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 two three 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 Ann Green our Admissions Secretary about spaces in Years 1 & 2.
The Prep School
Lower School, Years 3 & 4 (September after a child turns 7)
We recognise the importance of the first two years in the Prep School as an important foundation to establish mature and responsible conduct in which pupils accelerate on their journey towards greater independence and self-organisation.
Years 3 and 4 are often the years in which each pupils’ real strengths inside and outside the classroom come to the fore; we support and encourage them in this process, providing children with an opportunity to gain confidence and acquire a sense of belonging.
At the beginning of Year 3, pupils enter the Prep School, where they remain as part of the Lower School for two years.
We recognise this as a key transition point in a child’s academic life and our vision is for pupils, parents and staff to experience a positive, seamless transition. The Lower School team work closely with the PrePrep staff to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.
Please speak to Ann Green our Admissions Secretary to discuss the availability to spaces in Years 3 & 4.
Middle School: Years 5 & 6
The Middle School, the Upper Key Stage 2 years, comprises Years 5 and 6. These years build upon the foundations of previous years, with an emphasis on pupils becoming more independent in their organisation, learning and daily routines.
Strong emphasis is placed on pastoral care, with Form Tutors overseeing pupil wellbeing. Subject specialists teach lessons and children are encouraged to use their timetable, moving around the school to different classrooms and locations for each subject.
Learning increasingly focuses on applying skills to problem solving, investigations and open-ended tasks, whilst remaining true to the key fundamentals of each subject. Opportunities for positions of responsibility are increased in Year 6.
The Middle School staff are approachable and experienced in the requirements and demands of entry to senior schools and are able to provide in-depth advice when finding the school route most suitable for your child.
Close links are established with the Upper School, with the aim of pupils making a smooth transition into Years 7&8.
Please speak to Ann Green our Admissions Secretary to discuss the availability to spaces in Years 5 & 6.
Upper School: Years 7 & 8
The Upper School is the start of Key Stage 3 and comprises of both Year 7 and 8. Our primary aim is to encourage our Upper School pupils to be self-confident, inquiring and tolerant; to behave in a positive way; to develop a well-rounded character with an independent mind and to be an individual who respects the differences of others. The classes are set up to promote individual study skills building on the foundations of education each pupil has acquired through their primary education. The pupils staying on for Year 7 and 8 will benefit from a continuation in their learning with teachers who can provide bespoke learning so they are fully prepared both academically and socially for their destination school. By the time our pupils leave Rose Hill, we want each one to have a true sense of self-worth and to be of value to society.
We give them the breathing space to stay children just a little longer… time to grow, at their own pace, into socially responsible young people. During Year 7&8 the pupils are given many opportunities to develop the important life skills that they will need in the real world. In addition to their inspiring curriculum as well as the co-curricular activities, they also embark on the Rose Hill Diploma. This is as set of 24 tasks which they endeavor to conquer in preparation for adult life.
Close links are made with all future schools which allows all pupils to gain from a wide variety of choice based on an individuals’ strengths. We welcome the opportunity to discuss with parents, on an individual basis, their thoughts and aspirations for their future education with our staff, myself as well as the Head.
Awards are available up to 30% of the value of the fees (link here)
Please speak to Ann Green our Admissions Secretary to discuss the availability of spaces in Years 7 & 8.
Please see our Admissions Process for more information.