Early Years (Kindergarten & Reception)
Most of our children join the school in Kindergarten (the September after a child turns 3) although we do have limited spaces available in Reception. Early registration is recommended as places fill up fast. Early Years funding of 15 hours is available up until a child’s 5th birthday. Rose Hill School is non-selective and admission is via registration. Places are offered 12 months in advance into the 3+ Kindergarten class. We advise that parents register their children at birth to be sure of a place.
Rose Hill Staff will visit all the children either at their current nursery or at home in advance of them starting at Rose Hill School. There are also transition sessions run at the school to help the children prepare for the September start.
In the first term all children attend five mornings a week but full days are available. In the spring term all children attend four mornings plus one full day and in the summer term all children attend three full days and two mornings. This gradual increase prepares the children to attend full time when they start in Reception the following September.
There are two classes in both Kindergarten and Reception. The class teachers are responsible for your child’s pastoral care and academic development. Each class is ably supported by a teaching assistant who works closely alongside the teachers and the children. All staff are involved in the planning across the year group and the classes frequently work and play together. Playtime supervisors support the staff and the children at playtime and lunchtime and form a vital part of our pastoral team for the children.
Children love having responsibilities and in Early Years all children have opportunities to develop their self-esteem by being given time to be our ‘Golden Helper’ for the day. Verbal praise and encouragement are reinforced with stickers and stars. Particular academic or pastoral efforts or achievements are rewarded with a certificate in the PrePrep assembly on Friday.
We strive to enable your child to reach their full potential in an engaging and stimulating environment, using the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework as a basis to provide a challenging and inspiring curriculum. Together we will encourage the children to be active, enthusiastic and excited learners who take pride in their efforts and achievements and who celebrate the progress they make during the first stage of their exciting learning journey.
PrePrep (Years 1 &2)
As the children move into Year 1 & 2 their personal development remains an important aim and this is achieved through continuous learning opportunities; activities both in and beyond the classroom environment which are a mixture of teacher-led tasks and guided independent exploration similar to the learning techniques used in Early Years.
The class groups are shuffled for the start of Year 1 and remain fixed for Year 2 when the classes are shuffled again before entering the Prep school in Year 3. Our aim is to promote social integration across each year group and this biennial reshuffle undoubtedly helps to ensure that all children know everyone in their year group. They are positively encouraged to work with many different children in class so that relationships are developed and are strengthened as the year’s progress. Teaching is carried out in class groups, smaller groups and year groups as we select the most effective mode of curriculum delivery, this may include ability groupings. In Year 2 numeracy and literacy is taught in ability groups and in Year 1we currently have ability groupings in Literacy.
Throughout Year 2, children are prepared for moving to the Prep School. The children attend whole school assemblies, enjoy interaction with Year 3 during the year studying various topics and in the summer term children spend a transition morning in the Prep School with the Year 3 teachers.
Please speak to our Admissions Secretary about spaces in Years 1 & 2.
The Prep School
Middle School: Years 3, 4 & 5
Rose Hill School is a place of learning, a place where boys and girls have wide-ranging opportunities to become fulfilled, skilful and happy young men and women. Ensuring this process of all round growth; academically, spiritually, morally, athletically and creatively is our aim. Every pupil is encouraged, taught and challenged to fulfil their potential, by being immersed in an environment of discovery and wholehearted participation. We strive to allow time and space for academic work to be balanced by sport, music, drama and art, along with a diverse choice of other co-curricular activities including service to the local community. Through these activities we aim to allow our young people to acquire a confidence in their relationships with adults.
In the Prep School pupils are organised into Forms that are small enough to enable staff and pupils to work closely together. A strong pastoral systems provides firm foundations for learning: happy pupils who feel well supported learn well. The role of the Form Tutor and Heads of Year is crucial in fulfilling our aim to provide a secure and structured communication for all pupils, in which these young people can fulfil their potential whilst learning to live and work together in a spirit of co-operation, kindness, mutual respect and enthusiasm, establishing harmonious interaction between pupils and between staff and pupils.
Confidence lies at the heart of successful learning. Small classes, an emphasis on individual needs and teachers who will go that extra mile ensure that every pupil at Rose Hill receives the time and attention needed to develop the confidence and desire to learn for life. Achievement is recorded in a personalised pupil planner which allows weekly communication with parents. The School’s curriculum is rich and broad, meeting the demands for entry into a range of Senior Schools and also geared to the individual needs of each pupil. In September 2020 we launched a new curriculum. The curriculum framework is comprised of three concepts: The Acquisition of Knowledge, The Application of Knowledge & the Assessment Of & For Learning. Assessment is regular and on-going. Regular Parents’ Evenings and written Reports provide parents with information on pupils’ effort and attainment.
Upper School: Years 6, 7 & 8
We find pupils flourish in these final two years at Rose Hill School. We see children develop into self-confident, articulate and polite young adults. The additional time spent in a prep school environment allows them to develop a huge range of skills before they make the important step into secondary education.
Our year groups are small and nurturing and this enables the pupils to develop a true sense of self-worth and an understanding of how to be of value to society. This also provides excellent opportunities for the staff to support and fully extend the intellectual and academic growth of each individual.
We encourage pupils to be self-confident, inquiring and tolerant. We want them to lead by example, to develop a well-rounded character and have an independent mind. There is a focus on learning new life skills through the Rose Hill Diploma. This promotes practical experiences which support the skills they will need in the future, these include filling in an applications form, budgeting and voluntary work.
The Upper School offers many opportunities for personal development through pastoral care, leadership responsibilities and representing the school in a host of different co-curricular activities. Pupils work alongside staff to uphold the school’s high standards and values.
All pupils are prepared for the transition between primary and secondary education. They are encouraged to think more for themselves, plan maturely and organise themselves independently, take responsibility for their own actions and learning to meet deadlines.
From September 2020 fees for Year 7 & 8 are £7,995 per year.
In addition, we offer awards to gifted and talented children in Years 7 & 8 in the following subjects: Sports; Drama; Art; Music; STEM & Citizenship subjects. For children offered a major award the fee for the year will be no more than £3,998*.
(* This fee does not include other chargeable extras such as residential trips, clubs etc.)