Essentially, the school follows the broad-spectrum curriculum and syllabi of the Ghana Education Service at Primary and Junior High School levels. However, we seek to introduce international dimensions to this whenever possible. Our Senior High School on the other hand follows both the Cambridge curriculum and the GES curriculum for senior high schools to cater for the different study choices at that level.
We believe that the education of all pupils must prepare them to adjust to change, cope with uncertainty and to see difficulties, challenges and opportunities. We therefore regard the curriculum as much more than simply teaching information. It should give confidence, competence and capability within a fair system based on respect for individuals and personal responsibility for actions and attitudes.
We are living in a multi-ethnic society and so we believe that children should be made aware of the religious, racial and cultural diversity that surrounds them in life, and to be tolerant of others.
Children with special needs will be provided for within the school community and given the support they require within the school resources available.
The school aims to develop a good relationship with parents and therefore seek their help and co-operation in the education of their children, thus creating a partnership in striving for the children’s happiness and progress.
The staff, through awareness of each child’s needs, aim to create an atmosphere which encourages self-discipline and control. Through their example, care and concern for people and for the environment is nurtured in all pupils – thus working together towards the school’s aim to help children to become aware of their role in the school and the wider community.
The school provides some level of sex education for all children. Different approaches are used to meet the needs of the different age groups. This is in support of parents as the prime educators of their children. Meetings are held and resource persons invited to have discussions on such matters. Topics discussed include ‘growing up’, teenage pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. As part of the curriculum, sex education is taught in class 5 and 6 as required by the Ghana Education Service. In the Junior High School, it is incorporated into Integrated Science, Life Skills and Religious and Moral Education Lessons.
The school’s religious education programme is aimed at the development of moral and spiritual values.
The subject aims to develop in each child :
- A sense of personal worth
- A sense of moral responsibility
- Devotion to the truth
- Respect for excellence
- Sense of brotherhood
- Spiritual enrichment (Sense of reverence and wonder for the whole creation and its creator – that is, God’s world and ours).
Children with special needs
A dedicated team comprised of the head teachers, teachers, and learning support assistants, identify children with special learning needs. These children are given extra help within the classroom situation. They are sometimes taken out to work within a small group by either their own teacher or by another member of staff. Discussions are held with parents concerning specific learning needs and suggestions offered as to how they can help.
We believe parents have a lot to contribute to the success of their children’s education. The education of your child depends upon the co-operation developed between parents and the school.
Teachers will give different types of homework to reinforce the work undertaken in class, encouraging independent learning in the home environment. Parents are encouraged to supervise any assignments children might bring home, as well as help them with their reading.
Children at Ridge School are assessed in the following ways:
- Through a test on entering the school
- Through weekly/bi-weekly class tests.
- Through their homework and projects.
Through exams at the end of each term.
Through continual observation by the teachers.
The class teachers write a report on the child and this is sent home with the child on the last day of each term.
In JHS 3 the children take the national examinations to earn the Basic Education Certificate (B.E.C.E.).
Repeating a year
Our experience has shown us that it is generally not advantageous to a child to repeat a year. However, from time to time, based on a child’s performance, a teacher may recommend this when it arises. The headmistress/headmaster will discuss the matter with parents in detail.