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As stated earlier, school services to and from will still run along London Road, but no other 44's will. Please ensure your children get on the buses in the school as the station stop will NOT be served.


Great results from the Riverside Rapids tonight! Triple win tonight, with the Year 7 girls first netball game. Year 10 football team are onto the next round of the Harris Cup and the Junior basketball team take the win on home turf. Well done to all involved 👏


Year 11 Virtual Parents Evening is happening tonight 4pm-7pm Please ensure you have booked your appointments with your child's teachers 🗓


Please ensure you have informed us of your consent via the MS form. You will find the link has been sent from


*MASKS* Unless exempt, anyone attending should wear a mask inside the testing centre.


Please attend the academy on the correct day and time slot. If more than one of your children attend the academy and are in different year groups you are welcome to bring them together.


Happy New Year 🎇 We are looking forward to welcoming back our students on Thursday 6th January. Prior to this, we are inviting all students to come to the building on their designated day to take a lateral flow test on-site at the academy. Please see thread for more info


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Wow! What an amazing opportunity! Go Chelsea!


Miss Solley’s football girls are at Wembley Stadium today watching ⚽️


Every wednesday our sixth formers get together and take part in a range of recreational activities!


Our students have been busy cooking up a storm in cooking club last week 🧑‍🍳⏲🍰🍕


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Don't forget our Christmas Light turn on from 4pm on next to the Children's centre tomorrow. Complementary sausage rolls, mince pies and mulled wine. Bring money for hot dogs etc. Carols - a time of festive cheer!


Our Year 12 students performed very well in the Senior Maths Challenge💡 Out of 40 students who participated we were awarded with 16 Bronze and 3 Silver Certificates🤩 This happens to be one of the toughest maths competitions we have out there. Well done to all involved👏


Mr Russell and Mr Balogun's Year 8 team are at it again. Well done to the Year 8 football team for fighting back from 2-0 down, to finish with a 6-4 win. Making it through to the next round of the Harris cup👏


On Wednesday, our SEN team and PE dept combined forces for an amazing trip to lakeside. "I think this is going to be my best day ever, I had so much fun" 🧗‍♂️🧗‍♂️🧗‍♂️🧗‍♂️🧗‍♂️🧗‍♂️🧗‍♂️🧗‍♂️🧗‍♂️ Thank you to the wonderful Rock Up team for making it an amazing experience 👏


On Tuesday, our Year 8 students went to see the The Lion King at the Lyceum theatre🦁 🎭🎶


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Sat near a group of students from the Harris Academy Riverside at a performance of The Lion King last night. They were great! Enthused, bouncy, well-behaved, accompanied by committed and caring staff. We were very impressed by them all.


Thank you for your kinds words. This is amazing to hear! 👏🏼


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A little Hooke's law today

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Riverside Reading!

Reading for pleasure is the highest indicator of future success!

(OECD 2020)

According to the Open University (Reading for Pleasure, 2020,) there are three main ways we can encourage a lifelong love of reading:

1. Reading aloud - this could be students reading to a younger relative, or hearing parents or carers read to them. It does not have to be limited to fiction

2. Reading alongside students - reading at the same time helps students to develop resilience. This could be shared reading, or parents and carers could read their own individual books - knowing that their parents or carers are readers sends a powerful message 

3. Book Chat - discussing what students have read and expressing an opinion is a big motivator. Having an adult show interest in a story, and encouraging discussion around the events within the story will develop comprehension skills and deepen understanding

What are Harris Academy Riverside doing to help?

  • Revamped library space with a new and varied range of books which opened (finally!) on 1st November 2021 (in the period 1st November to 26th November, approximately 400 books have been loaned! Read more about our library.
  • Providing regular lesson related reading through our Prep packs 
  • Taking our year 7 students to 'Waterstone's' to kick start their literary passion
  • 'Riverside readers' club every lunch time
  • Specific text book clubs after school
  • Sixth form readers
  • Bedrock vocabulary programme and associated rewards
  • Explicit vocabulary instruction in all lessons

Our prep packs provide students access to disciplinary literacy directly related to their lessons.

Reading prep with your child a few times a week will help them learn lots of new subject specific vocabulary and promote confidence in reading and learning.

Encourage your child to access our library space and join a book club today!