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Riverside Primary School opened in September 2003, the result of the amalgamation of local infant and junior schools.  We operate a Foundation Stage and admit children from the age of three years in the Nursery class (Foundation Stage 1), and from age 5 years in Hedgehogs Class (Foundation Stage 2) through to age 11 years in Year 6, at the end of which children transfer to secondary education.

We have the expertise and provisions to include a number of children who have visual impairment or a statement of ASD.  Both are fully integrated into mainstream classes, supported by well-trained staff.

 

The school has been totally refurbished inside, and the extensive 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 playground is vast, with zoned areas for all ages to access for both playtimes and outdoor games lessons. 1
The playground is vast, with zoned areas for all ages to access for both playtimes and outdoor games lessons. 2
The playground is vast, with zoned areas for all ages to access for both playtimes and outdoor games lessons. 3

We have a Sensory Garden (with a naturalised pond) and allotments.

We have a Sensory Garden (with a naturalised pond) and allotments.  1
We have a Sensory Garden (with a naturalised pond) and allotments.  2
We have a Sensory Garden (with a naturalised pond) and allotments.  3

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.

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. 1

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.  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 or via the 'School Lunches' drop-down box in the Parents/Carers section of this site. 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.

Children in the Nursery and Key Stage 1 classes have a snack of fruit or vegetables at playtimes. From Year 3 onwards there is a healthy eating morning tuck shop which has a drink, freshly made savouries 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.


Community Links
We are always raising awareness of the needs of others by supporting a range of charities both 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.

 

Our Children's Centre

The school has undergone building work with the addition of a Sure Start Children's Centre which opened at Easter 2010.  It serves children and their famililes from the antenatal period, through until the age of 5 years, and offers services tailored to the community's needs.  The Children's Centre works in partnership with the Midwives, Health Visitors, Therapists and Social Care Team who use its facilities. 

We Safeguard Children In Our School By...

  • Having designated safeguarding staff; Miss Williams (Headteacher), Mrs Robson (Deputy Headteacher) Mrs Huggett (Inclusion Manager) and Mrs Singleton (Safeguarding Governor) and making sure they are well trained. 
  • Making our children and adults feel safe in school by having clear steps to follow if anyone is worried or concerned.  We ask Medway Safeguarding Children Board for advice if we need it. 
  • Encouraging all our children, parents/carers and staff to be themselves, no matter what their race, religion, family background or state of health.
  • Making sure we know why children are off school, and helping them to be in school if we can. 
  • Attending meetings about individual children and making sure that personal information is kept confidential. 
  • Being open and honest with children and parents/carers when something is wrong and working together with them to make things better. 
You can read our school Special Educational Needs Information Report here.

  • Riverside Primary School and Children's Centre
  • St Edmund's Way, Rainham, Kent, ME8 8ET
  • E-Mail:office@riverside.medway.sch.uk
  • Telephone: 01634 338700
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