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A message from our Head of School

I am really pleased to extend a warm welcome to you and your families to our website. The website will provide you information and resources about Riverbank School. Riverbank School is part of the Western Learning Federation alongside Ty Gwyn and Woodlands High School. Our pupils range from 4 to 11 years olds with a wide range of learning difficulties. All staff are committed to improving each and every pupil’s education, their quality of life and their love of learning.  

Riverbank is a really special place and as a Person Centred Organisation we try to understand the individual needs of each of learners to ensure we can fulfil our vision of “learning together to be the best we can”. We pride ourselves on the relationships we build with our amazing pupils, our supportive parents and inspirational staff to ensure we can be part of the learning journey of every pupil. We strive to promote high quality learning through a rich and broad curriculum which is tailored to every pupils' individual needs.  

At Riverbank we are committed to lifelong learning and we are therefore committed to promoting our school as a learning organisation. This ensures we create an environment which supports continuous learning, self reflection and continuous feedback to ensure we are always able to give the pupils an excellent education. We are really passionate about fostering a love of learning at Riverbank. We hope that you enjoy the website and found the information useful. If you would like to visit Riverbank please feel free to book an appointment with our team and we would love to welcome you to our warm and nurturing school. Alternatively if you have any questions please contact our Senior Leadership Team and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.   

Amie Lucas

Head of School


Wayne Murphy

Executive Headteacher of the Western Learning Federation


The Western Learning Federation is unique as we are the only special school federation in Wales. The federation brings together three schools - all unique in their own right all working together with shared values and a determination to provide outstanding education to pupils with additional learning needs. Whilst Riverbank, Ty-Gwyn and Woodlands all have their own school visions and identities, there will be a direct link to those of the Western Learning Federation and as such, these school visions must and are considered a part of the vision of the Western Learning Federation.


The Western Learning Federation promotes all schools as ‘Schools as Learning Organisations’. The foundations are built on a shared vision of ‘learning together to grow and achieve’. The federation provides excellence in governance and creates an environment supporting continuous learning for all staff where collaboration is promoted in a nurturing and ambitious way. There is a culture and ethos of enquiry, innovation and exploration, with a focus on the collation and exchanging of learning knowledge.


Our organisation is committed to learning with and from the external environment as a person-centred learning organisation. The purpose of the Western Learning Federation and the role that schools play is clear; the organisations support a culture of self-reflection, continuous feedback and drive for growing learning leadership. The federation is underpinned by a set of values that define the culture of the three federated schools.


We operate with one governing body with a subcommittee structure that governs over all three schools. Whilst schools have their own identity, they are all operated through one Executive Headteacher and one governing body. This allows the schools to benefit from economies of scale, shared professional learning and shared pupil learning experiences


The Western Learning Federation is about creating something that is unique and complements the excellent pedagogy that exists within each school setting. Our vision rightly inspires, but also complements and develops the outstanding innovation and practice currently in place at Riverbank, Ty Gwyn and Woodlands.  


With best wishes 

Mr Wayne Murphy- Executive Headteacher