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Our Academy


On behalf of our pupils, staff and trustees of Horizons Education Trust I would like to welcome you to Riverside Meadows Academy.

I absolutely love my job and as a Head teacher I feel privileged to be leading a fantastic team of staff who are caring, dedicated and highly skilled. As a team they are warm and welcoming and together with our pupils build a school community of mutual respect and pride in achievements. I am extremely proud to lead such of a dedicated staff team to realise my vision for an inclusive school.

Riverside Academy strives to go ‘above and beyond’ in order to support our pupils and their families. Many families appreciated our support during Covid times and we want to build on those relationships. In line with each pupils EHCP, the team are firmly committed to providing every pupil with an exciting and personalised curriculum, which engages and fosters a curiosity and enjoyment of learning.

Pupils are encouraged to become ‘the very best they can be, both academically and socially’. We accept pupils for who they are and allow them to develop their interests and skills to prepare for transition as adults. Our pupils make me extremely proud of everything they do and achieve every day!

Riverside Meadows Academy is a Social, emotional and mental Health specialist School.

We have the specialist knowledge and skills to meet the needs of the pupils aged 11-18 years with a diverse range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

We aim to provide a sense of security and belonging so that everyone feels safe and confident and able to demonstrate respect for both themselves and others in a caring and nurturing environment

School organisation:

We are a large inclusive specialist SEMH school for 110 pupils age 11- 18 which is split across two sites in St Neots (Main site) and Wisbech.

Both school sites within the school at St Neots and Wisbech provides a bespoke and diverse education for all pupils from Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. At the moment the site at St Neots caters for pupils at Post 16.  

All pupils will have SEMH and most pupils will have additional needs from the four areas of need within the SEN Code of practice recorded in their EHC Plan that require reasonable adjustments to access the curriculum:

  • Cognition and learning: moderate learning difficulties
  • Communication and Interaction  
  • SEMH
  • Autism that is high functioning
  • ADHD
  • Sensory
  • Medical needs.

Sarah Anderson – Rawlins

Head of School, Riverside Meadows Academy.