Statement from the Trustees

It is with great sadness that we announce the proposed closure of Roselyon School, subject to consultation with School staff.

Despite Roselyon School’s excellent academic and extracurricular record, like many small independent schools across the country, we have encountered extremely challenging conditions in recent years due to a highly competitive market.

In recent years the School has faced a continual challenge to recruit and maintain the pupil numbers needed to support the running costs of the school, these issues alongside the current economic uncertainty has led to the School finding itself in very difficult financial circumstances.

Prior to considering this proposal, the trustees of Roselyon have been exploring every feasible option available to it to enable the school to continue. This has included relocating to a new site and investing in the development to create a new and enriching environment. However, the pupils anticipated to come from this location and investment have not materialised. The Trustees now unfortunately feel that the economic reality is that the school is not financially viable in the future. 

The trustees have come to the very difficult decision that despite the School’s best efforts they have no alternative but to consider closing the School at the end of the academic year, subject to consultation with staff.  

The School will continue to operate as usual in the meantime, so that it can deliver the best education possible to the pupils.  The education and welfare of our pupils has always been our primary concern and should the outcome of the consultation process be that the School closes, we will help pupils to find appropriate alternative options for the next academic year.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents, guardians, staff and trustees who have supported the School over many years.

Primary school places for September 2019

Following the announcement of primary school places last week, it is clear that a number of schools in Cornwall are over-subscribed for September 2019, resulting in anxiety and disappointment for many families.

If you find yourself in this position, you might want to consider Roselyon School as an option.

Based in Lanlivery, between St Austell and Lostwithiel, we have a small number of places left in reception class for September 2019, and for those worried about having siblings at separate schools, we may have places available in other primary years. We organise private minibus transport to locations throughout Cornwall to alleviate the pressure of travelling if you live further afield, as well as wrap around care for working parents.

Head teacher, Hillary Mann explains: “We are lucky to not be bound by the restraint of the school application deadlines and can therefore offer parents the chance to have a look at our school and take up one of the few spaces remaining. Applications will only close once we have a full class. We pride ourselves on small classes at Roselyon and therefore encourage interested parents to get in contact as soon as possible to ensure a space is available.”

Anyone interested in the school is invited to call Mrs Mann on 01726 812110 or email her via

Roselyon School was founded in 1952 and was originally located in a mine-owner’s house on a wooded, 5 acre site in Par, but in 2018 we moved to a bigger site set in the grounds of the former Churchtown Farm, Lanlivery. Our new site has acres of open space enabling the children to take part in many outdoor activities including forest school and beach school, and we now have access to a neighbouring working farm. Our main building is fully accessible and newly refurbished.

We pride ourselves on small classes enabling teachers to support each child and help them gain their full potential. Roselyon can boast many competition wins including the 2017 UK fencing championships, classes in the Cornwall sailing regatta, cross country, art, poetry, music and more.

You can find out more about us, including our excellent inspection results, here or click through to view our prospectus

New toddler group for mid Cornwall

We are delighted to be re-starting our toddler group at our new site in Lanlivery.

Commencing in the New Year, Roselyon Toddler Group is open to everyone, not just families of the school.

Everyone will be welcome to join us for a social session of chat and play, hosted by our qualified staff.

The group will meet every Thursday in term time from 930am to 1130am in the school hall at Roselyon.

We have plenty of free parking and our site is fully accessible. The cost is just £2 a family, to include snacks and drinks.

Booking is advised; please call Lisa our School Secretary on 01726 812110.

We look forward to seeing you!


St Austell Festival winners

Congratulations to all the children who entered this year’s St Austell Festival of Music and Speech.

In the younger age groups, Olivia took second place and Jenson third, both with very courageous performances.

In Prep III (pictured here), Crystal took first place and Ethan was placed third. James and Esme also performed very strongly. Crystal went on to win the overall  first place among all Year 3 entrants, which is a fantastic achievement – and secured her a second trophy!

In Prep IV, Amelia took a third place while Sophia and Dylan gave great performances.

In Prep V, Dylan took first place and Mimi was placed second.

Finally, in Prep VI, Ben came third against stiff competition. Lily and Sheba performed admirably too.

We are very proud of all of you!



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!

Roselyon is a Sunday Times Top 100 School!

We are delighted to have been listed in the Sunday Times Top 100 Prep Schools listing.  See the news story at

Congratulations to all our children and teachers.


Open Morning – Friday 13th January 10.00-12.00



At Roselyon we believe in celebrating the whole child and all of their strengths.  Success in animation and horse riding are just as important as achievement in academic tests, which is why our children do so well.  In the last year at Roselyon:

  • 29% of Year 6 pupils were awarded independent school scholarships
  • 21% of Year 6 pupils were awarded a place at a state grammar school
  • children have qualified for a national art competition final
  • children have qualified for a national cross-country final
  • children have qulaified for a national athletics final
  • children have been successful at a national level in fencing.

Come and see us at work and find out why happy children achieve so much.