In The Community
Ribblesdale School has a very close relationship with its local community.
Partnerships within the community have been an important factor in the success of Ribblesdale over the years. Through our work as a school at the heart of our community, we’ve developed strong links with primary schools, colleges and training providers, as well as many local businesses. Where possible, we try to connect the curriculum and its delivery with local businesses and services so that pupils see the relevance of what they are being taught.
In the Community
- History Trip – Clitheroe Castle Grounds.
- History – World War One local historian presenting at a study day.
- Year 10 Work Experience – 270 successful placements with pupils gaining part-time jobs, volunteering positions and possible apprenticeship offers as a direct result of their work experience. Raising awareness of their skills.
- Enrichment – Pupils go out into the local community running, walking and using local leisure and fitness centres. Local businesses and leaders support pupils with activities such as yoga, hairdressing and first aid.
- Year 11 PSHE – Pupils received visits/talks from local colleges and further education providers.
- Year 7 Harvest Festival – Pupils in Year 7 visited St. James Church to celebrate Harvest and donate food to the local Food Bank.
- Year 7-10 Careers Fair- Pupils had the opportunity to discuss career options with local colleges, businesses, football academies, construction companies and local hospitality.
- Health and Social care taster at Craven College.
- Insight into Law at Blackburn College.
- Mock Interviews with local employers and colleges.
- BRAG careers event at The Grand – All schools in the community arrange this careers event with local colleges, sixth forms and training providers including RAF/Army Apprenticeships.
- Careers Week – Several employers visited the school to share their career experience and inspire pupils.
- Regular assemblies from local colleges and sixth forms.
- Year 11 female Sports Leaders have supervised primary football tournaments afterschool at Roefield supporting the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Schools Partnership on four occasions.
- Year 10 Sports Leaders and GCSE PE pupils became ambassadors for the school helping to run the Indoor Primary Schools Athletics at Roefield Leisure Centre.
- The Year 9 football team have played in the English Schools’ Football League in the last 32 of England against Ashton on Mersey in Sale.
- The Year 10 football team are in the last 16 of the Lancashire cup and Year 8 are in the quarter finals alongside Year 9.
- MFL – European Day of Languages, a group of Year 7 pupils completed MysterySkype with a class of French pupils. They exchanged questions in both French and English and discussed cultural aspects as well as how different schools can be in France and England.
- MFL – A group of Year 9 French pupils has been building links with a Québec High School. They have improved their writing skills and discuss how teenage Québecois live.
- MFL – A group of Year 9 and 10 pupils were invited to join pupils from The Hollins to watch a Spanish play. Some of our pupils were even brave enough to interact with the crowd and actors in Spanish.
- Music – Bridgewater Hall trip to see the Halle Orchestra.
- Music – Burnley College did a BTEC music workshop in November.
- Music – Year 7 pupils learned, sang and signed two songs as part of their Harvest Festival celebrations at St James’ Church.
- Music – 20 pupils took part in the recording of the Christmas Carol concert, which was shared to pupils online. The concert included songs by Ribbie Voices Singing Club, Ribblesdale Pop and Rock Band and readings by our Year 7 pupils
- Textiles – Year 11 pupils went to the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe to visit the craft exhibition to gain an insight into becoming designer makers. Pupils also got the chance to visit the exhibition space where their work will be exhibited in June 2022 to celebrate their creativity over the past 2 years.
- Art – 20 Year 8 pupils took part in a mosaic workshop hosted by community artist Karen Allerton, pupils created mosaics inspired by Hundertwasser.
- Art – In 2021 the Ramsgreave and Wilpshire installation was unveiled, this was a community project working with artist Karen Allerton, the Platform Gallery and the Community Rail Network. 20 Year 8 pupils worked on this project for over 6 months, with a visit to Manchester Art Gallery and the Craft Centre to gain primary research.
- Art – Year 11 pupils took part in a Letterpress workshop held by local artist Jaqui Sharples. Pupils demonstrated letter press techniques to create poster designs and gained an insight into running a small business.