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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. 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. 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 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. This year we are focusing on Shakespeare School Foundation.

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 a number of options 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. We also offer PATCH, an audition-only academy. 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 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.

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.