A “fantastic” school in Worcester has been nominated as best independent school at the Worcestershire Education Awards.

The River School was nominated by Joanna Mistry, a parent and teaching assistant at the school, who praised the school community and its support for pupils since their return from learning at home during lockdown.

“I am proud to be part of such a loving and nurturing community where children and young people can come to learn, develop and grow into young adults,” she said.

“Staff have been absolutely fantastic in supporting my eight-year-old daughter both academically and personally. She has been built-up in confidence in many areas, her kindness is encouraged and her sense of self is really shining through.”

A non-selective independent Christian school, the River School caters for ages two to 16 and is run by the Worcester Christian Education Trust. It is based at the 19th century Oakfield House, a former private house, military billets and Agricultural Training College.

“The wider school community is fantastic,” said Joanna. “There is a real family atmosphere within the school community. As a parent it is amazing to be part of a group that is so positive and encouraging of the school, staff and children.

'A haven'

“The post-Covid support has very much run through what the school has achieved this year. A quiet room has been established that pupils can go to during lunchtimes. My daughter uses this as a haven when she needs a bit of quiet space.

“And all pupils completed a worry book during PHSCE thinking about feelings and how to cope with different emotions.”

She also praised the River School’s involvement in the local community, which has included planting bulbs, singing to the elderly, taking part in the annual Fernhill Heath Scarecrow competition and litter picking.

“Getting the children and young people interested and engaged in local participation is great as it helps them look outward to needs other than their own.

“Seeing each child as an individual is a unique and privileged position to be in. We as staff know the pupils and their families, this helps us to deal with issues when they arise, to celebrate with them, for in-school and out-of-school achievements, and better support and teach them in the classroom.”

The Worcester News is running the Worcestershire Education Awards 2022 in conjunction with the University of Worcester.

Anyone can make a nomination - just head to our Worcestershire Education Awards page at worcesternews.co.uk/awards/worcestershireeducationawards/

There are 12 categories in total and the deadline for entries is Friday 17 December.

If your business or organisation is interested in sponsoring an award, email dale.godliman@newsquest.co.uk