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Bishop Ridley C E Primary School
Northumberland Avenue, DA16 2QE, UK Welling
+44 (0)208 303 4461

Bishop Ridley Church of England Primary School
Welcome to the Bishop Ridley C of E Primary School website, we hope you will find it useful and informative. We also welcome visits to the school: simply ring the school office and make an appointment to come and see us.

Steven Hall, Head Teacher






Children start primary school with a variety of experiences and skills. Some may be used to sharing with others, playing co-operatively or independently, knowing some sounds and numbers, whilst other children may not be used to being in a large group of children. With this in mind we aim to make the transition from home to school as smooth as possible.

In the first week of term you and your child will be invited to an interview with your childs new teacher at which you will be able to share any particular information you may have and for the teacher to meet you and your child on a one-to-one basis. It will also be a valuable opportunity for the teacher to assess your childs level of achievement on entry to school.

In the second week of term the nursery children start their morning sessions, while children in the reception year usually come in for half a day and go home before lunchtime. In the third week of term they stay full time. Parents are then invited to attend a reading workshop led by the Literacy Co-ordinator, who explains how we teach reading at Bishop Ridley and how you as parents can help your child at home. We strongly encourage all parents to attend this meeting.

 Towards the end of the Reception year the children are assessed by their class teacher using the 'Foundation Profile'. This is used to assess each childs progress through the Foundation Stage, which is a programme of work followed by the children through Nursery and Reception and which is designed to prepare them for the National Curriculum which starts in Year 1.

'Pupils in the Foundation Stage are given good individual support, enjoy their work and settle quickly into the school.'



Each area of the curriculum is managed by a member of the teaching staff. The National Curriculum subjects are: English (including Literacy), Mathematics (Numeracy), Science, ICT, History, Geography, Music, Art and Design, PE and D&T (Design and Technology). We have adopted our own RE (Religious Education) curriculum and have also introduced Modern Foreign Language (French) from years 2 to 5.

 We place a strong emphasis on the personal, social and health education of our pupils (PSHE). As a school, we are committed to involving our pupils fully in all aspects of school life, to reward and celebrate excellence and effort and to recognise achievement. We have a School Council and Eco Committee, made up of elected pupil representatives, who meet regularly to discuss issues affecting pupils.

 'The school's curriculum is good overall.....' Good teaching was characterised by well-planned and organised learning, which was effectively matched to pupils' needs. Teachers ensured a brisk pace with clear learning objectives so that pupils knew what they were to learn.'


The Curriculum is thoroughly planned to meet the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum, and all teachers follow these plans when teaching their class.

 'All teaching seen was satisfactory or better and much was at least good.'



All children are expected to look smart at all times and to wear our school uniform:

Burgundy sweatshirt

Grey trousers/skirt

White polo shirt

White or dark socks/tights

Black shoes (no high heels, boots or trainers)

In the summer girls may wear white and pink check dresses and white sandals (not open-toed). Girls are also allowed to wear school regulation trousers.

 For PE and games children wear:

White t-shirt

Burgundy (or another plain colour) shorts

Black elasticated plimsolls

(trainers may be worn only for outdoor PE)

 The PE kit should be kept in a different bag from the one in which books are carried. Plastic carrier bags are not allowed. Children also need an art apron, which should be kept in school at all times. The school uniform is available from Matthews School Shop, 33 Upper Wickham Lane, Welling



Bishop Ridley School will diligently promote effective learning and discipline through the support of the school, the family, the Church and the wider community to achieve academic excellence as well as personal, social and spiritual fulfilment within a Christian foundation.


Our school aims to develop our religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Churches at parish and diocesan level.

We aim to serve our community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. We encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promote Christian values through the experience we offer to all our pupils.

We hold regular open mornings for prospective parents and children. Please contact the school for further information. We look forward to welcoming you to Bishop Ridley CE Primary School and showing you around.

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