Welcome to Ridgeway School.
We are a busy but friendly school, with lots going on. This website aims to give you a taster of the school, as well as providing regular updated information for both parents and pupils.
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About our School
Ridgeway School holds a unique position within Bedford Borough. It is the only all-age school, (ages between 3 and 19 years) providing education for pupils with physical disabilities and/ or medical conditions and associated learning and communication difficulties.
The school building is purpose-built, spacious and fully accessible to wheelchair users. The main building features well-equipped classrooms, an ICT suite, excellent bathroom facilities, high-tech optimusic equipment, and a hydro-therapy pool. The school has a number of temporary classroom areas used mainly for the delivery of specialist subjects such as Art, Music, Science and Technology. Recent additions to the facilities include a music recording system, accessible playground equipment on the Primary playground, and a number of iPads to supplement the large number of desk-top computers and laptops in school.
The school is situated on the same campus as Hastingsbury School and is joined to the Child Development Centre (CDC). Close links are made with both establishments; some older pupils undertake inclusion opportunities and study for Entry-level or GCSE certificates at Hastingsbury, and a number of children use CDC facilities such as the soft play and sensory rooms. Pupils from Hastingsbury often visit the school as part of their courses, e.g. ICT in Years 12 and 13 to learn about access for people with disabilities, or for work experience.
The school is currently organised into two departments, and has a strong Early Years Foundation and Post-16 provision:
The Primary Department provides an education for children aged between 3 and 11 years. The pupils are taught in class groups for the majority of the time, but have some access to subject specialists for some lessons such as Music.
The Secondary Department has pupils aged between 11 and 19 years. They are taught by subject-specialist teachers and have access to specialist teaching facilities for Music, Art & Design, Resistant Materials and Food Technology, and Science.
The Post-16 provision has close links with local colleges including Barnfield, Shuttleworth, Hinwick and Moulton. Students undertake appropriate work experience placements and prepare for their future beyond school. Many students take up local and residential college placements when they leave Ridgeway. I