School Vision & Values

Our Mission:

students and staff at Ridgeway will undertake a journey together. We will be fuelled by passion, a love of learning and creativity.

We will have resilience and mutual respect to enable every individual to achieve their potential within an ever changing multicultural society.

The sound traditional values we promote at Ridgeway Secondary School: Courage, Courtesy, Dedication, Determination, Discipline, Equality, Excellence, Fairness, Friendship, Honesty, Humility, Initiative, inspiration, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Mutual Understanding, Resilience, Respect, Tolerance and Trust.

The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values/ are taught in all UK schools, the government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:

• Democracy
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Ridgeway with democratic processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for School Council positions, the principle of democracy is also explored in the History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in form time and assemblies.

The rule of law
Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school/ which are in the student code of conduct and behaviour expectations document, Students are taught the values and the reasons behind that govern and protect us. They also understand the responsibilities involved and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the police and fire service reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty
Students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. We provide boundaries for students to make informed choices; through a safe environment and empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through a-safety and form time work.

Mutual respect
Respect is a strong part of Ridgeway’s ethos. Students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat: each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Students also benefit from a number of international visitors, including students from other continents and cultures. The PSHE curriculum enables our students to have a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.

In a wider context we support Remembrance, educate our students about the Holocaust; active& participate in Duke of Edinburgh Award, promote the Olympic and Paralympic values through our assemblies and engage in international exchanges.