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Riverside School

Believe Achieve Succeed

Our School

Our Ethos


All our staff strive to make Riverside an outstanding learning community in which all students enjoy their studies, feel valued and safe. We BELIEVE in the ability of all and create an environment of respect, inclusion, equality, aspiration and celebration.


We enable pupils to ACHIEVE their potential, inspire them to develop positive, healthy lifestyles and prepare them for adult life. To do this we continue to develop appropriate curriculum opportunities for all to SUCCEED and fully include those with more significant/complex learning needs. The wellbeing of the whole school community is hugely important part of this.






“This is a good and improving school”, says Ofsted


"The school was graded as Good in all areas but with a special mention for the behaviour of pupils which was viewed as Outstanding. They noted that pupils “are exceptionally polite, respectful and eager to work hard and try their best.”
Other areas picked out for praise on the report were the wide range of sports the students undertake, Religious Education and the way students are prepared with the skills they need for their future. 
The school works closely with parents/carers and other professionals to ensure the children attending Riverside School, all of whom have a range of special educational needs and learning difficulties, are given the best possible school experience. This includes the way the curriculum is enriched with a variety of exciting activities. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent.
Andy Hall, Headteacher, said, “I am delighted that the inspectors recognised the hard work and dedication of all the staff in helping the students in our care. We have worked tirelessly to continue to improve outcomes for Children & Young People. We make a great team and can build on our success as the school moves forward into a new phase.”

The report also says that:
The senior leadership team have a clear vision for excellence and all staff work as an effective team, and have the best interests of the children at heart.
Across the school the behaviour of the pupils is excellent. Leaders ensure a wide range of relevant and exciting subjects are available for pupils to enjoy.
Teachers and their support staff have high expectations for their pupils and foster independence well."


The report can be read in full on the Ofsted website:

Headteacher: Andy Hall

Designated Safeguarding Lead


Assistant Headteacher: Martin Cox


EYFS Lead: Fiona Blyth


Post-16 Lead: Tracey Millar


Business Manager: Andrew Fuller