Within the Senior School (Years 7–11), all children are taught within small classes, with additional LSAs for either the whole class or for an individual child. This ensures that we can provide the level of support that each child needs for them to both enjoy their education and maximise their potential.
The school works in different ways for different activities. We have a ‘house’ system that enables children to mix and work with other pupils of different ages and skills across the school for competitive activities such as sport, and for community projects such as fundraising for charity.
Forms & Bases
For educational purposes the Senior School is made up of form groups, each of which has a form tutor. These
are then grouped into what we call ‘bases’. These have a location within the school as well as a grouping by age, and they give each child a group and place where they can feel they belong. The bases are all named after trees, so at present your child could be part of Oak, Beech or Rowan. Bases also provide an area where children can go at unstructured times, e.g. if they find the playground difficult or if they wish to do work in a supportive environment.
One of our specialist facilities is the Grove centre which houses our Specialist Support Department. Ths is the base for our team of one-to-one teachers who work across the whole school. It has 11 rooms and is set up specifically for one-to-one lessons with an individual pupil in a space that is conducive to learning and free from distraction.
The other area, in this case a separate base, is our Centre for Complex Needs. Rowan provides a very sheltered
environment for pupils with more complex needs who would have difficulty managing in a more mainstream
environment. The base provides a higher level of support and supervision and offers adaptable and individualised programmes to meet the pupil’s needs which may include Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy or Speech and Language therapy.
An adapted or reduced timetable is offered as appropriate and specialist teaching in literacy and numeracy is available within this base which provides an integrated approach to the teaching of children with complex specific needs. The curriculum is largely delivered by subject specialists across the school, with a large degree of flexibility to ensure that a pupil’s needs are met.
Rowan is situated in the Woods building – our newest, two storey, development on our campus.