Primary Maths Challenge


Congratulations to the seven mathematicians who took part in the Primary Maths Challenge. This is an event which is organised by The Mathematical Association and is designed to challenge both the children’s mathematical and logical thinking. Over 68,000 pupils from almost 1700 schools took part.

A special mention to Dylan, who was a Gold Award winner and our Best in School.

Well done to Team Roselyon!

Fencing success in the Autumn term


Our fencing coach Mr Gale was delighted with the performance of our fencing team following the Buckland Handicap Fencing Competition in Plymouth. He reported that Jake (Prep 6) placed a very well earned 5th place in the under 10s foil, while Amelia (Prep 4) was hot on his heels with a 6th place and the accolade of Best Girl.

Also during the Autumn half-term holiday, Arlo (Prep 6) was invited to watch the England v Russia International at the Lansdowne Club in London. Arlo was selected for this as he has been recognised as a potential future international level fencer. He along with brother Alfie were thrilled to meet with some of the country’s top fencing talent.

Not to be outdone, Lyonhearts, our open and adult fencing group, held their monthly ‘Fight Night’ and Roselyon parent Johan Steyn (parent of Ewan in Prep 5) won the coveted ‘Sword of Power’! The group meets on the first Friday evening of the month at Bodmin Leisure Centre.

New home for Roselyon School


Roselyon School marked the start of a new academic year with an ambitious and exciting relocation of the school to a new site, the grand opening of which was celebrated earlier this week.

Based in Par near St Austell for nearly 70 years, the prep school for 3 to 11 year olds has moved into the Churchtown site in Lanlivery, formerly well-known as a centre for activities for young people with disabilities. The site has undergone a significant programme of transformation over the summer months, and now has new learning facilities – both indoors and out – making the most of the new location with its woodlands, lakes and outdoor learning facilities.

The new site means that the mid-Cornwall school is now much more accessible to children travelling from the north and east of the county, with additional bus services providing access to families in the towns of Padstow, Wadebridge and Bodmin, as well as the villages in the neighbouring areas. Existing routes from St Austell in the west and Looe, Liskeard, Lostwirhiel and points on the A38 as far as Castle Motors continue to bring children to Lanlivery.

At the grand opening event, Head of Roselyon School, Hilary Mann said:

“We are delighted to be here in Lanlivery, and that the heritage of Churchtown, with its educational aspirations and dedication to giving children an extraordinary and exciting experience, will once again contribute to the life of mid-Cornwall.

“These magical grounds mean the children’s learning will extend far beyond the classroom. Here we can provide an even more exciting outdoor education, with our remarkable adventure playground, ancient woodlands and lakes to explore, as well as an outdoor classroom to ensure that outdoor learning can never get ‘rained off.’

“We will still visit the coastline each week for Beach School, and Woodland School is right on our doorstep, but now we have a farm next door where the children can grow their own food and learn alongside the animals. This combined with our excellent academic facilities means we really could not be happier.”

The building was declared open by Merryn Varcoe, a former pupil and staff member at Roselyon School, and daughter of Philip and Mary Varcoe, who endowed both Churchtown Farm Activities Centre and Roselyon School itself.

Sir Tim Smit attended the opening and said, “I’m delighted that Roselyon School has come to Churchtown as it ensures the long term future of an inspirational school. The imaginative transformation provides a fantastic educational platform that will make it one of the premier schools in the West Country. A childhood spent in this environment will be, in my view, the ideal start for young lives where curiosity and the imagination are nurtured in ideal surroundings.”

Roselyon is the only school in Cornwall in the Sunday Times ‘Best 100 Schools’ list and has a fencing national silver medallist among its children, as well as regular qualifiers for national cross country and athletics events.  Having recently joined the Methodist Independent Schools Trust, it has a close relationship with Truro School, which accepts a good number of its pupils each year.

Pictured here are Terry Corby, Chair of Governors at Roselyon School, with Merryn Varcoe and Hilary Mann, Head of Roselyon School.

The heart of the community


It’s really great to see the Community Shop in Lanlivery thriving at Churchtown.  A wonderful local initiative which we are proud to support.

Hard at work


The building is shut off now as the builders start to model the new inside layout.  We’re so used to being able to pop in and have a look around that it seems strange – but it’s exciting, too!

A perfect place for children


This weekend we had a lot of visitors to the Churchtown site and we were very grateful for all the help we received.  During the morning the children began to learn just what a wonderful environment it is for children!

All the beautiful spaces


At Churchtown there are many wonderful spaces, some large and exciting for learning in, others, like this exciting space, which are made for contemplation.  Next week we have to leave for a while, whilst the serious building work takes place.  Next time we visit it’s going to look really different!

Work party hard at work


We were delighted to have the support of so many families as we cleared Churchtown over the last couple of weekends.

Great progress has been made – and we also unearthed some surprising finds!