Rivermead is a community special school for young people aged 11 to 19 years with a range of complex needs. Our specialism is in Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome.
We have outstanding provision for young people with speech and language disorders. We have our own on-site qualified Speech and Language Therapist as well as excellent links with the community speech and language service through visiting therapists. Learners’ social and emotional needs are met by a strong pastoral team, through curriculum delivery and the provision of a range of additional therapies and support provided by our own qualified Art Therapist, our counselling service and learning mentors. Occupational therapy and physiotherapy are delivered by trained staff under the guidance of qualified therapists.
A committed teaching staff with a range of specialisms delivers a rich and challenging curriculum differentiated to meet the needs of each learner. Learners are encouraged to achieve their full potential academically and all achieve success in GCSE and other public examinations in year 11.
A strong emphasis on personal growth and developing independence is promoted throughout the school both in the curriculum and through the wide variety of enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities on offer.
Years 7 to 11 (11 -16 years) are based at our Forge Lane site in Gillingham, Kent. The school has a range of fully equipped specialist classrooms with up to date technology as well as social spaces and therapy areas. Post-16 provision is based at MidKent College, Gillingham where we have our own base and access to all that the college has to offer.