Riverbank School

Name Riverbank School
Website http://www.riverbankacademy.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Princethorpe Way, Coventry, CV3 2QD
Phone Number 02476453121
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 165 (67.9% boys 32.1% girls)
Academy Sponsor Sidney Stringer Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 45.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 36%
Persisitent Absence 20.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (10 May 2017)
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Information about this school

Riverbank School converted to become an academy on 1 January 2015. When its predecessor school, Alice Stevens School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to require improvement. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. Riverbank School is a special school catering for pupils who have a range of special educational needs. These include moderate learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder, profound and multiple learning difficulties, and speech, language and communication disorders. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. Most pupils are White British, with a number from other ethnic backgrounds. Nearly all pupils are placed in the school by Coventry local authority. Currently, there are three pupils who are looked after. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged is much larger than the national average. Pupils from the school attend two alternative providers, Brakes and Positive Youth Foundation, both in Coventry.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Teaching and learning are outstanding. Pupils make exceptional progress, often from very low starting points. They achieve excellent results in a range of subjects and all are extremely well prepared for their next steps in education, employment or training. The school provides life-changing education for all pupils. Pupils enjoy being at school. They learn and develop from the wide range of opportunities and options, both inside and outside the classroom. The headteacher and his team have created a community which is totally committed to improving the life chances of all pupils. They are tireless in their intention to continue building on this school’s strengths. Communication between the school and parents is excellent and parents feel that their views are listened to and acted upon. Behaviour is outstanding. Pupils display excellent manners and show consideration for others. They grow from being part of a very caring community. Pupils feel safe in school. Staff know their pupils very well, are highly vigilant and act promptly to keep pupils safe. Expectations in the sixth form are extremely high. Each student’s personalised programme is monitored meticulously to ensure that they achieve their qualifications and are fully prepared for life beyond school. Governors and the trustees of the multi-academy trust know the school very well, are committed to supporting school leaders and share their vision for its future. Teachers and leaders assess pupils’ progress very carefully and use this information to plan the next steps in their learning. Assessment in the wider curriculum is not as detailed as it is in English and mathematics. Pupils are not taught as much as they might be about different faiths and cultures in order to extend their understanding of the wider world.