The management of the school is led by Head Teacher, Andrew Munday and Deputy Head Teacher, Helen Roy.
The School Business Manager is Joyce Webb. The office staff are: Alison Page and Jane Allen
Caterlink staff are currently in charge of our school kitchen and lunchtime play time, supported by a team of midday assistants.
Specialist Resources and Support
Working alongside the teaching and child care staff is a group of other professionals whose input is vital for the development of our pupils. These professionals include: physiotherapists, occupational therapists (OTs), school nurses, Speech and Language Therapist (SaLT) and assistant, and music therapist.
Each specialist works in close co-operation with parents and the rest of the team, in order to ensure continuity of management, both at home and school.
Specialist rooms are provided for all these Health Authority services. Each acts as part of a multidisciplinary team with teachers and child care staff and other visiting professionals to provide individual programmes and initiate group or class-based activities.
The Nurses are responsible for the health needs of all pupils at Ridgeway. The nurse is a link between home, school and the health services.
Within the school team, the nurse offers personal counselling and support to pupils and their families, whilst encouraging pupils to consider their health and independence needs in relation to their disabilities and daily living.
Speech and Language Therapy
The Speech and Language therapist and assistant have a special therapy room but also work within the classrooms with selected groups or individual children. Many of the pupils in school have communication difficulties and they are offered a variety of high-tech (communication or digital talkers) or low-tech (communication books) as appropriate to their level of need. The SaLT team work closely with class staff to enable therapy to continue during lessons and activities, and not just in therapy sessions.
Meet the Education staff
Deputy Head Teacher
Head of Primary Department
Class teacher: Erin McCarthy
Nursery Nurse: Jeannette Rinaldi
Teaching Assistants: Disneyis Bailey, Georgina Buachie Jennifer Burns, Mandy Pullinger, Kathy Wiggins
Class Teacher : Kerry Clark
Nursery Nurses: Helen McGrath and Lauren Rinaldi (L3 Maternity Cover. Maternity leave Kayleigh Payne)
Teaching Assistants: Tina O'Connor, Sally Rowe, Punam Sangar, Glenn Taylor, AgnesToma,
Class teacher: Hailey Turner
Level 3 Teaching Assistant: Louise Atkinson
Teaching Assistants: Mary Beddall, Vanessa Faulkner, Patience Hobday, Lisa Murphy, Amy Parker, Rozee Rahman,
Class teachers: Sally Feihn
Nursery Nurse: Sharon Ward
Teaching Assistants: Amy Bowie, Paul Rodger, Sally Rowe, Daniella Simpson, Sarah Thompson,
Silver Class ( Mixed Primary/Secondary)
Class teachers: Rachel Lalor
Nursery Nurses: Trish Smith, Gemma Teji
Teaching Assistants: Sherry Eastwood, Daniela Fasone, Nadia Harris, Kelly Harvey, Donna Maisey
Head of Secondary Department
Faye Turner (Maternity Leave, Jan-Dec 2021)
Class teacher: Jane Stynes (maternity Cover Jan-Dec 2021)
Level 3 Teaching Assistant: Charlene Stewart
Teaching Assistants: Elaine Barratt, Ann Denton, Nicola Gurnhill, Donna Johnston, Jeanette Umney.
Class teacher: Lulu Stanier- Martin
Nursery Nurses: Carole Connolly, Caroline Moore
Teaching Assistants: Gretchen Deacon, Sandra Harding, Joe Lalor, Anne Perri, Sabrina Raimonde, Kath Walker,
Coordinator: Michelle Jacques
Lower Post 16
Teacher: Penny Turner
Upper Post 16
Teacher: Michelle Jacques
Post 16 Nursery Nurses: Nicky Cope, Diane O'Connor
Post 16 Teaching Assistants: Chris Babbington, Lorraine Gurnhill, Bilal Jilani, Dawn Smith, Heather Thompson, Carly Wood,
Educational Communicators: Alison Sargent, Serena Pattison
English: Lulu Stanier - Martin
Maths: Kerry Clark
Art: Hailey Turner
Science: Rachel Lalor
PSHE: Sally Feihn
Humanities: Erin McCathy
French: Rachel Francis
RE: Rachel Francis
PE: Andrew Munday
ICT: Faye Turner
Music: Penny Turner
DT: Rachel Lalor
Early Years: Helen Roy
SENCO: Andrew Munday
Educational Visits : Andrew Munday
Designated teacher for LAC: Sally Feihn
MFL, RE, Food Tech: Rachel Francis
Pupil Premium co-ordinator: Helen Roy
Pupil Premium 1:1 support:/Y7 Catch Up: Ann Martin
Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and Language Therapists and Support:
Nicola Ash, Claudine Sharples, Jessica Price
Speech and language communications assistant: