Ridgeway House was purpose built for the Foundation to accommodate boarders in 1911 by the Edwardian architect, Thomas E. Collcutt (1840-1924), whose other buildings of note include The Wigmore Hall, The Queen’s Tower at Imperial College and a part of the Savoy Hotel. It is situated off Wills Grove in its own spectacular grounds, overlooking miles of protected parkland with panoramic views towards the West End of London. Many famous pupils have experienced their most formative years in Ridgeway, the most eminent of whom is probably Sir Francis Crick, instrumental in the discovery of DNA. Originally a boys’ House, it is now co-educational and home to junior and senior boys and senior girls.
Like all the boarding Houses, Ridgeway is cosy and well equipped. More important than facilities, however, is the strength of Ridgeway’s spirit and the open, trusting and familial ethos, where confidence is nurtured and respect for the individual encouraged; this is integral to the House, which provides a consistently safe listening ear for each pupil’s trials and tribulations. A belief in education in its broadest sense is embedded in the House ethos and the aim is to equip pupils with the self-belief, independence and integrity required in order to help them to face future challenges and attain self-fulfilment. It is hoped that they will learn to make sound judgements, exercise wise choices and leave Ridgeway and Mill Hill, eager to capitalise upon their strengths and make a first-class contribution to society.