Ridgewood High School, Wollaston

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Ridgewood High School
Park Road West

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Coordinates52°27′28″N 2°10′26″W / 52.4577°N 2.1738°W / 52.4577; -2.1738Coordinates: 52°27′28″N 2°10′26″W / 52.4577°N 2.1738°W / 52.4577; -2.1738
MottoAchieving Excellence Together[citation needed]
Local authorityDudley
Department for Education URN141712 Tables
HeadteacherRae Cope
Age11 to 16
HousesAsh, Maple, Oak, Chestnut

Ridgewood High School is a coeducational secondary school which is a part of the Stour Vale Academy Trust[1] situated in Wollaston (near Stourbridge), in the West Midlands county of England.[2]


Ridgewood High School opened in September on the merger of High Park School and Longlands School (former secondary modern schools), and exists within the buildings of High Park School, which were laid out some thirty years earlier.

The reorganization of schools which saw the creation of Ridgewood was part of borough-wide changes in 1989 and 1990 which saw another new school, (Castle High), being created by a merger of two schools as well as two small secondary schools closing down.

In the autumn of 1901, a new building was added which included a dance studio, music rooms, Science lab and ICT suites. This followed the building of an Eco-centre at the rear of the school which is used as a Science lab and a community meeting room.

Previously a foundation school administered by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, Ridgewood High School converted to academy status in March 2015[3] and in 2018 changed to join the Stour Vale Academy Trust[4]


Ridgewood High School was inspected for the first time after becoming an academy between 27–28 February 2018[5] resulting in an overall effectiveness rating of Inadequate.[5] Although Ofsted noted that the school’s performance had improved since a new head teacher[5] – Mrs Rae Cope – took over in January.[3]


  1. ^ "Stour Vale Academy Trust". Stour Vale Academy Trust. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  2. ^ "Ridgewood High School » A King Edward's and Halesowen Colleges' Academy". Ridgewood High School.
  3. ^ a b "Ridgewood High School - GOV.UK". get-information-schools.service.gov.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  4. ^ "RHS Newsletter" (PDF).
  5. ^ a b c "Ofsted Report for Ridgewood High School 2018" (PDF).

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