Wellingborough school praised for outstanding work

Rowan Gate primary school
Rowan Gate primary school

A primary school in Wellingborough has been praised by Government inspectors.

Rowan Gate Primary School has been rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted inspectors.

The Finedon Road school is a mixed special school for pupils who are between the ages of three and 11 which provides for pupils with learning difficulties.

The inspectors visited the school early last month and rated it as outstanding in every category.

The inspectors looked at the achievement of pupils, the quality of the teaching, the behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

They reported that: “Pupils, regardless of their background, make outstanding progress”, and that “pupils’ achievement in literacy, mathematics, personal development and behaviour are excellent”.

Commenting on the standard of teaching at the school, the inspectors said: “Teaching is outstanding which brings about pupils’ outstanding achievement.

“Teachers and other adults who support learning provide excellent development in pupils’ language and communication skills.

“In lessons adults make sure that all pupils’ needs are met, with a wide range of switches, recorders, computer equipment and other aids.”

The inspectors also praised the school for continuing to progress after receiving a glowing report in 2011.

They said: “The headteacher has made sure that following the highly positive result in their previous inspection (March 2011) the school did not become complacent and has, in fact, continued to improve.

“The senior leadership team and governors have created a solid team result in outstanding leadership and management at all levels.”

Rowan Gate’s headteacher, Laura Clarke, welcomed the inspectors’ comments and praised the work of her colleagues.

She said: “We are delighted to have achieved an outstanding judgement for the second time during the Ofsted inspection.

“Everyone at Rowan Gate works tirelessly for the benefit of each and every child.

“This outcome is a testament to the hard work of the whole team.”