We hope that you will be able to find the information that you require on the following pages and links. However, nothing replaces a visit and seeing our special school ‘in action’ with our young people from across a wide area of Kent and beyond including Dartford, Swanley, Gravesend, Tunbridge Wells, Edenbridge, Tonbridge and Westerham. You will receive a warm welcome into a positive and supportive environment.
Rowhill was chosen to work with three other schools for pupils needing an alternative curriculum. The project was run by Into Film and funded through the British Film Industry. We worked with the film maker Cassius Rayner, who works widely with children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
On the first day Cassius and Jasel (from Into Film) came in worked with the pupils, explaining the task, introducing the equipment and the tasks for the week. Mrs Hills (English Teacher) and Ollie (English TA) worked with a group of 15 pupils. We learnt about film making, different jobs in the industry, how to use equipment, wrote story boards, practiced shots, discussed roles we would take on the day and much more! On the final day Cassius came back in and we took the final footage.
Our task was to make a film about life in an alternative curriculum school or centre, this film will be shown widely across the country at different education events. This film was cut by Cassius into the final version. At the same time we also made ‘A day in the life of Rowhill’ which will be available to see from September.
Forest school at Rowhill is still in its first year and very much at a stage of development. During these early stages almost all of the Rowhill primary children have taken part in outdoor activities delivered by a qualified level 3 Forest School leader, who encourages children to develop their own ideas and to experience success in their chosen task.
A number of projects are currently in progress including a semi-permanent shelter, a fire pit area and most recently a Willow tunnel.