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News Archive > General > Private school on the move to a larger catchment area

Private school on the move to a larger catchment area

By Natasha Swift 13th September 2017

Private school on the move to a larger catchment area
The current school

A PRIVATE school based in Par has confirmed it will be bringing a former educational activity centre for  people with special needs in Lanlivery back to life when it relocates to the site next year.

Roselyon School is set to move to Churchtown Farm which was developed from a former farm in the early 1970s to provide a care centre for people with special learning and physical needs.

It was originally operated by the Spastics Society and then by the charity Scope to provide day care, some residential facilities and an outdoor activity centre.

The centre closed in 2011 and has been vacant ever since.

The building was purchased by the current owner with a view to educational use.
Roselyon School, which was founded in 1952, has revealed plans to move to the site.

Head Hilary Mann told the Voice: “I’m delighted to confirm that we plan to move to Churchtown Farm, Lanlivery in September 2018. 

“The building needs a good deal of updating but the site is really exciting and will allow us to use even more outdoor education in our curriculum.

“Of course planning permission is the next step in the process. It’s really exciting to be bringing a building of such local significance back to life and we are very much looking forward to being part of the Lanlivery community.”

In a planning application for change of use for the building in Lanlivery, the school said the reason for relocating was that it needed reinvestment in order to improve and update its facilities, to grow its pupil numbers and to enable a financially sustainable future.

The application explained: “Reinvestment in the existing site is not the right option because of its location, close to the south coast and with difficult access. The school needs to serve a wider catchment area and therefore move to a suitable site inland, with better road connections.

“The school also wishes to pursue an exciting vision for outdoor education being a core part of curricular activities, with a Woodland School and offsite Beach School, food growing and outdoor pursuits being the norm, alongside academic learning.”

The current site at Par is proposed for redevelopment after plans were put forward in 2014 and, once the school leaves, it will be brought forward for housing.

Mrs Mann attended a meeting with Lanlivery Parish Council in July and outlined the plans which were supported by members.  

At the meeting Mrs Mann assured councillors that she wanted to work with the community of Lanlivery and would be happy to offer a meeting room to the parish council, together with the possibility of car parking facilities outside school hours, the sharing of such things as cups and plates.

The plans have been given the backing of the parish council who said the move would generate local employment opportunities, continue the historic use of the property as an educational facility and mean that the neglected land and buildings were renovated and mean more facilities available to the local, rural community.

By Natasha Swift 13th September 2017

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