'Following highly positive results in their previous inspection the school did not become complacent and in fact has continued to improve.'
Rowan Gate is a community day special school for pupils aged 2+ to 11+ designated to offer 100 places in Wellingborough and 56 places in Rushden. The school works to accommodate all children in these areas who require a specialist setting in this age group, and for whom learning difficulties is their primary special need.
The school meets the needs of pupils who:
- Have attainments well below the expected range of their peers with additional difficulties that may include physical difficulties, speech and language delay, low sef-esteem, sensory impairment and under developed social skills.
- Have significant or severe learning difficulties
- Have a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder that requires structures teaching and may require discrete provision.
The school is organised into age and ability appropriate class bases and aims to meet the needs of each child as far as possible, within their local community.
Facilities in Wellingborough include a hydrotherapy pool, soft play room, sensory room, a Nurture group class, a therapy room for physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy use, a well equipped medical room, splash room, a music room and a library. In addition there is a large school hall, which is a multi-purpose area. There is a parent’s room which is used by the pre-school group and the various parent groups that meet in school. The school has extensive grounds for outdoor educational and play pursuits, including playgrounds with adventure and climbing play equipment and a wheelchair roundabout. The school also has an outdoor covered area for younger pupils and a sensory courtyard.
The curriculum at the school is underpinned by The Roots to Growth, a framework developed at the school. The achievements of the pupils are celebrated as they gain awards for each of the Five Keys to improvement. The Five Keys are fundamental areas of learning at Rowan Gate Primary School and each pupil is awarded with a coloured wristband for achievements in the following:
- Personal Success
- Courage to be Creative
- Curiosity and Wonder
- Working Together
- Decisions and Choices