Abide Zenenga

Abide Zenenga

Head Teacher and Proprietor



Riverside Education

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Dr Abide Zenenga is the headteacher and founder of Birmingham-based Riverside Education.

Dr Abide Zenenga is the headteacher and founder of Birmingham-based Riverside Education.

Career Overview

After obtaining a PhD at the University of Northampton in Special Educational Needs, Dr Zenenga founded Riverside Education in 2015.

Riverside Education is an independent school that provides SEN-specific learning opportunities for some 100 students, with more than 50 staff employed.

In June 2020, Dr Zenenga appeared in a Leaders Council podcast discussing leadership and impact it has had on his career to date.


Dr Zenenga completed his PhD in Ed. SEN at the University of Northampton. Prior to then, he completed his Master's in the same subject at the University of Birmingham.

A Published Academic

Dr Abide Zenenga is a published academic researcher. An example of his first published paper, first released in the Journal of Education can be found here: https://doi.org/10.1177/0022057420987497.

As of mid-June 2021, Dr Zenenga is due to have a second academic paper published in the BERA Journal, covering the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on students with autism. 

A Published Author

On July 29, 2022, Dr Abide Zenenga published his autobiography and memoir, titled 'The Gift', a work which based on his own experiences seeks to inspire others to find hope even when it seems there is none.

Listen to Abide Zenenga's Leaders Council podcast.

In the News

SEN school headteacher publishes autobiography and memoir about his son with autism

News | Published July 29th 2022, 7:32 am

Dr Abide Zenenga, a member of the Leaders Council and co-founder of Riverside Education, an independent school that provides alternative education to young people with autism, has published a book.Read more →

Riverside Education’s Dr Zenenga co-authors BERA report highlighting impact of Covid on learners with autism

News | Published August 2nd 2021, 4:01 pm

A new report published by BERA considers the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the health and wellbeing of learners with autism and suggests methods of safeguarding in case of similar crises in future.Read more →

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