Support and Enrichment
Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award
Valued highly by both universities and employers, Duke of Edinburgh Gold is a highly prestigious, nationally recognised qualification. We offer all Sixth Form students the opportunity to take part in the Gold Award, irrespective of their previous level of achievement. The award enables students to develop a vast range of skills, both physical and mental, and they are supported by specialist, highly trained staff. Ridgewood School hosts the largest Duke of Edinburgh Award cohort within Doncaster and has a proven track record of great success.
Students involved with the Young Enterprise programme at Ridgewood have won almost 40 awards in just four years – an amazing achievement. The programme provides students with the opportunity to run their own business, source finance, manufacture a product and sell it to members of the public. Being part of Young Enterprise means students develop skills such as teamwork and leadership, as well as experiencing first-hand the challenges of launching and managing a successful business. Throughout the scheme, students work alongside large commercial businesses, providing them with a fantastic opportunity to network and create useful contacts.
If you want to make a difference with students in our main school, and have the skills and qualities of compassion, active listening and offering support and guidance, our mentoring programme is for you. Students are trained in the skills of mentoring, and are paired with main school students who they work with throughout the year, seeing Ridgewood main school students grow in confidence as a result of their input. The benefits of this scheme are immeasurable and include students developing their own leadership and communication skills as well as the reward of helping others.
National Citizens Service (NCS)
Ridgewood School is proud of having formed an exciting partnership with the Doncaster Rovers Club Foundation in order to provide students with opportunities to take part in the NCS programme. Students complete the scheme during the summer holidays and spend two weeks away from home; the first week involves a residential activity and the second week is spent volunteering within local charities. In addition to forging new friendships and collaborations, students can ‘give back’ to a community and develop a range of transferable skills that stand them apart from their peers. Many of the Sixth Form students who were involved in NCS have also become NCS Ambassadors.
If you are interested in developing your interpersonal skills, research, communication and presentation skills, or you enjoy considering the world around you by thinking about different arguments, engaging with opposing views and speaking strategically, you will relish being part of the Ridgewood Debate Team. Each week students take part in a debate competition, examining ideas and policies with the aim of persuading people within an organised structure. Last year the team won The Helena Kennedy Centre Debate Competition at Sheffield Hallam University.
In addition to their scheduled lessons, students at our Sixth Form have the opportunity to complete a Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). MOOCs are online courses offered by a variety of renowned universities from around the world, and enable students to access a variety of subjects. MOOCs enable students to experience university level study in a flexible and supportive online environment.
We pride ourselves on creating a learning culture and supportive environment where all students are encouraged to maximise their potential. We provide students with personalised support and specific enrichment opportunities to prepare for the most competitive courses and universities in the country. This includes Russell Group institutions, Oxford, Cambridge, or ‘early applicant’ courses such as dentistry, medicine or veterinary science. In addition to the range of support within the Sixth Form, we work in partnership with the Sutton Trust to put in place a host of unique experiences designed to challenge students academically and support them in making a successful application. We offer:
- Personalised application support based on the student’s individual subjects, university aspiration or
- Russell Group and Oxbridge subject specific Master Classes
- Personal statement and application workshops led by university experts/professors
- Oxbridge and Russell Group university interview guidance and pre-entry test support
- A week long residential in Cambridge
- Access to Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) to enhance future applications
- Support with internships or work experience
- Expert advice and guidance on applying to Higher Apprenticeships.
Throughout their two years in the Sixth Form, students will take part in dedicated Inspire Programme sessions hosted by a range of visitors from across the spectrum of employment and academia, including representatives from Russell Group universities, the emergency services, the NHS, Members of Parliament, and representatives from industry and business. In Year 12, the focus is also on developing study skills and effective revision techniques. In Year 13, students are prepared for their chosen career paths with presentations from a range of universities (including Oxford, Cambridge, Leeds and Nottingham) and apprenticeship organisations. These sessions are followed up during workshops and tutorials with their personal achievement tutor.
In the Sixth Form at Ridgewood, we place great emphasis on culture, creativity and rhetoric, and we believe that our students should develop skills for life which make them well rounded individuals. All our sixth form students will deliver presentations on political and social issues, as part of their preparation for university and employment interviews. In preparing their own presentations, each sixth form student will develop the skills of planning, public oracy and rhetoric.
Your safety, as well as your happiness and personal wellbeing, are crucial to your success at Sixth Form. As well as personalised support from your Achievement Tutor, we have a dedicated team of safeguarding staff in Sixth Form (and main school) to support you with any safeguarding concerns you may encounter.
We will ensure:
- Students are supported to develop independent healthy and safe lifestyle choices
- Relevant safeguarding issues are discussed and promoted during Character Curriculum time
- The learning environment is safe and secure, and students are respected and listened to
- Support is in place for identifying, reporting and handling cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.