Rosley School

Rosley School Cumbria

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New Rosley School

Rosley C of E School: Busy Bees Nursery

Rosley C of E School & the Committee of Rosley Pre-School: Busy Bees are pleased to announce that Busy Bees Nursery will become part of the school from 1 September 2021. We are all very excited about the change as we will be able to continue to offer quality childcare but with extended hours from 8.00am until 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, term time only.

We currently have spaces available for children aged 2+ for immediate start in September. Please contact the school, at or telephone 016973 42776, for further details. If your child is eligible for nursery funding in September, you will need to apply for this by 31 August 2021 at www.GOV.UK/get-childcare

Stephanie Wilson, Headteacher, Rosley School
Gilli Cooper, Chairperson, Busy Bees Management Committee

The school has 4 classrooms with an additional conservatory for Reception and Key Stage 1 children. This means that we are able to have no more than 2 year groups within 1 class. We have acquired a sports field next to the church where we have also built a pavilion, with kitchen and toilet facilities. We received funding for 4 planters on the field which are used by children for growing vegetables and flowers, and we also received funding for enhancing our playground with a traversing wall and fort which the children love to use at playtimes.

The Pre-School Busy Bees was established in 2000 and is situated in the school grounds. Details on the School website.

The Original Craggs School - By the early eighteenth century the people of Rosley were seeking to have their children educated. They petitioned their landowner, the Earl of Egremont, for permission to build a school and to supply a master for the said school at their own expense. The petition stated that - "Being mindful of the great disadvantages they and their respective families labour under for want of that benefit (education), the tenants came to an agreement, by contribution amongst themselves, to build a school house and to hire a master to teach their children."

Craggs School Rosley

Apparently this appeal was not granted but by the early nineteenth century a school had indeed been built on the land identified in this petition. The school at Craggs Rigg received £6 a year to educate six poor children of the parish. In 1846 Mr Joseph Hodge left £600 in trust for the education of poor children of the parish. The interest from this bequest still provides money to children of the parish who have attended Rosley School and go on to further education. This school was falling into disrepair and restoration funds were sought in 1872. Building repairs were carried out by James Laing of Sebergham, a nearby village: the national building firm, John Laing has its roots in and around our community.

Old Rosley School

Rosley with Woodside School 1873 - At the same time as the Craggs School was being upgraded funds for a new school were being raised. This school was to be nearer the centre of the community of Rosley on land not far from the church which had been built in 1840. Interest in the project had first been mooted in 1871. The specifications for construction, when put out to tender, stipulated that much of the materials had to come from within the district. Stone had to come from either Howrigg or Chalk Quarries, both are in the parish, the steps and flags were to be from Howrigg. This school was built at the crossroads near to the church and opened in November 1873. Twenty seven scholars were registered at the school: each one paid 3d (slightly more than 1p) per week. In 1895 the Craggs School closed and seven pupils transferred to the Rosley with Woodside School.

In 1960 the school was inspected and the decision made that a new school should be built. The children left the old school on 20th October 1961 and returned after the half term holidays to the new school which was just up the road opposite the church. The new school was officially opened by the Bishop of Carlisle on 30th October 1961.

Rosley School Photo 1961

Rosley School Photo 1961