Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London, knew that education can transform lives and that today’s children are tomorrow’s future. In 1553 Ridley persuaded the boy King, King Edward VI, to hand over Bridewell Palace to house, care and educate the under-privileged and destitute. This vision lives on today in our full bursary offer, supported by our strong links with the City of London Corporation that continues to contribute to the Bridewell Foundation. The Foundation supports children, who, through no fault of their own, cannot thrive educationally in their home environment; it enables that child to grow up and learn in a wonderful school and in an environment of care, challenge and opportunity, one set up so that they can go on to achieve everything in life which they are capable of. The embracing of less privileged children into King Edward’s makes for a much more balanced socio-economic pupil body, which benefits all which live, learn and work at the School.
Ridley House is a day boys’ House from Year 9 / 3rd Form to Sixth Form, ages 13 to 18.
Mrs. Harman was delighted to become Ridley’s Housemistress in January 2018 after being its Assistant Housemistress for two years. Mrs Harman know all pupils well, not only through her House role but teaching Economics at the School since 2007. Mrs. Harman believes that a boarding house should be a safe and friendly place where you should work hard, but also where you can relax, socialise and enjoy yourself. She also believes that all members of the House have something to contribute whether on the academic, sporting, cultural or social front, or a combination of all these. She lives in Ridley House with Mr. Harman and their daughter Keira (aged 4), who together really help to create a genuine family atmosphere in the House.
Ridley is lucky to have a fantastic support team consisting of:
- Assistant Houseparent - Mr. Ainge
- Matron - Mrs. Young is responsible for the health and hygiene of each boy. She deals with all the cleaning and laundry and is responsible for referring all medical matters to the Medical Centre. If boys require medical treatment or medicines of any sort, they should first see Matron who will, if necessary, take them to the Medical Centre . Matron is also responsible for ensuring that the boys keep their bedrooms clean and tidy at all times.
- House Tutors - We are lucky enough to have a fantastic team of tutors, one of whom comes into the House each evening to supervise prep and the evening routine. Boys are also allocated an academic tutor who acts as a key liaison between the House, academic staff and home.
- House Management Team - There is a Head of House supported by a team selected from the Upper Sixth Form. They are responsible for maintaining the smooth daily running of the House, ensuring that all duties are carried-out properly, and encouraging all the boys to play a full part in the life of Ridley House. Their duties involve making sure that everyone is in the right place at the right time and that House duties have been completed your house duties. They are also available to help new boys settle in and deal with any problems that might come up
The Tea Club
The Tea Club takes place in Ridley House, and has been a fixture at King Edward's on a Tuesday afternoon for
several years now and has been running for the entirety of its duration and Mrs Harman is immensely pleased with its success.
"The Tea Club began as a club for everyone to get together each week and drink tea and we certainly do a lot of that! However, it is also a place to relax and chat with friends.
There were the two aims of the club - to introduce more people to the wonderful world of tea drinking and to
provide a place for people to unwind and has been shaped by the people who attend. With the club being supervised by the chaplain, it was not uncommon for people to discuss beliefs and serious social issues. However, it was, and still is, full of laughter and we have seen a huge range of people participate over the years.
The Tea Club also goes out of its way to find new ways to drink tea. We have tried many things over the years: Tibetan butter tea, bubble tea, and most recently 'cheese tea'. I cannot say I would ever have them again, but I am certainly glad that I tried them.
The exception to this is the chai tea, which was initially tried in the first term of tea clubs’ existence. Since then, we have served chai tea every year in the last session before Christmas. I can only hope the club will continue to grow and evolve, changing with the people who are involved in the years to come."