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Sixth Form Updates

Year 13 students prepare to vote

Wednesday 4 December

As some of our Year 13 students are able to vote in the General Election on Thursday 12 December, our Politics students asked to lead last week's Inspire assembly. They wanted to raise awareness of the parties' key policies including the NHS, education, Brexit, crime, the environment, transport, the economy, work and benefits. Students worked in groups debating and discussing their current thinking and created a charged atmosphere! 

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University speaker visits students in Inspire assembly

Wednesday 4 December

Thank you to our guest speaker from Hull University who came into our Inspire Assembly last Thursday to share with Year 12 students 'important things to consider' when applying to a university.

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This week's debate topic: Freedom of speech is no longer a suitable principle in the modern world

Wednesday 4 December

What do you think? Join the debate and have your say.

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Internships: building skills and competencies to make Ridgewood students’ CVs stand out from the crowd

Tuesday 26 November 2019

The first Year 12 internship placements have taken place at Saltersgate Primary School and Grainger Appleyard Solicitors over the past two weeks. Before, during and after their placement, students complete an internship journal. This helps them reflect on their goals, and the skills and competencies they need to be successful in the workplace as well as those they have developed during their placement. We are looking forward to reading and hearing about their experiences on their return.


Fantastic opportunity for Year 12 with internationally recognised law firm Kingsley Napley

Tuesday 26 November 2019

If any Year 12 students are interested in being part of ‘The Legal Apprentice’ Ridgewood Team, please see Mrs Rhodes. What is it? The Legal Apprentice is Kingsley Napley’s legal competition for Year 12 students. Students are invited to work as part of a team to complete a series of tasks, designed to encourage them to tap into their ‘inner solicitor’ – using skills and logic to provide legal advice for virtual clients. Last year Ridgewood Sixth Form entered two teams who had great success in the competition, with one team achieving 35th place out of 700 teams. You can find out more at


This week’s debate topic: ‘Zoos are exploitative and should be banned’

Tuesday 26 November 2019

How far do you agree? Please meet in the social space from 3.15pm to 4pm this Wednesday to join the debate.


BFI Film Academy workshop on Thursday this week

Tuesday 26 November 2019

This workshop aims to be a fun, practical discussion about careers in the film and television industry and the opportunities available through the BFI Film Academy. It is for Year 12 and Year 13 students. The Academy also runs residential courses which concentrate on specific areas such as animation, programming, documentary or craft skills. You can find out more about BFI Film Academy residential courses and applications at


Non-uniform day raises money for local community

Tuesday 26 November 2019

Thank you to all Sixth Form students and staff who came in non-uniform last Friday to raise money for our local community who have been affected by the floods.


Can you contribute to the Cathedral Archer Project for the homeless and vulnerable?

Tuesday 26 November 2019

We have one last request for a BIG push for food for our charity food hampers. Please bring in any products that you can by the end of Wednesday this week.


Save the Children – Christmas jumper extravaganza

Tuesday 26 November 2019

Friday 13 December 2019 is time to make our Sixth Form Christmassy to raise money for Save the Children. Students will be donating £2 and together we’ll make the world better with our sweaters. Wear a glitzy jumper, a 3D jumper or a bauble-y jumper and let’s raise as much money as we can.


Applications now open for Sixth Form

Saturday 23 November 2019

Are you ready to submit your application to Ridgewood Sixth Form for 2020? Have you read up on the range of courses and extra-curricular opportunities available? Have you chosen the courses that you would love to study?

The application process for current Year 11 students is now open. Simply fill in our online application form with all your details and course choices - it couldn't be easier. Then we will get back to you with details of a meeting to discuss your chosen pathway.

We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions before you submit your application, just get in touch with us using our Contact Us facility.

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13 students explore fluvial geography in North Yorkshire. 

Monday 18 November 2019

Along with Head of Geography Mr Curtis and teacher Miss Bedford, Year 13 A level Geography students recently visited Tadcaster. They went to see the repaired bridge in the town then toured Drax power station. The students and staff were amazed at what the power station does, including creating enough power to supply the whole of Yorkshire using new technologies. The visit was a great chance to see real-life versions of what they are learning in lessons, including discovering more about biomass and how to create a sustainable future.

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This week's debate topic: “The monarchy should be abolished” How far do you agree? 

Monday 18 November 2019

Come along this Wednesday to share your views!

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Inspire Assembly: NHS guest speaker to visit students

Thursday 14 November 2019

Talking more openly about how people can reduce their risk of cancer and spotting cancer early could help save thousands of lives. In the 'Inspire Assembly' this week, Year 12 and Year 13 students will have the opportunity to listen to a guest speaker from the NHS who does amazing work to bring life-saving awareness to young men and women about testicular cancer and breast cancer. 

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Missed our Open Evening? Don't worry, we have another one for you!

Thursday 14 November 2019

Ridgewood Sixth Form Mini Open Evening is taking place on Wednesday 4 December from 3.30pm-6.00pm in the Faraday building. If you would like the chance to have a look around and meet our staff and students, but you were not able to attend the Open Evening in October, come down and see us on Wednesday 4 December. You can check out our fantastic facilities and ask any questions you have to Ridgewood Sixth Form teachers and students. 

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This week's debate topic: "The Labour Party want to limit an individual’s personal wealth to £1 billion. Any money earned over this amount must be given to the government to redistribute to the poor."

Monday 11 November 2019

Do you agree with this policy? Come along to Wednesday's debate and have your say!

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Sixth Form Ambassadors attend Careers Fair.

Friday 8 November 2019

Our Sixth Form Ambassadors, James and Jamie, are both alumni of Hungerhill School. They enjoyed their evening visiting their old high school as they represented Ridgewood at the Hungerhill Careers Fair. During this event, they discussed with Year 11 students their post-16 options, and why we think they would love to study at Ridgewood Sixth Form.

Don't forget that if you were not able to visit our Open Evening, but want to know more about what we offer, you can book a tour with one of our Sixth Form Team by getting in touch with us.

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Online applications to Sixth Form open on Monday 25 November.

Thursday 7 November 2019

This year, applications to Ridgewood Sixth Form have gone online. The online form will be available from Monday 25 November. Visit from Monday 25 November to submit your application.

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This week's debate topic: “Drinks companies should be banned from using plastic bottles immediately”

Monday 4 November 2019

Come along to Wednesday's debate to have your say.

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Year 13 Parents' Evening tonight

Thursday 24 October 2019

We are looking forward to seeing Year 13 parents and students tonight at Parents’ Evening between 4.30 and 7.30pm.  In their ten minute one-to-one meeting with their subject teachers, students will receive a personalised action plan to support their next steps.

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Huddersfield University offers advice to students

Thursday 24 October 2019

Thank you to Huddersfield University who visited Ridgewood Sixth Form again this week. They shared top tips with Year 13 students to support their successful preparation for their mock examinations which start on 27 January 2020. Starting revision early, regular testing and practising in timed conditions are the keys to success!

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Police force guest speaker visits Ridgewood Sixth Form

Thursday 24 October 2019

In the Year 12 Inspire Programme this week, a guest speaker from the police force will be delivering a workshop to raise awareness of drug misuse.

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Sixth form students visit Year 11 at Astrea Dearne

Thursday 24 October 2019

Our Sixth Form Ambassadors - Bailey, Brad and Lydia - enjoyed their afternoon at Astrea Academy Dearne, discussing with Year 11 students their post-16 options, and why we think they would love to study at Ridgewood Sixth Form. Don't forget that if you were not able to visit our Open Evening last Thursday, but want to know more about what we offer, you can book a tour with one of our Sixth Form Team by getting in touch with us.

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New York trip only a week away!

Sunday 20 October 2019

On October 27, 36 Ridgewood School and Sixth Form students are heading across the ocean to see the famous sites of New York. Staff and students will be visiting the Rockefeller Centre, Planet Hollywood, the Guggenheim museum, Central Park, Hard Rock Café, the American Museum of Natural History, the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Chelsea market, the Empire State Building, and Madison Square Gardens to watch an ice hockey game, as well as experiencing a fabulous Hush Hip Hop Tour and watching the stage production of Chicago. Have a wonderful time!

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Holly starts at Royal Academy of Dance

Sunday 20 October 2019

We are very proud to share with you that Holly Grace, who completed her studies at Ridgewood Sixth Form this year, has successfully gained a place to study at the Royal Academy of Dance, one of the world's most influential dance education organisations.


This week's debate topic: “Life should mean life”. Do you agree, or should convicted prisoners be able to earn the right to be released early, if they show ‘good behaviour’?

Sunday 20 October 2019

Come along and take part in this week's debate and share your views about prison sentences and prisoners' rights.

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Sixth Form Open Evening - thanks for coming along!

Sunday 20 October 2019

We loved welcoming students and their families to Open Evening on Thursday. There was a buzzing atmosphere in Faraday, and prospective students enjoyed meeting alumni, current students and staff. Visitors learned more about the courses we offer, enrichment available, and routes to university and Higher Apprenticeships. Everyone also enjoyed tucking in to the cakes made by the Young Enterprise team. If you weren't able to come on Thursday but would like to know more, contact us to book a tour with a member of the Sixth Form Team.

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Open Evening tonight

Thursday 17 October 2019

Our Open Evening is tonight! Come along and find out why Ridgewood Sixth Form is your number one choice for post-16 study.

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University info as part of Inspire Programme

Friday 11 October 2019

Huddersfield University were guest speakers at the Year 12 Inspire Programme today, sharing with students top study skills tips to support their success.


Sixth Form Tutorial Programme – charity event

Friday 11 October 2019

Emily Bowes recently spoke to Year 13 about a charity event that students are going to get involved in during their Tutor Programme. Emily is part of the Cathedral Archer Project which focuses on helping homeless people achieve a better life.

Year 12 and 13 will be donating food items for their Harvest Festival appeal, as well as any warm clothing including gloves, socks, etc. Teachers and associate staff will be supporting students with this charity event. Find more information about the charity at

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Policing volunteer award for Jamie

Friday 11 October 2019

Jamie Tang in Year 13 won the Volunteer of the Year Award at the South Yorkshire Police Force Awards held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Sheffield on 26 September. Jamie was the youngest winner of the night, and was described as truly professional and a great ambassador for the force.

He has worked with officers across all four districts supporting a range of operations and events and has always promoted the force in a positive light. He has been a fantastic support to all new cadets in the South Yorkshire area, and is also a highly valued member of our Sixth Form community.

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The next debate topic: “In Middlesbrough, heroin addicts are given two free daily doses of the drug. The government hopes this will lower addiction rates and the number of related criminal offences.”

Friday 11 October 2019

Do you agree with this strategy? Want to come along and share your views? The next debate is on Wednesday 16 October in Faraday social space at 3.15pm. If you want to do some preliminary research, check out this Telegraph article.

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This week’s debate topic: “The Labour Party want to abolish all private schools."

Tuesday 8 October 2019

Do you agree with this policy? Why not come along and debate your views on this topic, or even take the side you disagree with to test your arguing skills!

Our very popular debate club takes place in the Faraday social space on a Wednesday from 3.15pm to 4.00pm. Even if you didn't attend last week, you are more than welcome to attend this week. Why not give it a go and see if debating is for you?

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Supporting students' career pathways

Tuesday 8 October 2019

60 Year 12 students have now attended their one-to-one meeting with NYBEP (North Yorkshire Business and Education Partnership) to start organising their week-long internship placements. Further meetings will continue over the next two weeks. The path to career success starts at Ridgewood!

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Year 13 Parents’ Evening

Tuesday 8 October 2019

This takes place on Thursday 24 October. The booking system will open Wednesday 9 October at 3pm. Make sure you go online to book your appointments as soon as possible.

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Creating Futures 1 Reports

Tuesday 8 October 2019
The first CF reports of the academic year will go home to Sixth Form parents/carers by the close of this week (October 11). The reports show the progress students are making at this point in the term. Students are already in action setting specific targets with their teachers to support their progress.

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