Rossett News Update – 20 October 2017

This has been a really exciting term.  The work has now been completed on the new security fencing, gates and entry systems.  Thank you for observing the new signage at the entry points to the site.

Just a reminder that anyone looking to gain access to the school should use the intercom and keypad systems for pedestrians and cars when the gates are closed during school hours.

 Restart a Heart Day

Many thanks to all those who supported the school’s six hour sponsored resuscitation on Monday.  Students demonstrated excellent teamwork and first aid skills and have raised over £900 with monies still coming in.   Representatives from St John Ambulance and the British Heart Foundation attended during the day and we also had a visit from an NHS paramedic. Congratulations to everyone involved.

 Nursing Mock Interviews

On Wednesday 1 November Rossett will host the Nursing Mock Interviews on behalf of Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust.  This is an area event and will involve students from across the district who provide their personal statements in advance and senior nurses then offer students a practice interview to prepare them for applying to go to university.  This is an annual event and past students have commented on how beneficial this experience has been when attending for interview at universities.

Supporting Your Child Evening

It was a pleasure to see so many of our Year 11 parents at this event on Thursday.  The informative materials used on the evening have been emailed to all Year 11 students.

Rag Week

The school has been buzzing with activity this week as the Sixth Form have been running their annual ‘Rag Week’.  A variety of activities, raffles and fund raising have been taking place culminating in the ever popular ‘Rossett’s Got Talent’ – congratulations to the winner: Ivy Gromatzky (8yRMS) who sang Riptide whilst playing the ukulele and the runners up:  Udayan Purandare for his piano recital and Mukesh Kadali who solved the Rubik’s cube in 1 minute 5 seconds!

Date for your diary … PTA Quiz

Don’t miss the annual PTA Quiz Night and fish and chip supper on Friday 17 November 2017 in the main hall.  The staff at the school field some strong teams and so do the parents – come along and challenge their collective knowledge! Further details to follow.

Increasing Competence and Confidence in Algebra and Multiplicative Structures (ICCAMS)

We are continuing to participate in a national research project looking at the teaching methods for Mathematics in secondary schools.  The research is being undertaken by ICCAMS who are investigating ways of raising students’ attainment and engagement by using formative assessment to inform teaching and learning of mathematics.

Congratulations to …

  • The Year 11 rugby team who put together a fantastic performance this week against Silverdale School, Sheffield to win 36-26. The game was very evenly matched with both sides playing good rugby, but it was our fitness and the final two tries that sealed the deal for the Rossett boys.

What’s happening next week …

Monday 30 October 2017

  • School re-opens after half term

Wednesday 1 November 2017

  • Healthcare Career Event – Nursing mock interviews 5-6.30pm in Sixth Form Centre

Thursday 2 November 2017

  • Year 11 Parents’ Evening

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Rossett News Update – 13 October 2017

Year 11 ‘Supporting Your Child’ Evening: Thursday 19 October 2017 6-8pm in the Sixth Form Centre

As part of our continued commitment to helping students achieve their best possible grades at GCSE parents/carers of Year 11 students are invited to our ‘Supporting Your Child’ event.

This informal evening will offer practical advice and useful revision tips/techniques, as well as information about support material, preparing a revision plan and sourcing revision guides and past papers.

For further details please click the link here.

Open Evening and Open Day

Last week we welcomed Year 6 pupils and parents to Rossett to offer them the opportunity to see our school in action and speak to faculties about the curriculum subjects on offer.   Over 191 valuation sheets were returned with overwhelmingly positive comments about the students, school and faculties, the warm welcome and the helpful and informative staff:

  • Best Open Day we have been to so far;
  • Warm welcome, well organised;
  • Lovely pupils – very helpful;
  • Fabulous insight into the school, great effort by staff and students, thank you;
  • The music performances were amazing;
  • PE was very impressive;
  • Nice that Year 7 have their own area;
  • I spoke to teachers and students and was very impressed with the school.

American Exchange

Rossett students will have an early start on Saturday as they set off with Mr O’Sullivan, Miss Richardson and Mrs McCabe on the annual American Exchange to Falmouth Middle School, Maine.  Please follow @Rossettexch or @Rossett to keep up to date with the trip.

DofE Practice Silver Expedition

Good luck to our fourteen Year 11 and Year 12 students taking part in the DofE practice Silver Expedition in the North Yorkshire Dales this weekend.

Support the PTA

Each year the PTA raises money to improve the facilities for every child at Rossett and they invite all parents to support this fundraising.

This year the PTA have produced a calendar with some of the important school dates on.  This has been produced in memory of Mr Wilson with photographs taken by Rossett students and Mr Wilson’s family.  The calendars are priced at only £8 each with proceeds being split between Rossett and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.  To purchase, please send in cash or a cheque (made payable to Rossett PTA) for £8 in an envelope marked with your child’s name and form to Reception.  Please click the link for further details:

http://www.rossettschool.co.uk/10605/rossett-pta-2018-school-calendar/

Sixth Form Rag Week

Next week is Sixth Form Rag Week and a variety of activities will be taking place to raise money for charity including:

Monday 16 October

 

Mr & Mrs How well do they know their partner?
Tuesday 17 October

Early lunch in the Sports Hall

Bucket Pong Precision and focus – can you beat the teachers?
Wednesday 18 October

Early lunch in the Sports Hall

The Fair From Tombolas and yummy cakes to beat the goalie
Thursday 19 October

Early lunch in the Sports Hall

Kahoot Test your wit against, can the teachers guess your answer?
Friday 20 October

Change of school day – late lunch for all year groups (1.25-2.10pm) in the Sports Hall

Rossett’s Got Talent The one and only ultimate show. Don’t miss these debuts that never fail to impress.

 

Restart a Heart Day – Monday 16 October

Stray fm have been in to interview our First Aid & Health Manager (Ms Rogers) this week and their DJ, Will Smith, will be visiting Rossett to take part in the sponsored resuscitation on Monday.

The First Aid team are raising money to help buy a community defibrillator for Knaresborough Road, Starbeck. They chose to support this area having learnt from their training that for CPR to be successful a defibrillator should be on scene within the first 4 minutes and realised that this might not be possible as the nearest community defibrillators to Starbeck are on the side of the toilets on Harrogate Stray or on the side of The Worlds End public house in Knaresborough.

The First Aid team are hoping to raise £1000 and if you would like to sponsor them an event has been placed on our online payment system.  The team also have individual sponsor forms and a donation box will also be available on the day.

Sukkot Workshop

Rabbi Pink visited Rossett this week to give a workshop on Sukkot.  Sukkot commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, led by Moses after escaping Egypt.

Rossett Park Run

Next week Years 7-11 will complete the ‘Rossett Park Run’ (approx 2.5km) in their PE lessons. We encourage students to wear a house coloured t-shirt to support and raise points for their house.  For the competitive runners, there is the Mo Farrah challenge which is two laps of the course (approx. 5km).

What’s happening next week …

Saturday 14 October

  • American Exchange departs

Monday 16-Friday 20 October

  • Sixth Form Rag Week

Monday 16 October

  • Restart a Heart Day

Wednesday 18 October

  • Year 7 photos

Thursday 19 October

  • Battlefields trip departs 1.25pm
  • Supporting Your Child Evening 6pm Sixth Form Centre

Friday 20 October

  • Change of School Day – whole school moves to late lunch at 1.25pm
  • read@rossett – 3.10pm in the Resource Centre – open to all KS3 students
  • Break up for Half Term

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Rossett PTA 2018 School Calendar

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Rossett News Update – 5 October 2017

Year 11 ‘Supporting Your Child’: Thursday 19 October 2017 Evening

As part of our continued commitment to helping students achieve their best possible grades at GCSE, and with the exam period fast approaching, we would like to invite all parents/carers of Year 11 students to our ‘Supporting Your Child’ event in the Sixth Form Centre on Thursday 19 October between 6-8pm.

This informal evening will offer practical advice and useful revision tips/techniques, as well as information about support material, preparing a revision plan and sourcing revision guides and past papers.

As you will be aware all students in England who fail to achieve a Level 4 or above in GCSE Maths and English have to continue studying these subjects post-16. We have therefore organised two dedicated English and Maths sessions during the evening to ensure that parents are equipped with the necessary information to guide their child to success in these two important subject areas.

Parental support is essential during this crucial period and this informative evening will offer excellent advice and guidance to enable you to help your child.  If you would like to attend, please follow the link here to register to enable us to plan resources accordingly. Last year the event was very well-attended and we look forward to welcoming you on the evening. 

Practice Expedition – Friday 13 October to Sunday 15 October 2017

Students are taking part in the DofE practice expedition next weekend in the North Yorkshire Dales with participants staying at How Gill Lodge near Barden and in Kettlewell and the expedition will finish at Malham Cove on Sunday.

Another Award for the Sensory Garden!

Rossett’s Sensory Garden has won another award this week – Harrogate in Bloom – President’s Trophy.  Mr Fenton, Mrs Clark, Mrs Butler and Chloe Webber were delighted to receive the award from the President, Pam Grant.

Restart a Heart Day Monday 16 October

It is just over a week away from the national Restart a Heart Day and Rossett students and First Aid staff are limbering up to take part in a six hour sponsored resuscitation. The team are raising awareness of this life saving skill and will be offering other students the opportunity to have a go.  This will be a sponsored event and students are hoping to raise £1000.  If we reach this target Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charitable Trust Fund will donate £900 which will provide a community defibrillator for the Harrogate area.  If you would like to sponsor our First Aiders they each have sponsor forms and the event will also be placed on our online payment system – under trips (click the link for further details: http://www.rossettschool.co.uk/parents/online-payments/).
A donation box will also be available on 16 October.

British Heart Foundation Award

At the end of September Miss Fairbairn (PE) received the CPR Hero Award which was presented by the Chairman of the British Heart Foundation.  Miss Fairbairn was nominated for the award as she had successfully performed CPR on one of her students at her former school.

What’s happening next week …

Tuesday 10 October

  • read@rossett – 3.10pm in the Resource Centre – open to all Key Stage 3 students

Thursday 12 October

  • Year 7 Settling In Evening

Friday 13 October – Sunday 15 October

  • DofE Silver practice expedition

Saturday 14 October

  • American Exchange departs

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Supporting Your Child Evening

As part of our continued commitment to helping students achieve their best possible grades at GCSE, and with the exam period fast approaching, we would like to invite all parents/carers of Year 11 students to our ‘Supporting Your Child’ event in the Sixth Form Centre on Thursday 19 October between 6-8pm.

This informal evening will offer practical advice and useful revision tips/techniques, as well as information about support material, preparing a revision plan and sourcing revision guides and past papers.

As you will be aware all students in England who fail to achieve a Level 4 or above in GCSE Maths and English have to continue studying these subjects post-16. We have therefore organised two dedicated English and Maths sessions during the evening to ensure that parents are equipped with the necessary information to guide their child to success in these two important subject areas.

Parental support is essential during this crucial period and this informative evening will offer excellent advice and guidance to enable you to help your child.  If you would like to attend, please fill out the form below to register to enable us to plan resources accordingly. Last year the event was very well-attended and we look forward to welcoming you on the evening.

Rossett News Update – 28 September 2017

Open Evening/Open Day

Rossett will be welcoming the parents of Year 6 pupils to listen to a presentation from the Headteacher about the school and our educational philosophy on Thursday 5 October (6.30-8.30pm).  Parents will also have an opportunity to speak to faculties about the curriculum as well as find out about admissions and much more.

This is followed by our Open Day on Saturday 7 October (9.30am-12noon) where parents and children are invited to meet our students and teachers and see our school in action.

Can you help the PTA?

The PTA help at both of the above events and are looking for help with refreshments from 6pm onwards for the Open Evening and from 9am onwards for Open Day.  They would also appreciate any donations of cakes and biscuits for the Saturday – these can be dropped off at Reception on Friday or Saturday morning. Please go to the PTA website for further details: http://www.rossettpta.co.uk/.

European Day of Languages

The European Day of Languages was a huge success with delicacies from our Executive Chef, concours de petanque and handball in PE and tongue twisters in lessons as well as specialities from European countries being on offer in the dining halls at lunch time.

September Surprise Concert

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the September Surprise Concert on Thursday – it was a fantastic evening with a variety of bands taking part and a Year 7 mass choir.  Especial congratulations to our first-timers, the Year 7 soloists who made such an impression on the audience:  Gemma Bielby; Ella Lewis; Aidan Rhall; Alannah Saphir; Lauren Edwards; George Papadopoullos; Lice Loring and Emily Dicker.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Congratulations to our Sixth Form for raising over £350 for the Macmillan Cancer charity.  Also  thanks to everyone who made cakes and supported the event today. 

Date for your diary: Thursday 19 October 2017 Year 11 ‘Supporting Your Child’ Evening,

As part of our continued commitment to helping students achieve their best possible grades at GCSE we would like to invite all parents/carers of Year 11 students to our ‘Supporting Your Child’ event in the Sixth Form Centre on Thursday 19 October between 6-8pm.

This informal evening will offer practical advice and useful revision tips/techniques, as well as information about support material, preparing a revision plan and sourcing revision guides and past papers.   More details to follow.

Internet safety presentation evening

Harrogate Police are running an Internet Safety Evening on 18 October at 6.30-7.00pm at HGS for parents of students from Year 6 upwards. To register interest in attending please email PCSO Will Champion at Will.Champion@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Congratulations to …

  • Katie Holman in 9KMD, who has obtained her CREST bronze award from the British Science Association for designing an environmentally friendly house. Well done Katie!

What’s happening next week …

Monday 2 October

  • Year 11 Geography Field trip to York

Wednesday 4 October

  • American Exchange Parents’ meeting in the Sixth Form Centre at 6pm

Thursday 5 October

  • Year 6 Parents’ Evening (6.30-8.30pm)

Friday 6 October

  • Staff Training Day – no students in school

Saturday 7 October

  • Open Day (9.30am-12noon)

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Rossett News Update – 22 September 2017

September Surprise concert – Thursday 28 September

Our new Year 7 students have been busy in their music lessons learning a selection of songs to perform for you at our first event of the year.  The concert will also feature a selection of our extra-curricular ensembles and solo performances which reflects the talent of our students – it promises to be a great evening.

A limited number of tickets are still available from the Finance Office at just £3 per ticket (cheques should be made payable to Rossett Green Charity).  This promises to be an excellent evening – please order quickly to avoid disappointment.

Year 11 transition to Sixth Form

At Rossett we recognise that the transition from Year 11 to Sixth Form is an important step for our students and we offer a comprehensive programme to support them as they move through to the next exciting stage of their education.

Date Event Attending
27 September ‘Rossett Sixth Form‘ introductory assembly by Mr Foley (Director of Sixth Form) to outline Sixth Form transition. Students
19 October Year 11 Supporting Your Child Evening – This is an opportunity for you to visit our new Sixth Form and find out about ways to support your child in preparation for their GCSEs. The Sixth Form team will provide information about choosing A Level subjects. Parents
2 November Year 11 Parents’ Evening – During the evening there will be an opportunity to speak to Sixth Form students and explore the extracurricular activities, pathways and enrichment opportunities available at Rossett School Sixth Form. Parents/Students
8 November Sixth Form Road Show and Q&A session* – current Sixth Form students will meet Year 11s to discuss their experience of Rossett Sixth Form and an opportunity to tour the new Sixth Form Centre. Students
15 November Preparation for Taster Day – students are given the opportunity to choose a range of subjects to attend during Taster Day on 1 December 2017. Students
29 November ‘How to Get the Most from Rossett’s Sixth Form Taster Day’ assembly. Students
30 November Information Evening* for parents and students to hear from our Headteacher, Director of Sixth Form and meet our subject specialists in the new Sixth Form Centre. Parents/Students
1 December Taster Day* Students
15 December Application Deadline Students
22 January – 2 February 2018 Sixth Form Interviews offering students the opportunity to discuss their A Level subject choices. Offer letters will be issued to students after the interview process has been completed. Students

Students not currently attending Rossett are welcome to attend any of the events marked * 

European Day of Languages – 27 September 2017

We are looking forward to our European Day of Languages on Wednesday and a number of events have been arranged:

  • Year 7: Tapas Bar during Period 2 in the Year 7 Dining Hall
  • Year 8: Assembly conducted by MFL Graduates from Leeds University and a global consultancy company, on the importance of learning Modern Foreign Languages in the UK
  • Years 7 and 8: Passport Challenge
  • All years:
  • Enjoy a choice of several dishes and specialities from European countries in the dining hall at lunch time. Take a look at the display of flags of various European states; can you recognise them?
  • Japanese, German, Italian, Russian and Portuguese taster sessions in lessons.
  • Tongue twisters in lessons.
  • Concours de pétanque & handball (PE Department, in lessons)

PTA

2018 School Calendar

The PTA have produced a school calendar with some of the important school dates.  This has been produced in memory of Mr Wilson with photographs taken by Rossett students and Mr Wilson’s family.  The calendars are only £8 each with proceeds being split between Rossett School  and Yorkshire Air Ambulance

To purchase, please send in cash or a cheque (made payable to Rossett PTA) for £8 in an envelope marked with your child’s name and form.

PTA meeting – 26 September 2017

The PTA would like to invite all parents to their first meeting on the year on 26 September in Meeting Room 3 – please arrive at Reception for 7.15pm.

Extra-curricular Sports Kit

The sports faculty have been working with Emblazon and are offering an optional new extra-curricular kit to complement our existing required kit.  Please click the link for further details: http://www.emblazon.biz/webshop/schoolwear/harrogate/rossett-school-sports/

Congratulations to …

  • the Year 7 girls’ football team who represented Rossett in the U13 Area 7-a-side tournament this week. They did not lose a match and were runners up overall out of nine teams – which was an excellent achievement as all of the other teams consisted of Year 8 players. Well done, girls!

What’s happening next week …

Tuesday 26 September

  • PTA meeting 7.15pm in Meeting Room 3

Wednesday 27 September

  • European day of Languages
  • Full Governing Body meeting 7pm

Thursday 28 September

  • September Surprise Concert – main school hall

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Rossett News Update – 15 September 2017

Our School Our Way

On Saturday 23 September we are opening our doors to primary school pupils who will be in Years 5 and 6 this September.  This fun filled event is packed with exciting learning activities and provides an opportunity for those involved to make new friends and find out more about Rossett School.  Please click the link for further details: http://www.rossettschool.co.uk/8460/ourschoolourway/ if you would like to be involved.  If you can’t come along on this day and would like someone from the school to arrange a tour whilst school is in session please email office@rossettschool.co.uk with your details.

Oxbridge interview day

Four Year 13 students attended an Oxbridge seminar this week. The session was led by representatives from both Cambridge and Oxford who provided an insight into the application process and admissions tests. The students then had the opportunity to take part in subject specific  interview workshops with students from across the area. The students found the morning extremely informative and helpful as they begin their application process.

Sports Presentation Evening – Thursday 21 September

This year sees the introduction of lower and upper school colours for our sports students in recognition of their commitment and dedication to sport at our Sports Presentation Evening which is being held next Thursday.  Awards will also be given for ‘players of the year’ and ‘most improved player’ along with some other special awards.

We are delighted to welcome Leeds United’s Robbie Gotts and Liam Kitching (former Rossett students) as guest speakers.

The colours will be awarded during Sports Presentation Evening on Thursday 21 September 2017 and we are pleased to invite you to celebrate with us.  The event will be held in the Main Hall between 6.30pm and 8pm (approximately) and light refreshments and canapés will be served on arrival.

RHS School Gardening School

We are delighted to report that Rossett’s Sensory Garden has been awarded Level 5 of the RHS School Gardening Awards – we are now a Five Star Gardening School.  This award, and the accompanying £200 worth of gardening vouchers, is the result of the hard work of students, staff and our dedicated Site Team working together with the local community.  Well done to all involved.

Update on Changes to Site Security:

During the summer holidays we used some of our DfE grant money to improve many elements of security here at Rossett. One of the changes was the installation of automatic locks, fitted to the external doors of the school buildings.  This will add a vital second layer of security, once students are on site.

In the first two weeks we introduced a few basic changes to the way that everyone enters and exits the site and the buildings. Monday 18 September sees the next phase of our plan, introducing further changes to our students as they come into the classrooms. Our new door locks are on a timer system which, while ensuring that the students have plenty of time to move between different blocks, will close once lessons have started.  Systems are already in place to ensure that students can still move around school during lesson times for valid reasons (e.g. instrumental music lessons, access to the Resource Centre, or first aid).   Additionally, we have also created and staffed a new Student Reception to assist with any minor issues that arise as students get used to the new system.

No parking opposite main entrance

With the changes to the access road leading into the Rossett School site from Green Lane, it is even more important please that parents avoid parking either directly opposite the entrance (along by the Ashville hedge) or on either side of the entrances.  Buses need a clear turning circle in order to enter the site and so, on Health & Safety grounds, could I ask that all parents avoid this area of the road when parking.  Thank you.

The National Apprenticeship Show – Friday 22 September 9.30-12.00

Students from the Sixth Form and Year 11 will be attending The National Apprenticeship Show at The Yorkshire Showground next Friday. This event will offer students the opportunity to spend the morning meeting prospective employers gaining an insight into the opportunities available to them in terms of apprenticeships.

Message from the Paul Boreham, Chair, Rossett PTA

With the ever changing political situation, there is increasing pressure on funding for schools and the role of the PTA to provide additional funding is becoming more and more important to allow schools to provide the extra resources to offer students the best opportunities.

Over the last two years Rossett PTA has provided funding for a defibrillator training unit, a brain model, a ‘build your own robot’ kit for the robotics club, a new kit for the football team, camera equipment and display frames for the art department. Most recently we have pledged £500 for a memorial bench and dry stone wall for the sensory garden.

In order to continue to provide additional funding for our school we need your help and support.

There are various ways you can help the PTA:

  • Support at PTA events such as the Quiz Night on 17 November 2017
  • Help us to provide refreshments at Parents’ Evenings
  • Attend PTA meetings (we meet once each half term sometimes over a drink in a pub)
  • Offer suggestions for fund raising events and help us ‘drum up support’ for these

We have lost a number of Committee members this year as their children have now left Rossett.  All parents of students at Rossett are automatically members of the PTA but without new Committee members it is unlikely that the committee will be able to continue in its current form.

If you would like further information please email paulalanboreham@sky.com

 

What’s happening next week …

Thursday 21 September

  • GCSE Fine Art group trip to the Hepworth Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park
  • Sports Presentation Evening

Saturday 23 September

  • Our School Our Way

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Prospective Parents’ Evening/Open Day 2017

At this time of year, Year 6 parents have a very important decision to make for their children and their future education.  To help you make an informed choice of secondary school we would like to extend a warm welcome for you to visit us at Rossett School.  We have two main opportunities for you to come to experience our culture of high challenge, academic success and comprehensive principles.

On Thursday 5 October there will be opportunities for parents to listen to the Headteacher’s presentation about the school and our educational philosophy.  This will take place at 6.30pm and will be repeated at 7.30pm. You will also be able to speak to departments about the curriculum; talk to some Year 7 students, our Sixth Form Listeners and Special Needs specialist staff; meet the PTA; find out about admissions, transport and extra curricular activities.
If you are an out-of-area parent there is also a talk specifically for you on admissions at 7.00pm which will be repeated at 8.00pm. The programme of events can be found here. 

Open Day 9.30-12.00pm Saturday 7 October

Parents and children are invited to see the school in action and meet Rossett teachers and students.  This will be an interesting day as there will be an opportunity for you to see and participate in many aspects of school life.

Rossett News Update – 8 September 2017

Welcome back. I hope that everyone enjoyed a good break over the summer.

The beginning of a new academic year always starts with a news update on the improvements we have made to the school site and reminders of our school expectations; these will be shared with students during the first two weeks of term through formal assemblies and tutor briefings.

Uniform

Many thanks to all parents for their support in the introduction of our new blazers here at Rossett.  On Tuesday of this week, the new Year 7 students were the first to arrive in their smart new uniform, joined on Wednesday by Years 8, 9 and 10.  The blazer remains an option for Year 11and these larger sizes are available from Rawcliffes of Harrogate.  The school stocks all sizes in sample blazers for students to try on and the blazers can be ordered and delivered through our Rossett School Finance Office. Alternatively parents can place their own orders at Rawcliffes of Harrogate.  All other uniform requirements can be found on our website – please click here.

PE Kit

The PE department have emailed all parents/carers clarifying the PE kit requirements for each lesson.  Please click the link for further details.

Building improvements

Phase three, of three, of roofing work has almost been completed.  The main school block was re-roofed during the holidays, with English and Music blocks expected to be completed by October half term. This work will make a tremendous difference to both the school’s heating bill and the historic leaks in these areas!

The access road to the front of school, leading from Green Lane, has been widened and new gates, fences and access points added both in this location and to the rear of the school (Pannal Ash Road entrance).

More details of the changes to the access to the site will follow in the next bulletin.  Students have been briefed in assemblies and tutor time regarding new procedures for entry/exit to the site; what to do if they are late to school and the keyless entry system for all teaching blocks.

Student Reception

We are delighted to report that our new Student Reception – at the front of the school – is open for business.

This new doorway leads from the car park at the front of the school through to a dedicated reception office, just for students.  Here they can sign in on the electronic register; deal with iPad loans; report for collection by parents for off-site appointments and in order to receive ‘forgotten’ lunches, PE kits and messages.

Opposite the new Student Reception is a purpose-built First Aid suite to help meet the needs of any student who feels unwell or is injured during the school day.  Ms Rogers, our First Aid & Health Manager, is delighted with the facilities.  She will be continuing to offer excellent care to our students from this new location, whilst continuing to provide the St. John’s Ambulance First Aid extra-curricular enhancement classes and the evening ‘Babysitting Course’.  Please click here for further details of this course which commences on Tuesday 19 September.

Congratulations to all our students celebrating A Level and GCSE results.

Rossett is celebrating another year of excellent results.

The pass rate at A Level was over 99 per cent, with more than 25 per cent of the students awarded grades A* or A, and over three-quarters of all grades awarded being A*-C.  Students have worked exceptionally hard to earn their grades and we look forward to hearing about their achievements in future.

The 2017 summer exam season saw students sitting the new Grade 9-1 GCSEs for the first time in Maths and English. We are delighted with the outcomes which reflect the tremendous commitment of our students to their studies.  In excess of 77% of our students achieved a grade 4 and above in English and Maths.  We are also delighted to report that 6% of our Year 11 Maths students were awarded the top grade (Level 9) compared to 3% nationally.  Overall just under 60% of students were awarded 9-6 or A*-B – an excellent achievement.

Please click the links for further details:

A Level

GCSE 

New teaching staff

This term we welcome a number of new teaching staff to Rossett, some in part-time roles and others covering maternity leave:

Assistant Headteacher: Ms Brown

Associate Senior Leader: Mr Royles

Maths: Mr Craig and Miss Whale

Science:  Miss Sandever and Mr Thompson

English: Mrs Styles

Art: Miss Bullivant and Mrs Walker

PE: Miss Pearson and Mr Fell

Students’ Charter

We have launched our new Students’ Charter this week, which sets our clear expectations for all students in order for them to be a success in school and beyond.  The language of the charter is broken down into the 3 Rs – Responsibility; Resilience and Reflectiveness.  We have spent some time this week sharing this with students, but can we please encourage you to discuss the key themes and expectations with your son/daughter at home.  Click here to read the Students’ Charter. 

Our School Our Way

On Saturday 23 September we are opening our doors to primary school pupils who will be in Years 5 and 6 in September.  This fun filled event is packed with exciting learning activities and provides an opportunity for those involved to make new friends and find out more about Rossett School.  Please click the link for further details.

Reaccreditation of International School Award from The British Council

We were delighted to learn during the summer that Rossett has successfully gained reaccreditation of the International School Award from 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2020. The assessor commented ‘It is clear that your school has offered a variety of opportunities, both within the classroom and outside, for the students to develop as citizens.

 Congratulations to …

  • Kenneth Burt (Year 7) and Lewis Ferry (Year 8) who received a Merit Certificate in the UKMT extension maths challenge round called Kangaroo at the end of last year and to Aliya Bridge (Year 8) who received a Qualification Certificate. We would like to congratulate all these students on this exceptional performance.

What’s happening next week …

Monday 11 September

  • Y8 HPV vaccinations

Thursday 14 September

  • GCSE Art visit to the Hepworth Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher