The Rowans

Name The Rowans
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Address Silverbank, Churchill Avenue, Chatham, ME5 0LB
Phone Number 01634338803
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 57 (75.4% boys 24.6% girls)
Local Authority Medway
Percentage Free School Meals 40.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (26 February 2015)
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Information about this school

The Rowans has gone through a period of change since the last inspection when, along with The Oaks, it was one of two units in the Silverbank Centre. In practice however, The Rowans operated as a separate school with its own headteacher, management committee and budget. Since the previous inspection, the two units have become completely separate. The Oaks closed and Inspire, a free school for students with severe behavioural, social and emotional needs, opened on the same site. The school name officially changed to The Rowans in the autumn term 2014. The Rowans caters for students who have been permanently excluded from school or who are at risk of permanent exclusion. Most will remain at The Rowans for the rest of their school career. The proportion of students who have special educational needs is well above the national average. A small number of students are learning English as an additional language. Most pupils are White British and there are many more boys than girls. The proportion of students known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils who are eligible for free school meals or in local authority care) is well above average. All courses are taught at The Rowans with the exception of physical education, which is taught using off-site facilities but by Rowans school staff. The school does not use alternative providers. The headteacher has led the school since January 2013, first as acting headteacher and now as the substantive headteacher. The management committee has now taken over full responsibility for The Rowans and has the same responsibilities as the governing bodies of other maintained schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Students’ achievement is outstanding. They make excellent progress and, for many of them, it is the first time that they have experienced success in education. Year 11 leavers gain a wide variety of recognised academic and vocational qualifications which enable them to go on to employment, training or apprenticeships. The outstanding leadership of the headteacher and the senior team has brought about significant, rapid and sustained improvement since the last inspection. The school has rigorous and highly effective systems for checking on students’ progress and on the quality of teaching. The management committee is highly knowledgeable about all aspects of the school and provides excellent support and challenge to ensure that the school continues to improve. Teachers are expert at gaining students’ interest and challenging them to improve their work. Students respond extremely positively and the vast majority want to do well. Students make outstanding progress in English, particularly in reading, and in mathematics. Students’ behaviour in lessons and around school is typically outstanding. Students show respect for each other and for adults. The school’s procedures for keeping students safe in school are excellent and they say they feel extremely safe. They know that there are adults to whom they can turn if they need support. The school places importance on coming to school regularly. In most cases, when students join the school, their attendance improves significantly. Attendance rates are close to those in mainstream secondary schools.