History of the School
The school is built on the site of the old Gravesend Airport which in itself had considerable history being used as a commercial and training airport with grass runways from 1932 until the late 1950’s and had such famous pilots as Amy Johnson (who flew from Gravesend on her record flight to Cape Town), Alex Henshaw, Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus and EW Percival who set a world record flying 2,300 miles in 17 hours.
The airfield was sold to a property developer in 1959 and Riverview Park Estate was built.
The school was opened in 1963 and was the only one on the new estate and now young children run and scamper across where Hurricanes and Tiger Moths once rattled their undercarriages.
The school has taken advantage of this vast amount of land to create a large sports field and a playground long enough to take four netball courts, together a range of environmental areas such as woodland, orchard and meadows to attractively landscape the grounds.
The school caters for children from 7 to 11 years old; it is a modern school very light and airy due to its large windows that face south. All the rooms are housed in one building and, in addition to the sixteen classrooms, there is an extra tuition room, ICT suite and DT/Art room.
The large grassed areas that surround the school provide nature study sites with the formation of special habitat areas. The central quadrangle is the wildlife garden with a pond and marsh. Each class has its own garden to maintain throughout the year and the school has its own vegetable plot on site. Gardening is a favourite occupation for the children at breaktimes. The school playground is enhanced, too, with environmental study areas, playground games and “quiet” corners.
Many of the pupils come from Riverview Park but the school also draws pupils from Gravesend town and the surrounding villages. The school has very close links with the community both in and around Gravesend, and the pupils take part in all the local festivals, as well as sports and academic competitions.
The school is most fortunate in having so many staff willing to organise extended school activities and up to twenty one different clubs are offered to the pupils each week. The school has already achieved its Investors in People Award for the second time and also its Sportsmark. Every child matters to us and in recognition of the school’s work here it has also been awarded the Healthy School Status.
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