The Ridgeway Community School is a co-educational establishment with 85 formula places. We welcome pupils between the age of 2 and 19 years who have severe and/or profound multiple learning difficulties.
Our young nursery pupils ages 2 rising to 5 are based in an off-site purpose built nursery on the site of Pilgrims Way Primary School. Within this inclusive setting they enjoy their play and education alongside their mainstream peers, benefiting from resources: soft play and light room.
Our 16 – 19 year old pupils with severe learning difficulties enjoy the atmosphere of the mainstream local Farnham College. Although the students follow their own curriculum at the college, they are able to use the on-site restaurant and other facilities. The Ridgeway Community School students are integrated into many of the college activities.
In 1962, a ‘Junior Training Centre’ was established on the current Ridgeway Community School site. This was run by the Health Authority and considered the best provision for children with severe learning difficulties. Following the Education Act of 1970, the Education Authority took responsibility for the education of all children and in 1978 replaced the old training centre with a purpose-built school.
The Ridgeway Community School has a dedicated, committed and hard-working staff who, together with a pro-active governing body, work to implement the aims of the school. In planning to meet each pupil’s needs staff work closely with physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and the full-time school nurse. Outside support agencies, such as hearing and visually impaired services, the educational psychologist, portage workers and our link social worker, visit frequently to give support to pupils, parents and staff.
In 2002, the school received a DfES Achievement award for progress and also achieved Investors in People status. We are a self-moderating ‘Healthy School’.