen Peoples and Speech and Language Therapy Assistant Sally Swanton, the choir is also assisted by ex Ridgeway staff member Natasha McNeillis. They opened the programme on Thursday 27th March with a rousing ‘Hello Song’, followed by an emotional version of ‘You Raise Me Up’. The set closed with the ‘Goodbye Song’. The choir was very well received, despite poor Colleen battling with laryngitis. 

    The signing choir meets once a week, and was formed against the backdrop of synthesizing music, communication and language together, with the overall aim of holistically developing the students in their engagement, self-esteem, social, musical and most importantly, their communication skills. Through combining song and Makaton signing, the students develop their communication and language skills simultaneously, while enjoying the social setting of coming together from all school stages; Key Stages 1 – 5, creating music together.