Head Teacher's Blog

June 2019

 We’ve had our first River Mill Induction afternoon, where the Year 1 pupils/children had the opportunity to meet their teacher.  It was really exciting to meet you all, and we cannot wait to see you in September.

The second induction meeting is for Reception parents and is on 10th July.  You will have received emails giving each family a timed slot to meet their teacher, Miss Carley.

The construction company have now been on site for over two months.   Work is progressing incredibly well, and we have attached some pictures which we will update form time to time.

The photographs below show the foundations for the temporary classrooms, the road leading up to the classrooms and the wall is next to the main football pitch. 

April 2019

Yesterday was National Offer Day, and we have sent out our offers to the successful applicants for Reception and Year 1.   Applications for Reception hugely outnumbered the available spaces, so offers were made based on the over-subscription criteria in our Admissions Policy.

I am very excited that we are now moving into the next phase of the school opening, and I hope to be able to meet with many of you in the coming months prior to the children starting at River Mill.   We have meetings planned over the coming months where you will be able to meet with members of the River Mill team.   The dates and times are:

Date Time
Wednesday 24 April 9.30 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.
Wednesday 15 May 6.00 p.m.  - 7.30 p.m.
Wednesday 12 June 3.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Wednesday 10 July

3.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.

These meetings will be held at the Living Well Centre at St Edmund's Church.   The meetings in April and May will be focused on administration, and will give parents the opportunity to ask any questions that they may have and also to bring in any documentation needed to support your application.   We will also be able to help you if you need to make an application for free school meals.

The meetings in June and July will be an opportunity for the children to meet their new teacher, and their new classmates.    Parents will be asked to stay with the children for these meetings.

Finally, if you have received an offer, please confirm your acceptance as soon as possible, and by 30 April at the latest.   We will be holding a waiting list for places which we will offer out to other children if we do not receive your written acceptance and supporting documentation.

March 2019

Offer day, 16 April, is fast approaching so I thought I would share with all applicants how we will be dealing with this at River Mill.   Reception applicants will also have made an application through Kent, and will receive a separate offer letter from the Admissions Team there.   This will be separate from anything you receive from River Mill.

We plan to mirror the process which Kent will use, and will send out e-mails to everyone who has applied for Reception and Year 1 after 4.00 p.m. on 16 April.   This e-mail will confirm whether or not your application has been successful.   On that date, we will also send out via Royal Mail welcome packs to successful applicants.

We are at a very exciting point with the permanent and temporary buildings, and will share plans with you a little later, in April, when we finalise the layout.

January 2019

I hope that you have had a relaxing and peaceful start to 2019.   We are preparing for the opening of River Mill Primary School in September 2019, and I will now be updating my blog regularly to inform you of all new developments.

The application process through the Borough has now closed, and whilst this is also the case for River Mill, we are still prepared to accept applications, although these will be classified as late when it comes to the offer stage of the process.   

We are currently working on the River Mill uniform to ensure that we are able to offer the best value for money, and we hope to be able to update you soon about a start date for the building work.   In the meantime, I have been working  closely with the construction company and the architects on the interior design of the school and the outdoor facilities which we will be able to offer.

We will start to include more images of the site as it develops, and we will be running more parent engagement events later in the year.


It has been an exciting couple of weeks at River Mill!   We have been to see the construction company who will be building our school - please look under the "Our School" tab to see videos of the process, and here are some pictures which we took when we were there.

It was fascinating to see the process from start to finish.   We were able to visit a school which was being built and which will look almost exactly the same as River Mill.

It is lovely to see that there is a lot of interest in the new school, and we are running some presentation sessions to give you a better feel for what we will be delivering at River Mill.   These sessions are open to all; please see the Drop In Sessions under the "Consultation Brochure" tab.   These sessions are in addition to the Early Education programme which we are also offering - again, there is further information under the "More" tab.


Welcome!  My name is Suzanne Leader, and I am the Head Teacher of River Mill Primary School.   I am very pleased to be able to share with you the news that River Mill Primary is scheduled to open in September 2019.  Work will shortly commence on site, and we will update you regularly on progress with the build.

Our prospectus will shortly be available and will give you a taste of what our fantastic new school has to offer and we hope this will inspire you to join us as we move forward to our opening in September 2019.  You may also like to visit www.connectschoolsacademytrust.com to see the Trust's inspirational approach to education.  We also have a Facebook page, River Mill Primary School and we are on Twitter, @RiverMillSchool.   Please keep checking these pages for all the latest news.

I am very excited at the prospect of welcoming your children to my school.