Frequently Asked Questions
1. What opportunities are there to visit the school and speak with staff?
Due to current restrictions we held our first virtual Open Morning on Friday 2 October, we are hoping to hold an Open Day at the school on Friday 26 March. To request an information pack and register for the event please contact Ann Green our Admissions Secretary, register here or call 01892 525591. If you would prefer to arrange a personal appointment please make contact with our Admissions Secretary who will arrange a convenient time for you.
2. What age can children start school?
Most of our children join the school in Kindergarten (the September after a child turns 3) although we do have spaces available in Reception. Early registration is recommended as places fill up fast.
3. Do you operate Early Years Funding?
Yes. The school is currently registered with Kent County Council as a provider of Free Early Years Education for 3 and 4 year olds. All children (in the term following their 3rd birthday) are eligible to receive a maximum of 570 hours Free Early Years Education per year (15 hours per week for 38 weeks). At Rose Hill we are not able to offer the full 570 hours per year, due to school term dates and are only able to offer 34 weeks. Please note that it is not possible to claim the difference/missed hours at another setting. Those parents who wish to access only 15 hours Free Early Years Education will be offered 5 sessions per week subject to availability, until their child reaches compulsory school age. In claiming the 15 hours Free Early Years Education you are not required to pay either a deposit or registration fee and where possible we will provide a uniform. The school reserves the right to withdraw from the scheme at any time and will endeavour to give one term’s notice of our intention.
4. What are the Kindergarten hours?
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.
Extended hours are available every day to all children in Kindergarten (up to 3:15pm) as well as our Breakfast Club (from 7:30am) and after school care until 5:15pm.
5. What is your Admissions Policy?
Please find our Covid-19 Admissions Policy here.
6. When are spaces for Kindergarten confirmed?
Places are offered 18 months in advance into the 3+ Kindergarten class. We advise that parents register their children at birth to be sure of a place.
7. Do you have a sibling policy?
We are always keen to be as accommodating as possible however we do give priority to siblings and children of staff members. Please speak to our Admissions Secretary to find out about the spaces available in different year groups.
8. Do you operate waiting lists?
Registration puts potential entrants onto a waiting-list. Offers and confirmation of places in the Kindergarten are normally made at least a year in advance. If a place becomes available in other year groups, the person at the top of the waiting list is invited to attend the school for a taster day during which there will be assessments as above. Siblings and children of staff members are given priority.
Once a parent/guardian has registered, their child’s name will move automatically from year to year until a place becomes available or until parents advise that they do not wish to be considered for a place. Registration fees are non-returnable.
9. Where can I find out about school uniform?
A full list of school uniform can be found on the school website here.
10. Do you have breakfast and afterschool clubs?
Breakfast is available for all children from 7.30 - 8.00am. Breakfast incurs a charge of £5.25 which is added to the end of term account.
After school children in the PrePrep may remain in the Octagon until 4.00pm. In the Prep School children can participate in Clubs or stay for prep until 5:15pm.
Wrap Around Care is available for children in Kindergarten to Year 2 from 4.00 - 5.15pm. The Wrap Around Care session incurs a charge of £9.95 which is added to the end of term account. A snack is provided.
Activity Courses are run in the holidays (October half term, Easter and summer) for Rose Hill pupils as well as children in the local community. Details are issued during the term via the newsletter. Run by Ultimate Activity Camps.
11. Do you provide learning support?
Learning Support provision is offered to pupils requiring intervention that is additional to or different from the activities normally available to pupils at Rose Hill School. This provision may be long term because they have a Specific Learning Difficulty or Need e.g. Dyslexia or Dyspraxia or short term because they require ‘booster’ activities to close the gap between their attainments and those of their peers.
We align to the SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years (2015) recommendations following an Assess, Plan, Do, Review (APDR) model of practice. Our support is based on a colour coded 3 Waves model of intervention; Wave 1; in class support (Green), Wave 2; small group support (Yellow) and Wave 3; 1 to 1 support (Red).
Those children with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) receive one to one support in accordance with their recommendations; some children are supported across the curriculum, some are supported within small group interventions and some receive support from outside agencies such as Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists or Cognitive Behavioural Therapists.
Our mission statement is to provide quality all round education for all our pupils by removing barriers and enabling everyone to reach their true potential within a secure environment based on Christian principals. Our pupils are, therefore, encouraged throughout their time at Rose Hill to meet new challenges with confidence.
We have a strong pastoral system which responds to the needs of every individual. We also strive to develop strong partnerships with all of pupils’ parents/guardians by communicating regularly on both social and academic progress made.
Our pupils are very much at the heart of any additional support they may need and this includes helping to create their Individual Learning Plans whenever possible.
Our SEND department is very much a part of the whole school. We have a Learning Support Teacher in the Early Years Department, the PrePrep Department and our SENCO is based in the Prep Department.
Our PrePrep has a designated Learning Skills teaching room and is only a few steps away from the Prep school where the other Learning Skills room is based. All teachers within the SEND department have access to all interventions, teaching resources and specialist equipment. The SEND team work closely together to provide the best support possible for all of our SEND pupils, meeting regularly and providing INSETs for the whole school.
12. Where do children go on to after Rose Hill School?
Our pupils go to a wide range of schools both local and further afield. There is some variation every year in where our pupils go with a mixture of independent and grammar schools.
Last year’s results at 11+ were our best yet with nearly 90% of pupils passing, a significant proportion of pupils also achieved the highest scores in maths, English and reasoning following significant curriculum development since Deputy Head & Director Studies, Philippa Lang-Daly’s appointment.
In January 2020 we held our third Future Schools’ Fair. Twenty-five schools from across the south of England attended the event with over a hundred parents. It was a great success and has become an annual event on the school calendar.
Leavers in recent years have gone to the following schools:
|Bennett Memorial School|
|Claremont Senior School|
|The Judd School|
|Tunbridge Wells Boys Grammar|
|Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar|
13. What does learning from home mean?
Pupils will work to a published timetable and will be expected to complete work within specified timeframes. They will have regular contact with teachers electronically and receive feedback on all work submitted. We recommend quiet space within your home with as few distractions as possible. Form Tutors and class teachers will also communicate with pupils to ensure pastoral continuity.
14. What online learning measures do you have in place if the school has to close due to COVID-19?
When it is not possible for pupils to be present on site for long periods, Rose Hill School is committed to ensuring the quality of its education provision is maintained. If we are unable to do face-to-face teaching, rest assured that a rich and broad schedule of learning has already been developed, across the PrePrep and Prep School, and communicated to current parents and pupils.