Riverside School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
Post 16
Special school
PUPILS
139
AGES
11 - 19
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Community special school

How Does The School Perform?

4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(12/10/16)
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100%
NATIONAL AVG. 87%
Happiness Rating

Ofsted Parent View

5.1:1
NATIONAL AVG. 16.6:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
36.2%
NATIONAL AVG. 13.7%
Persistent Absence
48.9%
NATIONAL AVG. 17.2%
Pupils first language
not English
57.8%
NATIONAL AVG. 20.8%
Free school meals
0.7%
NATIONAL AVG. 11.5%
Pupils with SEN support
White Hart Lane
Wood Green
London
N22 5QJ
02088897814

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Senior leaders work well together to drive forward improvements in the school. They have clearly identified roles and responsibilities and communicate effectively with each other. Leaders and teachers work closely with professionals from other agencies to make sure that pupils’ health and care needs are well met. This enables pupils to make progress in all areas of their development. Since the previous inspection, systems for assessing pupils’ progress have been significantly extended and revised. Led by one of your deputy headteachers, this work has transformed the way in which teachers use assessment. Teachers now plan sharply focused activities which enable pupils to make sound progress. As a result, the recommendation from the previous inspection that assessment information is shared better with teachers has been fully addressed. Similarly, at the time of the last inspection you were asked to extend links with the co-located academy and local sixth form in order to broaden the range of learning opportunities for pupils. This recommendation has also been fully addressed. You work closely with the sixth form provider, which most of your pupils move on to after school. You are considering ways in which this work could be extended further to ensure that there is a local educational offer for young people up to the age of 25. Pupils from Riverside access the co-located academy as appropriate to their abilities and needs. Some classes are twinned with a class in the mainstream academy for projects. In addition, all Year 11 pupils are engaged in weekly work experience placements tailored to their individual interests, preferences and abilities. Leaders and governors carefully monitor the school’s performance. They identified that the responsibilities of middle leaders were not structured as effectively as they would like and implemented a change in September 2016. This exemplifies senior leaders’ commitment to continual improvement. Teachers and other staff members know pupils well and quickly recognise small changes in their behaviour or mood. They know what each pupil’s preferences are and meet their needs quickly. Adults use a range of strategies and resources to communicate with pupils, including objects, signing, electronic devices, symbols and text. The implementation of these strategies, however, is sometimes variable. Safeguarding is effective. The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and records are detailed and of a high quality. Multi-agency meetings are held fortnightly in which professionals from health and social care agencies meet with school leaders to discuss any ongoing cases or emerging concerns. As a result, all professionals working with families are kept well informed and can pass on relevant information. Safeguarding issues are discussed at the start of every staff meeting, ensuring that these issues remain at the forefront of the school’s work. Members of staff and governors attend regular training in relation to safeguarding and leaders have ensured that all adults in school have up-todate knowledge about current issues such as female genital mutilation and the government’s ‘Prevent’ duty. Pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe at a level they can understand. This includes lessons on e-safety and the development of routines such as wearing protective helmets when cycling. Inspection findings The restructured middle leadership team are enthusiastic and experienced. They are excited about their new positions and have grasped the opportunity to take a more significant leadership role with relish. You have encouraged them to develop their own ideas. Already, they have established a strong team ethic within their departments. They can identify an increased focus on learning in some activities. For example, a sharp focus on developing the ability of a particular group of pupils to prepare and cook their own food during a residential visit. The middle leadership roles are newly established, however, and it is not possible to judge the full impact of these changes. Leaders have introduced comprehensive systems for assessing exactly what pupils can do and what they need to learn next in a range of different subject areas. The assessments that teachers make are checked to ensure that they are correct. Consequently, senior leaders and governors can be sure that the information they receive is accurate. Leaders and governors have refined the way that assessment information is presented this year to make sure that comparison is made between groups of pupils and others with similar ages and starting points. This has been a brave decision. It provides more sharply focused information which supports leaders as they improve the school further. The information shows that in 2016 very few pupils made weak progress in any aspect of the curriculum. Most pupils made good progress, and some did even better. Pupils identified as having moderate learning difficulties were more likely to make rapid gains, showing that these most-able pupils in the school are well catered for. Leaders carefully analyse the performance of groups of pupils such as those from different cultural backgrounds and those who are eligible for pupil premium funding. Their analysis is correct in identifying that there are no significant differences in the performance of these groups. Leaders work effectively with families to make sure that pupils attend school as often as they can. Any absence from school is followed up swiftly. Strategies that are tailored to families’ particular circumstances are put in place to support them. For example, pupils with complex health needs who may need to sleep following seizures are able to arrive later in school when necessary, rather than taking a day’s absence. On the other hand, leaders send text messages to parents whose children travel independently but are regularly late to make sure that parents know exactly what time their child arrives in school. In 2016, there was no significant difference in the attendance of different groups of pupils, including those eligible for support from the pupil premium funding and those who are not. Teachers and other adults use a range of effective strategies to develop pupils’ reading and pre-reading skills. These include the use of visual symbols and objects of reference. Pupils learn to recognise what these familiar items or symbols represent, before moving on to decode text. Pupils are taught to communicate effectively with adults and each other using a range of systems and resources. These include the use of technology, signing, symbol exchange and verbal language. However, at times adults do not apply these systems consistently. This reduces pupils’ ability to make their needs known or to understand what is required of them.

Riverside School Parent Reviews



89% Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree 56% Agree 39% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 6% {"strongly_agree"=>56, "agree"=>39, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>6} Figures based on 18 responses up to 29-03-2022
Strongly Agree 61% Agree 39% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>61, "agree"=>39, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 18 responses up to 29-03-2022
Strongly Agree 56% Agree 28% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 6% Don't Know 11% {"strongly_agree"=>56, "agree"=>28, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>11} Figures based on 18 responses up to 29-03-2022
My Child Has Not Been Bullied 78% Strongly Agree 6% Agree 6% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 11% {"my_child_has_not_been_bullied"=>78, "strongly_agree"=>6, "agree"=>6, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>11} Figures based on 18 responses up to 29-03-2022
Strongly Agree 44% Agree 39% Disagree 6% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 11% {"strongly_agree"=>44, "agree"=>39, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>11} Figures based on 18 responses up to 29-03-2022
I Have Not Raised Any Concerns 22% Strongly Agree 39% Agree 33% Disagree 6% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"i_have_not_raised_any_concerns"=>22, "strongly_agree"=>39, "agree"=>33, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 18 responses up to 29-03-2022
Strongly Agree 50% Agree 44% Disagree 6% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>50, "agree"=>44, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 18 responses up to 29-03-2022
Strongly Agree 44% Agree 39% Disagree 11% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 6% {"strongly_agree"=>44, "agree"=>39, "disagree"=>11, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>6} Figures based on 18 responses up to 29-03-2022
Strongly Agree 56% Agree 39% Disagree 6% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>56, "agree"=>39, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 18 responses up to 29-03-2022
Strongly Agree 61% Agree 28% Disagree 6% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 6% {"strongly_agree"=>61, "agree"=>28, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>6} Figures based on 18 responses up to 29-03-2022
Strongly Agree 44% Agree 44% Disagree 6% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 6% {"strongly_agree"=>44, "agree"=>44, "disagree"=>6, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>6} Figures based on 18 responses up to 29-03-2022
Strongly Agree 56% Agree 28% Disagree 11% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 6% {"strongly_agree"=>56, "agree"=>28, "disagree"=>11, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>6} Figures based on 18 responses up to 29-03-2022
Strongly Agree 44% Agree 56% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>44, "agree"=>56, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 18 responses up to 29-03-2022
Yes 89% No 11% {"yes"=>89, "no"=>11} Figures based on 18 responses up to 29-03-2022

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