Welcome to Fen Rivers and thank you for your interest in our school. We believe it is very special. Fen Rivers is a therapeutic SEMH Special School offering full time education and therapeutic support to up to 96 children aged between 5 and 16 years old. Pupils are referred to the school by the local authority as part of their duties to arrange SEN provision.
At Fen Rivers we focus on the whole child. As the world begins to recover from the global coronavirus pandemic, it has never been more important to focus on mental health and wellbeing. We encourage our pupils to be their authentic selves, to explore their feelings and emotions and to develop a self awareness and emotional literacy that will stand them in good stead for the next stages of their education and for their adult lives.
As global citizens it is important that we learn and practice not only self-care and emotional wellbeing, but that we focus on tolerance, respect and the roles we can all play in our community, both at school and beyond. Children’s Rights are learned, understood and lived here and we are a United Nations Silver Rights Respecting School. We have an active school council who work alongside the staff to ensure all are involved in this important work.
I am privileged to be the Headteacher of this wonderful school. Our young people are amazing and teach us something about ourselves every day and our staff team inspire me daily with the care, dedication and unconditional positive regard they show for each of our pupils and for each other.
I hope you will enjoy looking through our website and finding out more about the work we do here and please do get in touch if you would like to find out more about the school.
The Fen Rivers Academy provides young people with specialist education in order for them to progress and succeed in sustained education or employment. We do this through high-quality therapeutic teaching and learning, based on effective relationships, that enable the achievement of life skills and meaningful qualifications.
We believe all children and young people have the capacity to learn regardless of their life situation. It is our role to unlock that learning potential.
We have high aspirations for our learners and aim to:
Therapeutic delivery of the national curriculum, informed by a collective understanding of our children’s needs and rights.
This is underpinned by SEMH assessment; 3Ps reflection data; behaviour support plans and risk assessments; an understanding of trauma informed practice and normalisation of talk around everybody’s mental health and wellbeing.
Our mission is to enable young people to progress and succeed in sustained education. To do this, we intend to give young people a broad and rich curriculum that gives them both the academic skills and qualifications needed to move successfully to the next stage of their lives, and the personal development skills to ensure a fulfilling future. We have set a curriculum in line with the national curriculum alongside a school structure which supports our young people to overcome their barriers to learning ensuring our young people have bright futures both in their personal and professional lives.