PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  20 January, 2015

Ref : TRS70

January 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 Wednesday 28 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 – 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 January 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

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY…PHOTO OPPORTUNITY…PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
COME ALONG TO THE RIVER SCHOOL, DROITWICH ROAD, WORCESTER ON WEDNESDAY 28 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 :  10 February, 2015

Ref : TRS71

Local school boy achieves success in his first cross country athletics trial

A pupil at one of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools is celebrating success at a recent cross country athletics meeting.

15 year old Robert Palmer from The River School in Worcester came 16 out of 64 in the West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League U15 age group last month.

In all, 680 young people took place in 8 races at the event, which was held at Burbage Common, Hinckley in Leicestershire on Sunday 18 January.

Robert – who lives in Bromsgrove – began running competitively at county level in 2013, competing in 800 metre races.  He has also come first during the last two years in his schools cross country races.

This was Robert’s first cross country run for Bromsgrove and Redditch Athletics Club – which he has been a member of since the end of 2014 – and one which his school is extremely proud of.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “We are absolutely delighted with Robert’s success at this recent cross country league event.  He shows great talent and – although he only started running competitively relatively recently – he has proved himself to be of an excellent standard.  We look forward to encouraging him as he continues to develop his natural running abilities.  Well done Robert!”

Robert’s success comes hot on the heels of another sporting triumph when he finished 3rd in the Worcester & District Schools Cross Country held at The Royal Grammar School, The Grange on Wednesday 28 January – joint 3rd with another River School pupil, 15 year old Josiah Heath; Robert now qualifies to represent Worcester in the forthcoming County Championships to be held in Hereford.

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 :  16 December, 2015

Ref : TRS90

Pupils in council tree planting project

Pupils from one of Worcester’s leading independent schools joined forces with Worcester City Council’s Cleaner and Greener team earlier this week.

12 Year 9 pupils from The River School visited Dugdale Drive in Warndon Villages on Tuesday 15 December to help the city’s park wardens with tree planting.

The pupils have worked with the city’s Community Engagement Team over the past few years as part of their Citizenship and Community Service studies. 

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “Working with organisations such as the city council offers the chance for our students to get involved with their local communities and appreciate the importance of their environment.  Parks and open spaces are a vital part of city life and we wholeheartedly embrace our pupils getting involved in such a project.  This latest project also gave the pupils experience of developing a better environment for their community and hopefully a few horticultural skills along the way!”

The trees planted were four fruit trees which were local varieties of apple and pear.

Warwick Neale, Community Engagement Manager at Worcester City Council said : “Trees add greatly to the appearance of Worcester and the fruit they produce benefits not just local residents but wildlife too.  We are very grateful for all the support we’ve been given by students from The River School and hope they’ve enjoyed making this important contribution to the local environment.”

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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For media comment please contact :

Carol Parry on 01905 457047


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  24 March, 2015

Ref : TRS73

Former local school boy selected to play rugby for England

A former Worcester school boy has been selected to play in the England Under 18s rugby squad.

The England Counties Under 18s selectors have named Max Hill – who attended The River School between 2008 and 2013 – as part of a final squad of 24 for the International Triangular Festival at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire from Saturday 28 March until Saturday 4 April, after a rigorous selection procedure.

The final squad – which was chosen after a final training session at Loughborough on Sunday 15 March – will now prepare for the tournament opener against a French side, selected from its regional academies at 7.30pm on Saturday 28 March, where Max will wear the famous white shirt for the first time.

France will then meet Irish Clubs Under 18s at Hartpury at 2.00pm on Wednesday 1 April with England facing Ireland in the festival finale at 11.00am on Saturday 4 April.

Max plays back row forward; his younger brother Ted is also in contention for international honours with England Under 16s this season.

Ted, also a back row forward, has been named in the Midlands Under 16 squad who are preparing for the Wellington International Festival which will be staged at Wellington College in Berkshire from Saturday 4 April until Saturday 11 April, where they will play Italy Under 17s on Sunday 5 April.

On Wednesday 8 April, they play Wales, with their final game being against France on Saturday 11 April.  The cut for the national side is then made on Monday 13 April before a full international against Wales away on Sunday 19 April.

Ted will take part in a final squad session with the Midlands and North sides in York prior to the Wellington Festival.

Max initially started playing rugby at Malvern RFC where he played in all the age groups up until Under 17s.  He was then selected to play in the Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence (AASE) scheme at Worcester Sixth Form College where he competes in a league with the other AASE academies throughout the country.  This season alone he has represented Worcestershire, North Midlands, Midlands, Worcester Warriors Under 18s and Worcester Warriors Cavaliers.

Brother Ted is also a member of the Warriors Under 16s Academy – which is unbeaten this year – and has been captain at every level of representative rugby at which he has competed.

Max said : “I am absolutely delighted to have been chosen to play rugby for England.  It really is a dream come true for me and I am thrilled that my dedication and hard work has paid off.  I received tremendous support from all the staff at The River School and will always be very grateful for the way the school has helped develop my character.  My thanks also to Malvern RFC and the Warriors which have provided me with the ability to achieve what I have so far.”

Father Vince Hill said : “We are very proud of both our boys for their remarkable sporting accomplishments; a special mention must also go to The River School’s PE teacher, Stacey Crowe, who has shown a constant interest in the boys progress in both rugby and physical development.”

Ted is currently studying for his GCSE’s at The River School.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “We are so proud of both Max and Ted and the successes they have achieved to date.  Congratulations 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 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 :  24 March, 2015

Ref : TRS74

Local school boy selected to take part in the 2015 karate World Championships

A Worcester school boy has been selected to represent England in The World Karate Championships 2015 in Japan later this year.

Alex Russell, aged 16 – who previously studied at The River School in Worcester – will compete in the 16-17 year old male category in the Wado-Kai Karate-do World Cup in Nagoya City, capital of Aichi Prefecture in Central Japan.

The event – which takes place on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August and takes place every 5 years – will see athletes from all over the world competing in a series of international tournaments.

Alex will be competing in an individual category as part of the England squad and is one of only two from Worcester to be selected; the entire squad will consist of approximately 40 members.

Alex has been practising karate for the past 5 years and his other accolades include :

National Championship winner for the last two years; he will be competing in this in Alfreton, Derby in May of this year;

He has competed in 3 European Championships in Italy, Portugal and Reading, winning the Individual Bronze Award in both Portugal and Reading, the Team Gold in Italy, Silver in Portugal and Pairs Gold in Reading.

He was selected for the World Championships due to his success in the European Championships.

Alex – who is now in Year 12 at King Edward’s VI College in Stourbridge – has aspirations to set up his own karate club at university to continue with his training and help others prepare for competitions.

Alex said : “It is a huge honour and a gift for me to have the opportunity to compete at the highest level for my country; I am really looking forward to competing with the best of the best in Japan later this year!”

Alex currently trains with Worcester Karate Academy.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “We are thrilled to hear of Alex’s fabulous success in his chosen sport.  His dedication, passion and enthusiasm have certainly paid off and – as a former pupil – we would like to wish him all the best in the summer!”

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

PHOTO ATTACHED/CAPTION – Alex Russell at The 2014 European Championships in Reading, where he won The Pairs Category and The Individual Bronze Award.


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  11 April, 2015

Ref : TRS75

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 third 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 16 May between 3.00pm 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 two 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, 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.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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For media comment please contact :

Carol Parry on 01905 457047

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY…PHOTO OPPORTUNITY…PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

COME ALONG TO THE RIVER SCHOOL ON SATURDAY 16 MAY BETWEEN 3.00PM AND 5.00PM TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OF A FREE, FUN, FAMILY AFTERNOON IN THE BEAUTIFUL GROUNDS.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  23 April, 2015

Ref : TRS76

Local school launches new website

The River School in Worcester has launched a new and improved website.

The new website – www.riverschool.co.uk – was launched to coincide with the new term, offering a one stop shop for information about the school and its ethos.

Easy to navigate, the new website includes information on the following :

  • Early years
  • The Lower School
  • The Senior School
  • Reviews
  • News
  • Events

 

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “We are delighted to announce the launch of our new website.  It offers a wealth of updated information about the school and, as part of our continued marketing activities, we hope it encourages more potential parents and pupils to come and find out about what makes us so special.  It will also be a useful source of information for current parents, pupils and staff.”

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.

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 :  27 April, 2015

Ref : TRS77

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 6 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 – 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

 

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY…PHOTO OPPORTUNITY…PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

COME ALONG TO THE RIVER SCHOOL, DROITWICH ROAD, WORCESTER ON WEDNESDAY 6 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 :  X April, 2015

Ref : TRS78

Leading regeneration specialist provides building supplies to local school

St Modwen Homes, a multi-award winning housebuilder, has donated materials to a Worcester school as part of a good will gesture towards community projects.

Ian Felton and Colin Hepburn of St Modwen Homes – based at the Gregory’s Bank site, Worcester – supplied free kitchen units worth around £4000, plus £1000 worth of flooring, windows and guttering.

Colin Hepburn, Section Manager at St Modwen said : “We have had a longstanding relationship with The River School, which came about when we donated waste timber which were made into bird boxes.  These latest supplies were donated free of charge as we are keen to act as a considerate contractor and make a difference in our local community.  The River School is a worthy recipient!”

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to St Modwen for their kind and generous donations.  Forging and maintaining relationships within our local community is very important to us and we have been well rewarded for this by the team at St Modwen!”

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

 

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY…PHOTO OPPORTUNITY…PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

COME ALONG TO THE RIVER SCHOOL, DROITWICH ROAD, WORCESTER ON (DATE) AT (TIME). (NAME) (JOB TITLE) FROM ST MODWENS WILL BE AVAILABLE WITH TEACHER/S (NAME/S) TO SHOW OFF THE SCHOOL’S NEW KITCHEN

 


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  X June, 2015

Ref : TRS79

September school places still available at local school

One of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools has announced that it still has a limited number of places available for this September.

The River School, based along the Droitwich Road in Worcester, has confirmed places in both the Lower and Senior School, from reception year through to Year 11.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “We would like to extend a welcome to those families within Worcestershire who would like to explore a different educational option for their children.  We are a small non-selective independent school and enjoy small class sizes, the commitment of pupils, parents and staff as a community as well as a beautiful working environment.”

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 concluded : “There is nothing we value more highly than the happiness of our children, which we equate with confident ethical character.  This is about far more than the results they achieve at school – we all know that.  So, that results have become the benchmark by which to judge a school is ironic and unfortunate.  What we want to know about the school we send our children to is whether our children will have the opportunities to become confident, ethical, happy characters.  Achievement and results, and the right ones at that, follow on from this quite naturally.  What we can offer is a school where ethos comes first.”

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 :  9 June, 2015

Ref : TRS80

Local school children selected to take part in county athletics competition

Eight pupils from one of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools have been selected to take part in a two counties athletics competition this Saturday.

The Years 9 & 10 pupils from The River School in Worcester will take part in The Hereford and Worcester Schools’ Track and Field Championships – organised by The Hereford and Worcester Schools’ Athletics Association – at Nunnery Wood athletics track.

The event – which starts at 10.00am on Saturday 13 June – will include pupils Luke Inett, Dan Boyd, Rob Palmer, Josiah Heath, Esme Derbyshire, Millie Mayor, Connor Evans and Judah Wood.

Qualifying in a number of events they were selected to take part in the Championships, following on from their individual successes at an earlier district athletics competition.

Sporting their new blue and red team kit, the pupils will be competing in the 200m, 400m, 800m, shot put, javelin and discus.

Successful athletes will then be selected to compete for the regional Mason Trophy on Saturday 20 June at the Alexander Stadium in Birchfield.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “We are absolutely delighted that a number of our pupils will be taking part in this event.  They have worked so hard all year to qualify and we wish them all the best on the day!”

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 :  16 June, 2015

Ref : TRS81

Local pupils to take part in inter-school athletics competition

Pupils from one of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools are set to take part in an inter-school athletics competition in Oxford.

55 young people from Years 5 to 11 from The River School in Worcester will take part in the Christian Schools’ Trust competition on Wednesday 1 July.

Last year the team won The Small Schools Category, pipping the previous year’s winners – pupils from Emmanuel Walsall – by 8 points.  Placed 4th overall, the day was hailed as a great success by both pupils and staff.

The 2015 event, which has taken place annually for more than 20 years, will welcome around 300 pupils in total from schools throughout the UK.

The event will take place at Horspath Sports Ground in Oxford with 8 schools taking part, The King’s School in Witney, The King’s School in Harpenden, The King’s School is Southampton, The King’s School in Basingstoke, Emmanuel School, Walsall, Emmanuel Christian School, Oxford, Switched-on Christian School, Bornemouth as well as The River School.  All of the schools are part of the Christian Schools’ Trust.

The children will compete in 54 competitions in 100m, 200m, 300m, 400m, 800m and 1500m as well as shot putt, discus, javelin, long jump, high jump, and both 60m and 80m sprints for Years 5 and 6 pupils.

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 hope it will be just as successful for them as the 2014 event and look forward to congratulating them on their return!”

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 :  25 June, 2015

Ref : TRS82

Local pupils taking part in Sport England fitness scheme

Pupils from one of Worcester’s leading independent schools are taking part in a Sport England campaign to increase their health and fitness.

12 Year 10 pupils from The River School have joined the Sportivate initiative as part of their ASDAN qualification, a nationally recognised qualification and training body.

The six week initiative – which commenced on 1 June and runs until 6 July – involves the pupils attending the gym at Perdiswell Leisure Centre and Golf Club once a week; during their sessions – with the help of the centre’s fitness team – the young people work on their individual training programmes and monitor the improvements they are making.

Steve Taylor, Health and Fitness Manager at 1Life Management Solutions Ltd, which runs Perdiswell Leisure Centre and Golf Course, said : “Sportivate is a scheme funded by Sport England which is sent out to local authorities to promote health and fitness in 11-25 year olds.  1Life is taking part in the scheme in conjunction with Worcester City Council, with the current programme running until the end of August.

“The River School students are now approaching the mid-way point of the six week programme and they are thoroughly enjoying their time in the gym.  They all received a full induction on how to use the equipment safely and effectively and can already see the benefits that regular exercise brings.”

The scheme also allows the pupils to use the centres facilities in their own time as much as they want.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “We are absolutely delighted with the progress our pupils have made so far and we will be encouraging them to continue with maintaining and improving their health and fitness.  We approached the centre to see if it could help facilitate our young people’s ASDAN challenge to develop a health and fitness programme and were delighted to be told the centre had just received notification of the Sportivate initiative which would fit our requirements perfectly!  We cannot thank the fitness team enough for their fabulous help and support.”

The pupils who are taking part in the scheme are Connor Evans, Ryan Kirwan, Dan Boyd, Luke Inett, Sophie Procter, Joanna Ackroyd, Elise Barron, Ben White, Ethan Rutter, Robert Palmer, Josiah Heath and Rebecca Rammell.

ASDAN is a pioneering curriculum development organisation and awarding body, offering programmes and qualifications that explicitly grow skills for learning, employment and life.  Developed and managed by practitioners, ASDAN grew out of research work at The University of The West of England in the 1980s and was formally established as an educational charity in 1991.  Today ASDAN provides support to thousands of registered centres – mostly schools and colleges – throughout the UK and abroad.

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

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY…PHOTO OPPORTUNITY…PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

COME ALONG TO PERDISWELL LEISURE CENTRE AND GOLF CLUB, BILFORD ROAD, WORCESTER ON MONDAY 29 JUNE AT 12.30PM.  RIVER SCHOOL PUPILS AND FITNESS TEAM MEMBERS WILL BE AVIALABLE FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  18 June, 2015

Ref : TRS83

Local school to bring French café lifestyle to Worcester!

Pupils from one of Worcester’s leading independent schools will open the doors of a very special French café later this month.

Year 9 pupils from The River School will set up the café in the school grounds on Tuesday 30 June, from 3.20pm until 4.30pm.

The French café is a project that the Year 9 classes have been running for 4 years and has become a highlight in the school’s calendar.

The café has been named ‘Le Café dans la Cour’ – the café in the courtyard – and the pupils have created the menu and prices, designed the posters and will also be serving the food and drinks in French to their customers.  Tables in the courtyard will be set for the school community, staff, pupils and families. This year the pupils will be serving home-made crepes with a range of fillings, as well as beignets (doughnuts), chocolat chaud, freshly brewed coffee as well as cold drinks.  The event helps to raise the profile of the language department throughout the school community and aims to inspire a passion for languages in the younger pupils, with parents and staff enjoying the relaxed ambience and the chance to dust off their own French phrasebooks!

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “The French café project is a great opportunity to take French out of the classroom and give the children a ‘real life’ scenario to practice their French speaking, helping them to grow in confidence as well as developing skills in event planning, small enterprise and a lot of fun.

“The attitude we take towards languages at the school is that they are a relevant and useful tool in helping us to communicate with people all over the world, and we try to offer as many genuine opportunities for this ‘real life’ communication as possible.  We partner with a Christian school in Alsace, France and each year welcome a group of pupils into our school for 10 days in November, as well as offering the chance for GCSE pupils to make a return trip later in the academic year.  The café project is another of these ‘real life’ opportunities.”

The money raised at the café will help towards costs for members of the class going on next year’s exchange trip to Alsace; in previous years, money raised by the café has gone to support other school projects, new books and resources for the language department.

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

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY…PHOTO OPPORTUNITY…PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

COME ALONG TO THE RIVER SCHOOL, DROITWICH ROAD, WORCESTER ON TUESDAY 30 JUNE BETWEEN 3.20PM AND 4.30PM TO WITNESS FRENCH CAFÉ LIFESTYLE!

 


PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  22 June, 2015

Ref : TRS84

Local school to celebrate 30 years

One of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools will celebrate 30 years since it was founded later this month.

The River School, based along the Droitwich Road in Worcester, will host a special summer celebration on Saturday 27 June at 6.00pm to commemorate three decades since it opened its doors.

The event will include a ceilidh, hog roast, live music as well as a host of children’s entertainment.  Tickets cost £10.00 per adult and £2.00 or £6.00 per child; they are on sale from the school office until Tuesday 23rd June.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : The River School was founded by Timothy Crow in 1985 and 30 years on we continue to go from strength to strength!  Our celebrations will be testimony to the success of our unique formula and we are looking forward to enjoying a – hopefully – warm evening in the beautiful school grounds.

“We provide a different educational option for young people.  We are a small non-selective independent school and enjoy small class sizes, the commitment of pupils, parents and staff as a community as well as a beautiful working environment.”

The River School is a Christian, co-educational independent day school for pupils and young people aged 3 to 16 years.  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.  It 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 concluded : “We’d like to thank everybody who has been instrumental in the success of the school over the last 30 years.  Here’s to the next 30!”

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  7 July, 2015

Ref : TRS85

Success for local pupils at inter-school athletics competition

Pupils from one of Worcestershire’s leading independent schools have been crowned as winners at an inter-school athletics competition in Oxford.

55 young people from Years 5 to 11 from The River School in Worcester took part in the Christian Schools’ Trust competition on Wednesday 1 July, winning The Small Schools Category and The Senior Boys Category.

Individual winners were :

1st place awards

Charlie Ball – ball throw;

Katie Barron – shot put;

Amy Deane – discus;

Esme Derbyshire – discus;

Dan Boyd – javelin;

Ryan Kirwan – 1500m;

Rob Palmer – 800m;

Josiah Heath – 400m;

Conner Evans – shot put;

Dan Boyd, Josiah Heath, Ted Hill and Rob Palmer – 4x100m relay;

Ted Hill set a new record for the 200m at 23.1seconds.

2nd place awards

Judah Wood – 200m.

3rd place awards

Robyn Gough – 100m;

Rory Derbyshire – cricket throw;

Zayne Squire – 80m;

Danni Gough – long jump;

Danni Gough – 200m;

Bella Laws – javelin;

Gareth Rammell – 300m;

Becky Rammell – 300m;

Will Deane – discus.

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

The 2015 event, which has taken place annually for more than 20 years, welcomed 300 pupils in total from schools throughout the UK.

The event took place at Horspath Sports Ground in Oxford with 8 schools taking part, The King’s School in Witney, The King’s School in Harpenden, The King’s School is Southampton, The King’s School in Basingstoke, Emmanuel School, Walsall, Emmanuel Christian School, Oxford, Switched-on Christian School, Bornemouth as well as The River School.  All of the schools are part of the Christian Schools’ Trust.

The children competed in 54 competitions in 100m, 200m, 300m, 400m, 800m and 1500m as well as shot put, discus, javelin, long jump, high jump, and both 60m and 80m sprints for Years 5 and 6 pupils.

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 :  21 September, 2015

Ref : TRS86

September 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 23 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 – 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 September 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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COME ALONG TO THE RIVER SCHOOL, DROITWICH ROAD, WORCESTER ON WEDNESDAY 23 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 :  14 October, 2015

Ref : TRS88

Work experience at local hospice for pupils

Three local school children are exchanging 20 hours of school for 20 hours service at St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester.

The Year 10 students from The River School are undertaking the community service as part of their vocational Asdan qualification, a nationally recognised qualification and training body.

William Deane, Connor Baird and Habibah Zamir, all aged 14, are working with staff at the hospice supporting visitors, as well as helping with gardening and general maintenance for two hours each week for a 10 week period.

Robert Standfield, Head of Education at St Richard’s Hospice said :

“We welcomed the opportunity to give the students a variety of work experience in the hospice.  It’s a very good way to give them an insight into how we care for patients and families and what hospice care means within our local community. We hope they have learned from the experience and will also help spread the word about hospice care through their own networks.”

ASDAN is a pioneering curriculum development organisation and awarding body, offering programmes and qualifications that explicitly grow skills for learning, employment and life.  Developed and managed by practitioners, ASDAN grew out of research work at The University of The West of England in the 1980s and was formally established as an educational charity in 1991.  Today ASDAN provides support to thousands of registered centres – mostly schools and colleges – throughout the UK and abroad.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “We are absolutely delighted that William, Connor and Habibah have been given the opportunity to serve their local community in such a way.  We approached St Richard’s Hospice to see if it could help facilitate our young people’s ASDAN challenge and have been so pleased with all the positive feedback; such real life situations help them grow in confidence, learning how to be caring citizens.  We cannot thank Robert and his team enough for their fabulous help and support.”

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.

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.  Each year the hospice team supports more than 2,600 patients and family members in Worcestershire. £7.7m is needed this year alone in order for its life-changing work to continue.

For more information please contact the school on 01905 457047.

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PRESS RELEASE

Issue Date :  4 November, 2015

Ref : TRS89

Pupils in council park project

Pupils from one of Worcester’s leading independent schools will join forces with Worcester City Council’s parks team next week.

12 Year 8 pupils from The River School will visit Barbourne’s Gheluvelt Park on Monday 9 November to help the city’s park wardens with their spring bulb planting.

The pupils have worked with the city’s Community Engagement Team over the past few years as part of their Citizenship and Community Service studies.  Their visit will also coincide with the 11.00am Remembrance Day silence at the park’s war memorial, which they will also take part in.

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “Working with organisations such as the city council offers the chance for our students to get involved with their local communities and appreciate the importance of their environment.  Parks and open spaces are a vital part of city life and we wholeheartedly embrace our pupils getting involved in such a project.  We are also honoured to be asked to be part of remembering the end of the First World War and take time to reflect on the price our country paid.”

Stuart Minchin, a Community Engagement Officer at Worcester City Council said: “We’re really pleased to have the River School children working with us. It’s a great opportunity to have extra pairs of hands helping with practical work in the park. The children will help the park horticultural team to plant Spring flowering bulbs.”

The spring bulbs for Gheluvelt Park include meleagris, iris and fritillaria.

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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COME TO THE SPLASH PAD AT GHELUVELT PARK, WORCESTER ON MONDAY 9 NOVEMBER AT 10.30AM.  PUPILS FROM THE RIVER SCHOOL WILL JOIN THE CITY COUNCIL’S COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TEAM TO HELP WITH THE PARK’S SPRING PLANTING & TAKE PART IN THE CITY’S 2 MINUTES REMEMBRANCE DAY SILENCE.


PRESS RELEASE

 Issue Date :  16 December, 2015

Ref : TRS90

Pupils in council tree planting project

Pupils from one of Worcester’s leading independent schools joined forces with Worcester City Council’s Cleaner and Greener team earlier this week.

12 Year 9 pupils from The River School visited Dugdale Drive in Warndon Villages on Tuesday 15 December to help the city’s park wardens with tree planting.

The pupils have worked with the city’s Community Engagement Team over the past few years as part of their Citizenship and Community Service studies. 

Carol Parry, Headteacher at The River School said : “Working with organisations such as the city council offers the chance for our students to get involved with their local communities and appreciate the importance of their environment.  Parks and open spaces are a vital part of city life and we wholeheartedly embrace our pupils getting involved in such a project.  This latest project also gave the pupils experience of developing a better environment for their community and hopefully a few horticultural skills along the way!”

The trees planted were four fruit trees which were local varieties of apple and pear.

Warwick Neale, Community Engagement Manager at Worcester City Council said : “Trees add greatly to the appearance of Worcester and the fruit they produce benefits not just local residents but wildlife too.  We are very grateful for all the support we’ve been given by students from The River School and hope they’ve enjoyed making this important contribution to the local environment.”

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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For media comment please contact :

Carol Parry on 01905 457047