Because we value a rounded education, our students have access to an extremely wide range of extra-curricular opportunities and trips. We firmly believe that students get out of school what they put in to it, so we encourage our students of all ages to get actively involved in the many clubs on offer.
Experiencing ‘real world’ versions of what students are taught in a classroom helps embed learning and broaden students’ knowledge and understanding. Our geographers undertake field trips to Flamborough, Malham, and York, whilst our English and Drama students get the chance to watch professional theatre productions of the texts they study in lessons, seeing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Cymbeline, amongst others. Productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company are also streamed live to the school, meaning our students only need venture as far as our Faraday auditorium in order to experience world class theatre! Our Engineering students get to see how engineers work on a massive scale, and visit companies such as TATA Steel to witness first-hand the theory they learn in class. We also offer a ski trip which enables students to learn a new sporting skill, or to improve on their existing talents.
Within school, there are over thirty clubs that students can join. These range from those aimed at students who enjoy sport (badminton, hockey, rugby, football, netball, basketball) to those for our aspiring businessmen and women, including the prestigious Student Investor Challenge, the national competition Coca Cola Real Business Challenge, and the established Young Enterprise Scheme. We are also lucky enough to have our own dedicated Lego Suite, where we offer clubs, competitions and programming. We also submit entries to the Connections Competition, a high profile National Theatre competition, and the South Yorkshire Road Safety competition, which we won for two years in a row. Our Music department is thriving, offering everything from African drumming to our contemporary choir ‘Vocal Beatz’. Our brand new suite of iMacs also enables us to offer cutting edge tuition in music technology alongside our more traditional string ensemble and concert band.
For students interested in performing arts and the theatre, activities take place on a weekly basis and we offer an extensive performing arts training programme. There are two options to the enrichment training programme: the first option is open to all students of any ability and the second is audition only - this elite audition-only academy is called PATCH. PATCH students are expected to attend and study a minimum of two of the performing arts disciplines from vocals, acting and dance training. Students who receive private music tuition at school are expected to attend at least one training enrichment throughout the week.
We are also very proud of Opus 100, our big band ensemble featuring students from both Ridgewood and our local primary schools. This band rehearses together once a week and is a unique project which enables a wide variety of students to come together through music.
Whatever a student’s talent or interest, there will be a club or trip to enthuse and inspire them.
For more details of the clubs, trips and activities available this half term, please fill in our ‘Contact Us’ form, select ‘Extra-Curricular’ and give details of the subject about which you would like details of the activities on offer.
If your child has had success out of school, we would love to hear about it. This may be a sporting achievement, a drama performance, a musical accomplishment or simply the pursuit of a hobby. So we can celebrate and recognise what your child has achieved, please fill out our ‘Contact Us’ form and select ‘My child’s success’ so that the school can acknowledge your son or daughter’s talent or triumph.
- Woodwind (Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon)
- Brass (Cornet, Trumpet, Trombone, French horn, Tuba)
- Upper Strings (Violin, Viola)
- Lower Strings (Cello, Double Bass)
- Percussion (Marimba, Xylophone, Glockenspiel)
- Drum kit