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Welcome to Riverside School

Dear Reader,

I am delighted to write a few words of introduction to our school. Riverside is a special school with a diverse pupil population: our 221 pupils have severe or profound learning difficulties and we have many pupils on the autistic spectrum. We are located on two sites, St Paul’s Cray and Beckenham, in the London Borough of Bromley.

Pupil, family and staff engagement is extremely important to us and we endeavour to provide all our children and young people with memorable experiences that will truly enrich their lives. We strive to involve the whole school community in making Riverside a safe, happy, forward-thinking and truly outstanding place for our pupils to learn. Our talented, multi-disciplinary staff team have high expectations of our pupils and we aim to provide the kind of special education which families want for their children. Our school benefits from impressive facilities on both sites, enabling us to offer a wide range of opportunities for learning both inside and outside the classroom. We have extensive links within the community, allowing our pupils the chance to work and play alongside mainstream peers as well as enjoy local community facilities.

We strive for nothing short of excellence in all that we do. We are never complacent about our achievements and are always looking for ways to improve our practice further. We are research-focussed, pupil and family-centred and we invest in our staff to ensure that we offer the very best educational provision for all our children and young people. We see our pupils’ time at Riverside School as just the first part of their journey and we want them to leave us as confident, lifelong learners.  We also want our pupils to remember their time with us with great fondness, with memories of life-enriching experiences and enduring relationships. We are a self-reflective and highly evaluative learning community and at Riverside School, nothing less than excellence will do.

Our values underpin everything we do and make up the acronym


Our vision is for every pupil to Be All That They Can Be and our mission is to provide ....

A creative and inspiring curriculum which encourages risk-taking, promotes independence and provides memorable experiences that truly enrich their lives.

A teaching, learning and assessment framework that is profoundly personalised and reflects, measures and celebrates their strengths, achievements and progress over time.

A dedicated staff team who are fully empowered and equipped to ensure they have every possible opportunity to be all that they can be.

The best way to learn about our work is to visit and spend time with our pupils and staff and whatever the reason for your interest in Riverside School, you are very welcome. If your son or daughter is joining us soon, we hope they will be happy here and we look forward to working in partnership with you.

Steve Solomons