REAch2 Riverside achieving rapid improvements

REAch2 Riverside Academy in Rugby has been recognised by OfSTED for significant improvements in its provision, including in teaching and learning. The school, which was previously known as Newbold Riverside, joined the REAch2 Academy Trust as a sponsored academy in November 2012.

 Inspectors, who judged the school as ‘good’ overall, said that, since becoming an academy, there had been “a relentless and effective drive to eradicate a legacy of underperformance and poor teaching.” Pupils, it said, are making good progress from low starting points and are reaching standards which are above average in reading and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The report also reflected parents and pupils’ views that behaviour has “improved markedly” since the school became an academy. Pupil safety is good and attendance has also improved since 2012.

 The inspection report recognised the “strong and effective” leadership of headteacher, Sue Dutton, and her role in raising expectations and ensuring rapid improvements in achievement. It also recognised the support from governors, REAch2 and other leaders at the school. There is, it said, “strong capacity to improve the academy further.” Whilst teaching is good overall, the report stated that the school should work towards further improvements in teaching to raise attainment, particularly in writing, and in order to close gaps between groups of pupils.

 Headteacher, Sue Dutton said: “At Riverside we are all very pleased with the outcome.  We attribute it to excellent training opportunities and are a committed hard working team with strong support from REAch2.  We all share the ethos to strive constantly to raise standards and to provide the best learning opportunities for our community.  This report has given us the confidence to continue with the drive to improve further.”