|Stock Lane, Gerdview Drive, Wilmington, DA2 7BZ, UK Dartford|
+44 (0)1322 225490
The aim of the School is to assist the children to become useful citizens who can live normal independent lives as adults; be able to cope with the responsibilities of family life; earn their living and enjoy their leisure time. These could be achieved by an extended placement at Rowhill or supported placement in a mainstream school.
Each child will be helped to attain competence in the following as he/she progresses through the School:-
Coming to terms with people and things in his/her environment; ability to move independently; verbal communication; improvement of perceptual and motor skills, with particular reference to self-help.
Learning to be a member of a group; acquiring positive feelings towards self; development of abilities in playing, learning, thinking and language; enjoying expression through the creative arts and movement; awareness and knowledge of the environment; readiness for learning in the School and adult life.
Consolidation of basic skills in verbal communication, reading, writing and mathematics and development of
independent skills in these areas; social competency in the home, family and peer groups; the preparation
for competent behaviour in the outside world in general and place of work in particular.
All children at Rowhill School are expected to follow the National Curriculum in a differentiated form appropriate to their age and ability. Much of the teaching is individual but sometimes pupils work in groups or in classes.
When a child first enters Rowhill we take care to build up trust and confidence in order to establish an atmosphere in which the child enjoys attending the School and becomes ready to take advantage of the learning opportunities that the School offers. Particular attention is paid to language development, pre-reading and pre-numeracy skills at this stage. Throughout the School all pupils will follow the National Curriculum core subjects of Science, English and Maths as well as the foundation subjects Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education and a Modern Language (at Secondary level), incorporating the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy.
As the pupils progress through the School they will have greater access to specialist subject teachers. We also aim to enhance a child's store of general knowledge of the world outside of the School by visits to places of interest in conjunction with classroom courses.
We always try to foster individual abilities and interests and parents are encouraged to visit the School to discuss their child's progress with class teachers during termly Parents Evenings.
Our approach is based on success, approval, motivation and reward - bearing in mind that some children have experienced failure in the past. We regard as important the developing of social skills, emotional security, a degree of independence and mastery of the basic learning skills. Real first hand experiences and a lively language programme are vital. The children are encouraged to develop good work habits, perseverance and industry. They are expected to be courteous, tolerant, clean and tidy and practice good personal hygiene. They are shown the reason for rules and regulations and are expected to honour them. Promotion to the next class is usually by age, but other considerations may affect this. Knowledge and skills are taught over a wide area in the belief that every child will find some areas of interest over and above what is regarded as basic to his needs.
All pupils have access to a Class Tutor who will take an individual interest in the problems of pupils within his tutor group. Time is allowed on most days for pupils to meet for tutorial periods. This also helps to build a personal Record of Achievement which is presented to the youngster when they leave the School.
The School endeavours to deliver the National Curriculum according to the children’s needs but within the constraints inherent in this School.
The transition from School to work is critical and the work of the upper part of the School is directed to preparing pupils for life after school. There is a considerable emphasis on developing social skills, on preparation for work and on personal development including home-making; hygiene; preparation for parenthood; self reliance; travelling on public transport; time-keeping, and relationships with other people.
The School is split into four Key Stages. This is not only for reasons of administration but also reflects differing styles of delivery of the curriculum. This helps to give our pupils a sense of normal progression through Primary to Secondary education. Selection for teaching groups takes into account age, ability and compatibility. At Secondary age pupils will move into the Lower School where they begin to experience more specialist teaching. The final two years are spent in the Upper School and include more off-site provision. As youngsters progress through the School we attempt to gather the correct ages so the Leavers Class has only those youngsters who will leave together. KS1 asnd 2 classes stay mainly with their class teacher and remain in their sector of the building. They also have their own playground. Secondary age pupils are expected to cope with increasing movement from a tutor group base to other areas within and outside the School, meeting different teachers in order to access a more specialist curriculum base and the world outside of school.
Throughout the School we offer a differentiated, structured support of the curriculum. The Upper School offers a greater divergence to a variety of courses on and off the premises. These will include community service placement; college links and work experience.
There will always be "exceptions to any rule" in a special school and staff are prepared to be adaptable and flexible in their approach to meeting individual needs. It should be said that the role of the Class Tutor is extremely important. It is the Class Tutor who keeps and collates the individual student's records and decides necessary adjustments to pupils' learning programmes.
Our pupils compete and liaise with children in other schools and through other institutions in sport, socially and occasionally in work projects. Activities during a typical year might include:-
Shopping experience locally and abroad
Residential visits including canal boat trips
Youth Hostels and on canal boats
Visits to London and local places of interest
Sports meetings - including cross-country, swimming and athletics
Music, Dance and Drama Festivals
Visiting theatre and concerts
Field work and environmental studies
Community service placement in local playgroups and centres for elderly
Social gatherings with children from other schools
We try to keep rules to a minimum but recognise that any society needs some regulation. Your child will be expected:-
To wear school uniform
To be clean and tidy
To work hard and do his/her best at all times
To be well mannered and courteous
To attend school regularly and to give a valid reason for any absence
To behave appropriately about the School at all times
To behave appropriately on all school transport
Not to smoke, drink or abuse drugs
Pupils are expected to wear a simple uniform colour of blue and grey as follows:-
BOYS White or blue shirt/blue pullover/
Plain blue T-shirts may be worn during hot
GIRLS White or blue blouse/blue pullover/
Blue check dresses may be worn in Summer
School sweatshirts and polo shirts are available for sale.
Members of the Upper School may wear black trousers or skirts.
Shoes should be black and suitable for school with flat heels
Parents will be advised of P.E., games and swimming days at the start of each school year. All children should be provided with appropriate kit as follows:-
Blue T-shirts and sports shorts, plimsolls or trainers,
a P.E. bag to hang on class peg.
Football boots may be required during season.
Swimming costumes and a towel will be required for swimming.
Track or shell suits may be worn by older children who have extended activities outside during the winter.
Long-legged bermuda shorts are inappropriate for sports activities.
Advice about school uniform and suppliers is available from the School. No child will be refused admission to the School if they are not wearing uniform but a child arriving totally inappropriately dressed may be requested to return home and change. However, we do ask for parents' support in ensuring that their youngsters arrive in uniform during term time.
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