Congrats to our long distance runners 🏅👏 800m


Big support from the rest of our school 👏😁📢


Our first 🏅 for Discus Well done 👏


We have arrived 🏅🎽😁 Good luck to everyone competing 👏 Lets bring some 🏅 home to Riverside 🔶️◼


Well done to all students who supported and took part in todays sports day 👏🏅🎽🌞


Busy week ahead for Transition Week ✅ Science Museum 🚀 History Museum ✅ Sports Day 🏅


Great work guys, great times ahead 😁👏


More 🎖 for our athletes 😁 Shot Put Discus 200m


Congratulations to our athletes representing and bringing home 🎖 800m High Jump ✖2️⃣ Javelin


At the Harris Regional Heats 🎖 Good luck to all of the athletes 🤞


Good luck to the Yr 7 boys who are competing in the Tape Ball Cricket competition 🏏 From us all at Riverside ◼🔶️🤞


Congratulations to yr 8s football team who take home the 🏆 We should be proud of our achievements this season 👏 2️⃣ 🏆 Finals League Winners 🥇 Big well done from us all at


Riverside Yr 8s warming up ⚽️🔶️◼


Harris Fed Cup Final Day 🏆 Location 📍 El Essexico 🆚️ ⚽️ Kick Off ⌚ 4.30pm Make sure you come down and show some support for the YR 8 Boys 👏 Come on Riverside 🔶️◼


Ready for our HARI recruitment event


Retweetd From Our Purfleet

Great to see moving forward. has a very exciting future!


Retweetd From Harris Federation Classics

What a great day at the Roman baths with exemplary Harris Chafford and Riverside students.


Come and join our journey. We are looking for an addition to our pastoral team. See ‘vacancies’ on the website.


We are back to normal! Thanks for everyone's patience and support during the bad weather and with our network! Our students are now - as we tweet - going great guns in their exams!


We are closed today due to ice on our approach roads and paved areas

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Head's Blog

7th April 2017

In four days there will be exactly five months until Harris Academy Riverside students appear in their uniforms for their first day out our new academy; 11th September 2017.

There has been a long process to reach this point; free schools have to convince the Department for Education that there is a demand for a new academy; they have to buy land at the same time, secure planning permission, consult with local authorities, sign up potential parents, appoint staff, write policies and complete a huge amount of paper work and administrative procedure. This process has been going on for well over a year.

I’m glad to say that the Harris Federation has some amazing people who do these things for a living and who have secured an enviable reputation with the authorities who matter. The Harris Federation has opened many academies and turned many others around from failing schools to outstanding academies.

Due to their reputation and the consistent success of our sister academy, Harris Academy Chafford Hundred, we have had little problem in filling our places. At the current date, we have a handful of places left but don’t expect those to hang around for very long.

We are well on the way to appointing all the staff we need and have our plans for equipment, fitting out and resourcing the academy; we have just ordered the final furniture, desks, science benches, interactive whiteboards, laptops and notice boards.

We expect a lot of work to go on over Easter so that class rooms are ready for our transition week commencing on 3rd July when all our students will come together for a week on site to begin to learn about our culture and expectations and to meet their new teachers.

Before that date, in the first few weeks of June we will meet every student, parent or carer that we can to get to know each student’s  individual needs and to let each know ‘one to one’ our expectations. That is when we will collect all our data, addresses, special interests and so on.  We will start telephoning round soon to arrange those meetings.

We are also currently planning our open evening which will be held on 27th April at 5 pm. We are inviting all students, parents or carers to our site for speeches and to meet some teachers and other staff.

I am confident that our new academy will be outstanding. The Harris Federation will not stand for anything less..  ‘Outstanding,’ however, is only part of the story.

I want Harris Riverside students to learn how to be successful, how to be happy and confident; to be compassionate and kind and to inspire their community.  I hope that we will meet and exceed the aspirations of parents and carers.  We are working very hard with our plans and preparations to make that a reality and to make that day in September the very first day of a very successful career for your children.

I will keep parents updated here as things progress…

Andrew Betts, 7th April 2017