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PE Kit Letter 2022


Dear Parents/carers,

Physical Education is a valuable part of the National Curriculum at Ridgeway Secondary School. As a department we strive to offer a broad and balanced curriculum to promote healthy active lifestyles for all our Students. Correct PE kit is a vital aspect of the subject for pupils to achieve their full potential and ensure that they are engaged within lessons. The majority of pupils bring their full PE kit to lessons, to enable consistency across the whole school. I would like to remind you of the PE kit and the procedures followed within the department.


  • Blue school logo T-shirt
  • Blue school logo shorts or skort (summer weather)
  • Blue school logo Tracksuit bottoms or leggings (winter weather)
  • Blue school logo Zip up top
  • Red or white socks
  • Trainers and Football Boots
  • Shin pads
  • Waterproof jacket
  • A bag for dirty trainers
  • Hoodies are not allowed
  • Jewellery is not permitted
  • Long hair must be tied up
  • Pupils have 5 minutes only to get changed in and out of their PE kit
  • Can you please ensure that all kit is named.

School PE kit can be purchased from either Alcester National School wear Centres, School Days Bromsgrove and Surridge Sport Direct.

Forgetting their PE kit

If your Son/daughter forgets all or part of their PE kit they will be expected to borrow kit and be issued with a demerit and a lunch time detention which will be set the following day.

If a note is provided by the student’s parent/guardian highlighting why they have not got their PE kit, the student will still be expected to take part in a coaching and or leadership role. 

Injuries and Illnesses

It is a legal requirement for all pupils to participate in Physical Activity lessons unless they are excused with a note from their parent/guardian. If pupils are experiencing a slight cold, sore throat etc they will still be encouraged to take part in the lesson to the best of their ability.

If your son/daughter has a more serious long -term injury or illness that will excuse them from PE for a number of lessons/weeks a copy of a doctors or hospital note will be required. For these instances PE kit may not be needed, however this must be agreed with the parent and the Head of the PE Department.

Jewellery and watches

Any type of jewellery and watches are not permitted within a PE lesson and they will be asked to remove them at the start of the lesson. Failure to do this will result in a demerit and a lunchtime detention the following day. If you have had your ears pierced recently it is your responsibility to bring tape to cover them up or you will be asked to remove them.

Please can you ensure that you son/daughter has the appropriate PE kit as stated above and an appropriate bag for this to be carried in for September 2022.

Yours Faithfully,


Mrs Gallagher

Head of Physical Education










Careers Fayre

Dear Parents and Carers,

RE: Humanities Careers Fayre, Friday 1st July 

As part of students’ personal development and careers provision, we would like to offer all Year 10 students the opportunity to attend a humanities-based careers fayre at Studley High School on Friday 1st July.

Students will have the opportunity to speak to a range of employers, colleges and universities regarding careers and professions, which utilise the knowledge and skills embedded in humanities subjects. We believe that it will be a fantastic opportunity for all students to gain a further insight into possible future careers, as they begin to consider their options post GCSE.

Students will be accompanied by Ridgeway staff and will be transported to and from Studley High School by coach or minibus. Please see below a clarification of key details.

Date and Time: Friday 1st July 9.15am (leave Ridgeway Secondary School) to 10.45 (arrive back at Ridgeway Secondary School)

Venue: Studley High School

Cost: There will be no cost for students to attend this event.

In order for your son or daughter to attend the planned event, please ensure that consent is given by no later than Tuesday 28th June through the Microsoft form sent.

If you have any questions or require any clarification, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Yours faithfully,


Miss J Powell

Head of English

Rewards Letter

Dear Parent/Carer,

At Ridgeway Secondary School we want to ensure that we celebrate the successes within our community consistently and publicise the achievements our students make throughout their journey at the school. As you will be aware, in January we launched a new behaviour policy to raise standards across the school which has been successful. We do however recognise that with expectations must come incentives and we would like our students to make decisions because they are the right thing to do rather than because of the consequences they might be attached to.

During this academic term we will launch our new rewards policy that will prioritise student achievement in a number of ways and celebrate those in our community that regularly, meet and exceed the schools’ expectations. The policy will celebrate our students in a variety of ways including:

  • Verbal praise
  • ePraise Points
  • Subject certificates
  • Postcards
  • Lapel badges
  • Acknowledgement through assemblies
  • Positive phone call home
  • Public display of high-quality work
  • Half Termly celebrations
  • Termly Events
  • ePraise shop items
  • Formal Awards Evening
  • VIP Awards

Lapel Badges:

ePraise Points form the backbone of our rewards system and can be given by any member of staff and are awarded for being: Ready, Respectful or Safe.

  • Bronze                                  100 Points (Early Lunch)
  • Silver                                     200 Points (Non uniform day)
  • Gold                                      300 Points (£5 Voucher)
  • Platinum                              400 Points (£10 Voucher)
  • Headteacher’s Award   500 Points (£15 Voucher)

Students receive a certificate and a lapel badge which they receive weekly in tutor time on a Friday. Items in the ePraise shop will be available via Heads of Key Stage and students are seen personally by the Headteacher to congratulate them upon their achievement and success when achieving 500 points.

VIP Awards: 

Every member of staff is expected to award one VIP per lesson. Students collect VIPs throughout the term. During a rewards assembly each term the Headteacher will draw a VIP through a randomized generator with the winner receiving a prize which will be publicized at the start of each term.

More detail on the whole school rewards system can be found in the school’s rewards policy on the school website.

I am excited to celebrate the success of all our students this academic term and beyond, underpinned by this new system and look forward to writing to you later this term with some positive stories from the term.

Yours Sincerely,


Mr J Worton

Interim Deputy Headteacher

RE: Free School Meals and Pupil Premium

Dear Parents and Carers

RE: Free School Meals and Pupil Premium

As we emerge from a pandemic, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the Free School Meal and Pupil Premium funding programmes that are ran by the Government for schools. Each year the school receives funding from the government to provide additional support and educational experiences for pupils who come from lower income who may experience financial barriers. This funding is called Pupil Premium and can help ensure all children have access to the same opportunities and activities whilst in education.

For every pupil registered at Ridgeway Secondary School we will receive a maximum of £1345 for pupils in years 5 & 6 and £955 for pupils in years 7 – 11. With this money, we could provide more interventions to accelerate your child’s academic progress as well as interventions to develop self-esteem, self-confidence, and social emotional skills. If you are successful, not only will it mean your child will receive a free school meal, but we can help in other areas such as with uniform, some school trips, afterschool clubs etc.

The school can qualify for pupil premium for your child if you receive one of the following:

  • Universal Credit provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
  • Working Tax Credit run-on-paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax If you are on one of the benefits detailed above then we would ask you to complete the application form which may also entitle you to free school meals (even if you child does not want them) by following this link:

If you need any help, please email us on You do not need to send any evidence with your application. The application is confidential and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming. If you have any questions or queries, please contact the school office.

Yours sincerely

Mr J Worton

Interim Deputy Headteacher