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Info for new Y7 parents

If your child is starting at Ridgewood in September, please consult the documents and links on this page to find all the information you need.

What information was shared during the Transition Week Evening?



What day does my child start school?

Monday 4th September 2017

What time does my child start school?

The school day starts at 9am. Please can students meet in front of Faraday (where students congregated during Transition Week).

What will the first day involve?

New Year 7 students will be met by their Form Tutor and Year 7 staff. They will spend part of their day following their usual timetable, and part of the day with their Form Tutor. They will be given help to find their way around the school site.

What does my child need to bring?

  • A pen, pencil, 30cm ruler, rubber, pencil sharpener, glue stick, coloured pencils, calculator, compass, pocket dictionary, and a bag in which to carry everything
  • A name label in every piece of clothing
  • Money for lunch or a packed lunch
  • Bus fare or bus pass

What is the structure and timing of the school day?

What if my child gets a bus to school?

Please see the statement below from the Local Authority regarding transport arrangements for September 2017 onwards.  The transport provision is wholly managed by the Local Authority and SYPTE and not Ridgewood School.  It may be that some timetables may not be available until after the school has closed for the summer and we advise that you regularly check via the link below.  We will of course, keep you informed should we receive any further updates.  Any queries please contact either the Local Authority or South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE).
“As you are aware MASS Brightbus will no longer be operating following the end of the current Academic Year.  South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is  co-ordinating  significant work behind the scenes, with The Local Authority and other commercial bus companies, to put alternative services in place following BrightBus’ announced closure.  As the new services are announced schools will be informed, however some timetables may not be available until after the schools close for the summer.  Therefore, if your school is affected by the closure of MASS Brightbus please use the following link to keep up to date with the latest developments: – Doncaster LA, July 2017
How will my child pay for their lunch on the first day?

Please download the document on this page (Cashless Catering and Parent Pay) which has full details of how to pay for lunch. Your child should bring a snack to eat at break time.

What are the term dates at Ridgewood?

Click here for full details of our terms, holidays and training days.

How do I organise my child's new uniform?

Please download the document on this page (Transition Booklet) which has full details of our uniform and how to purchase it. Uniform can be collected from Ridgewood between the 1st and the 3rd of August, between 9am and 5pm. Please come to Faraday to collect any uniform orders.

What if I have any further questions?

Please use our Contact Us button on this website, but be aware that the majority of our staff will not be in school over the summer holidays and therefore may be unable to answer your queries. Get in touch with us before Friday 21st July and we will do our best to help you. We look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 students in September.