Our vision – Inspired to learn, supported to succeed

Ringwood students are amazing when it comes to entering competitions and it’s not all on the sports field. The annual Lion’s Den competition has a focus on local charity and four teams battle in front of a -panel of judges to earn cash for their chosen charity. They give a presentation, usually including home made films and then take part in a rigorous question & answer session. Students have won hundreds of pounds for local charities. We go head to head with students from another school to make it more of a challenge.
The variety of competitions entered is enormous and students are very successful due to the preparations with staff and the student determination and skill. Here are some examples: Brockenhurst College Guild of Chefs Competition, The Hampshire College Film Challenge, and Media Magazine Production Competition (in association with the BFI – British Film Institute), Lions club International Peace Poster competition- District Winner two years running, TeenTech Awards, STEM competition for 11-18 year olds, Southampton University  Festival of Chemistry and Hampshire Book Awards.

Global Young Leaders Conference
Each year a small group of students are able to participate in the GYLC in New York & Washington. A 10 day programme brings together young people from around the world to take part in various activities within their allocated country group. Students engage in discussions having heard experts and gradually prepare for the young people’s debate in the United Nations in New York. Visits to museums, universities all enable time for young people to make lifelong friends from around the world.

The Arts
Students can take part in an annual photography competition, organised by Stuart Fielder and incorporating local schools, plus an international Art competition for year 8 students.

Millie and Sam from Ringwood School were National Winners of the ‘Send your Friend to School’ campaign organised by Oxfam.

They were able to take part in a number of projects and visit a variety of schools in India. As a consequence of this visit, they were fortunate to be invited to the United Nations in New York on Malala Day.

Debates are organised for a mix of age groups, some serious and others with humour. Within the sixth form students organise a monthly Question Time as an opportunity to voice their opinion of current issues. Some years we have been fortunate to secure a place in the House of Commons debates and a place to practice legal skills in the Bar Court Competition. As a school we have been part of the Send my Friend to school campaign and several students went to India as a result of winning the Steve Sinnott award. They continued with visits to parliament as well as New York to meet Malala for the youth takeover of the United Nations and to make a global stand for universal primary education.