Rowan is a vibrant, friendly and highly motivated community at the forefront of girls' education. As well as achieving outstanding success in their senior school examinations at 11, the girls excel in a wide range of musical, sporting and creative activities and interests inside and outside the classroom. Right from the start of their education in the Nursery, at two years old, our girls learn to foster independence and are encouraged to think and do things for themselves. Kindness and caring about others are of paramount importance. That is why Rowan is such an 'outstanding school for girls'.
About the school
We value the achievements of all our pupils. At Rowan there are exceptional opportunities to develop personal strengths and talents. Our girls achieve amazing results, fulfilling their aspirations in an attractive, well-resourced environment. Our last ISI Inspection highlighted the following: “Rowan is outstanding in achieving its aim of providing excellent quality education in a warm, caring, supportive atmosphere, in which all girls can achieve whatever their ability.” “….where it is perfectly acceptable to be yourself and where individual success is recognised at every level.” Rowan is a school that is renowned for achieving success for every girl – a school with an excellent reputation.
In order to really get a feel for our school, please call us to arrange a visit. Alternatively you would be very welcome to join us at our Open Morning on Thursday 22 February 2018, 9.30am-11.30am, as the best advertisement is the girls themselves. For further information please telephone our registrar, Mrs. Kirsty Drake, on 01372 462627.
Rowan Preparatory School makes contact with the International Space Station
On Thursday 20 June 2019 at exactly 1.48pm, Rowan Preparatory School in Claygate made history as one of a small number of schools in the country to make radio contact with the International Space Station.
21st June 2019 — On Thursday 20 June 2019 at exactly 1.48pm, Rowan Preparatory School in Claygate made history as one of a small number of schools in the country to make radio contact with the International Space Station. ARISS (The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) arranged an exclusive 8-minute radio interview with the astronaut Nick Hague and the girls from Rowan.
A radio mast was built by ARISS in the playground and the girls had written questions for consideration. With a slight delay at the beginning Nick Hague answered questions from 10 girls of different ages. Six local schools, governors and Susan Buckle from the UK Space Agency attended to share the once-in-a-lifetime experience of being in contact with a real astronaut currently in space.
Following an extensive selection process, Rowan was chosen to host this momentous occasion. By encouraging the girls’ interest in STEM subjects in their early years, Rowan hopes to pave the way for them to enter the science, IT and space industries that so badly need female engineers, scientists and mathematicians. The new Engineering and Technology Room is in full use with the girls programming their own Lego kits, coding models to move and respond in different ways and printing objects designed using online software to the 3D printers.
One Year 6 girl said: “I most enjoyed the moment of suspense just before we spoke to the International Space Station then suddenly, Nick Hague responded over the crackling radio! It was a magical 10 minutes when our creative questions were answered. It was a once in a lifetime experience which we all loved.”
Mrs Susan Clarke, Rowan’s Headmistress said, “Speaking to Commander Nick Hague on board the International Space Station and working alongside the ARISS team, was quite simply one of the most inspirational opportunities that we could give our girls and children from the local community. In the moments before the connection was made, you could feel every heart beat in the hall, the atmosphere was electric. I hope that this moment highlights to all young children, that you must dream big and take risks in your learning to achieve your goals. You must work as a team, learn from each other and then celebrate together – all important life skills.”
Ciaran Morgan from ARISS said: “Another successful contact and the girls at Rowan did a fantastic job. Congratulations and well done. This is your moment in history.”
Susan Buckle, the Education & Outreach Manager from the UK Space Agency added: “This was such a fantastic moment for the girls at Rowan Preparatory that I’m sure they will remember for a long time. I hope this inspires them to continue studying STEM and pursue a career in the space sector!”
Rowan Preparatory School girls are Primary Engineering Award Winners
Rowan Preparatory School pupils, Natalie Johns & Maisie Crook are victorious in their age ranges at the Primary Engineering Leaders Award Ceremony for the London region.
5th July 2018 — Rowan Preparatory School pupils, Natalie Johns (Year 4) and Maisie Crook (Year 2) attended the Primary Engineering Leaders Award Ceremony at Kingston University on Thursday 5 July 2018 as winners in their age ranges for the London region of the competition. At the Awards, Natalie Johns was also selected out of the 1,934 London Region entrants to receive the Siemens trophy for her design.
The girls had been asked to think of a real life problem and come up with a solution of their own with a design and 100 word essay. Natalie Johns had designed a pair of shoes called ‘Swishy Souls’ that uses movement to create electricity. Her invention was described by one of the judges from RAF College Cranwell as showing ‘innovation and imagination but also I felt a hint of developing social responsibility as the invention would save the need for parents to purchase multiple pairs of football boots.'
As well as Rowan Prep School winners Natalie (aged 9 years old) and Maisie (aged 7 years old), eight other Rowan girls from Year 1 to Year 6 were shortlisted or highly commended by the judges for their designs which were put on display at the London Public Exhibition of local school children at Kingston University on Friday 6th July 2018. The Awards, which are in their fifth year, described the Rowan girls’ designs as being in the top percentile and having achieved an astonishing feat.
Rowan Preparatory School opened its new Engineering and Technology rooms in September 2017 with an Engineering Careers Fair and the focus on STEM subjects has been enthusiastically received by the pupils.
Mrs Susan Clarke, Rowan’s Headmistress said, ‘I feel passionate about promoting STEM with the girls; opening their eyes to new opportunities and possibilities. It has been a wonderful way to develop their curiosity, creativity and collaboration – skills for life!'
Rowan Prep School and England's Alex Danson hosted an exciting Hockey Workshop on Saturday at Rowan's sports grounds for a host of schools and clubs in the area.
Rowan Preparatory School organised a very special U10 girls hockey workshop presented by GB and England hockey player Alex Danson at Rowan's sports ground on Saturday 17 October 2015. 85 girls from a host of schools and clubs spent the morning honing their skills with expert tutoring. Alex is an ambassador for youth sport and was delighted to have the opportunity to instruct at grass roots level. “It has been a pleasure coaching the girls, they were all engaged and the skill in the tournament was amazing.” she said. The girls thoroughly embraced the morning and benefitted from Alex's excellent coaching tips before moving on to a versatility tournament. Susan Clarke, Headmistress at Rowan said “The girls have gained enormously from Alex's knowledge and coaching style. The emphasis of the day was to be an inclusive event, the mixed versatility tournament brought out the best in team work. Thank you to Alex and the girls for making it such a special morning.”
The girls from Rowan Preparatory School, aged between 7 and 11, embraced the wonderful game of rugby in the Power Pass event, clocking up a massive 7,266 passes and raising £1,544.50 for iTrust and Wooden Spoon.
14th October 2015 — Rowan Preparatory School's pupils embraced the wonderful game of rugby to raise money for disadvantaged children. All the girls aged between 7 and 11 participated in the Power Pass event and clocked up a massive 7,266 passes in 15 minutes and raised an impressive £1,544.50 for iTrust and Wooden Spoon, the children's charity of rugby.
Headmistress Susan Clarke said: "The girls had a wonderful time and were excited by the challenge. No doubt the spririt of the World Cup and the introduction of touch rugby as a school club has helped them achieved such a huge total. I am very proud the girls helped to raise money for such a worthwhile charity."