Rowan Preparatory School in Claygate

Rowan Preparatory School is renowned for achieving personal excellence for every girl


Rowan Preparatory SchoolWeb:

Rowan Brae (3 to 7 year olds)1 Gordon Road, Claygate, Esher, Surrey KT10 0PJ Tel: 01372 462 627 ext700E-mail:

Rowan Hill (7 to 11 year olds) 6 Fitzalan Road, Claygate, Esher, Surrey KT10 0LX Tel: 01372 462 627 ext600E-mail:

Rowan Preparatory School is a dynamic, forward thinking school with an excellent reputation. We prepare girls (aged 3-11) for the challenges they will face in life, helping them to develop self-awareness, compassion and respect. Rowan is a school where girls excel but, above all, it is a school where girls are happy.

“Our aim is to develop girls' love of learning, academic potential and individual talents in a caring community which fosters confidence, sensitivity and an enthusiasm for all that life has to offer,” says Mrs Kathy Kershaw, Headteacher.

As a member of the United Learning family, Rowan shares the objective of bringing out ‘the best in everyone’, enabling each pupil to face the future as educated, caring and confident people, able to make a valuable contribution to society. Within this context, means tested bursary places are available and we do all we can to broaden access to the school. 

Learning at RowanAt Rowan the curriculum is rich and exciting, challenging and engaging. We believe that children learn best through first hand experiences and our girls have plenty of opportunities for ‘Adventurous Learning’.

We follow a creative curriculum which encourages the girls to become independent learners, and use their initiative to take risks whilst learning to work collaboratively and to be creative and curious about the world around them.

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Questioning and thoughtful discussion form a large part of any lesson at Rowan, preparing our girls for their subsequent education and for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of adult life.

Moving on to senior schoolAll of our girls are prepared for entry to a wide variety of senior schools, with support and guidance provided to parents regarding preferred choices.

Rowan has an excellent record of girls gaining places at the senior school of their choice many having been offered academic, music, drama, sports or art scholarships.

Year 6 leavers have gone on to a number of schools including: Beneden; Cheltenham Ladies College; City of London Freemen’s; Guildford High School; Sherborne; St George's College; St Paul’s Girls School; St Teresa’s School; Surbiton High School; The Lady Eleanor Holles; Tiffin Girls School; Tormead School and Wycombe Abbey. 

Ofsted and the Independent Schools InspectorateIn addition to being awarded ‘Excellent’ in all areas by Ofsted our ISI Inspection Report also highlighted: 

“The overall effectiveness of the setting is outstanding. The needs of the children are met through a high quality, developmentally appropriate curriculum. The setting fulfils its aim of inspiring the children to be motivated and excited about their learning.”

“The overall achievement of pupils is excellent and meets the school’s aim to promote academic excellence in a happy environment, bringing out the best in its pupils.”

“Provision is outstanding, including that for children under three years. Staff are warm, enthusiastic and value each child as uniquely special, skilfully matching activities to individual needs.”

“The success of pupil’s personal development is excellent in and successfully meets the school’s aim to enable pupils to believe in their own ability to succeed.”

“The girls greatly enjoy their creative subjects and achieve very well in art, music and drama. High levels of achievement in physical activity are realised through lessons and through participation in extra-curricular sports.”

Finding out more about Rowan Preparatory SchoolTo see what school life is alike at Rowan, please join us at our next Open Morning on Friday October 5, 2012:

Rowan Brae for girls aged 3-7 years, 10am to 12noon, at 41 Gordon Road, Claygate, Esher, Surrey KT10 0PJRowan Hill for girls aged 7-11 years, 11am to 1pm, at 6 Fitzalan Road, Claygate, Esher, Surrey KT10 0LX

Alternatively please email us at or call us on 01372 462627 to arrange a personal tour.

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