Skip to content ↓

Ridgewood

School

Enrichment

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.

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 let us know what you would like to hear more about.

Trips

Experiencing ‘real world’ versions of what students are taught in a classroom helps embed learning and broaden students’ knowledge and understanding. For example, 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. Other subject-based field trips include performing arts students visiting Doncaster’s CAST theatre and watching a live performance of The Woman in Black, as well as taking part in the iSing event and the band competition Stage Invasion.

Outside lessons, students get to travel both nationally and internationally. In October 2019, a group of students are going to New York to experience all the city has to offer. In summer 2018, students made a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Tanzania. Closer to home, summer 2019 saw 72 Year 11 students take part in the National Citizenship Programme where they spent three weeks involved in adventure pursuits, social action planning and volunteering in the community.

Sixth Form students are also heavily involved in enrichment, and won the prestigious Helena Kennedy Debate Competition held at Sheffield Hallam University this year.

Clubs

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, table tennis and zumba) to those for our aspiring businessmen and women, including the established Young Enterprise Scheme. 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. This year we are focusing on 'New Views'.

Examples of clubs on offer 2019/20:

  • Elite band
  • Guitar choir
  • Athletics
  • Book club
  • Basketball
  • Code club
  • Table tennis
  • Netball
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Zumba
  • Cheerleading
  • Science club
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Art
  • French film club

To support academic progress, there are also revision sessions which run alongside the enrichment programme.

The weekly enrichment calendar is published to the school website each Monday and displayed on form noticeboards.

Performing Arts

Our Music department is thriving, offering everything from Rock School to our contemporary choir group. Our 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 a number of elements to the enrichment training programme: students of any ability can join the Limelights group to develop their skills and build confidence, and can audition for the whole school production which this year will be ‘Legally Blonde’. Students interested in working 'behind the scenes' in the arts can also join our Tech Lighting group.

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. This band rehearses together once a week and is a unique project which enables a wide variety of students to come together through music.

New in Performing Arts for 2019/20

Stage Invasion

 

This is a project for students who are interested in making it as a band. Later this academic year there will be another opportunity to take part in this. Earlier this year, the band ‘Villis’ won the competition and will be recording and releasing their own song onto Spotify and iTunes.

 

iSing 2019

 

This fantastic event will take place on 6 May. We are hoping to encourage Year 7 and 8 students to become involved with this vocal project.

 

Other opportunities

 

Students will also have the chance to work with professionals from the Music in the Round project where students work with professional composers to write and develop compositional material and for this to be performed by a professional ensemble.

 

The music department is also going to be working with the Yorkshire Sound Women’s Network to support and give the opportunity for young girls between the ages of 11-18 to get involved in music technology workshops at CAST. There will be opportunity for free taster sessions where professionals will come into school and work with groups of girls interested in wanting to work in the music tech industry.

Local Doncaster radio station Sine FM have approached the Music department and are interested in a group of students working as their production team to run their own radio station. More information will be released later in the year.

Instrumental Lessons

Ridgewood Music Department offers the following instrumental lessons:
  • 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
  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Vocal
We heavily subsidise the instrumental lessons. Please visit our Music page for full details of costs. GCSE students and disadvantaged students are exempt from payment. Lessons happen on a weekly basis for a period of 35 weeks and take place in the music practice rooms in Curie block. The instrumental timetable is located in Curie where students should check their instrumental lesson time. Instruments can also be loaned from the music service.
 
In order to answer any questions you may have about instrumental lessons, please contact Claire Walker, Head of Performing Arts, using our 'Contact Us' box.