Mr T Mills-Bishop
Head Teacher

Rowans, Welwyn Garden City,
Hertfordshire, AL7 1NZ.
Waterside Academy is a business name of Agora Learning Partnership.
A charitable limited company, registered in England and Wales No 10290954
Registered Office The Orchard Primary School, Gammons Lane, Watford, WD24 5JW

01707 321203

Waterside Academy

Governor activities

 Rowans School governors are considering acadamisation for the school in the future.

On 26th May 2017 a letter and survey was sent to all staff, parents and governors by email/paper copy to provide information and to offer the chance to respond to a survey. The local community is also welcome to return a survey. Paper copies are available from the office, upon request.

Letter to stakeholders


Governor Visit

James Mayhew

My name is Clare and I am the governor for reading. I had the pleasure of visiting the school when the author, James Mayhew, was spending the day with classes.

James is  a celebrated author, having written/illustrated over 60 books.  He spoke to the children, “I wasn’t very good at reading or writing stories but I was good at art.”  He first made a book for children when at art college, and he showed everyone the prototype. He talked about his collection of Katie and Ella Bella stories.  The children were very engaged and asked really interesting questions.  He talked about his love of fairy and folk takes.  He retold “The Firebird” to years 3 and 4, while drawing and painting a scene (upsidedown!).  A child asked about making mistakes.  James replied, “You’ve got to take a risk ... be courageous enough to get something wrong in order to get it right.” 

With years 5 and 6, James reiterated, “I’m happy to make mistakes.” He extensively illustrated “Shakespeare’s Stories” so he retold “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.  Then, while the school listened to Mendelssohn’s prelude to the play, he sketched and painted a scene featuring Titania and Bottom.  With excellent questions from the children, James talked about what books/authors inspired him (Tove Jansson, Quentin Blake, Maurice Sendak).  He said you should always ask, “Why?” when you are writing a plot ie what is the reason for doing/saying something?

The visit of James Mayhew was truly inspirational to all the classes who were present. They were amazed at his illustrations, and were completely involved in his presentation.  Many of the classes had done some detailed research beforehand about the writer which impressed him hugely! 

On my next visit I will be looking at some of the work children produced in response to this inspirational visit.