The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College

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The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College

Name The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Inverary Road, Wroughton, Swindon, SN4 9DJ
Phone Number 01793846100
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1586 (51.6% boys 48.4% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.2
Academy Sponsor The White Horse Federation
Local Authority Swindon
Percentage Free School Meals 9.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.4%
Persisitent Absence 10.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.8%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (03 March 2020)
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The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College continues to be a good school.There is enough evidence of improved performance to suggest that the school could be judged outstanding if we were to carry out a section 5 inspection now.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils really enjoy their lessons at the school. There are excellent relationships between staff and pupils that foster trust and cooperation.

The school has given much thought to the organisation and structure of its curriculum. This is evident in both its design and delivery, for example in the way that languages separate the lessons into speaking and writing. The curriculum builds upon previous learning and provides a well-judged level of challenge. As a result, pupils are motivated, work hard and learn well.

The school has high expectations of its pupils and, consequently, they behave very well, both in lessons and during social times. Pupils say that the school has a strong family feel. Older pupils mentor and support the younger ones and this helps to create strong bonds between them. Bullying is a very rare occurrence and is dealt with quickly and effectively by staff should it occur.

The school provides an exceptionally wide range of activities, trips and special events for pupils. There are high levels of participation.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school has completed much work on developing its curriculum. The curriculum has a wide scope and provides a depth of challenge. Its impact is shown through the strong progress that pupils make, particularly at key stage 4. For example, in history, there is a well-developed structure that enables pupils to make connections across time. The curriculum prepares pupils well for the next stage of their education. It provides challenge and encourages pupils to read and study.

Pupils in the sixth form are very well motivated, value the school and the quality of teaching that they receive. They appreciate the improvements made to their study areas and the resources made available to them. Pupils from the sixth form are very successful in achieving their preferred destinations. However, the curriculum does not always meet the needs of some pupils well enough. This limits the progress these pupils make.Pupils behave very well. Both in lessons and at social times, they are courteous and polite. They move around the school with consideration for others. They have very positive attitudes towards school and are well motivated to learn and succeed.The school is highly inclusive and all pupils are very well supported. The school has a specially resourced provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (specially resourced provision). These pupils access the whole of the curriculum and receive any extra help that they need to succeed.The personal development of pupils is central to the school’s vision and is delivered very effectively. The personal, social and health education curriculum ensures that pupils learn to be tolerant of others. As a result, pupils can be themselves and be open about issues such as their gender identity. The school has well-organised and effective support services for pupils, which they appreciate. The school listens to pupils and acts upon what it hears. The school provides a large and comprehensive programme of activities, events and trips. These include the arts, sports, culture, business and industry, subject trips, visits to places of interest and museums. Participation rates are very high.

Staff feel that leaders have created a very supportive climate in which to work. The headteacher, senior leaders and middle leaders understand the pressures upon staff and are very supportive. They make sound decisions that help staff to meet their responsibilities.Staff feel that the trust has brought significant benefits to the school. The opportunities for networking and professional learning have increased. Staff feel that there are excellent opportunities for their career development.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

The school has high-quality policies and systems in place which provide detailed guidance to ensure that pupils are kept safe. Staff training meets statutory requirements and training records are comprehensive. There is a strong culture of safeguarding and pupils feel very safe within the school. Governors and leaders have received training to ensure that the school recruits suitable staff.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

The curriculum in the sixth form has not been sufficiently well matched to the needs of all pupils. As a result, some pupils have not made the progress of which they are capable. The school should continue to progress its rapid reforms of the sixth-form curriculum and provision.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good. This is called a section 8 inspection of a good or non-exempt outstanding school. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find some evidence that the school could now be better than good then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection. Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will convert the section 8 inspection to a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged the school to be good on 11 April 2016.