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Rosehill Methodist Community School  

Rosehill opened in September 2003,  in a brand new building 
designed to meet the needs of children in the 21stC, and
replaced the old Hurst Infant School and Hurst Methodist Junior School

The School caters for pupils from 3 to 11 years of age and has a 26 place 
nursery which offers sessions each morning and each afternoon.

Rosehill is a Methodist School and has its own Chaplain, Rev Julie Coates,
who visits regularly and supports the school community in a variety of ways.
Click the logo left to go to Rosehill Methodist Community School website.

Outstanding Church School
(SIAMS 2017)


The film below about Methodist Schools was shown at the 2017 Methodist Conference in Birmingham, it features some children from Rosehill School as well as former Executive Head Gillian Simm and Rev Julie Coates, Rosehill Chaplain and Governor.


   Authenticity is key

Rev’d Julie Coates writes about Authentic Partnership in her role as Rosehill Chaplain and Governor

When I arrived at Rosehill in 2010 the role of chaplain within the school was already well established and supported by the Ashton Circuit. Volunteers from the churches come into school to listen to readers or run clubs. Other members exchange letters with the children and come into school for coffee mornings to meet their pen-pals.

Pupils from the school visit Hurst Methodist Church for an ‘Experience Journey’ (a resource published by Jumping Fish). Over a two year period helpers from around the Circuit are able to offer interactive storytelling and reflective activities that encourage pupils to ‘experience’ Christmas, Easter, Pentecost and Harvest.

The school choir takes part in a Café Church at Easter and Christmas at Mossley Methodist Church. The Executive Head Teacher is a regular speaker at the Mens’ Fellowship and the Tuesday Group at Stalybridge Methodist Church . A member from Dukinfield Methodist Church made banners for use in Collective Worship at the school. Some Worship Leaders reported on the prayer spaces currently set up in the classrooms.

The school premises and grounds have been used for Circuit Fun Days for the local community. At such events we have offered a free BBQ, crafts, games or sports coaching. Some staff from the school work alongside Circuit volunteers to arrange these events.

Another member of the Circuit and I serve as Foundation Governors, though there are some responsibilities that I do not undertake, such as involvement with disciplinary issues, so that I can maintain a pastoral role.

                                                                    Governors committee meeting

So is this an authentic partnership?

Yes, because authenticity is a key element of chaplaincy - what you say and do and how you journey alongside others as they explore the big questions of life has to be genuine.

Yes, because it is two-way - both the School and the Circuit benefit from this relationship. For instance, under the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools a Methodist School is required to have an appreciation of the ministry of John Wesley and of what it really means to be a Methodist today. Church members can help the school to explore these topics and in so doing are challenged in their own knowledge and practise. 

pupils dressed as John Wesley

In so many ways the work that I’m privileged to be a part of in Rosehill feeds my ministry and my work in the churches and community. Illustrated by this story …

Godly Play is currently being incorporated into the RE curriculum. I share a story with a couple of members of staff who then take that story and pass it on to a group of pupils. A key part of the process is the opportunity to ‘wonder’ together with the children about the story that has been shared. The open ended questions used for this begin with the words ‘I wonder …’ for instance ‘I wonder what you like best about this story?’, and ‘I wonder which is the most important part?’

Sadly, the father of one of these members of staff died recently. She asked me to take the funeral and when we were preparing the service she suggested that I include one of the special ‘I wonder’ questions followed by a short pause just before the prayers. It’s hard to describe how moved I felt by this request. I usually encourage a moment of quiet for people to think about their own memories of the deceased, but this time I prefaced it with the words ‘I wonder what your favourite memory of your loved one is?’ and ‘I wonder which memory you will treasure the most?’ She told me later that many people were able to come up to her afterwards and tell her what they had been thinking about.

I’d shared something precious with her – and she showed me a whole new meaning to it. That’s authentic partnership.

Rosehill Values Tree

Courage - Compassion - Friendship 
Generosity - Forgiveness - Respect

This article is also included in the Methodist Church Magazine The Connexion, Summer 2016, page 23.




Rosehill Activities Archive

Messy Remembrance
click the image above to go to Hurst's page to read the report


For God so loved the World

We had a great afternoon at Rosehill with 47 children and their families, exploring the theme, ‘For God so loved the World’ and celebrating the work of JMA (Junior Mission for All). 

The activities included making a rainbow of handprints, decorating biscuits as flags, making (and drinking) fruit smoothies, folding an origami peace crane, designing a scratch art heart photo frame and praying with balloons.

During the celebration we sung ‘Our God is a great big God’ and ‘May you find peace’. We watched a film clip of the song ‘For God so loved the world’ and heard the story of ‘The rainbow that nearly wasn’t’.

The JMA Globe was presented to the young people from Mossley Methodist Church and the shield to Olivia Kershaw.

A finger buffet tea was then served before the participants went home clutching paper bags full of their artwork along with information about JMA and invitations to future Messy Church events.


Mossley Town Scarecrow Festival 2014

Mossley's annual Scarecrow Festival took place on 13th and 14th September with scarecrows placed around the town on the theme of 'Musicals'.

Rosehill Methodist Community Primary School's, Joseph and His Technicoloured Dream Coat,  displayed in Mossley Methodist Church, took 1st prize in the Community Organisation Category.



Well done to all the children who designed it and also to Miss Whyborn and Mrs McGinn for all their help.


May Bank Holiday Fun Sports at Rosehill 2014

The sun shone down on over one hundred children and volunteers as they enjoyed a Bank Holiday treat of fun sports activities at Rosehill Methodist Community Primary School . The day was organised by the Ashton-under-Lyne Methodist Circuit. After a warm up session every child had the opportunity to try out a variety of sports including football, tennis, cricket, rugby and martial arts. In addition they played skittles, enjoyed parachute games, practised their ball skills and tried their hand at plate spinning and juggling.

This event was a gift from the church to the local community - there was no charge and all those who attended were provided with a picnic lunch.

Rev’d Julie Coates, one of the organisers of the event, said, 

‘The children who came along had a fantastic day. It was great to give them opportunities to try out new activities as well as showcasing their talents. I’m very grateful to the team of volunteers from the church and local community who willingly gave up their Bank Holiday for this venture.’ 

One young participant described the activities as epic’ and another asked ‘can we do this again next year?’ 

Easter Experience 2014

Members of the Ashton Methodist Circuit have been working together to provide an Easter Experience for children from 4 local schools.

Pupils from Year 5 at Rosehill Methodist Community Primary School visited Hurst Methodist Church on Ash Wednesday. Waterloo Methodist Church was the venue for Year 5 pupils from Waterloo Primary School the following Friday and then the next week pupils from both Milton St John Primary School and Livingstone Primary School made the trip to Mossley Methodist Church.

When they arrived the children were put into small groups in which they spent an hour exploring aspects of the Easter Story. They met with different storytellers as they were guided around a series of five interactive displays designed to help them visualise the stories of Palm Sunday; Jesus washing the disciples’ feet; the Last Supper; Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane ; and the crucifixion. Lively Easter music was then played as they came together in one big group to hear about the miracle of the resurrection. 


At the end of the session the pupils were asked to empathise with the women who came to the tomb on Easter Day – they described emotions such as shock, sadness, fear, amazement and delight. They thought about the roller-coaster of experiences from being petrified to rejoicing. They also had the chance to articulate which station had been their favourite and explain why, for instance: ‘It was good when we dried each other hands because it helps you realise how important it is to do things to help others.’  When they were asked if they had any questions, one girl replied ‘Can we come again?’

Rev’d Julie Coates said: ‘It was wonderful to see the way in which the children, staff from the schools and all of those involved in organising the sessions were engaged with the story. Everyone was moved and inspired by Experience Easter.’

Experience Easter was piloted by the Diocese of Gloucester, for more details see


click here for full report

click here for full 2013 report


Click here for report and photos

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