Mrs Katie Turner

Welcome from the Principal

Learners of today. Leaders of tomorrow

Welcome to Riddlesdown Collegiate – a school with ambition, improvement and people at its heart. We are a very large, successful and popular school with a rich and respected history. At Riddlesdown, we use our traditional values in the modern world and are proud of our diverse and inclusive school. We strive for and achieve high academic standards whilst delivering exceptional pastoral care. Students at Riddlesdown are exceptional young people and we know them as individuals thanks to the “small schools model” enabling them to grow as thinking young people and active citizens who are ready to take positions of responsibility in a happy and successful future. As Principal, I feel privileged to lead such a talented and dedicated team of staff and together we work with care, passion and determination to realise the potential of all our young people. We have a culture of continual learning and improvement so that students’ interest is sparked by engaging lessons within excellent facilities on an attractive and impressive site. We deliver a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum and hold high expectations for behaviour and conduct. Our VALUES inform The Riddlesdown Commitment, a set of behaviours and expectations which support students to achieve exceptional growth and success.

There are three key themes which will drive the success of our school:


We aim for students to find joy at school. Staff are ambitious for students to excel, and students strive to meet these expectations knowing that staff are there to support them to achieve their potential every step of the way. We are ambitious for every student to receive an equitable, academic and far-reaching education.


We believe in a determination to strive for continuous improvement. Trying to be a little better every day leads to strong, ongoing and sustainable improvement. Learning more and knowing more each day leads to knowledgeable and skilled individuals who can make a positive contribution to the community and world beyond.


We put people at the centre of all that we do. We talk to each other respectfully and act considerately. We are as passionate about developing our staff as we are about developing our students.

Please explore our website to find out more about Riddlesdown Collegiate, the wonderful facilities and fantastic education.

I firmly believe in the VALUES and culture of high expectations at Riddlesdown and am committed to securing safety, happiness and success for all our young people.

Mrs K Turner BSc (Hons), PGCE, NPQH