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Welcome Message

Thank you for visiting our page, we welcome you to the Riverbank and we look forward to seeing you for a visit!

Riverbank is a real community for our children and their families. Our dedicated staff team provide a safe and nurturing environment in which our children learn, grow and have fun exploring the world around them. We recognise that each one of the children within the Riverbank is special, with their own interests and enthusiasms! We focus on providing motivating learning experiences that engage and enthuse our children, encouraging them to become independent learners, and celebrating their many successes. As each child develops confidence exploring the world around them, they build friendships. Children across the school support each other and learn valuable skills by participating in a range of activities together. But most of all, children are happy and feel safe.

We prepare our children for the wider world through a broad curriculum, a key feature of which is our Out and About Topics, teaching functional skills that will support them in readiness for life beyond the Riverbank; to be happy, fulfilled individuals as part of their local community.

Within the Riverbank, we are always striving to ensure that each child can explore their strengths and interests, and feel confident to have a go! Our staff team work incredibly hard and are so proud to be making a difference to the lives of our children and their families. Our children enjoy coming to school and we continue to hold an excellent attendance rate.

We have a range of learning environments within the school, including a sensory garden, a Forest School in our wooded garden, sensory rooms and a dedicated speech and language room. We are constantly developing all areas of the school to support our curriculum.

As I hope you will see throughout the website, I am very proud of the children and staff here in the Riverbank. We pride ourselves on high standards of teaching and learning, pupil welfare and behaviour and achievement.

After you have had a chance to explore our website, if you cannot find information you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact me. Tours around the school are welcomed; only then will you get a true taste of Riverbank life.

Thank-you again,

Gurjinder Sahota

Head of Unit


Specialist Provision Resource Base

At Brookside we are hugely proud of our Riverbank Provision, a multi-sensory nurturing play based curriculum and environment for students with Moderate learning difficulties. The Riverbank specialises in moderate cognition and learning difficulties and speech, Language and Communication difficulties.

The Riverbank offers good and outstanding progress for pupils with special needs. Inclusion opportunities for children within the mainstream school environment. High staff to child ratio with specialist staff who are skilled in special educational needs and disabilities. A fun multi-sensory play based curriculum which responds to the individual needs and interests of each child. Learning focuses on developing and teaching life skills. Personalised learning plans are created for every child. Short, highly differentiated and individualised programmes of learning.

Our Rabbits Provision supports children based in Foundation Stage/KS1. Our Dragonflies and Otters Provision supports children based in KS1 and KS2. Children are grouped according to abilities and needs.

We have a newly renovated outdoor sensory garden that is used by all children, a wooded area which is used for a forest schools curriculum, adventure area to help with children’s gross motor skills, a sensory room and a dedicated speech and language room.