Equipment Expectations

Dear Parents/Carers,

RE: Equipment and Organisation.

I would like to thank you for your support to ensure your son/daughter returns to school each day with the correct equipment following what has been a strange time for us all. Lost learning time in all secondary schools across the country still has a significant impact on disruption to potential learning time. Giving out equipment with 3 minutes lost, each lesson over a week equates to 75 minutes a week and over a school year over 48 hours of lost learning. As a school, we do everything to minimise the impact of this to ensure students have the best opportunity for success. We aim to maximise learning time in a 1-hour lesson. A reminder that this academic year and future years will see Ridgeway Secondary School operate a two-week timetable with them being labelled as ‘Week A’ and ‘Week B’.

I would like to stress the importance of checking timetables, books and equipment daily and in addition recording down whether it is a week A or B, which is particularly important when returning after a holiday. We recommend that students keep their bag and school equipment in the same place as they return from school and pack it the night before so they can have a good night’s sleep, knowing that they are prepared for the next day. Good organisation and effective routines significantly reduce unnecessary worry or anxiety.

Below is a reminder of the correct equipment your son/daughter needs every day:

  • Exercise books/folders
  • Reading book/log
  • Pencil case
  • Black Pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Protractor
  • Rubber
  • Scientific calculator

In addition to the equipment above, we expect every student in Years 7-11 to bring the following:

  • Subject specific equipment including PE kit (details found on the website), and cooking ingredients.
  • Other useful equipment but not specified in the ‘basics’ would be coloured pencils and a highlighter.

Stationery is available to purchase from school each morning during break time, the location of where students can purchase this from will be announced to students on the first day of the school year.

We believe by having high expectations at all levels, including personal organisation, every student has the potential to succeed. We look forward to continuing to work with you and your son/daughter, to achieve success together at Ridgeway Secondary School.

Yours sincerely,


Mr Jack Worton

Assistant Headteacher