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Finedon Rd, Wellingborough, Northants, NN8 4NS
Tel: 01933 304970
Strategic Head Teacher - Laura Clarke

Hayway, Rushden, NN10 6AG
Tel: 01933 351200
Strategic Deputy head - Julia Coles
Satellite Classes, See Footer

Should you have any concerns about a child who attends this school whilst the school is on lockdown due to Covid-19, please contact our Designated Safeguarding lead, on this telephone number – 07498723449.

This person has undergone specific training in child protection/safetguarding and will help.

Please find below an addendum to our Safeguarding policy for your information:

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

The aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming radicalised (the process by which people come to support terrorism and extremism and, in some cases, to then participate in terrorist activity)

Schools help to protect children from extremist and violent views in the same ways that they help to safeguard children from drugs, gang violence or alcohol.

Channel is part of the Prevent strategy. The process is a multi-agency approach to identify and provide support to individuals who may be at risk of being drawn into terrorism.

All of our staff have been trained in raising awareness of Prevent, understanding the risk of radicalisation and extremism, recognising signs that may mean that pupils are at risk and how to refer children who may be vulnerable.

Our Prevent Risk Assessment can be found in the sidebar of the page.

Dear Parents & Carers

With so many of our pupils getting new phones and tablets and laptops we felt it was a great time to share some statistics on young people and social media and what you can do to protect them online.

See our Safer School, Safer Community Newsletter in the sidebar of the page.

We are encouraging parents to use the 3D’s.


Set a Digital Sunset – make sure that phones/tablets are not used at least 45 minutes before bedtime.  Sleep plays a crucial role in learning and development, and not just for children. Sleep serves as the downtime our brains need to sort and file the day’s sensory and emotional experiences into the various storage systems around the brain.


Your child is likely to copy your online behaviours. So if you are always on your phone then they are likely to be too. Set some Digital free zones (e.g. at the dinner table) which means you will have to follow the rules too!


“Children and young people need to be empowered to keep themselves safe –We cannot make the internet completely safe. Because of this, we must build children’s resilience to the material to which they may be exposed so that they have the confidence and skills to navigate these new media waters more safely.”  (a quote taken from the Safer Children in a Digital World Report of the Byron Review).

Talk to your child about the issues surrounding online safety. We cannot protect them from everything, but need to help them become safe users of technology.

You can use this checklist to help you:

  • Have you checked their Privacy Settings?
  • Have you used Filtering Software?
  • Have you created ground rules? (e.g. no phones over the dinner table/while doing homework/no phone use after 9pm/ no phones in the bedroom)
  • Do you know what your child’s online habits are? (Who are they talking to/ what apps do they have access to on their phone?)
  • Do you keep the computer in a central location to save your child being in their room all of the time?
  • Do you monitor the pictures your child posts online?
  • Are you a good example of how use social media?
  • Do you limit the use of social media?
  • Do you talk about the dangers of using social media?

It is also worth noting the age restrictions for different social media platforms in the newsletter above.

As a school we want to teach our pupils to use social media appropriately and safely. Pupils will have online-safety lessons and assemblies, they will find out about the laws that surround online use. This doesn’t always mean that they follow these guidelines.

We MUST work together with home on this, as lots of use (and misuse) happens at evenings at weekends then spills over into the school gates.

If you would like any additional information on staying safe on line and helping your child to understand the dangers then please ask to speak to one of our designated safeguarding lead teachers and they will be happy to help.

Rowan Gate is a school which is proud to put Nurture and Well-being at the heart of its provision. We have provided Nurture Group Provision for many years; our Assistant Headteacher, Sue Morris gained ‘Marjorie Boxall Nurture Group Accreditation’ awards in 2008 and again in 2013. Rachel Allen gained the ‘Marjorie Boxall Nurture Group Accreditation’ award in January 2018.

In 2019, we began the process of applying for the ‘National Nurturing Schools Award’ and successfully completed this in March 2022.

At the heart of our Nurturing School are the 6 Principles of Nurture:

  • Children’s development is understood developmentally; All curriculums focus on teaching the children at their own developmental levels, incorporating a practical and exploratory approach to learning.
  • The classroom offers a ‘safe base’: all classes understand the importance of consistency, structure, visual support and familiar routines.
  • Nurturing is vital in the development of self-esteem; activities through which we can achieve this include cooking, playing, creative arts and having meals together.
  • The development of language and effective communication is vital to a child’s ability to express feelings appropriately: all classes have access to a variety of strategies to support language and communication development, our AAC lead teacher promotes the use of BSL signing throughout the school and ensures that robust alternative communication systems are available.
  • All behaviour is communication: our ‘Norfolk Steps’ positive behaviour management approach is focused on understanding and supporting children through an holistic approach. All pupils have a Boxall Profile assessment 3 x yearly and these are used to identify areas of need for individual or groups of children.
  • Communication with parents is essential in moving a child forward. At Rowan Gate we place great value on our ability to reach all parents. All children and their families are expertly supported by our Family Liaison Team.

We consider all our classes to be nurturing environments in which we aim to help children to reach their full potential academically, whilst understanding that this can be achieved best when a child’s well-being and self-esteem is valued and supported.

At Rowan Gate Primary School, we recognise that the more that we understand our children and their individual needs, the more our children will achieve. To this effect staff training is important to us. Examples of this are:

  • Attachment Aware Training
  • Norfolk Steps
  • Safeguarding
  • Protective Behaviours
  • Boxall Profile completion & analysis

We provide a wide range of therapeutic interventions to support the well-being of our pupils; you can find out more about these on our school website.

We know that our children will learn and grow in an environment in which all stakeholders are nurtured. We place great value on supporting the well-being of the whole school team, from administrative staff, teaching assistants, teachers and school leaders. External visitors are welcomed with the same ethos.

Our teaching staff are offered ‘Supervision’ sessions termly to support their well-being. Posters are displayed around school prompting all staff to consider the importance of taking care of their well-being; monthly calendars from “action for happiness” are emailed to all staff.

We hope that you enjoy our video and reading our Nurturing Schools Report; which we believe further demonstrates our Nurturing Schools Ethos.

The safety of the children in our school  is paramount. We  offer a warm, safe environment for them to grow and develop in.

The school has security  fencing surrounding the perimeter of the school and a buzzer system for entry to the school to ensure that only authorised persons are present on site.

There is a system in place for staff to report any potential risks to safety to the Caretaking team; who then promptly deal with the issues to ensure safety.

All accidents and incidents are recorded and reported and subsequent action is taken where necessary.

Every child’s safety is our concern.

Safety on the school Site at RGPS

Governors regularly discuss safety concerns about the amount of traffic on the school site and parking. We are, together with the other schools on the site monitoring traffic daily.

In addition to these measures, we would ask that parents refrain from coming onto the school site, where possible.  If you do come onto the school site to bring your child to school, please adhere to:

  1. The site speed limit, one way system and give way to other users.
  2. Please park considerately in a designated parking bay in front of the school.  Parking forwards and reversing out only when staff confirm that the area is safe for you to do so.
  3. Please do not park on the verge on the entrance to the site, on the road around the one way system or on the grass verges.

Safety on the school Site at Rowan Gate East

Governors and Leadership are aware that there is no parking on the school site and therefore parents are expected to park in the nearby road/s and then walk to the school to collect their children.

We would like to remind parents not to park outside the school on the double yellow/zig zag lines.  As well as being illegal, this area is not a safe drop off zone and we would urge parents to consider their own and their children’s safety.

We also ask parents to park carefully and considerately, refraining from blocking the driveways of residents as this can cause unnecessary upset and distress.

Thank you for your help and co-operation – it is much appreciated.

School Nurses ensure that ‘Every Child Matters’  in relation to the 5 outcomes:

Being healthy, Staying Safe, Making a positive contribution, Economic well-being, Enjoying and achieving.

School Nurses will:

  • Promote equality and inclusion for Child and Young People with complex needs.
  • Working in partnership with education and other agencies to reduce inequality and improve outcomes for children and young people.
  • Perform health assessments and screening.
  • Train and support identified education staff to enable them to deliver safe, individualised care to Children and Young People.
  • Provide drop in sessions and telephone support for parents/carers.
  • Attend transition reviews and annual reviews where a health need has been identified and participate in the transition process.
  • Participate in Health Reviews with Community Consultant Paediatricians.
  • Offer continence advice
  • Plan and implement vaccination programs
  • Develop and review Health Action Plans
  • Deliver Health promotion information towards improving health and prevent ill health.
  • Attend Home Visits
  • Work in partnership to safeguard children and young people, providing reports, monitoring, attending core groups and conferences.
  • Deliver a PHSE programme alongside educational staff.
  • Refer children and young people to relevant services.

Contact The Hayway

Rowan Gate East, Hayway
Rushden, Northants
NN10 6AG
Head of Provision - Sue Morris

Tel: 01933 351200

Contact Finedon Road

Rowan Gate Finedon, Finedon Rd
Wellingborough, Northants, NN8 4NS
Acting Head of Provision - Nicole Lawson

Tel: 01933 304970

Satellite Classes #1

Rowan Gate, c/o Tennyson Road Infant School,
1 Highfield Road, Rushden, NN10 9QD
Head of Provision - Maxine Anthony-Hill

Tel:  07539160502

Satellite Classes #2

Rowan Gate c/o Stanton Cross Primary School,
Waverley Drive, Wellingborough, NN8 1GN
Head of Provision - Natalija Zemcugova

Tel: 07891936540