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  • Riverston School
    63-69 Eltham Road
    Lee Green
    SE12 8UF
  • Head: Mrs Angela Fairs
  • 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: Fees dependent on the provision needed by the student
  • Open days: Please visit the school website as we hold regular open days throughout the year
  • 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 meatballs in the kitchen studio when we visited, each vying to be chef of the term.

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What the school says...

Riverston School is part of the Chatsworth Schools Group. We cater for SEN students with ASD, ADHD and moderate learning difficulties from Year 7 up to Sixth Form. We also have an Early Years setting with a Nursery and Pre-School with babies from 9 months of age up to when they start Reception class. In the Senior School and College we offer small class sizes with a strong pastoral programme along with therapy intervention from Speech and Language and Occupational Therapists. Our emphasis is on inclusion and diversity and the celebration of success and participation are encouraged whether that be academic, within sports, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme or to be involved in House competitions or charity fundraising. We also offer a curriculum tailored to the needs of the students. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2023, Angela Fairs BA PGCE FRSA. After a business degree from Plymouth and PGCE from Kingston, as well as wide international experience at schools in Singapore, Brunei and Budapest, Mrs Fairs' returned to the UK in 2020 to set up an educational consultancy specialising in innovative inclusion, from which she joined Riverston. 'I am a very proud mother of three grown up children who are all neurodiverse, and have developed into incredibly successful happy young adults, full of positivity and self-confidence', she said.


A mainstream nursery and pre-school, and a co-educational senior school for special needs, mainly autism and ADHD. School defines its intake by needs they can meet, after a thorough entrance process: paperwork/EHCPs, normally three taster days and consensus by the senior leadership team. About 25 per cent girls at the...

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Special Education Needs

We are an independent mainstream school with a large SEN provision with the majority of our pupils having a diagnosis of SEN or disability. We are a small nurturing setting with currently around 6 – 9 pupils per class and at least 1 Learning support assistant within each class alongside the class teacher. Our high staff to pupil ration allows us to better cater to of our pupils and ensures we are delivering continuous support across the main areas of need. We have therapy very much integrated into our setting and have onsite therapists following a multi-disciplinary approach to learning to facilitate this. In house we have a diverse SEN team consisting of Speech and language and Occupational therapists, a dyslexia teacher, a drama therapist and soon to have onsite ELSA support working with pupils to support the provision stated within their plans or via referral by staff members. Pupils mostly access the mainstream secondary curriculum however we do have a parallel curriculum which focuses on gaps within the primary key stage 2 curriculum to support pupils who are unable to access the secondary national curriculum. We offer a wide broad curriculum creating a bespoke plan to ensure all of our pupils progression is celebrated though a number of qualifications such as GCSE’s, BTEC’s, ASDAN, Entry Level courses, Functional skills courses, AS and A-level courses and the list continues.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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