A very warm welcome to The Ridgeway Primary School!
My name is Jacky Steele, and I have been the Headteacher here for four very happy years. The Ridgeway is a two-form entry primary school with a nursery class with space for 26 children from their third birthday. From September 2021, we also host a ‘satellite’ class of 5 /6 pupils from The Avenue special school in Tilehurst. This is a new and exciting partnership between our two schools, and more information about this can be found in the SEND section of our website.
Ours is a happy, diverse community and we work in partnership with parents at every opportunity. We are committed to equity and inclusion; we welcome families, staff, visitors and volunteers to our school regardless of their background, faith, ethnicity, culture, gender, transgender, relationship preference or disability. The staff team here are kind, committed and knowledgeable and we are determined that children will thrive at our school, both personally and academically. We are a values-led school, and our values are: kindness; respect; honesty; perseverance; co-operation. Staff, volunteers and visitors to the school model our chosen values at all times, and we teach the children about our values and how they can demonstrate values at school and at home.
The Ridgeway is a therapeutic-thinking school, and this is reflected in our behaviour policy and in our daily practice. We expect children to be ready, respectful and safe – ready to learn, respectful of adults and of each other, and safe in their choices and conduct. Visitors to our school often comment on the calm, harmonious ‘feel’ of our school. We know that happy children are the best learners, and staff balance high expectations with fun.
Forest School is a key element of our curriculum; we have two fully trained Forest School practitioners on our staff team, and they lead classes and groups of children in Forest School throughout the year. We have two ELSA-trained staff and a school counsellor, all of whom support pupil, staff and family wellbeing, and a family worker who knows our local area well and who can provide a wealth of advice and support when and if required.
Most of the information you might want or need about our school should be available on this website, however if you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact our school office – contact details are at the bottom of the website front page. Paper copies of all information can be provided on request.
Jacky Steele, Headteacher