The Ridings High School

The Ridings High School

Infobox UK school
name = The Ridings High School

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established = 1957
type = comprehensive school
head = Dr R.S. Gibson
street = High Street
city = Winterbourne
county= South Gloucestershire
country = England
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The Ridings High School (popularly referred to simply as 'The Ridings') is a large secondary school located in the village of Winterbourne in South Gloucestershire, just on the outskirts of Bristol, England. It was founded in 1957 and opened by former Labour minister Tony Benn. The head teacher is Dr RS Gibson, who is the third head teacher since 1957. The school has aproximately 1500 pupils, not including Sixth Form.

Academic standards

The school has expanded considerably since its inception to become one of the most eminent comprehensive schools in the UKFact|date=August 2007, achieving consistently high grades in all qualificationsFact|date=August 2007 and providing services such as a technology college, Arts Centre and Sixth Form. The school has a very good reputation, especially with the examination side of school.Fact|date=September 2007, It has from 2006 offered the International Baccalaureate, becoming the only school in South Gloucestershire to offer this qualification, and even attracting students from abroad [ [ State school draws foreign pupils] ] . It hosts the most popular Sixth Form in the county, with children joining at the age of 16 from all of the other local secondary schools.

The majority of the sixth form students pursue the path of higher education, many students going on to study various subjects at prestigious universities, such as Oxford University, Bristol University and many othersFact|date=August 2007.

50th Anniversary

In order to mark the school's fiftieth year of existence, The Ridings invited all of its former students and staff to celebrate the event in May 2007. It is issuing The Ridings' "fiftee" calendar as part of the celebrations.

Notable alumni

* The Restraints.
* British gymnast Imogen Cairns.
* Big Brother (2007) contestant Emily Parr.
* Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Mike Green.
* Professional snowboarder Jenny Jones.

External links

* [ The Ridings High School]


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