At Bishop’s Waltham Junior School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority.

School History  

If you have been involved in Bishop's Waltham Junior School (Formerly known as Ridgemede School) during it's history and you feel able to contribute memories of your own, I would be delighted to hear from you.  I would also love to borrow any photographs, press cuttings or other documents that may exist which give insight into Ridgemede's past.  All such items could be scanned and returned in their original condition. If you feel you may be able to contribute to this section of our website, I would love to hear from you at this e-mail address.  You may wish to use this form.  I am especially looking for items from the 1970s and the 1980s.


I would like to thank the people who have supplied me so far with photographs, newspaper cuttings and personal memories.  In particular, I would like to thank David Porter for keeping such a thorough history of Ridgemede School throughout his time as Head Teacher, and for allowing me to quote so extensively from his own written records.


Finally, I would like to make a pre-emptive apology for any inaccuracies that are contained within the pages below.  Even the most thorough school records cannot tell of everything that happens in the life of a school, and records are lost over time, so my access to them has been naturally restricted.  Certain key events may be missing from this history, and staffing dates may not be fully correct - especially amongst staff who were not teachers.  If you become aware of any mistakes throughout this timeline, I would be delighted to hear of them, and will endeavour to correct all that I can - please let me know!

Pre-1969 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987
1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013  2014  2015  2016  2017