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 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 classroom areas used mainly for the delivery of specialist subjects such as Art, Music and technology.
The school is situated on the same campus as Kempston Challenger Academy (KCA) and is joined to the Child Development Centre (CDC). Close links are made with both establishments; if appropriate some older pupils undertake inclusion opportunities and study for Entry-level or GCSE certificates at KCA and a number of children use CDC facilities such as the soft play and sensory rooms.
The school is currently organised into two departments, and has a strong Early Years Foundation and Post-16 provision:
- The Primary Department covers Early Years, KS1, KS2.
- The Secondary Department covers KS3, KS4 and Post 16.
The Primary Department provides an education for children aged between 3 and 11 years. The Secondary Department has pupils aged between 11 and 19 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 and Technology.
The Post-16 provision has close links with local colleges including Barnfield, Shuttleworth, Central Beds 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