Ridgeway

Ridgeway House LogoRIDGEWAY HOUSE – House Colour Red

Who’s Who?

Head of Ridgeway House – Mr J Vann

Ridgeway Tutors

Year 7 - Mr T Godfray

Year 8 - Mrs M Wilburn

Year 9 - Mr R Harvey

Year 10 - Mr C Formaggia

Year 11 - Mrs F Hyland

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.

Ridgeway House 2020-2021

Wow, what another strange school year we have all experienced as a result of COVID-19. Our lovely new Year 7s didn’t get to enjoy the Isle of Wight residential, prom had to be moved and transition had to be an online virtual event again. However, in true Luffa spirit the House has shown remarkable resilience for which the students deserve a lot of credit.

Ridgeway Reindeer run yearbookIt has been an absolute pleasure to have been Head of Ridgeway House this year – my first year in the role. My overriding memory of the year was undoubtedly the annual Reindeer Run in December to raise money for Chestnut Tree House; the generosity of the students was once again evident. Despite having to adapt the event from the usual run around the field (complete with antlers and red noses) students still showed admirable enthusiasm through purchasing of the noses and antlers to wear for the day. In total we raised a magnificent £733.20 for the charity with lots of donations being made through the JustGiving page.

IMG 7461Another event that also highlighted our Christian ethos was the Shoebox Appeal on behalf of Chichester Rotary Club. The sheer number of donations was quite simply humbling. As a result of the pandemic, delivery was slightly delayed but these were delivered in the spring and we were sent photos of the very grateful recipients enjoying their gifts. Just another example of the generosity of the students and their parents and carers here at Bishop Luffa.

We have had a successful year with House Points (although annoyingly it looks as though Burrows will win the House Cup!) and students have shown endeavour to get involved with competitions which was encapsulated in the very strong participation in Sports Day led by our very own Ridgeway tutor Mr Godfray!

Ridgeway House 7On Monday 12th July 7Ridgeway enjoyed a fantastic day at the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre in Portsmouth with 7Sherborne our Sister House. This was a great opportunity for students to engage with activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking and archery! It was lovely to see the students outside of the normal classroom context and went some way to making up for not being able to have our annual autumn residential.

We look forward to welcoming our new Year 7s in September and for them to become active participants in House events and to quickly feel a valued part of Ridgeway House and the Bishop Luffa family. We pride ourselves on our sense of community here and Ridgeway is no exception to that.

In Year 12 we nominated two new House Captains – Maya Solly and Beatrice Harmston – who immediately involved themselves with House assembly and have taken an active participation in House events such as Charity Week, House Drama and Sports Day.

As part of Luffa tradition, we announced our House Colours for Year 10s and awarded them with some commemorative certificates and colourful badges which they will wear with pride. We also awarded Subject Colours which were also humbly received – well done to those for that. This is very well deserved and is a significant achievement for any Luffa student.

Year 11 have had their much anticipated prom. Given the year we have had and uncertainty with exams again, this marked a very fitting way to officially say goodbye to our fantastic Year 11s. I am looking forward to welcoming many of them back to Sixth Form in September; they have been a credit to the House and the school in how they have adapted to the constantly shifting exam landscape and the two years of disrupted GCSEs they have had to cope with.

Finally, I would like to say a huge thank you to the Ridgeway tutors – Mrs Wilburn, Mrs Pegg, Mr Harvey, Mr Formaggia, Mrs Hyland, Mr Godfray and Mrs Williams – they have been an ever-present positive influence in the lives of Ridgeway students and they deserve all the credit for the successes of Ridgeway House.

I am already eagerly anticipating another year at the helm of this fantastic House.

Mr James Vann, Head of Ridgeway House