There was no let up in the lead up to the Christmas break for pupils at Rivers Academy West London, with a busy programme of trips and visits.

Twelve budding sports stars from the school were treated to an evening watching England v Netherlands at Wembley Stadium in the UEFA Women’s Nations League earlier in the month.

The trip was organised by History teacher, Tom Ashley, who, as a member of the FA is able to access tickets for a range of events.  

“It’s incredibly rewarding to be able to show students who have a passion for sport matches at the very highest level of the game,” he said.  “We are hoping this event creates more involvement and participation within our community.”

The twelve pupils from years 10 and 11 enjoyed watching the Lionesses cruise to a convincing victory.

“It was a magical experience to witness strong togetherness from our nation,” commented student Doina Catana. “The Lionesses are inspiring role models for us at Rivers Academy.  Hopefully  I’ll be one myself one day!”

Rivers Academy, based on Tachbrook Road in Feltham, works hard to provide opportunities outside the curriculum. 

“We want to make learning relevant,” explains Assistant Principal, Joe Williams. “We are always looking for ways to enhance the pupils’ cultural capital and link their learning to real world examples.”

As a reward for their hard work this term, year 9 students visited  the Natural History Museum to explore the prehistoric world before moving onto earth shaking geological elements. 

“The students were quick to recognise and make connections between what had been learned in the classroom to events happening around the world,” adds Joe. “And of course the Christmassy atmosphere went down a treat!”