High quality teaching for home-educated children in Cornwall


Are you looking to supplement your home education with direct high-quality teaching?

We can help with that! We offer home-educated children from Reception to Year 6 the option to attend any number of subjects taught here at our independent prep school in Cornwall, from French, Latin, Religious Studies and PHSE, through to Science, Art, Maths and English.

Roselyon is a small and friendly school, with experience in providing tailored solutions for home-educators. Our dedicated teaching staff and classroom assistants provide the maximum of time to each child. We believe strongly in praise and encouragement and ensure the children (and parents) are aware of the progress they are making.

Our fees are very competitive when compared to traditional home tutoring costs, and parents can choose to purchase as many or as few subjects as they choose. The only requirement is that subjects are purchased as a ‘half-term block’ (there are a set number of lessons a week and timetables will be discussed with you) and paid for in advance for half a term.

If you are interested, please do call us on 01726 812110 or email info@roselyonschool.com

Should you decide to proceed, you will need to provide us with a copy of the letter you have received from the Elective Home Educator’s office in Cornwall. The parent has responsibility for the provision of ‘efficient full-time education’ (Education Act 1996), and the Roselyon subjects will form part of that provision.

Click on this link for more details of subjects available and our pricing structure.

 

Fencing success for Roselyon children


We might only be a small prep school in Cornwall, but we have some future sporting champions among our children!

Roselyon is delighted to report that at the Leon Paul Junior Series Cornwall tournament in Truro last weekend, our fencing team achieved fantastic success.

In the U11 Boys Foil, congratulations go to Arlo who took the Gold Medal. His achievement was matched by Amelia in the U9 Girls Foil, also taking home a Gold Medal.

The medals did not stop there – Lily and Isla both took home Silver medals, while Bronze medals were claimed by Lola and Mini.

This was a brilliant day of fencing by all of our competitors – and certainly put Roselyon School on the map.

Click on this link to find out more about Fencing at Roselyon. You can also see photos from this event on our Facebook page here

Churchtown Staff Reunion Event


There was a wonderfully warm atmosphere of reminiscence when former staff of Churchtown Farm returned for a special reunion event organised by Roselyon School last week.

The event attracted over 40 staff members who had all previously worked for Churchtown Farm and Activity Centre when it operated as a respite centre in the mid 1970s through to 2011, providing day services and holidays for young disabled people and youngsters with special educational needs.

Roselyon School staff and children were delighted to show guests and their families around the buildings and the facilities that the school has been enjoying since it relocated to Lanlivery, as well witness the reunion of friends and colleagues who had not seen each other for many years. Tea, cake and much news were shared by all!

“We all came away with a warm feeling of well being, knowing our beloved buildings are in very safe, and loving hands,” said Mel Millett, former Care Manager and Deputy Centre Manager at Churchtown Farm.

Hilary Mann, Head of Roselyon School, added, “It was such a pleasure to see so many people who hold this building dear and we were pleased that they were really impressed with the changes we have made. The spirit of the building lives on.” 

Any staff of Churchtown who missed the reunion are most welcome to visit when they are in the area – the snowy weather on the day meant that many missed out, although we were most impressed by one tenacious visitor who travelled all the way from the Isle of Mull! Please phone 01726 812110 to arrange a look around.

Sign up for a ‘taste’ of our independent prep school in Cornwall


Are you considering an independent prep school in Cornwall as the next step for your son or daughter?

If yes, then you should definitely consider coming along soon to experience a ‘taste’ of the school day at Roselyon! While our website and prospectus will give you a flavour of life in our small and friendly school, spending time here will give you and your son or daughter a much better insight to our teaching, learning and school environment.

We tailor the taster completely to your needs: choose the subjects your child would most like to experience, and a time of day which means they can also enjoy a breaktime or lunchtime with us, and we will organise the rest.

Having visited, should you decide you would like to proceed with the admissions process we will arrange for your child to visit us for a day or two in the term before they join, in order to become more familiar with the surroundings and to make friends to play with in the holidays.

For more details, do call us on 01726 812110 or email info@roselyonschool.com

New minibus routes to Roselyon for North Cornwall families


Roselyon is delighted to announce two new minibus routes for families living in the north of the county.

The first will provide those in the Wadebridge area with access to Roselyon School on a route which travels in via Bodmin. The second is a new collection point at Cornwall Services on the A30, ideal for parents travelling to and from work on this route.

Head of Roselyon Hilary Mann said, “Our escorted minibus services from Bodmin, Liskeard and St. Austell have always been popular, so much so that we have added a second bus for our St. Austell families. Our recent move to Lanlivery means we are now more accessible if you live in the north of the county, with convenient stops where you can meet the bus on your way to work or from home, knowing that your child will be delivered safely to school.”

For more details, visit this page – and should you require further information, or wish to discuss a collection point not currently offered, please email info@roselyonschool.com    

Homework? What homework?


We’ve all had to suffer homework. It’s the fate of children worldwide. Parents have suffered and so children must. Or should they?

Many educators will argue that homework adds nothing to a child’s progress and understanding, and can actually do more damage than good. Some might argue that homework can rob a child of their love of learning, and add extra stress to children who already work hard at school and have a busy extra-curricular life. And no-one could argue that homework does not impact on family life – whether it’s stealing important time spent together or the cause of many an argument about time-management and quadratic equations.

Here at Roselyon we have taken the dramatic move of cancelling homework. Homework, in its traditional sense, does not have a place in our school. This means if the weather is fine, Roselyon families enjoy the beach after school, without the worry of a worksheet due in the morning. Mums, dads and children can go to a movie, concert or sporting event as a family, or celebrate Gran’s birthday together. That’s what family life is about.

Of course, there is reading to do (sharing a good book together at bedtime – who doesn’t enjoy that?) and spellings and tables to learn, but the rest of the time it’s up to the children and their parents. Our ‘homework’ is in the form of longer-term projects, which are chosen by the children and are so thrilling to them, that they really want to engage. On a wet weekend in Cornwall, they can get on with research into something which truly excites them, which is far better preparation for independent thinking and learning than traditional ‘homework’ is.

We have designed our school day to be a little longer for the older children, so that they can reflect on all that has happened and what they have discovered in their research. Our subject teachers are thrilled to learn about topics outside their normal experience and the children are enthusiastic to share their knowledge. Often there’s time to share a story or play a game together at the end of the day and then go home full of tales of sport, art, music, science, geography, history, Latin…the list is a long one! We value all subjects and give the children a chance to immerse themselves in their learning.

So, yes, it’s a bit different to what we all know as ‘homework’, but our approach means the children have a hand in planning their own learning, they are able to pursue their own passions and interests, and they learn to think for themselves – all of which make for more engaged children and better lessons. We’re delighted with the system – and so are the children.

Why small class sizes are important


At Roselyon School we believe in small class sizes. Our current classes are around 10 children per class and we’ll never allow more than 18 in a Roselyon class. But why does that matter?

Well, let’s compare two classes. In terms of teacher ability, student levels, and student behaviour, they are essentially identical. The only difference is that one class has 10 children and the other has 30. Which class would you want your child in? Which class is better for the child? The smaller one is the obvious answer, but do you know exactly why?

Here are five reasons why a small class size is so important:

1. More one -to-one time In our 10-pupil class, it stands to reason that each child will have three times more individual time with their teacher. This type of educating is critical, both for development of skills and for inspiring children.

2. Easier to identify issues In large classes, teachers can struggle to identify where problems might be arising, and then because their time is so limited, they may struggle to adequately address these issues. Within these kinds of spaces, where teachers have too little time to watch for and address individual issues, children can begin to ‘slip through the cracks’.

3. More cohesive class culture A small class will ultimately make a more cohesive group than a large one. In a smaller classroom setting, children will have the opportunity to interact with and form relationships with all of their classmates, ensuring that the class is more supportive of each other.

4. Children are more engaged When children have a good relationship with their teacher and know they are responsible for their work and level of participation, they become more engaged. When they care what their teacher thinks of their performance, they produce better work.

5. Research shows tremendous benefits to small classes

Don’t just take our word for it – the vast majority of research shows that children perform better in all subjects, at all levels, in small classes.

Would you like to find out more? You are welcome to book a visit to see the school in action, on a day to suit you. Or better still, you can arrange an individualised taster session for your son or daughter, to experience some of their favourite subjects, enjoy some ‘down-time’ during a break, or even stay for lunch. Call us on 01726 812110.