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Who’s Who?

Head of Ridgeway House – Mr J Vann

Ridgeway Tutors

Year 7 - Mrs M Wilburn

Year 8 - Mr R Harvey

Year 9 - Mr C Formaggia

Year 10 - Mrs F Hyland

Year 11 - Mr T Godfray

Year 12 & 13 - Mrs H Williams

Ridgeway House was one of the first four houses in the early days of the school and is named after Bishop Charles John Ridgeway who was Bishop of Chichester from 1908 to 1919. After becoming Bishop of Chichester he restored the chapel in the Bishop’s Palace which is marked by a brass inscription on its West Wall.

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What is Ridgeway House like?

We pride ourselves on our individuality and celebrate each person in our form as a unique identity. We are inclusive and will always support each other. We are resilient and resourceful and mindful of those less fortunate than ourselves.

Regular finalists in House Drama, keen academics, dancers, writers and musicians, as well as sailors, rugby, biking, hockey, netball, air cadets etc.

We support charities such as Diabetes UK, Spirit FM Xmas Appeal, Chichester Foodbanks with Chestnut Tree Hospice being our house charity.

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Ridgeway House 1Year 7 Heroes: Ivo Thornton-Smith in 7Ridgeway made a picture of the rainbow using his textiles skills, ‘Storms don’t last forever’ and Ella Watkins, from 7Ridgeway has been making face masks and selling them to raise money for Stone Pillow.

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House Points: Year 7 Ridgeway have dominated the House point leadership board since week 1 Sept 19!, What an achievement and what a great tutor group to be in. Head of House Mr Bonney is very proud of 7 Ridgeway.

Ridgeway House 3Year Group News: Year 7 had a great time on the Isle of Wight making new friends and having fun. Another great year for 8Ridgeway! Second year of entering the dance finals, high attendance overall and includes some of the hardest working students. Mr Jelley is very proud of his form group and wishes them all the best for the future. Year 9 students took part in Chichester Youth Theatre’s Christmas production. Our sport people excelled in athletics, football, netball and rugby and got through to the Interhouse dance finals, the 3rd year in row. They also raised an impressive amount for Ridgeway’s House charity.

Another outstanding year by 10Ridgeway, all pupils have continued to get involved in house events inside of school, including getting to the Evening of Dance final for the fourth year in a row and many involved with sports events. The tutor group were well represented and the Grease production not only from an acting point of view by singing and stage crew as well. The group have continued to work very hard in lessons amassing many House points with three pupils consistently in the top ten leaderboard. Over the period of lockdown they were positive, active and willing to work hard which has put them in a great position to attack the new challenge they face in Year 11.

The annual Festive Reindeer Run for Chestnut Tree Hospice took place in December and antlers even made it to the kitchen for some fine cooking!

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Ridgeway House 6Farewell to Year 11: 11 Ridgeway have a very strong and committed bunch of rugby players enabling us to win the Interhouse rugby…giving Ridgeway a track record of winning the Interhouse rugby every single year since year 7! Although plans for Interhouse drama were never realised due to lock down there have been some excellent acting successes. Grace Watkins shone in the Grease performance – demonstrating both her acting and singing talent, whilst Richard Chapman gave an excellent performance of the cowardly lion in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Wizard of Oz – a thrill to watch.

Despite the challenges 11Ridgeway have faced with the school closure, many of the tutor group have used lockdown to take on new skills and challenges from learning to play the Ukelele, taking up running through couch to 5km, learning to cook a wide repertoire of meals, keeping a diary of the experiences during these unprecedented times, creating a family film, getting super fit, staying focused on discus training, all sorts of creative creations and more…

Ridgeway students have been growing from strength to strength over this very challenging year. Ridgeway ‘Certa Cito’ from Latin as Swift and Sure.