The village of Lanlivery is the new home for Roselyon School, which was founded in 1952 and located in Par, near St Austell, until recently.
Lanlivery is a wonderful location, situated up on a hill on the Saints’ Way, with stunning views across the Luxulyan Valley to the south and across the moors to Bodmin in the north. Surrounded by woodland, lakes and a farm, it is the most unique place in which to grow up.
Our school is located on the former Churchtown site, a centre for adults and children with physical and learning disabilities, and we are delighted that the heritage of this environment, with its educational aspirations and dedication to giving children an extraordinary and exciting experience, will once again contribute to the life of Lanlivery and mid-Cornwall.
The grounds of our new school are simply magical.
The incredible landscape means children can experience a wide range of curriculum outdoor pursuits – the older ones having a chance to use the remarkable adventure playground; all children accessing curriculum from fencing to the more traditional sports; access to the Saints’ Way for more extensive cross-country training; a performance space set up to a standard which will tempt in professional performers; our own ancient woodlands and lakes to explore as well as an outdoor classroom to ensure that outdoor learning can never get ‘rained off’; and indoor and outdoor spaces which will allow parents to use the school to enhance their business and leisure lives.
Children learn through discovery in such experiences as Beach School and Woodland School, as well as participating in activities on our adjacent farm.
They spend a good proportion of their time outside the classroom, where they experience real situations and work through solving problems. The older children also have a chance to run a properly functioning business, which teaches a huge range of skills and allows budding entrepreneurs to cut their teeth.
All of our children become confident at expressing themselves in public, taking part in festivals, plays and musical theatre productions as well as choir events where any enthusiastic child can have the experience of singing a solo or performing a skill – not just the perfectionists, although they are celebrated, along with every success each child achieves.
Roselyon is widely recognised for producing outstanding educational results and these achievements have secured our position as the only ‘Sunday Times Top 100’ prep school in Cornwall in recent years.
In our latest ISI Inspection, children’s attainment was rated ‘excellent’ and we are proud to have this confirmation that our children ‘attain notably high standards of literacy and numeracy, and have outstanding attitudes towards learning.’ Much of this success can be attributed to our small class size policy.
Children are well prepared for exams into independent secondary schools and also for the 11+ and they will receive all the grounding they need to ensure that their secondary education – independent, grammar or more local state school – will be off to a flying start.
Our children are taught by subject specialists from Year 3, ensuring that wherever their interest and imagination takes them, we have a teacher who can walk beside them and extend their learning. At Lanlivery, we are able to broaden our curriculum still further to ensure every child is fully engaged in, and a part of, the journey and we’re going to inspire them to choose to do work at home.
Children are involved in the contents of the curriculum and their group decisions ensure that they feel involved in the development of their own education. Lessons focus on the chosen topic and areas we don’t deliver in the classroom will give a chance for children to carry out independent research which they can share with their classmates. This research is facilitated by teachers and replaces all homework except such core partnership areas of reading, spellings and tables practice.
At Lanlivery, we have extended the school day for the older children so that they can have a lesson where they can consider what they have learned and how their research is progressing. This also gives a comfortable conclusion to each day of learning, allowing any aspirations or troubles to be shared and solutions discussed or woven into the following day’s learning.
When Cornwall is at its best and the beach is calling, families can now choose to abandon formal homework and go and experience life in the most beautiful county. But when the weather is chilly and damp, what better time to extend your learning with a research topic initiated by your own interest?
Roselyon is a special community where children can be children but can extend their experience as far as they are capable. We already allow children to pursue their dreams; at Lanlivery their dreams can be even bigger.
Come and see how our vision works at Roselyon at Lanlivery – and we’ll share our dreams with your children.