School History - 1996
“We are grateful to our Friend’s Association for their recent gift of £50 per class. The teachers are currently thinking of ways to spend the money, with globes and flip charts being most popular additions.” (newsletter)
“During the course of half
“The scar left is to be developed. This will incorporate a sloping path to give disabled people and parents with buggies easier access to the swimming pool. Additionally the banks at the rear of the school will be seeded in a few week’s time and planted with a selection of shrubs, to complete the work on our new extension and the surrounding area.” (
“The end of term is often a time of sadness for a school when staff leave. This July will be exception. For the staff, pupils and parents, Ridgemede School will never be quite the same again as Mrs Palmer will be taking early retirement. This will be the end of an era as virtually all of Mrs Palmer’s teaching career has been spent as a teacher in Bishop’s Waltham, starting in Ridgemede when the school was built in 1969.
“There will be an enormous number of pupils, former parents, and parents (some of whom were taught by Mrs Palmer), who will owe a great debt of gratitude to this talented and caring teacher.”
“We are very grateful to our Friend’s Association for all the support they give us. Recently they have purchased another computer, four more colour printers (there is now one per class) and a radio microphone system for the school hall.
“In spite of the ‘April’ showers, their fete and Barbeque survived and became a very successful evening. The committee had put so much effort into this event, and although the rain could have ruined what is always a very happy time, the flexibility and hard work of the committee, created a memorable occasion.” (newsletter)
‘The Christmas Songbook’ performed.
Ridgemede Staff, 1996
David Porter (Headteacher)
Gen Marsh (Deputy Head)
Sue Palmer (until September)
Victoria Jones (until September)
Sam Machin (from September)
Diana Rudge (from September)
Sarah Handcock (from September)
Nina Hunter (from September)
Liz Channon (Administration officer)
June Harding (Assistant administration officer)
Derek Parrington (caretaker)
Sheila Scovell (cleaner)
Molly Gomer (cleaner)