The School Day and Term Dates

The School Day

Our school day begins with transitions from transport and breakfast club. Structured lessons begin at 9.30am and end at 2:30pm.

Children start their day with ‘Target lessons’ where we work intensively on skills related to phonics, maths and reading. These lessons are short bursts of supported intervention to target specific areas identified for development for each child.

Children take part in English lessons before break time, followed by maths before lunch.

Our children enjoy lunch within the familiarity of their class group. Snack and lunch times are structured and supervised with a focus on healthy eating and independence.

Break times are seen as important learning moments to develop social and other skills, and children in need of extra support or those who struggle with emotional regulation are able to access our ‘nurture club’ at lunchtimes. At ‘nurture club’, staff support children to gain the confidence needed to join their peers for outside play.

After lunch, children enjoy active learning in areas such as P.E., science, cooking, art and technology.

Each class benefits from swimming lessons which are delivered at our local leisure centre, the Duncan Edwards Swimming Centre.

Food at The Rowan School

We work with a local catering company to provide delicious, balanced, nutritious and freshly prepared meals for our children. Our menus rotate on a 3 weekly cycle to ensure children receive a variety of different meals. Children are able to select a meat or vegetarian option, or choose a jacket potato or sandwiches as an alternative to the main meal. The main menu is supplemented with freshly prepared salads, crusty bread, fruit salad, cheese and crackers, and yoghurts on a daily basis.

Our catering company have been awarded the Food for Life Gold Catering Mark from the Soil Association. This independent assessment is a guarantee that they provide high quality, fresh food that you can trust.

They run workshops with the children on a regular basis to seek their feedback on the food provided and allow them to taste menu items. They also offer special celebration menus throughout the year.

Children are able to bring a packed lunch if preferred.


Our school uniform consists of a Rowan School sweatshirt, a white polo shirt and dark grey trousers, and black shoes. School sweatshirts are provided by the school and there are no prescribed suppliers for the remainder of the uniform.

Children must be dressed appropriately for activity on the days they have PE.

Term Dates

Our term dates for the current academic year can be downloaded for future reference by clicking below.