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  • Riverston School
    63-69 Eltham Road
    Lee Green
    SE12 8UF
  • Head: Mr David Ward
  • T 020 8318 4327
  • F 020 8297 0514
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A mainstream independent school for pupils from 11- 21 years with particular provision for students with mild learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorder of average ability level. In addition, there is nursery and early years provision from age 0-5. There is no junior School.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Greenwich
  • Pupils: 159; sixth formers: 28
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Please contact the school for details.
  • Open days: Viewing by appointment only
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

A wide practical curriculum plays to children’s strengths. ‘A lot of these children are more creative than academic’ a parent told us. Food tech is super popular, ‘It’s spaghetti bolognaise, quiche, cakes…they bring them all home…lovely’ a parent said. Six students with a teacher and LSA were preparing meat-balls, in the kitchen studio, when we visited, each vying to be Chef of the Term...

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What the school says...

We cater for mild Autistic students from the age of 11 to 21. We also have a EYFS Nursery setting with babies up to Pre school age, we no longer have a Prep School. The school is run on the lines of a broad and balanced senior school with an extention past Sixth Form into a College setting; with a house system and a bespoke education for each child, in very small classes supported by a strong pastoral system with therapy intervention. The staff know every child and an emphasis is placed on inclusion and diversity, the olympic and Chatsworth values. The celebration of success and participation is encouraged whether that be academic, games, performing Arts, creativity or forest school, Duke of Edinburgh or involved in house competitions and chairity fund raising. ...Read more

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2021, David Ward, BEd MA, a native of Cheshire who attended St David’s College in Llandudno, on account of his dyslexia, followed by Manchester Metropolitan University for his degree and an MA at De Montfort University. His impressive teaching cv covers all school-types, criss-crossing the length and breadth of the country and distant parts of the globe: ten years at Kimbolton, four at Cokethorpe, then east as Head at St Felix, Suffolk, before moving to be Headmaster of Skegness Grammar. Then six years at Bredon School in Gloucestershire. He returned to take up a post at his alma mater, travelling around the UK and abroad to recruit students in need of a specialist dyslexia education, ‘I understand the way children tick in SEN,’ he tells us. Whilst working for Chatsworth Schools he applied...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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