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Welcome to Riverside Primary School & Nursery

part of Rainham Mark Education Trust (RMET)


A message from our Headteacher, Mrs Wilmer:


Our Headteacher by RL“As Headteacher I am proud to lead a dedicated and talented team of staff, who work together with our governors, to make Riverside the best it can be. Our motto of ‘Happy, Helpful and Hard-working’ and our values of 'Enjoy, Achieve, Teamwork, Respect, Communicate, Independence and Resilience' underpin everything we do.


Our vision is to give  all of our children the very best start in life and the skills to be independent, successful citizens within our society. We take the time to really know our children and their families, personalising the curriculum and environment to meet individual needs and secure the best outcomes. We have high expectations of all children who demonstrate our values through having a positive Riverside Attitude towards their learning and behaviour. As one parent says ‘Teachers encourage my children to reach beyond their goals to exceed expectations’ (Parent of Sophie and Evie)


We are a unique school, being a mainstream primary with 2 resourced provisions for a small number of children with Education Health Care Plans for autism and visual impairment. As a fully inclusive school, we take children from a range of abilities, disabilities, cultures and backgrounds. Our children thrive in a culture of mutual respect and understanding that we are all different yet all equally valued members of our school community. Our outstanding inclusive practices have been recognised by the Inclusion Quality Mark who have awarded us Centre of Excellence status.


At Riverside we are passionate about giving children experiences which are both exciting and memorable through a creative curriculum and extra curricular opportunities. Our curriculum is fun, broad and progressive, developing within our children an intrinsic love of learning. We prioritise health and wellbeing, providing a range of therapeutic interventions and developing life skills in order to build resilience and overcome barriers to learning. Our outstanding practices in this field have been recognised under the Medway Award for Health and Wellbeing where we achieved Platinum status.


We are proud to be at the heart of our local community and we grow within our children important life skills, helping them develop respect for the locality, undertaking projects each term as Riverside Rangers. This has included packing shopping for customers at the local Tesco and visiting the elderly at a local care home with cakes made by the children in our fully equipped Cookery Corner. Our inspirational, annual Jobs Fair for Year 6, encourages our children to work hard and be ambitious for their futures. Through this, we have built strong relationships with local businesses, who are always impressed with the values our children demonstrate.


We work in partnership with our fantastic parents/carers to improve the school and raise funds through our committed PTA, Friends of Riverside Primary School (FoRPS). Our Family Liaison Officer  is available to offer a wealth of support and advice to parents/carers and our Parents in Partnership programme (PiP) offers further adult learning experiences such as First Aid and Cooking on a Budget, as well as providing help on supporting children's learning at home.


Our partnerships through Rainham Mark Education Trust, brings many exciting opportunities as we strive to become an outstanding school. Due to the popularity of the school, we expanded to two forms of entry in our Reception Classes in September 2018. We have also introduced Riverside Tots, a stay and play session on Mondays from 9am to 10am, for parents/carers to bring their 0-3 year olds and meet our amazing nursery team.


The future looks bright at Riverside!

Welcome to Riverside Primary School and Nursery.”


What our parents/carers and visitors say about our school:  


“I have been so impressed by your school.  I get to see many schools in my work and yours is definitely up there with the best in my opinion.  I would like to thank you for your help and support over the last two weeks...”


"Teachers are amazing with the children and respond to their individual needs."

"My child brings his positive attitude home."

"My child loves going to school."

"Encouraging well behaved young people to work hard and be respectful."

"Love the fact we can call the school and speak to a teacher; nothing is too much trouble."

"Clear and attainable targets for children."

"Friendly atmosphere and approachable staff."

"My child has benefited from a variety of experiences, visitors and trips organised by the school and FoRPS."

"Brought the best out in my child."




If you are worried about a child in Medway call 01634 334466


Did you know we have a Before and After School Club to support working parents.   The club operates before school from 7:30am and after school until 5:30pm.


The cost is £2 each morning, £3 each afternoon or £4 for both sessions.   

Please let the school office know if you are interested in this facility.


Is your child due to start school in September 2020?  Please let us know if you would like to come and see our Foundation Stage and school by ringing the office; 01634 338700


You will find information about us if you click on the links above. 

The staff area requires a log-in and is password protected.  


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We are a recycling point for your batteries and support the charity SENSE by having their recycling bins on site. 













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