Riverston College is our offering for students of 16 years and beyond. Our aim is to offer an appropriate mix of courses and programmes that can best meet the needs of our students, and will allow them to achieve success, realise their ambitions and to progress further, whether that be on to further study, into employment, or through developing a range of life skills which furthers their independence, confidence and self-belief.
The atmosphere and opportunities offered in our College make the experience here an enjoyable and productive time, during which students grow as individuals within the security of a close and supportive community, creating a smaller, nurturing environment in which to learn the necessary life skills for the future
There are many opportunities to 'take the lead' either as Prefects, House Captains or through the schools own Leadership Award programme. At the beginning of Y12 the Prefects attend a leadership residential course in readiness to undertake their duties within the school community.
Academically, our focus is primarily on a range of vocational courses, for example in Hospitality and Catering or Children’s Care Learning and Development. We have a full offering of BTEC courses that are mostly vocational based which suits some students who prefer course based learning. A key part of these programmes are the opportunities that arise to gain valuable work experience placements within the school setting or the local community.
Riverston has forged links with other colleges to allow students a wide variety of additional study options – for example Animal Management and Horticulture with Hadlow College in Mottingham.
More 'traditional' academic subject offerings are not neglected and students are also able to study these at both A level and at GCSE to underpin other studies. Further flexibility in the Riverston approach comes from our ability to offer these programmes over more than the usual 2 year programme.
The social aspects of being a College student should not be overlooked and activities and events are arranged throughout the year to complement the diverse curriculum. Students have a completely separate suite of rooms with their own kitchen, toilet facilities and Common Room. This is ideally situated away from the main school to promote independence and privacy.