Frequently Asked Questions

We have put together answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you can’t find the information you are looking for, contact us today and we will be glad to help.

What is the process for getting a place at the school?

If a parent/carer feels The Rowan School is an appropriate provision for their child, they should contact their EHCP co-ordinator or SEN officer to inform them. The SEN officer will then consult with The Rowan School. Every referral will be reviewed and considered independently by the school’s Senior Leadership Team, which includes the school’s designated SENCo.

We will also invite Parents/Carers to school to meet with the Senior Leadership Team. This process is to ascertain if the school can meet the needs of the learner before confirming if a placement can be offered and will be in line with the statutory 15-day consultation period

Does my child need and Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) to attend the school?

Yes. However, learners who are identified as having additional needs but do not yet have an EHCP, will need to undergo the Education, Health and Care Assessment Request process. If capacity allows, The Rowan School may support local authorities, families, and learners in gaining an EHCP by offering a short-term placement whilst all assessments are completed. If, following assessment, a learner is given an EHCP, admission will be considered to The Rowan School in line with our Admissions Policy.

How are children and young people supported at the school?

All learners have an Individual Support Plan (ISP) which outlines their individual needs and challenges, how staff can support them, and the learner’s goals for the future. Learners update their ISP termly with support from a trusted staff member to ensure the information is accurate and relevant.

At The Rowan School, we pride ourselves on providing education that is engaging and innovative. Through a varied and differentiated curriculum we aim to teach learners how to grow into positive, responsible young people who are able to not only have a positive impact in their local community but to also successfully transition into secondary education, participating citizens, employment, volunteering and adulthood.

What type of provision is available at the school?

The Rowan School works with learners aged between 5 and 11 who have special educational needs mainly within the areas of Social and Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and communication difficulties However, we can also support learners with a wide range of needs falling within the broad categories of Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Physical and Sensory and SEMH. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum offer to all our pupils.  We also pride ourselves on the wide range of educational visits and trips which underpin our learners’ educational experiences at the school.

What training do school staff have?

Our staff are highly skilled and trained in all areas of Special Educational Needs, from Social Emotional and Mental Health to Autism Spectrum Disorder. We also offer a range of training and mentoring opportunities which give our staff all the tools they need to inspire and support all learners to fulfil their potential.

How will my child be assessed and monitored?

The Rowan School assesses all learners in the areas of communication, education and social skills development. We believe these are the foundations for lifelong success, and enable our learners to  thrive in school and beyond.

Each year an Annual SEN Review is held, which both the parents/carers and SENCo are invited to, as well as any other key professionals. At this Annual Review meeting, the progress of the learner is discussed together with any further support requirements which may need to be put in place. There is also an EHCP Review meeting that takes place as part of the Annual Review meeting at every key-stage transition period.

How will my child be included in discussions about their learning and development?

Learners are invited to attend their Annual SEN Review meeting so they are able to be involved in discussions about their learning and development and to provide their own feedback on their education and progress. Learners will be supported to fill in a ‘My Views’ document. This is an opportunity for learners to share their feelings about the support they are provided with at school, and also to reflect on their achievements from the previous year and aspirations for the next.

How will I know how my child is doing? How will I be included in planning for my child’s education?

We believe that effective communication with parents and carers is of the utmost importance. Parents and carers are fully involved throughout their child’s time with us, from the induction process and beyond.  We believe you know your child best and your views and support are key to a positive integration and journey through our school. We communicate regularly with parents and carers, including check-in calls, home school communication books, letters etc.

We provide parents and carers with termly reports to keep you fully informed about your child’s education and progress.  We operate an ‘open door policy’ and parents and carers are welcome to visit the school at any time.

Who can I contact for further information about my child at school or for further information?

Should you have any questions regarding your child, please telephone the school, and our reception team will direct you to the relevant member of staff. If you would like further information about the school, you can telephone or email us.

How will you help me support my child at home and in the community?

We support children with daily check ins, and children who struggle to come to school will be offered additional support to bridge the gap back into education. Support is available on a daily, weekly or ad hoc basis. Contact us for further information.


How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school, transfer to a new school or their next stage of education?

The Rowan School has a robust induction process which is personally designed to meet the individual needs of each learner.

This process is underpinned by following a structured, academic, social and pastoral initial assessment process, capturing the views of learners and their families, creating bespoke and personalised learning plans before learners join us, and by supporting learners educationally and emotionally throughout transition and beyond.

The school prides itself on transition programme, we support children in school and liaise carefully with their future school to ensure a smooth transition.

Who do we speak to if we have a concern or complaint about the school?

We welcome an open dialogue with parents/carers and hope we can resolve any concerns as quickly as possible. If you have any concerns or are not happy with an aspect of school, then please request an informal meeting with a member of school staff and/or the Principal. If this does not resolve the concern, then please refer to our Complaints Procedure which explains how parents/carers can lodge a complaint. The Complaints Procedure is available from the school office or on our website.