PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  11 January, 2016

Ref : TRS91

Local company donates kitchen appliances to Worcester school

A local branch of the UK’s biggest independent electrical retailer has donated new cookers to a Worcester school.

Hughes – which is part of the Hughes Electrical group – has donated 4 new cookers for the student’s kitchen at The River School in the city.

The donation came about after discussions between former River School pupil Chris Brannen – who now works for the electrical group locally – and Richard Henshaw, Hughes Electrical Branch Manager, took place. 

Organised by Richard subsequently, the donation is part of Hughes social responsibility strategy.  Complete Appliance Services installed the gas cookers for free.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said: “We would like to thank Hughes Electrical for its kind donation of four cookers.  The kitchen has benefitted and, in turn, our cookery lessons! We frequently need to be resourceful and are therefore extremely grateful for the support and help from Hughes.”

Richard Henshaw, Hughes Electrical Branch Manager said : “Helping out our local community when we can is a key element of our family ethos and we were absolutely delighted to work with Chris and the school in providing such worthwhile equipment which will have such long lasting benefits for pupils, staff and their families.”

Not only will the cookers be put to good use during Home Economics classes, they will also be used to cook for local homeless charities and for cake sales to raise money for a range of organisations.

Hughes is a long established family business with branches across East Anglia and the Midlands; now the UK’s biggest independent electrical retailer, it has grown steadily for more than 90 years.

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years, also includes The River School Early Years Department.  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 II 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 :  24 January, 2016

Ref : TRS92

January open day at local school

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

The River School in Worcester will open its doors on Wednesday 27 January from 10.00am until 1.00pm; everyone is welcome.

Those attending will have the opportunity to meet the Headteacher, Carol Parry 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, organised and delivered by the pupils – 8 acres of Victorian arboretum with an outside Forest School.

The school has been awarded 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 January open day will allow prospective pupils and their parents to see our ‘outstanding features’ as cited by our last BSI 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 II 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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COME ALONG TO THE RIVER SCHOOL, DROITWICH ROAD, WORCESTER ON WEDNESDAY 27 JANUARY BETWEEN 10.00AM AND 1.00PM. PROSPECTIVE PARENTS AND PUPILS WILL BE VISITING THE SCHOOL AND MEETING STAFF AND PUPILS

 


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  29 January, 2016

Ref : TRS93

Pupils celebrate with places at Cambridge University

Two Worcester sixth formers are rejoicing following the news that they have places at the UK’s most celebrated university.

Ex-River School pupils, Alex Russell and Michael Samuleson-Beulah, have both been given conditional offers to study medicine at Cambridge University.

Alex – who is studying Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths A2 at King Edward V1 College in Stourbridge – has a place at Magdalene College.  With predicted grades of 4A*s, Alex heard about his place while he was running an enrichment group at college.  His Mum rang to tell him the letter had arrived!

He said : “Initially, I wasn’t planning on applying to Cambridge as I hadn’t considered it as a possible option for me.  However, after I received exceptional results at AS level – 4 high As – my college suggested I consider it and after much deliberation I settled on Magdalene College.  When I went for the interview, I was dazzled by the place, some of the buildings reminded me of The River School!

“After undertaking work experience at various places and volunteering at a local children’s hospice, my aim now is to be a hospital doctor.

“I’d like to say a really big thank you to The River School; it is special to me as I feel that it is not only focused on both helping people do well academically but also encouraging them to be the best they can and make a positive contribution in the world.

“My time at the school saw me being nominated as a House Captian, get great GCSEs, run numerous events, learn the piano and compete internationally in karate.  Most importantly, it gave me confidence and the drive to learn.  For me, The River School wasn’t one of the reasons I got into Cambridge, it was the reason!”

Michael – who is studying A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Biology and Chemistry at The King’s School in Worcester – is also predicted 4 A*s.  He said : “I heard about my place at St John’s College a day later after everyone else, so, as you can imagine, I was really on edge and assumed I had been rejected!  I’ve always dreamed of studying at Cambridge from a very young age.  I’m originally from the south east so I used to visit the city a lot to see my family.  I am looking forward to the prospect of going to university, developing my independence and growing up into a purposeful young man.

“My time at The River School was short but sweet! I joined the school at the end of Year 10, after most schools in the area had rejected me because I was transitioning into a year that was well into their GCSE studies. Since I had missed most of the academic year  – having been home-schooled for most of Year 10 – I was expecting to come out with sub-standard GCSE’s and wasn’t really looking into the future. The school encouraged me to be positive, to work hard and to believe that there are no limitations if you are willing to put in the effort. From gaining my grade 5 distinction in piano to achieving a good set of GCSE’s the school taught me to never give up. I am grateful for this foundation and I hope I can build upon this in the future.”

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “We are absolutely delighted that Michael and Alex will study medicine at Cambridge.  It’s such fantastic news!  Keeping intouch with our past pupils is very important to us as is watching them grow and develop into meaningful young people.

“There are a number of reasons why we do so well, some of which might appear obvious – small class sizes, the commitment and relationships of pupils, parents and staff as a community and a beautiful working environment to name but a few. But nothing is more important than ethos.

“If you get ethos right, you build ethical character and academic success naturally follows where young people are confident of themselves and their place in the world. Both Alex and Michael are testimony to this – well done to them both!”

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 II 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 : 14 March, 2016

Ref : TRS94

School grounds undergo major horticultural makeover

The grounds of one of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools are currently undergoing a major transformation.

The River School – which is set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum, encompassing both woodland and open grass – will hold an official opening in the spring when the work on the formerly overgrown acre and a half is completed.

The work – which has been spearheaded by a previous River School parent, Andrew Geuter – began last September when Andrew – who owns a house along the school’s driveway – began taking ivy off the wall behind his home which runs parallel with the school’s boundaries. Here he came across a variety of plant treasures.

Andrew – who has gardened all his life, holds an HND in Professional Gardening and was formerly employed by the city council’s parks department – then set up a volunteer gardening group with fellow gardening enthusiasts Bill Saunders, Derek Long and Vaughan Bickerton, financing the project themselves.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “We are delighted with the work in the school’s grounds and would like to thank Andrew and his team for the fantastic improvements they have made to what was largely an unusable area. The improvements will mean more usable space for recreation and relaxation, as well as offering an improved teaching facility. We will also be able to use the space for after school and summer evening activities. The finished product looks set to be superb!”

So far the work includes exposing the once ivy covered original Victorian boundary wall, removing all under and overgrowth, re-establishing a rose arbor and planting to allow greater visibility.

Some of the garden’s more unusual plants include Ginkgo Biloba which was long supposed to have been extinct and Colletia histrx noted for its tine white fragrant flowers and sharp needle-like spines. Many of the trees are protected by preservation orders.

The school’s site has an interesting history; in 1939 war was declared and The Royal Artillery was billeted there. After the war, Oakfield House became a girls’ boarding school and later, a college of horticulture. At this time many varieties of ornamental shrubs and foreign trees were planted. There still remain two Chinese trees in the walled garden, of which there are reportedly only four in Europe. The property then became the Teachers’ Resources Centre during which time the gardens were tended to by four full time gardeners, who cultivated specimens which were sent to Biology departments of local schools for experimental work. Many of Worcester City Council’s park plants and also plants for Pershore College were also grown in the grounds of the school.

Carol concluded : “Over time we hope to get local gardeners and experts involved as the site is of great horticultural importance. Ideas so far include gardener open days and plant naming events.”

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years. 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 II listed building with outbuildings including large greenhouses much in need of restoration which could provide a greatly enhanced teaching possibility.

For more information please contact Carol Parry on 01905 457047.

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PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  15 April, 2016

Ref : TRS95

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 4 May from 10.00am until 1.00pm; everyone is welcome.

Those attending will have the opportunity to meet the Headteacher, Carol Parry 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, organised and delivered by the pupils – 8 acres of Victorian arboretum with an outside Forest School.

The school has been awarded 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 last BSI report.”

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years. 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 II 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, DROITWICH ROAD, WORCESTER ON WEDNESDAY 4 MAY BETWEEN 10.00AM AND 1.00PM. PROSPECTIVE PARENTS AND PUPILS WILL BE VISITING THE SCHOOL AND MEETING STAFF AND PUPILS

 


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  26 April, 2016

Ref : TRS96

Local teacher selected as main speaker at European conference

A teacher at one of Worcester’s leading independent schools has been appointed as keynote speaker at a special conference in Portugal next month.

Graham Coyle from The River School will take part in the conference organised by The European Educators Christian Association from Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 May.

The conference – which takes place annually in venues across Europe – brings together Europe-wide Christians from a wide variety of education settings.  This year it will welcome approximately 100 people from around 20 European countries.

The Association was formed in 1990 to support Christian educators across Europe and continues to go from strength to strength.

Organised jointly by the school and The Association of Dutch Reformed Schools, the 2 day conference was the first of its kind where more than 90 school leaders from 12 European nations gathered.

The conference – entitled ‘Experience and Expertise in Christian Pedagogy’ – will focus on will focus on how to continue to prepare pupils to make a valuable and relevant contribution to their nations.

Graham’s talks will cover the relationship of specific aspects of the life of Jesus to the process of educating from a Christian perspective.

Graham explained : “The River School has a Christian ethos because we believe that education should concern every part of our lives and Christianity enables us this to be possible.  If children and young people are confident in themselves and how they fit into their families, their schools and their wider communities, then they have the opportunity to reach their academic potential.  Our pupils do well because there is an environment which builds security, identity and value into their characters.

“I feel honoured to have been selected to act as keynote speaker at the conference and will thoroughly enjoy the experience.”

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “We have developed close links with fellow Christian European schools and we are delighted to be involved in this conference.”

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years. 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 II 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 :  26 April, 2016

Ref : TRS97

Go Wild at The River School this May

An event that aims to encourage residents to explore nature will be held at The River School in May for the fourth year running.

The Go Wild event will take place in the school grounds – set in 8 acres of Victorian arboretum, encompassing both woodland and open grass – on Saturday 14 May between 2.00pm and 5.00pm.

Organised by The Friends of The River School – an enthusiastic group of parents and teachers who support its community and provide practical help to the school – it will include activities such as pond dipping, camp fire, bushcraft, den building, treasure hunt and face painting.  Tea and cakes will be available and families encouraged to bring along picnics.  Wet weather gear and wellies recommended if it rains!

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “Our Go Wild event has been a huge success for the past three years with families coming along to enjoy our beautiful surroundings and take part in some fun activities.  This year’s event will build on these and we hope to welcome more people.  Please feel free to come along!”

The event is free and open to everyone; there is ample car parking. Refreshments are available for a small charge.

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years. 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 II 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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COME ALONG TO THE RIVER SCHOOL ON SATURDAY 14 MAY BETWEEN 3.00PM AND 5.00PM TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OF A FREE, FUN, FAMILY AFTERNOON IN THE BEAUTIFUL GROUNDS.


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  28 April, 2016

Ref : TRS98

Local school boy crowned UK Cross Country Champion

A Worcester school boy has won a prestigious title as National (UK) Army Cadet Cross Country Champion.

Josiah Heath, aged 16 – a pupil at The River School in Worcester – competed against 35 runners in the National Finals last month.

The event – which consisted of all regional and county finalists from previous competitions – was organised by The Army Cadet Force, of which Josiah has been a member of The Hereford and Worcester ACF for the past twelve months.

Josiah said : “It is a huge honour and a gift for me to have won this Championship and to have competed at the highest level for The Army Cadet Force.  It was by far the hardest thing I have ever done but I’m so happy I achieved it!”

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “We are thrilled to hear of Josiah’s fabulous success in his chosen sport.  His dedication, passion and enthusiasm have certainly paid off and we would like to wish him all the best with his future Army and running career!”

Josiah won the award running around a 5.7km challenging course at Warcop Army Training Camp in Cumbria.

The Army Cadet Force (ACF) has over 41,000 cadets in more than 1,600 detachments all over the country and is one of the biggest clubs around, arranging adventurous activities including rock climbing, mountain biking, archery and abseiling. There is also plenty of chance to play sports with competitions for both boys and girls at county, regional and national level.

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years. 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 II 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 ATTACHED/CAPTION – Josiah Heath at The 2016 Hereford and Worcester Army Cadet Force Championships with his Gold Medal.


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  15 June, 2016

Ref : TRS99

Local pupils create natural habitats for threatened British species

Lower school pupils from one of Worcester’s leading independent schools are taking part in a project that aims to encourage wildlife.

As part of The Primary Science and Technology Project, Classes 3 and 4 at The River School have chosen to save bees.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at the school explained : “Our pupils identified bees as in need of conservation because they are so important to life and yet their habitat is constantly under threat from housing, building projects, pesticides and ignorance.”

After undertaking some initial research, the children have planted wildflowers and made bee homes.  They have also written to Worcester MP Robin Walker enclosing a petition with 80 signed names to encourage pesticides to be banned.

The pupils have also been bee spotting in the school’s grounds, identifying different species and hoping to see an increase!

In the UK, bees are under threat due to changes in our countryside.  Changes in agricultural techniques mean there are far fewer wildflowers – a staggering 97 per cent of flower rich grassland has been lost since the 1930s – than there used to be, meaning that many bee species are struggling to survive.  Infact, two species have become extinct, Bombus Cullumanus, last recorded in 1941 and, more recently, Bombus Subterraneus, last recorded in 1988.

It is well-known that bumblebees are great pollinators, and therefore have a key role in producing much of the food that we eat. Through the pollination of many commercial crops such as tomatoes, peas, apples and strawberries, insects are estimated to contribute over £400 million per annum to the UK economy and €14.2 billion per annum to the EU economy. If bumblebee and other insect pollinator declines continue, the extremely high cost of pollinating these plants by other means could significantly increase the cost of fruit and vegetables.

Bumblebees also help pollinate many wildflowers, allowing them to reproduce. Without this pollination many of these plants would not produce seeds, resulting in declines in wildflowers. As these plants are often the basis of complex food chains, it is easy to imagine how other wildlife such as other insects, birds and mammals would all suffer if bees disappeared.

The River School is a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years. 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 II 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 :  27 June, 2016

Ref : TRS100

Vikings invade The River School

In full Viking paraphernalia, a local education company recently visited one of Worcester’s leading independent schools

Discover History – which is based in Worcester – brought the Viking Age to life for lower school pupils at The River School.

Headed up by Paul Harding, the team from Discover History brought along Viking artefacts including cooking pots, furs, spears and swords.  The workshops included charting how and why the Vikings came to the UK and how they lived after they had settled.  The day was also spent joining the ranks of the army and defending the shield wall as well as recreating the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at the school explained : “Discovering history is a vital element of a child’s education and we were absolutely delighted to welcome Paul and his team into our school.  The interactive approach really brought the Viking Age to life for our pupils.  They were amazed to find out how they lived their lives, including how they made their clothes, out of stinging nettles.  Our thanks go to Discover History for a fabulous day!”

Paul Harding from Discover History said : “We love working with local schools because we specialise in local history.  The pupils did so well in the shield wall and managed to fight off their attackers with great bravado!

“Britannia was left very exposed in the 5th century when the Romans reduced its Empire.  This led to a period of quite brutal invasions.  Even the newly settled Saxons were not safe; Viking raiding parties attacked Northumbria in 793 and began a period of violent attacks.  Worcester was a small settlement which was raided by the Danes as they advanced up The River Severn.”

The River School is a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years. 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 II 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.

Discover History run interactive educational workshops and history days throughout the UK; it covers all periods of history.  For further details visit www.discover-history.co.uk.

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PRESS RELEASE

 

Issue Date :  30 June, 2016

Ref : TRS101

Workshop at local school to be used as curriculum resource

A local Worcester school welcomed an innovative project which aims to give students an opportunity to discuss the compatibility of science and faith.

Pupils at The River School spent a day with God and the Big Bang, a project inspired by the findings of the LASAR – Learning About Science and Religion – Project, which suggests that young people in the UK today are likely to struggle to access the view that science and religion are compatible, despite this being something that many scientists accept wholeheartedly.

Pupils from Year 10 were filmed during the day chatting to scientists, including Dr Nick Higgs, a marine biologist and Deputy Director of the Marine Institute at Plymouth University; Lizzie Coyle who holds a degree from the University of Cambridge specialising in Evolutionary and Behavioural Biology and Tom Ingleby, a PhD student at The Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics at the University of Leeds.

Importantly, the footage will be used as part of a curriculum book to provide support for secondary school RE teachers seeking to encourage open well-informed and interesting discussion about the interaction of science and faith in the classroom.

Stephanie Bryant, Project Co-ordinator said : “From the biochemistry of bacterial cells to astrophysical study of black holes, from animal behaviours to artificial intelligence, science is an awe-inspiring subject with important implications for understanding our place in the universe.  God and The Big Bang wants to encourage everyone to get excited about tackling the all-important questions about life, the universe and everything, so we seek to equip young people and their teachers with the resources and experiences they need in order to get thinking.”

Carol Parry, Headteacher at the school explained : “We would like to extend our thanks to God and the Big Bang for their inspirational project which has allowed our young people to gain a deeper understanding of how science works and what faith is; it will go on to help enrich their school experiences of science and religious education.”

Stephanie – who holds a natural sciences degree from the University of Cambridge – concluded : “We had a fantastic day at The River School, the students we worked with were bright, engaging and fun and we recorded some fascinating interviews and other footage with the scientists who attended on the day.  We can’t wait to put the clips together as part of our exciting RE Curriculum Resource; we are sure that teachers and students alike will enjoy exploring the compatibility of science and religious faith.”

The River School is a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years. 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 II 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 :  27 July, 2015

Ref : TRS102

Success for local pupils at inter-school athletics competition

Pupils from one of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools are celebrating their success at a recent inter-school athletics competition in Oxford.

Twenty young people from Years 5 to 11 from The River School in Worcester took part in the Christian Schools’ Trust competition earlier this month achieving second place in The Small Schools Category and fifth overall. 

Individual winners included :

Josiah Heath, aged 16, achieved 3 gold medals in the 1500m, 400m and long jump;

Dan Boyd, also aged 16 achieved gold in the javelin.

The day has been hailed as a great success by both pupils and staff.

The 2016 event, which has taken place annually for more than 20 years, welcomed 240 pupils in total from schools throughout the UK.

The event took place at Tilsley Park, Abingdon in Oxford with 8 schools taking part, The King’s School in Witney, The King’s School in Harpenden, The King’s School in Southampton, The King’s School in Basingstoke, Emmanuel School, Walsall, Emmanuel Christian School, Leicester, Bornemouth as well as The River School.  All of the schools are part of the Christian Schools’ Trust.

The children competed in 11 track and field events, including the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, relay, shot putt, discus, javelin, long jump and high jump.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “Taking part in competitive sport is an excellent way for young people to challenge themselves as well as grow and develop as a team.  We are absolutely delighted with our pupils efforts and would like to congratulate them all on their success.  Our thanks go to the organisers who put on such a fabulous event.”

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years, also includes The River School Early Years Department.  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 :  16 September, 2016

Ref : TRS103

September open day at local school

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

The River School in Worcester will open its doors on Tuesday 27 September from 10.00am until 1.00pm; everyone is welcome.

Those attending will have the opportunity to meet the Headteacher, Carol Parry 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, organised and delivered by the pupils – 8 acres of Victorian arboretum with an outside Forest School.

The school has been awarded 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 September open day will allow prospective pupils and their parents to see our ‘outstanding features’ as cited by our last BSI report.”

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years. 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 II 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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COME ALONG TO THE RIVER SCHOOL, DROITWICH ROAD, WORCESTER ON TIESDAY 27 SEPTEMBER BETWEEN 10.00AM AND 1.00PM. PROSPECTIVE PARENTS AND PUPILS WILL BE VISITING THE SCHOOL AND MEETING STAFF AND PUPILS

 


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  15 November, 2016

Ref : TRS104

Local school children raise money for good causes

Community spirited pupils from one of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools are raising money for local worthwhile causes this term.

The River School in Worcester has decided to support both The Good Soil Trust and Worcester’s Foodbank.

A recent cake sale raised a healthy £158.00; the aim is that pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 will use some of the money to prepare a meal to be served up to the homeless at MAGS Day Centre – in association with The Good Soil Trust – on a Saturday evening in the run up to Christmas.

The Good Soil Trust recognises that there are many people who struggle with life for a variety of reasons including unemployment, homelessness, addiction, crime and mental health; its vision is to see these lives transformed and individual potential realised.  It provides a safe, non-threatening family environment where adults can develop essential life skills and can be equipped and empowered to lead meaningful and independent lives. 

Worcester’s Foodbank helps local people in crisis, providing nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them.  Pupils will be supporting the initiative by raising money and collecting food donations.

 

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “We are delighted that our senior school pupils have taken it upon themselves to help those who are in need.  Encouraging them to remember those who are less fortunate than themselves is both humbling and empowering.”

The River School, a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years. 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 II 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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Issue Date :  14 November, 2016

Ref : TRS105

Local school wins national science project

One of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools has been announced as the winner of a national science competition.

The Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services – or CLEAPPS – has announced The River School in Worcester as its overall winner.

The organisation – which launched the competition in the spring – encouraged primary schools up and down the country to take part in a science competition to help improve biodiversity in their school or local area.  The children – from Years 3 and 4 – chose to focus on bees and planned and executed a project encouraging bees to thrive in the school grounds; this entailed designing and building bee houses, researching flowers and designating an area of the school to planting them, promoting the project and engaging with people to encourage wildlife.

The finished project was entered with the results and bar charts of what was discovered in the process. 

Fiona Pessoa, class teacher at the school said : “We are delighted to win this competition as our pupils worked really hard and have gained so much from studying these wonderful creatures.  We hope to continue in our efforts to be a ‘bee friendly’ site in the future.  The investigation raised awareness of the importance of bees to our environment and inspired the children to learn about nature in new and exciting ways.

“Our pupils identified bees as in need of conservation because they are so important to life and yet their habitat is constantly under threat from housing, building projects, pesticides and ignorance.  Well done to all those who took part so enthusiastically!”

The children also wrote to Worcester MP Robin Walker enclosing a petition with 80 signed names to encourage pesticides to be banned

The pupils also undertook bee spotting in the school’s grounds, identifying different species and hoping to see an increase!

In the UK, bees are under threat due to changes in our countryside.  Changes in agricultural techniques mean there are far fewer wildflowers – a staggering 97 per cent of flower rich grassland has been lost since the 1930s – than there used to be, meaning that many bee species are struggling to survive.  Infact, two species have become extinct, Bombus Cullumanus, last recorded in 1941 and, more recently, Bombus Subterraneus, last recorded in 1988.

It is well-known that bumblebees are great pollinators, and therefore have a key role in producing much of the food that we eat. Through the pollination of many commercial crops such as tomatoes, peas, apples and strawberries, insects are estimated to contribute over £400 million per annum to the UK economy and €14.2 billion per annum to the EU economy. If bumblebee and other insect pollinator declines continue, the extremely high cost of pollinating these plants by other means could significantly increase the cost of fruit and vegetables.

Bumblebees also help pollinate many wildflowers, allowing them to reproduce. Without this pollination many of these plants would not produce seeds, resulting in declines in wildflowers. As these plants are often the basis of complex food chains, it is easy to imagine how other wildlife such as other insects, birds and mammals would all suffer if bees disappeared.

The River School is a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years. 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 II 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

 


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Issue Date :  24 November, 2016

Ref : TRS106

Local school welcomes Worcester Wolves basketball players

Pupils from one of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools were put through their paces recently by basketball players from the Worcester Wolves.

Three members of the team visited The River School in Worcester to teach Year 5 pupils basketball skills and inspire them to learn more about the sport.

The pupils are both studying and playing the game this term.

Their visit included a session of shooting baskets as well as introducing the pupils to some of the sport’s rules; they were then given the chance to play a number of games.  This was followed by a questions and answers session and the chance for the pupils to hear how the players came to play basketball and what the sport meant to them.

The players were :

  • Trevor Setty – standing at 6’ 8”, the former Pikeville University graduate from America plays guard/forward; he arrived at Worcester having previously played in the BBL with The Surrey Scorchers and Plymouth University Raiders. More recently Setty has been playing in Australia for the Mandurah Magic in the SBL where he averaged 23.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game;

 

  • 30 year old Spaniard Alejandro Navajas joined the Wolves from double winning Marin, who play in the LEB silver Division in Spain. He helped his now former team to league and cup winning success last season, averaging 10 point and 5 rebounds per game. Significantly, Navajas was a product of the prestigious Unicaja Malaga programme and has played most of his basketball in the highly respected Leb Gold Divisions and has developed a strong reputation for his ‘all round’ contribution to the team.

 

  • Canadian Marek Klassen was one of the outstanding point guards in the BBL last season who averaged 17.7 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game and an impressive 8.1 assists per game after joining Leeds Force at the mid- point of the campaign.

Fiona Pessoa, class teacher at the school said : “We were absolutely delighted to welcome the three members of The Worcester Wolves to our school recently.  The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learnt so much.  We would like to thank them for taking the time to inspire us with their love of the game!”

The River School is a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years. 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 II 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