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Kew Riverside Primary School

Children at the heart of everything we do

A Warm Welcome from the School

Thank you for your interest in Kew Riverside Primary School. 

I am very proud to be the Acting Headteacher at this amazing school, supported by a highly skilled and dedicated team of teachers and support staff. The school is a one form entry primary with 210 children between 4-11 years old.

The staff at Kew Riverside have high expectations of all the children, and would like them to leave school as confident, polite and independent young people, with the appropriate skills, values and learning to become successful in whatever their eventual career paths will be. We are very proud of the children who attend Kew Riverside and all of their achievements, across all areas of school life and beyond. 

Our school is dedicated to providing the best possible education for every pupil in a stimulating and safe environment. We follow a rich curriculum and aim to make learning exciting and engaging by including lots of skills-based learning within our lessons.

We are committed to all aspects of education and development, encouraging families to work in partnership with us to realise our aim, of successfully helping each child to achieve their full potential.

We hope our website provides you with the information you require. You are always welcome to arrange a visit and the pupils, our greatest ambassadors, would be delighted to show you what makes Kew Riverside such an exceptional and rewarding school experience.

Nell Webb

Acting Headteacher

Would you like more information about the school's short history? Click here

How do we plan to move the school forward?



Greetings from the governing body at Kew Riverside Primary School. We are very proud of our small, welcoming school, which truly cherishes its diversity and inclusion and takes good care of each individual child.

We work closely with Nell and the rest of the Senior Leadership Team to ensure our vision becomes a reality, constantly striving for improvement. Our work is carried out through regular meetings, as well as visits to the school to see first-hand how things are going.

The governors come from a wide range of backgrounds, to create a diverse team to support Nell. Some are also parents or staff here, while the rest have no  connection with the school other than a desire to help.. If you are interested in discussing what is involved in being a governor, please feel free to contact us at  

Stephen Hyams

Chair of Governors


What did Ofsted 2017 say about our provision? Click here to find out

What are our 2018-19 results like? Click here to find out

The Kew Riverside Story

At Kew Riverside all our classes are named after animals, inspired by Giles Andrades’ book “Giraffes Can’t Dance”. The book follows a young giraffe named Gerald, who, unlike the other animals, finds it hard to dance on his unsteady young legs. As the story progresses we see how Gerald, through experience and self- discovery, can in fact dance beautifully, he just needed the right music!

In 2003 Kew Riverside officially opened its doors to the community, with a clear vision to help each and every child find their own music and reach their potential. The founders of the school created an informal environment, with no doors on the classrooms and where everyone is on a first name basis, with the aim of providing a dynamic, creative curriculum that encourages and welcomes the voice, engagement and independence of every child.

In the early years, children are encouraged to settle in, find their feet, develop friendships and learn through play. Throughout the school, topics are used to support and inspire children in an engaging and creative way.

We believe children will learn through experience, by walking the towpath along the river Thames, visiting local museums and libraries, discovering the natural world at Kew Gardens, as well as meeting Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace. And as they get older and more independent they will be braving the zip wire, giant swing and testing their resolve on our residential trips.

We also bring the world into the school with a host of interesting visitors and workshops. We work closely with the wider community and parents to create learning opportunities to develop the whole child.

Much as in the book, our Giraffes may start reception unsteady on their feet, but through their years at Kew Riverside they too will learn to dance. By the time they leave for the even bigger jungle that is secondary school, our Year 6 Lions will be emotionally intelligent and socially responsible individuals who set and achieve the highest academic standards for themselves.