Country: UK Status: State
IB programme: Diploma Programme, since 2005
The Ridings High School is an over subscribed specialist technology college in South Gloucestershire, about 8km north of Bristol city centre, in the village of Winterbourne.
The school is a mixed 11-19 comprehensive school, with 1,900 students on roll. The school has a low number of students from ethnic minorities, as well as low numbers of students with special educational needs (SEN) and students receiving free school meals.
The November 2006 government inspection report described The Ridings High School’s post 16 provision as “outstanding” because of the range of A Levels and vocational course offered but more importantly for being the first (and only) IB school in the Bristol area and one of the few state IB schools in the SW of England.
As the school celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2007 the commitment and development of the IB DYP as a “World School” is at the heart of the curriculum.
The Ridings High School is a technology school and Cisco Regional Academy (the school is authorised to offer Microsoft online learning as part of this status with software provider Cisco). The school consistently appears among the top state schools in national league tables at GCSE and A level.