We are a small school and pride ourselves on the caring and friendly atmosphere associated with smaller schools. Each student is placed in a form group under the guidance of a tutor, who gets to know each child very well. Our new students each year tell us that they find the school welcoming and secure. We have a broadly equal number of boys and girls and a full range of ability.
We believe parental co-operation and support are key factors in educational success. Form tutors, heads of year, subject teachers and senior staff are all happy to be contacted about individual students. Often, an early word between parent and school can prevent any worries from developing into a problem.
We have a dynamic and inspirational team of teachers, academically well-qualified, hard-working and committed to ensuring that every learner achieves their very best.
Homework tasks are set and recorded in the student diary, so that parents are able to check what has been given and support their child’s work. There is a supervised Homework Club, which runs after school in the IT suite, for students who wish to make use of school facilities to help them with their work.
Monitoring of Student Progress
We keep a very careful check on each student’s progress as they move up through the school. Parents receive a full written report on their child once a year, as well as more frequent summary grade cards giving a quick snapshot of current progress. Every year group has a Parents’ Evening at which individual subject staff talk about progress within their lessons.
Riverside School students are display outstanding behaviours for learning. Their effort, resilience, leadership and progress is rewarded with praise, merit marks, certificates, prizes and commendations in assembly and the annual Prize Giving Evening. Those few students who choose to break the rules must face the consequences of their action, which can include misconduct marks, isolation, detention and eventually exclusion from school. We have a zero tolerance of any form of bullying.
The School is fortunate in having had substantial recent investment in buildings and facilities.
All subjects have suites of rooms near to one another and all rooms are air-conditioned.
There is a whole-school network, with a networked computer in every teaching room. Teaching rooms are equipped with digital projection equipment to enable staff to make maximum use of technology with a whole class.
The Library is a relaxing informal space designed by the students in collaboration with the architects and offers a wide range of fiction and other resources for student use.
There has been a particular emphasis on providing high-quality Science accommodation. We have two well-equipped specialist laboratories, all with easy access to technician support and equipment.
Riverside School has a vibrant musical ethos, with opportunities for learners to experience playing a wide range of instruments as they develop as musicians. All students can access peripatetic teachers to play an instrument of their choice.
Our P.E. facilities are excellent. As well as a sports field and regular use of an astro-turf, we have two multi use games areas.
The School Meals Service provides a full cafeteria service at lunch-time. Students may also bring a packed lunch. Students are not allowed to leave the school site at lunch-time.