Riverside Primary school admits children from the age of three years in the Nursery class, and from age 5 years in the Reception class through to age 11 years in Year 6, at the end of which children transfer to secondary education. We have the expertise and provision to include children who have visual impairment.
The school has been totally refurbished inside, and the grounds are securely fenced around the entire border, surrounded by well-established trees which give shelter in hot weather. The playground is vast, with zoned areas for all ages to access for both playtimes and outdoor games lessons. The school has excellent provision for Early Years children to access the outdoors from their classrooms, and has a covered area enabling outdoor use whatever the weather.
Provision for the Visually Impaired
Riverside is a school designated to provide expertise and resources to enable visually impaired children of primary school age to receive a fully inclusive education. Special teaching assistants work alongside all the children in order for them to fully access the day to day life in school. There is a Braille teacher who is part of the team. All children and staff are aware of their conduct around the school and near to the guide dog. The school has been painted and designed to provide special disability access for these children.
School Meals and Healthy Snacks
At Riverside we have our own kitchen. We provide well balanced school lunches working with outside caterers to produce weekly menu sheets which parents may have copies of by request. A cooked meal or school packed lunch can be eaten at lunch times.
Some children may be entitled to free school meals and information about this can be obtained from the school office. If choosing to send in a packed lunch, please remember to name the box, and we would ask that no fizzy drinks, sweets, or much chocolate is included. We encourage healthy eating.
For the children in the Nursery and through Key Stage 1 the school provides a snack at playtimes in the form of fruit and vegetables. From Year 3 onwards there is a morning tuck shop which has a drink and home baked biscuits, cakes, muffins and fruit at reasonable prices. Children are asked not to bring their own snacks in for playtime.
The Cool Milk for Schools operates daily for all children. For details please contact the school office.
Parent, Friends, Teacher Association.
The school is anxious to develop the PTFA as it is invaluable in providing further support to the quality of educational provision at Riverside. Every parent is an automatic member of the PTFA and can participate in social and fund raising functions. Meetings of the committee take place regularly. So far the PTFA have been involved in discos, competitions and raffles for the children and the parents. They presently organise a youth club after school for key stage 2 children on Fridays.
We are always raising awareness of the needs of others by supporting a range of charities bothe in the UK, locally and abroad. We raise money through tag days, children in need, through carol singing, sponsored events, inviting speakers from Dr. Barnado’s, Christian Aid and the local children’s hospice. We invite local Church leaders to take assemblies, talk to the children in class, and M.P.’s and councillors are invited to visit. We have made links with local secondary schools.