Roaming Schoolhouse was set up by Cate O’Connor in 2006. At that time, a substantial number of English speaking children in Paris were missing out on the opportunity of speaking English in an academic environment and with their peers. She started giving private lessons to some of those children and the word spread. The first summer camp was held in 2007. By 2011, there were 250 children registered with 4 teachers at five different locations.
Cate moving on
One of the children being taught was Alice Ferguson and when Cate decided that she wanted to return to Ireland after 9 years in Paris and close the Roaming Schoolhouse, her Dad was very upset. He decided that RSH had to live on! There were three things that sold the idea to him (other than the fact that Alice obviously enjoyed it so much):
- The teachers – Cate had always insisted on having qualified, native speakers as teaching staff. Teaching is a vocation and our teachers are passionate about what they do and the children they teach.
- The programme – this was based on the subjects that children would be learning in the UK and Ireland.
- The atmosphere – the style of teaching was very much the antithesis of the French public system. Team work, creative writing, show and tell, enjoyment and encouragement are the order of the day.
The current RSH team very much hold to these same principles and now Alice has "graduated" to Balzac and her little brother, Thomas is following in her footsteps.
What does Roaming Schoolhouse do?
Roaming Schoolhouse provides after school classes for English-speaking children in English. We are a mobile school: classes are held where there is sufficient demand.
Children are in the French school system and therefore are not sufficientky challenged in terms of English.
Classes are limited to 10 students. Only English is spoken during the class.
“Some bilingual parents worry endlessly about correctness of grammar, accuracy of vocabulary, not mixing two languages, and skilled interpreting and translating. Instead, the most important factor in raising a bilingual child is to make their language development a pleasure, a positive and enjoyable experience.” – Colin Baker A Parents’ and Teachers’ Guide to Bilingualism.
Our teachers are all qualified native English speakers.
See our teachers' bios.