We are CP Riverside School; creating possibilities through alternative education.


We are an alternative provision free school situated within the City of Nottingham, delivering education to 12-16 year-olds who, for a variety of reasons, have found it difficult to enjoy, engage and succeed in a mainstream school, or are currently without a school place.

We work in partnership with over 25 commissioning schools and authorities to educate young people who choose to continue their pre-16 education as part of a small school community, studying a curriculum of GCSE, BTEC and vocational qualifications. Our school provides a supportive and aspirational environment that aims to ensure students make the necessary academic progress in order to achieve relevant qualifications that provide a pathway to a sustainable post-16 destination.

Our students learn in small classes and we are able to provide a tailored curriculum of learning and personal development for students in years 8, 9, 10 and 11. We aim to include all students in every aspect of school life and meet their individual needs by removing barriers to learning, raising their self-esteem and building confidence and resilience.

Exam Results


We are ambitious for all of our students and that is why our academic offer reflects that of a mainstream school. We do not believe that our students are less capable of learning challenging concepts, acquiring new knowledge or applying prior learning. Our students are entitled to a good quality education as a minimum,
our students


Our school educates and nurtures students in years 8-11 who, for a number of reasons, are finding it difficult to engage and succeed in a mainstream school. We ensure that through a robust referral process, we receive all necessary information ensuring each student transitions successfully from mainstream school into CP Riverside.
Equality of Education


CP Riverside School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all students and expects all staff and visitors to share this commitment. We ensure that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support students, families and staff at school.