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Riverside College


Riverside College incorporates three centres; the Riverside Centre, Marlborough House Adolescent Unit (Tier 4 CAMHS) and the Hospital Education, Tuition and Outreach Service (HETOS). This creates collaborative working across the different EOTAS provisions, in order to share good practice and staffing expertise, whilst still meeting the individual needs of the young people. All the provisions work with schools across Swindon, and beyond, to support pupils who have found accessing mainstream education difficult.  We have a proud history of supporting students in reigniting their passion for education and taking the next steps to an exciting future. 

Riverside main site can accommodate up to 62 students, all with a range of needs, from school anxiety to ASC.  We also have a large number of young people with an EHCP.  Riverside works with schools to support pupils who need a chance to reset and reengage in learning.  There are high expectations for behaviour and learning to give our pupils the opportunity to make sustained progress.  We work with parents and partner agencies to ensure that pupils are supported at all times in their journey and give clear targets to support our pupils on achieving transition either back to their mainstream setting or to an appropriate post 16 placement.

Riverside is large enough to give a community feel, but small enough to ensure a personalised experience. We work hard with each young person to build confidence in order to prepare them for their next steps.  Offering a broad curriculum, reflecting academic goals, we are also able to support pupils through our Personal Development Curriculum. This a key element of their learning journey, it helps them understand how to manage emotions and develop resilience. Pupils have access to a wide spectrum of interventions, tailored to their individual need, away from the classroom environment, all delivered by specialist staff.   

We opened our sensory space and began Art therapy in 2019.  We also have a dedicated speech and language therapist and specialist support assistants who are able to deliver a variety of interventions.  We plan to open a tuition hub in 2020.

Riverside is a calm, happy, supportive environment where pupils can grow and achieve in all aspects of life. We would love to welcome you to Riverside to show you, first hand, what makes us so special.

The Medical Provision is made up of four sections –

  • Marlborough House, The Adolescent Unit School – A Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit (CAMHS) which is part of Oxford Health (students aged 11-18)

  • Hospital and Education, Tuition and Outreach Service (students aged 4-16)

  • Great Western Hospital in Swindon (students aged 4-18)

  • 1:1 Tuition Service (students aged 11-16)

Staff carry out a daily ward round at the Great Western Hospital to ensure students can access learning if they are able to.

Schools and community nursing teams can refer in for tuition if a young person is unable to access a school.

We work very closely with multi-agency colleagues from Health, CAMHS, other teams such as SEND and Social Services.

Head of Riverside College and Medical provision - Julie Norris

Associate Lead Riverside Medical provision - Lisa Macdonald