PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  16 January, 2013

Ref : TRS035

England hockey coach to visit Worcester school

The Head of Coaching at England Hockey Ltd will visit a local school later this week.

Jane Powell, a former captain of the England women’s cricket team, will be at The River School on Thursday 17 January.

Jane will be training all senior year groups in hockey skills during the day.

GB Women’s Hockey Team won a bronze medal in the London 2012 Olympics.

Jane’s sporting accolades include captaining the England women’s cricket team in the 1988 World Cup final; playing hockey for England; coaching the England under 18 hockey team before moving to coach the England women’s cricket and the senior squad in the year 2000 before returning to hockey, where she heads up the strategic direction of hockey coaching in the UK.

Richard Wood, Headmaster at The River School said : “We are delighted to welcome Jane to the school.  Her dedication and focus are key traits that we encourage in our pupils in all that they do.  Such a high profile figure as Jane will offer inspiration to our students and we are looking forward to harnessing such enthusiasm.”

Jane said : “My visit to The River School comes at a time when the country has seen an unprecedented interest in sport; following the Olympic and Paralympic Games there really has never been a better time for young people to get involved in sport.  Making sport accessible to all is a key element of ensuring the power of sport and it’s Olympic legacy continue to thrive.”

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985; it is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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Richard Wood, Headmaster of The River School on 01905 457047

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COME TO THE RIVER SCHOOL ON THURSDAY 17 JANUARY AT 11.00AM.

 JANE POWELL, HEAD OF COACHING AT ENGLAND HOCKEY, WILL BE TRAINING PUPILS IN OLYMPIC HOCKEY SKILLS!


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  25 January, 2013

Ref : TRS036

Energy Club launch at Worcester school

One of Worcester’s leading independent schools has signed up to a government initiative that encourages primary school aged children to become more active.

The city’s Mayor, Councillor Roger Berry and his wife, the Mayoress, will officially launch the initiative – entitled Energy Club – at The River School on Friday 1 February.

Energy Club – which is funded by the Cabinet Office via the Social Action Fund – is a fun, free, physical activity club delivered by trained volunteers at primary schools across the UK.

The club will run twice a week to begin with for pupils aged 3-11 years; run after school hours by the Wrap Around Care staff and Year 11 pupils, it will focus on encouraging pupils to get more active and enjoy exercise.

The school was awarded the funding to deliver the programme and train staff on how to deliver the half hour sessions.

Richard Wood, Headmaster at The River School said : “This is an excellent opportunity for our Lower School pupils to embrace physical activity and the many benefits that surround being fit and healthy.  It also offers our Year 11 students – some of who will be helping to deliver the programme – the opportunity to mentor younger pupils.

“The initiative comes at a time when the country has seen an unprecedented interest in sport and physical activity; following the Olympic and Paralympic Games there really has never been a better time for young people to get involved.  Ensuring our pupils are fit and healthy is a key element of ensuring the power of sport and it’s Olympic legacy continue to thrive.”

James Johnson, Energy Club’s Regional Volunteer Co-ordinator said : “We believe physical activity should be a healthy and fun part of the lives of our children.  Through enabling kids to be active we’ll help ensure they remain healthy and happy; we’ll also help them learn about the right food choices.

“We currently have more than 20 primary schools registered to the scheme in the West Midlands with more than 80 trained volunteers.  Its aim is to tackle the increasingly sedentary lives of young children which currently sees 23.1 per cent of 4-5 year olds being overweight or obese rising to 33.3 per cent as they reach 10-11 years old.”

Energy Club is a volunteer movement initiated by the charity and social enterprise Sports Leaders UK which trains over 150,000 people each year in Sports Leadership with 7000 registered trainers working out of 4000 training centres around the UK.  Volunteers are parents and members of school networks including who receive training, on-going support, guidance and equipment.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985; it is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

For more information about Energy Clubs please contact James Johnson on 07725 100933 or visit www.energyclubuk.org

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Richard Wood, Headmaster of The River School on 01905 457047

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COME TO THE RIVER SCHOOL, DROITWICH ROAD, WORCESTER ON FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY AT 1.05PM FOR THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE SCHOOL’S ENERGY CLUB BY THE MAYOR OF WORCESTER, COUNCILLOR ROGER BERRY

 


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  4 March, 2013

Ref : TRS037

School orchard saved by grant

One of Worcester’s leading independent schools has been awarded a Restoration of Orchards grant to enhance its outdoor space.

The River School – which is set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum – was awarded the grant by Worcestershire County Council to plant 15 new fruit trees in its grounds.

The school was one of the first applicants to come forward for the new scheme in January and was awarded the £200.00 grant last month.

Rebecca Lashley, Environmental Projects Officer at Worcestershire County Council said : “We granted the award to The River School as we were extremely impressed with its efforts to provide varied outdoor learning opportunities for pupils within its grounds.  The expansion of its orchard area will contribute to this.”

Marc Cawte, the school’s Site Manager, applied for the grant following a Facebook campaign by the Environmental Policy Team at the county council.

He explained : “The new fruit trees will provide more opportunities to teach pupils about the importance of orchards in Worcestershire’s landscape; they will be able to witness first hand improvements in biodiversity in the school grounds as well as a wider understanding of our rural heritage.  We are delighted with the grant and look forward to harvesting and eating the fresh fruit straight from the trees!”

The trees will be planted on Wednesday 6 March with the help of the Environmental Policy team as well as pupils from the school.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985; it is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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Marc Cawte, Site Manager at The River School on 07507 147410.

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COME TO THE RIVER SCHOOL, DROITWICH ROAD, WORCESTER ON WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH AT 12.30PM.  THE FRUIT TREES WILL BE PLANTED BY PUPILS, MARC AND REBECCA.


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  4 March, 2013

Ref : TRS038

March open day at local school

One of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools is holding an open day for prospective pupils this week.

The River School in Worcester will open its doors on Wednesday 6 March from 10.00am until 1.00pm; everyone is welcome.

Those attending will have the opportunity to meet both the headmaster, Richard Wood, along with key members of staff.  As well as chatting to pupils, the event will include a tour of the school’s beautiful surroundings – 8 acres of Victorian arboretum with an outside Forest School.

Richard Wood, Headmaster at The River School said : “We hold regular open days to encourage people to come along and find out about the school and our special ethos.  Our March open day will allow prospective pupils and their parents to see our ‘outstanding features’ as cited by our 2010 Ofsted report.”

The River School has now introduced holiday, pre- and after-school care as part of its campaign to improve all aspects of the school.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985; it is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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Richard Wood on 01905 457047


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  18 March, 2013

Ref : TRS039

New head and principal at local school

Two new senior roles have been announced at one of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools.

The River School in Worcester has appointed former headmaster Richard Wood to the role of Principal and the previous Head of the Lower School, Carol Parry, as Headteacher.

The changes in leadership will see the senior management focusing on a more team led approach.

Richard Wood, Principal at The River School explained : “Previously, the role of headmaster encompassed a huge remit; by splitting roles and responsibilities we can move towards a position where we have more clarity and focus.  By separating the operational and strategic we will be able to offer pupils, parents and the wider school community an improved educational and spiritual environment.”

Richard’s new role is a strategic one, encompassing the business, financial, marketing and development of the school; a 5 year plan is currently being drawn up to address these elements.

Carol’s responsibilities will be operational, including academic, pastoral and curricular.

She said : “This is the first time the school has had a female headteacher.  Our heads in the past have always come from the senior school and as a primary school teacher and latterly Head of the Lower School, I can offer a new perspective and vision to complement Richard’s new role.”

Other changes in the leadership include appointing Debbie Michaela as Head of the Lower School and Graham Coyle as Senior Leadership Advisor.

The River School, a Christian independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16, was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985; it is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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 For media comment please contact :

Richard Wood on 01905 457047

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COME ALONG TO THE RIVER SCHOOL, DROITWICH ROAD, WORCESTER ON WEDNESDAY 20 MARCH AT 11.15AM.  RICHARD WOOD AND CAROL PARRY WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR A PHOTOGRAPH.


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  29 April, 2013

Ref : TRS040

Local school proves ‘outstanding’ quality

One of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools has received a glowing inspection report from The Bridge Schools Inspectorate (BSI).

The River School in Worcester was rated ‘outstanding’ in its Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) provision and in its Early Years provision. As a result of the successful inspection the school has been moved to Ofsted’s six year inspection cycle, reserved for independent schools performing strongly.

Headlines from the inspection include :

  • Staff are excellent role models characterised by a sense of fellowship and personal sacrifice. Quality of the curriculum, teaching and assessment are always at least good with several examples of outstanding practice;
  • Pupils show consistently high standards of behaviour, make good progress in their work and enjoy going to school. They feel well cared for and that they are trusted and valued members of the school community;
  • Pupils speak confidently about the spiritual dimension of their lives and the part that the school plays in fostering a sense of God’s presence;
  • Nursery and Reception classes are outstanding;
  • The school has made some notable advances since its previous inspection in 2010 especially in recording and reporting on pupils’ progress;
  • Parental support for their children’s education and the aims of the school are both excellent, as is communication between home and school.
  • The strengths of the principal and the headteacher complement each other extremely well. As a result, they provide excellent leadership for the school.

BSI is a Department of Education approved inspection for members of the Christian Schools Trust (CST) and the Association of Muslim Schools UK (AMSUK).

Richard Wood, Principal at The River School said : “We are absolutely delighted with the report which is testament to the commitment of staff and support of parents. We are especially pleased by the report’s view of our Early Years provision. Equally we are pleased to be judged as outstanding in SMSC in our Senior and Lower Schools. This should be expected of a Christian school, but we are very pleased that the inspectors recognised it! The report is a ‘very good read’ and to be moved to the six year inspection cycle is a practical confirmation of our improvement and continued success amongst the city’s schools.”

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years, also includes The Brook Nursery.  It was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985 and is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.  The school occupies a large Georgian Grade 2 listed building with outbuildings, set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum, encompassing both woodland and open grass.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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Richard Wood on 01905 457047

 


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  20 March, 2013

Ref : TRS041

Ex-Worcester school pupil to appear on Songs of Praise

A former pupil from one of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools is to appear on the BBC’s Songs of Praise this Sunday, 24 March.

Lexie Stobie, who attended The River School in Worcester, will sing ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ on the show, which will be broadcast from Canterbury Cathedral on Palm Sunday.

This will be Lexie’s sixth appearance on the show; she first took part at the age of 16 when she sang a self-penned song entitled ‘We need you.’

Lexie, now aged 22, was signed to Universal Records at the age of 19 and sang professionally for 2 years; she spent time in both New York and Nashville where she wrote and recorded songs and also lived in London for a year. 

Lexie, who is from Worcester, realised her love of music from an early age; she grew up listening to her parent’s blues and soul vinyl and from a young age excelled at school concerts and Christmas events.  Inspired by the gospel music of Aretha Franklin and Bill Wither, she recorded an independent CD of gospel music at the age of 14.  At the age of 16 she entered BBC Radio 2’s Young Chorister of the Year – as a non-chorister she was overjoyed to make it into the top 4; her performance was played on BBC Radio 4’s Pick of the Week.  Following this, she was approached by Gary Boon, a producer from Songs of Praise and her special relationship with the programme began.

Lexie said : “I am absolutely thrilled to be part of Songs of Praise again and feel honoured to be part of such a fantastic show.”

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “We are all so proud of Lexie and her achievements; she is an inspiration to us all and proves that with determination and focus, we can all realise our ambitions.”

Lexie concluded : “I still see myself as very much part of the school’s community; all my teachers encouraged me with my music and I have some endearing memories of music lessons and school music concerts.  The small class sizes meant that strong bonds were formed within different year groups and with the teachers.  The school offered me an excellent foundation and taught me such a lot about who I am and who I wanted to be.”

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years, also includes The Brook Nursery.  It was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985 and is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.  The school occupies a large Georgian Grade 2 listed building with outbuildings, set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum, encompassing both woodland and open grass.

For more information please contact Lexie Stobie on 07837 592255   or the school on 01905 457047.

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PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  24 April, 2013

Ref : TRS042

May open day at local school

One of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools is holding an open day for prospective pupils next month.

The River School in Worcester will open its doors on Wednesday 1 May from 10.00am until 1.00pm; everyone is welcome.

Those attending will have the opportunity to meet both the newly appointed Headteacher, Carol Parry, former Headmaster and now Principal, Richard Wood, along with other key members of staff.  As well as chatting to pupils, the event will include a tour of the school’s beautiful surroundings – 8 acres of Victorian arboretum with an outside Forest School.

The school recently received a glowing inspection report from The Bridge Schools Inspectorate (BSI).  Of the 8 regulations inspected, it was rated ‘good’ in six and ‘outstanding’ in two.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “We hold regular open days to encourage people to come along and find out about the school and our special ethos.  Our May open day will allow prospective pupils and their parents to see our ‘outstanding features’ as cited by our recent Ofsted report.”

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years, also includes The Brook Nursery.  It was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985 and is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.  The school occupies a large Georgian Grade 2 listed building with outbuildings, set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum, encompassing both woodland and open grass.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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For media comment please contact :

Carol Parry on 01905 457047

 


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  22 May, 2013

Ref : TRS043

School council launched by local pupils

Pupils from one of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools have launched their very own school council.

Five pupils from Years 7 to 11 at The River School in Worcester launched the council earlier this year, following a pupil well-being survey that explored the idea of giving pupils a voice about their experiences of the school.  Each senior class has one elected representative on the council, allowing them an opportunity to learn about the democratic process.

Members of each class were encouraged to put themselves forward as a potential class rep, using a nomination form.  Each candidate then gave a speech to their form group, outlining why they should be elected.  Ballot papers with all the candidates names on them were used and a voting booth set up to ensure the ballot was both authentic and secret.  Each pupil voted in turn with the winning candidate needing 50 per cent of the overall vote in order to be elected.  This meant that some classes had a second vote with the top two candidates from the first round running again.

The Council meets every half term.  Some of the issues that they have been discussing were highlighted in the well-being survey; further research was carried out by them with their classmates so that they could come up with possible solutions.  One such issue is refurbishment of the changing rooms and fundraising ideas are currently being drawn up.

The Year 11 class rep, Emily Young, attends the first part of a Senior Management Team meeting each half term and feeds back from the discussions at a council meeting.

Teacher and Year 7 tutor Julie Chester supervises the Council members.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “The introduction of our first ever school council is a really positive step for our young people.  It encourages them to get involved in improving many aspects of school life, helps them to develop confidence and learn important skills such as negotiation.

“The Senior Management Team take the council views very seriously and we have already seen some excellent results.  Money from our forthcoming school fete on Saturday 29 June will now go towards the changing room project.”

The River School well-being survey will be repeated on an annual basis.

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years, also includes The Brook Nursery.  It was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985 and is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.  The school occupies a large Georgian Grade 2 listed building with outbuildings, set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum, encompassing both woodland and open grass.

 For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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Carol Parry on 01905 457047

 


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  17 June, 2013

Ref : TRS044

Local teacher speaks at Dutch event

A Worcester school teacher was welcomed as a keynote speaker at a special event in Holland last month.

Graham Coyle, a teacher at The River School, spoke at an event attended by 300 Dutch teachers from 5 Christian schools.

His speech encompassed issues surrounding Christian ethics in education and was warmly received by the delegates. In Holland, Christian schools are funded by the state and – in direct contrast to UK schools which are not – are well resourced.  Graham spoke about the passion behind providing Christian education in the UK, even with the limited resources available.

Graham is no stranger to speaking at such events; he has also spoken at the following :

  • A national conference in Sweden attended by headteachers from Christian free schools;
  • A European conference for Christian school heads in The Netherlands, with 100 delegates from 12 countries;
  • Christian Schools Trust conference in Derbyshire – Graham was both main speaker and organiser.  He is also chair of the CST, a group of approximately 40 independent Christian schools in both the UK and Scotland.

In recent months, Graham has also met heads of national Christian education groups at the European Union headquarters in Brussels, followed by speaking at a French-speaking Christian schools conference, with more than 250 delegates from France, Belgium and Switzerland.

Graham explained : “Christian education is well established in many European nations and is seen as being beneficial within the diversity of their nations.  The international links that are being established help us all have a wider appreciation of the issues involved in promoting our schools within increasingly secularised settings.  In the UK our education system mirrors our society’s preoccupation with personal rights and freedom.  Christian education seeks to promote the ideals of honouring God and loving your neighbour as you love yourself.  Our experience over the past 28 years at The River School is that this approach builds well-balanced, well-educated individuals that in turn help build strong and supportive communities.

Next month, Graham will take 12 current and two former pupils – along with 4 members of staff – to Petko Slaveikov School in the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia.

Petko Slaveikov School – which is one of only two Christian schoolsin the whole of Bulgaria – has a special relationship with The River School and continues to welcome the chance for pupils and staff to improve their English, exchange ideas and further explore their language specialism with the help of three Spanish speakers in The River School team.  The relationship also encourages them to develop ways of putting their Christian faith into action, in a nation where practising an active Christian faith can be challenging.

The relationship between the two schools is of real importance to River School pupils, who have worked hard to help the Bulgarian school grow and develop.

Richard Wood, Principal at The River School said : “Graham is a huge inspiration to both pupils and staff and is a real driving force in presenting the views of UK Christian education to a growing audience.  His work with our Bulgarian counterparts has reaped positive benefits, all due to Graham’s enthusiasm and commitment.”

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years, also includes The Brook Nursery.  It was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985 and is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.  The school occupies a large Georgian Grade 2 listed building with outbuildings, set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum, encompassing both woodland and open grass.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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Richard Wood on 01905 457047

 


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  30 July, 2013

Ref : TRS045

Local school re-launches Friends group

One of Worcester’s leading independent schools has re-launched a specialist group of parents and teachers to support its community.

The Friends of The River School provides practical help to the school; the committee is made up of a chair person, deputy chair, secretary and treasurer with the school’s site manager, Marc Cawte, playing an integral part in facilitating events.

Endeavours so far include installing a recycling unit for unwanted clothes and shoes and organising a Go Wild event in the school’s 8 acres of Victorian arboretum which included fire and forest crafts, pond dipping and a picnic in the orchard.  The Friends were also instrumental in the school’s summer fete which took place on Saturday 29 June; it included a food court and the opportunity to have a go at archery.  It raised almost £2000 – the best in the school’s history – which will go towards building a disabled toilet, wet room facility and upgrading the senior school changing rooms and toilets.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “The Friends group is an invaluable addition to our school community and provides much needed work parties and fundraising initiatives.  Elections will take place during the autumn term and everybody is welcome to get involved.

”We would like to thank all those who have contributed their time and support to the Friends over the years and look forward to working with them again, in its new and improved format, when the new term begins in September.”

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years, also includes The Brook Nursery.  It was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985 and is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.  The school occupies a large Georgian Grade 2 listed building with outbuildings, set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum, encompassing both woodland and open grass.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  X September, 2013

Ref : TRS046

Local head to set up international school in the USA

The Principal of one of Worcester’s leading independent schools will say a fond farewell to his school community later this year and head for the USA.

Richard Wood, Principal of The River School, will leave the school at Christmas and head to Kentucky with his family to set up an international school.

The brains behind the school is a wealthy American who owns one of the leading IT and engineering groups in the USA; based in the small town of Maysville, Kentucky, he has found it increasingly difficult to attract the right people to his company’s headquarters due to the current education system in the town.  His goal therefore is to set up an international school, providing the very best of British education, to his employee’s families.

Richard explained : “We will be very sad to leave The River School and its community.  Over the last few years it has grown to become a well established Christian school for the surrounding area and has proved its ethos of developing ethical character among its pupils along with excellent academic success.  We will always have fond and enduring memories of our time here.

“Our new position is a very exciting and challenging one.  Quality of education will be at the top of the agenda and it will be run like a British independent school with a strong sense of community. The selection process was a rigorous one with 600 applications so we are thrilled to have been selected.”

Maysville – a town of 10,000 people – is situated on the Ohio river; a Victorian and Colonial town, many of the buildings date back to 1790.

The school will initially offer fee paying day education with the aim of providing weekly boarding to up to 400 young people, aged 4 years to 16 years, with 20 children per year.  Currently there is a large state school, Mason County High, and a number of technical colleges.  There are universities in the nearest city Cincinnati – 50 miles away – and Lexington, Kentucky’s second largest city.

Richard’s wife, Poov – a Maths teacher at The River School – will play an integral role in setting up the new school.  Their three children, Asha, Judah and India will also join them.

Richard and Poov applied for the job through a UK based agency called Tutors International.

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years, also includes The Brook Nursery.  It was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985 and is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.  The school occupies a large Georgian Grade 2 listed building with outbuildings, set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum, encompassing both woodland and open grass.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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Richard Wood on 01905 457047

 


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  26 September, 2013

Ref : TRS047

October open day at local school

One of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools is holding an open day for prospective pupils next month.

The River School in Worcester will open its doors on Wednesday 16 October from 10.00am until 1.00pm; everyone is welcome.

Those attending will have the opportunity to meet the Headteacher, Carol Parry, Principal, Richard Wood, along with other key members of staff.  As well as chatting to pupils, the event will include a tour of the school’s beautiful surroundings – 8 acres of Victorian arboretum with an outside Forest School.

The school recently received a glowing inspection report from The Bridge Schools Inspectorate (BSI).  Of the 8 regulations inspected, it was rated ‘good’ in six and ‘outstanding’ in two.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “We hold regular open days to encourage people to come along and find out about the school and our special ethos.  Our October open day will allow prospective pupils and their parents to see our ‘outstanding features’ as cited by our recent Ofsted report.”

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years, also includes The Brook Nursery.  It was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985 and is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.  The school occupies a large Georgian Grade 2 listed building with outbuildings, set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum, encompassing both woodland and open grass.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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Carol Parry on 01905 457047

 


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  8 October, 2013

Ref : TRS048

Sports star to visit local school

Young people from one of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools will have the opportunity of meeting a sporting star later this week.

Pupils from The River School in Worcester will welcome Meghan Beesley, silver medallist in the 4 x 400m relay at The Commonwealth Games Delhi in 2010, as part of the Sports for School initiative.

She will encourage the children to take part in a fundraising fitness challenge at 1.00pm on Friday 11 October.

Sports for Schools is a fun, educational and exciting way of raising funds for schools.  Funds will be raised for The River School by sponsorship with each entrant completing four one minute exercises – spotty dog, leg drives, press ups and star jumps.  As an incentive, all pupils who raise more than £5 will receive a postcard photograph of Meghan and those who raise more than £30 will be presented with a signed poster.

Following the challenge, all pupils will be treated to a special assembly.

The money raised will go towards the purchase of additional PE equipment.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “We will be delighted to welcome Meghan Beesley to school on Friday.  The experience promises to be a rewarding and memorable occasion, and the children are all looking forward to it.  We are sure that Meghan will inspire the pupils to achieve their best in their chosen path, whether it be sport, music, academic subjects or in other fields.”

Through the Sports for Schools scheme many young British athletes training towards international championships will receive financial assistance towards their full time training.  Sports for Schools also supports the well known children’s charity Action for Children, providing them with regular donations and sporting memorabilia.

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years, also includes The Brook Nursery.  It was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985 and is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.  The school occupies a large Georgian Grade 2 listed building with outbuildings, set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum, encompassing both woodland and open grass.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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Carol Parry on 01905 457047

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COME ALONG TO THE RIVER SCHOOL, WORCESTER AT 1.00PM ON FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER.  MEGHAN BEESLEY, 4 X 400M RELAY SILVER MEDALLIST, WILL ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO TAKE PART IN A FITNESS CHALLENGE FOR SPORTS FOR SCHOOLS.


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  19 November, 2013

Ref : TRS49

Local school celebrates new appointments

A series of new appointments at one of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools have been announced.

Ekaterina Cox has taken on the role of Specialist Teaching Assistant at The River School in Worcester, alongside Tom Cawte as a Support Assistant and Jean Heath and Danielle Bedford joining the Early Years Department.

Ekaterina – who worked in London for 13 years – is originally from Bulgaria.  She worked in Sofia as a science teacher and in London as a primary, nursery and supply teacher.

She said : “I am really proud to be part of the inspirational and vibrant River School community working with such dedicated staff.  The pupils are very diligent in their work and with an excellent grasp of Christian morals and values. It is very exciting to be part of the continued success of the school.”

The role of Support Assistant – an invaluable post at the school – has been taken on by Thomas Cawte.  Thomas supports a child in Year 9 – a new government funded role – assists the Site Manager maintaining the school buildings and grounds and helps with the school’s wraparound care system.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said: “We are delighted to welcome our new members of staff to the school; they bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge as well as a true sense of the school’s purpose.  We continue to work hard to appoint staff appropriately to the needs of our pupils and parents.

“We look forward to a really good year in 2014, with plans to develop the school in new ways for the benefit of not only our own pupils but our wider community too.”

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years, also includes The Brook Nursery.  It was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985 and is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.  The school occupies a large Georgian Grade 2 listed building with outbuildings, set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum, encompassing both woodland and open grass.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  13 November, 2013

Ref : TRS050

Local donations revamp school art department

A leading independent school in Worcestershire is celebrating after local donations have transformed its art department.

Following a request for contributions, donations came flooding in to The River School.

Mike Walker Flooring Ltd, St Modwens, Travis Perkins, Wickes and Speller Metcalfe Ltd have all made the refurbishment possible.

Mike Walker – who’s daughter Liz attended the school – provided and laid the vinyl flooring in the art block; St Modwens provided chipboard; Travis Perkins, ballast and cement; Speller Metcalfe Ltd, wood, and ballast from Wickes.  Time and effort were also supplied by parents John Buchan, Obadias Persoa, Jimmy Wisdom and Paul Boyd along with Steve Tinnion, a staff member’s husband.

The art department project began in February of this year and has transformed the building into a modern, light and creative space for pupils to enjoy.

The donations came about thanks to the innovation of school site manager, Marc Cawte.  He wanted to involve the local community, keep costs down and create a space that everybody could enjoy.

Complementing the new art block, pupils from Years 9 to 11 have also been getting involved.  15 pupils are currently building a patio area outside the art department.  As part of the school’s commitment to outdoor education, those taking part are learning practical building skills, building brick walls and mixing cement.  Once completed, the new patio area will provide an excellent outdoor art project area.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said: “We would like to thank all those who have helped us with our refurbishment project.  Not only has the art block benefitted, but staff and pupils also. We frequently need to be resourceful and are therefore extremely grateful for the support and help we have received.”

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years, also includes The Brook Nursery.  It was founded by Timothy Crow, who opened the school in 1985 and is situated along The Droitwich Road in Worcester.  The school occupies a large Georgian Grade 2 listed building with outbuildings, set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum, encompassing both woodland and open grass.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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PHOTO OPPORTUNITY…PHOTO OPPORTUNITY…PHOTO OPPORTUNITY…

 COME ALONG TO THE RIVER SCHOOL, DROITWICH ROAD, WORCESTER ON WEDNESDAY 20 NOVEMBER AT 2.00PM. IAN FELTON, SITE MANAGER FROM ST MODWENS, COLIN HEPBURN, ASSISTANT SITE MANAGER FROM ST MODWENS, MIKE WALKER FROM MIKE WALKER FLOORING, MARC CAWTE, RIVER SCHOOL SITE MANAGER, JIMMY WISDOM FROM JIMMY WISDOM CARPENTRY AND PUPILS, WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS AND PHOTOS!