A mixed boarding house, Ridgeway was built in 1911 by the Edwardian architect T. E. Collcutt, whose other work includes the Wigmore Hall and the Savoy Hotel. Close to school, Ridgeway overlooks protected parkland with panoramic views towards the West End of London and enjoys picturesque grounds and extensive gardens. Ridgeway’s prestigious alumnae include the DNA scientist Sir Francis Crick and Stan Ianevski (Viktor Krum of Harry Potter fame).
Ridgeway is a spacious house with room for fifty-six pupils, all of whom have study bedrooms. There are three separate common room areas: a television room; a quiet room; and a large games room with pool table, table-tennis table, table-football and piano. In addition, there is an inviting kitchen with kettle, sandwich toaster, microwave, refrigerator and cooker where pupils gather to relax over hot drinks and snacks. Ridgeway girls have a separate common room on their own self-contained floor.
More important than these facilities is the strength of Ridgeway’s spirit and the open, trusting and familial ethos. Ridgeway’s housemaster, Richard Peat, is part of the academic music team at Mill Hill School and is married to Jess who teaches Russian at St Paul’s Girls’ School; they live in Ridgeway and offer round-the-clock support.