A very warm welcome to Walker Riverside Academy, a fantastic school of which I am extremely proud to be the Headteacher.  

We are an 11-18 secondary school with over 1,200 students on roll, an excellent local reputation, and an ethos that epitomises the aspirations we have for our young people. We want our students to be proud of both themselves and the school community they attend, whilst developing a love of school life.  The investment in passionate pastoral and academic support for our young people ensures that we create an atmosphere in which we laugh and learn together. With all students being attached upon entry in Year 7 to one of three schools: Dobson, Grainger, or Stephenson, a sense of belonging and community is created from the outset.

We help our students to aim high in both their academic and career aspirations, supporting them at every step and guiding them upon options available. It is the daily embodiment of this ethos that makes Walker a truly special school community. We have outstanding facilities to help the development of our students in sporting, musical, vocational, and academic fields. I would be delighted to both meet and show you firsthand the wonderful academy we have here at Walker and how this would be the right choice for your child. Alternatively, please scroll through our range of resources below, designed to give you an insight into what it would mean to be part of Walker Riverside Academy.     

Gareth Smith, Headteacher


See exactly why we believe WRA is "Much More than Just a School".

We firmly believe that you/your child have the right to receive an education that:

► allows them to thrive, 

► makes them feel valued for their individuality,

► is designed to help them achieve their very best, and

► prepares them to be valuable members of society.

View our guide that explains exactly why Walker Riverside Academy can offer you/your child much more than just a school. 


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Aim High. Be Proud. Love Life.