Rossett News Update – 7 April 2017

Head Boy and Head Girl elections

The Sixth Form Hustings took place this week and after a very close race, we are pleased to announce the results are as follows:

Head Boy: Arran Kennedy                  Head Girl: Katie Anderson

Deputy Head Boy: Ben Rothery           Deputy Head Girl: Georgia Taylor

We were very impressed with the level of maturity and confidence demonstrated by all twelve candidates; they are all fantastic ambassadors for Rossett Sixth Form.

National Cup Final

The ESFA (English Schools Football Association) have confirmed that the U14s girls’ football team will be playing in the National Cup Final against St Ivo School, Cambridgeshire at Stoke City Football Club on Friday 26th May with a 1.30pm kick off.   They have also confirmed that each finalist will be presented with a set of PlayStation branded playing kit to wear in the final and the girls will also be presented with a player’s medal at the end of the game.  This is going to be an exciting experience for the girls and they will have a warm up session in the Stoke City FC Academy Dome, use the main stadium changing rooms for the half-time team talks and post-match changing facilities and will also enjoy a post-match buffet in the Waddington Lounge at the club!  Mr Sweetman will be Team Coach as Ms Rowe is on maternity leave but will be attending and supporting with all her family!


Following extensive consultation this year with students, parents and staff, the Governors have made a decision to introduce Rossett School blazers to the uniform of the school, for Years 7-10, from September 2017.  Year 11 students (2017/18) will have the option, for this year only, to either purchase a school blazer or keep to the current uniform of the school jumper.  A letter explaining this change and detailing suppliers will be circulated by Mrs Macaulay (Deputy Headteacher) after the Easter break.

Lessons from Auschwitz

Charlotte Towers and Olly Walsh represented Rossett on the Lessons from Auschwitz project this week, travelling to Poland and hearing about the horrors of the holocaust.   Charlotte and Olly were interviewed by Strayfm during the trip – please click here to hear their thoughts.

They will now reflect on their experiences and become Holocaust Educational Trust Ambassadors to raise awareness of the Holocaust and challenge prejudice and racism.

Social Media warning

North Yorkshire Police have informed schools that there is growing awareness of a troubling social media site called, ‘Blue Whale’. Intelligence would indicate that young people are approached in a chat room and then asked to take part in private chats before being given a list of concerning challenges to complete. We are drawing parents’ attention to this matter so that you can be vigilant in monitoring your son or daughter’s internet use.

American Exchange

Our students are looking forward to welcoming their American partners when they arrive in Harrogate on Saturday 15 April.  They have a busy schedule including visits to the Yorkshire Coal Mining Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Royal Armouries, a day trip to York and much more. The American students will also spend a day in school with their partners on Monday 24 April!

Passover Workshop including flour making and matza baking

This week Rabbi Pink came in to Rossett to run a matza workshop focusing on the Jewish festival of Passover which remembers the story of Moses and the Hebrew people escaping from oppression and slavery in Egypt. Rabbi Pink and some of our Year 7 and Philosophy and Ethics students also discussed the theme of freedom and respect – whatever one’s personal beliefs – and the importance of these themes in modern society.

The students enjoyed learning the process of making matza (unleavened flatbread), from threshing and grinding the wheat, to making the dough, rolling out the matza, watching them bake in an oven and tasting the end product.



We are aware that this year Ramadan will coincide with Midsummer and the combination of long days and higher temperatures will put pressure on our young Muslim students.  Some will also be taking important exams which will be an added pressure.   We would like to work with our students and their families during this time and would ask that parents contact their child’s year office so that we can support our students in their religious observance.

Congratulations to …

  • The Year 10 boys’ football team who beat Settle College 6-1 in the Harrogate and Craven Area Cup semi-final. They now aim to win the Final and bring back the trophy that they last won in Year 7! The final will be held at Harrogate Town against the winner of King James and Ermysted’s.
  • The Year 7 First Aid team who have recently completed Level 2 ROSSKA in CPR and using an automated defibrillator. Well done!
  • The senior First Aid team who all passed the Babysitter/Paediatric First Aid Course.
  • All Rossett students and the wider company of Harrogate Stagecoach students who gave a superb performance on Sunday 2 April, celebrating 20 years in Harrogate and 20 years of working in partnership with Rossett School.

Migraine Insight

Migraine Action, the national advisory and support charity for adults and children affected by migraine, have asked us to advertise an event it is hosting at The Park Inn, North Street, York on Saturday 13 May 2017  9am-1pm.  Migraine medical professionals will give practical tips for proactively managing migraine, with topics covered including headache and migraine diagnosis, treatment, prevention, latest research and medication overuse.
Please visit their website for further information:

Babysitting Course

Rossett Adult Learning is offering a five week babysitting course led by Ms Rogers (Rossett’s First Aid and Health Manager). The course runs from 5 June 18.30-20.30 for 14-18 year olds – click here for further details.

What’s happening when school re-opens after the Easter holidays

  • 24-28 April Mock MFL orals

Monday 24 April

  • American Exchange fish and chip supper – Blue Dining Hall 5pm–6.30pm

Wednesday 26 April

  • American Exchange students depart at 7am
  • GCSE PE practicals – students need to remember to come ‘in kit’ on these days

Thursday 27 April

  • GCSE PE practicals – students need to remember to come ‘in kit’ on these days

Friday 28 April

  • DofE Silver Qualifying expedition departs

I would like to end by wishing all students and parents/carers a very Happy Easter from all at Rossett School.

Ms Woodcock


County Cup Champions: U13 Football Team

Congratulations to the under 13s girls’ football team who have been crowned County Cup champions after beating Manor School 4-0 in the final.  Team Coach Mr Sweetman said ‘It was a fantastic match and a really fitting end to a brilliant season for the girls.’

Team Maths Challenge

Congratulations to Matt Rowe (Year 9), Katie Merckel (Year 9), Tij Kapote (Year 8), Gidi Pliener (Year 8) who came third in the UKMT Regional Final of the Team Maths Challenge – this was an exceptional performance and the first time a team from Rossett have been in a medal position.

The students competed against top mathematicians from across the region in a series of mathematical rounds and challenges testing mathematical, communication and teamwork skills.  We are very proud of their achievement.

Rossett News Update – 31 March 2017

Team Maths Challenge

Congratulations to Matt Rowe (Year 9), Katie Merckel (Year 9), Tij Kapote (Year 8), Gidi Pliener (Year 8) who came third in the UKMT Regional Final of the Team Maths Challenge – this was an exceptional performance and the first time a team from Rossett have been in a medal position.

The students competed against top mathematicians from across the region in a series of mathematical rounds and challenges testing mathematical, communication and teamwork skills.  We are very proud of their achievement.

County Cup Champions: U13 Football Team

Congratulations to the under 13s girls’ football team have been crowned County Cup champions after beating Manor School 4-0 in the final.  Team Coach Mr Sweetman said ‘It was a fantastic match and a really fitting end to a brilliant season for the girls.’

RSC Chemistry Olympiad

Congratulations to Katie Lofthouse who achieved a Silver Award,  Dan Corazzi and Rob Torrance who achieved Bronze Awards and Thomas Hullah and Matthew Petty who received certificates of participation at the RSC Chemistry Olympiad.  The challenges feature some very advanced chemistry and stretches the students’ A Level understanding tremendously. One of the questions featured this year was based on the possible alloy choices for Iron Man armour!

Future Jobs Project

We are excited to be able to provide work experience this year for all Year 12 students, in collaboration with NYBEP (North Yorkshire Business Education Partnership) and Aspire Igen (independent career advice service).

We believe that this is an excellent opportunity for our students to gain an insight into potential future career options. Work experience is also highly regarded by both universities and prospective employers and provides students with valuable skills which will enhance both personal statements and CVs.

Each student will also receive a one hour one-to-one appointment with an independent Careers Advisor during next week and will be informed at the earliest opportunity of the placement that has been secured for them.  The work experience will take place between 3 and 7 July 2017.

Adult Learning Summer Programme

Please click here for the Summer programme for Adult Learning offering part-time day and evening courses for all tastes and interests. Courses include Arts, Design and Crafts, Exercise and Well-being, Social Media, Computing and Photography or discovering your family history.

Mrs Rogers (Rossett’s First Aid and Health Manager) will also be running a five week Babysitting course from 5 June 18.30-20.30 for 14-18 year olds – click here for further details.

Sensory Garden

This week we received a cheque from the Lions Clubs for £311.96 for our sensory garden project.  The garden is being designed by Year 11 students working towards the Prince’s Trust Achieve Award and is drawing support from community organisations across the town.  The garden will continue to evolve over the coming months offering students the opportunity to learn about plants, gardening, wildlife and landscaping.

We are linking the design of the garden to reflect our 30 year connection with our Japanese partner school – Ishigami – and have begun to construct a pagoda and added a cherry tree to the planting.

Information Support Evening

Local schools have decided to work collaboratively together to try and support both young people and their families in one particular area that we know can affect both physical and mental wellbeing, that of drug use and legal highs. National Statistics for 2015/16 showed that one in five 16-24 year olds have tried or used an illegal drug.

St John Fisher will be hosting an information support evening, open to all parents locally, on Wednesday 5 April at 7.00pm. The session will be run by members of their Pastoral team, including the Deputy Headteacher, as well as a representative from North Yorkshire Police. If you are interested in attending this session please email at St John Fisher Catholic High School for further information.

Operation Encompass

Rossett has agreed to take part in a new project that will run jointly between all schools, academies and colleges in York and North Yorkshire Police.

This new project, Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of normal school hours and that might have an impact on a child attending school the following day. This information will be shared at the earliest opportunity between Monday to Friday and when an incident occurs over the weekend the school will be notified on the Monday by the police.

A nominated member of school staff, known as a key adult, will receive the information from the police. They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that our school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. Information will be shared where it is identified that a child or young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.

Operation Encompass has already proved to be very effective in providing appropriate support to children. We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our children and we believe this initiative is going to be extremely beneficial and supportive for all those involved.

DofE Silver Practice Expedition – 7 April to Sunday 9 April 2017

Students will be taken to the North Yorkshire Dales for this expedition; they will be camping near Barden on the first night and at Kettlewell for the second night and will finish their expedition at Malham Cove.

Literacy Tip

Please click here for the latest literacy tip on how to be successful when skimming and scanning non-fiction texts.

Congratulations to …

  • 1st XI football team recorded their first win of the season with a dramatic late winner from Reece Buckle which sent the team and huge crowd into delirium.
  • To the following students took their grade 5 Theory of Music exam on 1st March

Katie Anderson (Distinction), Cameron Rennison (Merit), Ellie Whitehead (Merit)

Natasha Lewis (Pass), Chloe Ramsay (Pass)

What’s happening next week …

Monday 3 April

  • Aspire Careers interviews for Year 12
  • American Exchange Information Evening – Resource Centre 7pm

Tuesday 4 April

  • Aspire Careers interviews for Year 12

Wednesday  5 April

  • Information Support Evening – St John Fisher School – 7pm

Thursday 6 April

  • Year 11 Parents’ Evening

Friday 7 April

  • Aspire Careers interviews for Year 12
  • Silver DofE Practise Expedition
  • School breaks up for the Easter Holidays – 3.10pm

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 24 March 2017

The Guardian: Should schools serve local food?

Since the appointment of Steve Ashburn as Rossett’s executive chef the school’s food offer to students has moved to locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.  We were contacted recently by the Guardian newspaper regarding a story they were investigating on the reasons for sourcing food locally.  This national article has now gone live and shows Rossett as a leading school when it comes to nutrition and the use of locally sourced, quality ingredients in its meals.  Please click the link to read the article:

County Cup Final

Good luck to the U13 girls’ football team who are playing in the County Cup final at Harrogate Town on Monday 4pm kick off. We are so proud of their achievements so far! Spectators welcome.

Red Nose Day

Students have raised over £2000 today for Comic Relief.  Congratulations to Year 9 students who held a cake sale raising £102 alone!  Thank you for your support.

New Head Boy and Head Girl wanted

Nominations are being invited from current Year 12 students for the post of Head Boy and Head Girl (2017/18).   The current incumbents, Dan Corazzi and Sophie Lee, have been speaking to Year 12s highlighting the importance of the role and the events they have attended representing both the school and Sixth Form over the last year.

This year we are asking prospective candidates to propose a concept or project based around the transition of Year 11 students into Rossett’s Sixth Form which will form part of their election speech.  The successful candidates will be expected to complete the project during their term of office.

The process for election is:

  • Nominations to be with Mrs Grabham by Monday 27 March.
  • Approval of projects by the Director and Deputy Director of Sixth Form.
  • Candidates attend an interview on Thursday 30 March.
  • ‘Hustings’ take place and the result is announced at lunchtime on Wednesday 5 April.

Acoustic Night

Thank you to everyone involved in Acoustic Night this week.  The evening was a great success with a range of excellent musical performances by students from all year groups in an ‘unplugged’ setting.

Lost Property

The lost property cupboard is overflowing and includes at least 20 coats, 5 PE kits and lots of other unnamed items of school uniform.  If your child has ‘lost’ any uniform please ask them to come to the First Aid area to look through the many items of clothing. The cupboard will be cleared at Easter.

A Level Geography Field Trip

A Level Geographers returned yesterday from a successful few days visiting the Holderness Coast. There were a few pairs of wet feet as they raced the tides to collect data. Students found the  trip enjoyable and beneficial and are now in a good position to prepare for their AS exam and write up their independent study.

Congratulations to …

  • The Year 7 boys’ football team who have reached the Area Cup Final last night beating King James 3-0.

What’s happening next week …

Monday 27 March

  • GCSE and A Level Music Performance exams

Wednesday 29 March

  • Year 11 photograph (period 2)

Thursday 30 March

  • Year 12 and Year 13 Parents’ Evening

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 17 March 2017

Oxbridge Talks

Next week we will be welcoming two Professors from Oxford and Cambridge who will speak to Year 11 AMA students regarding universities in general and Oxbridge in particular and to Year 12 students about Oxbridge and personal statements. Former student, Lauren Dolman, who is currently studying at Oxford, is also hoping to attend.

Red Nose Day – Friday 24 March 2017

Red Nose Day is on Friday 24 March and students are invited to come to school in non-uniform for a donation of £2 to the Comic Relief Fund. The Student Council will be selling red noses at £1 during next week..

RKA Science Olympiad

Today eight of our Year 9 talented scientists will take part in the second RKA Science Olympiad. The day will include a variety of STEM activities designed to engage and challenge our young scientists and will also include a talk by two leading science academics.

Helping Young People with their Learning Options

We have been made aware that parents of Year 9 students have received communication from Pete Dwyer, Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Services at NYCC. This correspondence highlights information on the local UTCs (University Technical Colleges) which are currently based in Scarborough and Leeds for any student aged 14. Anyone requiring details for UTC Leeds should apply direct to them and for UTC Scarborough apply through NYCC:

A Level  Geography Field Trip

Our A level  Geography students head off on a four day residential next week with Mrs Martin and Miss Horsfall. As  part of their preparation for their AS Geography exam students will spend a day in Hornsea  collecting data for two separate studies. One is to examine the impact of coastal management and the other to consider how endogenous factors have influenced the character of the town. They will stay in Beverley from where they will visit places along the Holderness coastline collecting data for their individual studies based upon theory from their units of study coastal systems and changing places. It is always a fantastic week for research, consolidation of learning and giving students the opportunity to see Geography in action.

First Aid update

  • The Year 9 and 10 Vocational Studies groups have been taking part in the St. John Ambulance CPR Award. Well done to the students who took part and who can now save a life!
  • The senior first aid team members have been taking part in the Paediatric First Aid and Babysitting Award (ROSSKA) and will be completing their assessments over the next two weeks.

DofE Training Day – Saturday 25 March 2017

This Training Day introduces students to camp-craft, map reading, safety and equipment and will take place at Rossett School. The timings are:

Silver Award

9.00am-4.00pm with a Q&A session for parents at 3.00pm

Bronze Award

9.30am-4.00pm with a Q&A session for parents at 3.30pm

Literacy tip – reading non-fiction texts

Please click the link for the latest tip on reading non-fiction texts.

Music Department: Acoustic Night

Next Thursday 23 March is the Acoustic Evening in the main hall, with many talented performers lining up to entertain you, including our award-winning Saxophonists and Singing group.  There will also be a bar available throughout the evening and tickets can be obtained from the Finance Office at just £3 each.

Sixth Form Calendar Dates

Dates Event
Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5 and Friday 7 April 2017 Aspire Igen Careers interviews

Ten Careers Advisors from Aspire Igen will be in school for three days to conduct one hour career appointments with every Year 12 student at Rossett.

15 May – 26 May (2 weeks) Year 12 Study Leave
Wednesday 24 May – period 3 Year 13 Leavers’ Assembly

Period 3 in main hall followed by refreshments in the Sixth Form Centre. Study leave commences.

Monday 5 June Year 12 return from Study Leave

Year 12 teachers prepare students for mock exam week.

Monday 12 – Friday 16 June Mock exams week

Student sit mock exams in subjects which they have not already sat as an AS exam. Exams will be during normal lesson periods.

Monday 19 – Friday 23 June Mock exam feedback / A2 course introduction
Monday 26 June – Friday 30 June Next Steps week

Monday: Community enrichment day

Tuesday: University options in school

Wednesday: UCAS convention Leeds Beckett

Thursday: Aspire Igen (Future Jobs event) and Careers Day Friday – York University trip / Apprenticeship day

What’s happening next week …

Monday 20 March – Thursday 24 March: A Level Geography field trip

Tuesday 21 March

  • read@rossett – 3.15pm in the Resource Centre – open to all KS3 students
  • DofE Bronze route planning training (main hall and blue dining hall 3.15-4.15pm)

Wednesday 22 March

  • Oxbridge talks to Year 11 and Year 12 AMA students
  • A Level Theatre trip to Harrogate Theatre

Thursday 23 March

  • Acoustic Night

Friday 24 March

  • Red Nose Day – students should bring in a donation of £2 to wear non-uniform
  • wellread@rossett – 3.15pm in the Resource Centre – open to all students from KS4 and KS5

Saturday 25 March

  • DofE Silver and Bronze Award training day at Rossett (9.30am-4pm in the Sixth Form Centre)

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 10 March 2017

Year 7 and Year 8 parental survey

In light of national curriculum reforms and the removal of ‘levels’ used to report students’ attainment and progress,  we have introduced a new assessment system for our Year 7 and Year 8 students (please click here to re-read the letter sent to parents giving details).

We recognise the importance of monitoring any changes we make to our reports to gauge their success and would be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete a short survey regarding your child’s school report by clicking on the link below:

This feedback will be used to inform any future changes to our reporting and assessment systems.

Red Nose Day – Friday 24 March 2017

Red Nose Day is on Friday 24 March and students are invited to come to school in non-uniform for a donation of £2.  The Student Council will be selling red noses at £1.

Literacy Tip – discursive writing

Please click here for that latest Literacy Tip on discursive writing.

Year 10 Maths Challenge

Congratulations to Freya Prince, Zach Reeves, Mike Burt and Amy Lewis who competed in the further maths challenge against other schools from across Yorkshire the week. They achieved a high score placing them in the top 10 teams overall.

Harrogate Competitive Festival of Music, Speech and Drama

Last Sunday Leah Waddington took part in the Grade 7/8 Saxophone competition at the Harrogate Festival of Music, Speech and Drama performing two pieces against a number of other saxophone players from across the district. Leah won first prize and was invited back to take part in the “Young Musician of the Festival” final where she came a close second.  Katie Anderson, Joe Gilmartin, Cameron Rennison and Leah Waddington also took part as a quartet performing “Strike up the Band” undirected against a flute group from St Aidans and a Saxophone ensemble from Harrogate Grammar school winning first place. Our Clarinet choir (Joe Gilmartin, Caitlin Cunningham, Sam Gilmartin, Sophie Poole, Jai Sagoo, Thomas Hawkins and Leah Waddington) made their debut performance with a superb rendition of “March of the Marionette” and were awarded joint second place. Congratulations to all the students concerned. 

Revision advice for Years 9, 10 and 11

If you would like to see some really helpful advice on combatting examination nerves; learn how to revise; and general tips for success this summer, please click the  BBC Bitesize link:

Pride in Diversity

Harrogate is launching Pride in Diversity events this year, including both art and literature competitions on the theme of ‘Being Different: Excluded or Included’.  Entry forms are available from the English office and the event celebrates all areas of diversity such as disability and faith as well as LGBTQ+.

Safer Internet Evening

On Tuesday 28 February Rossett hosted a “Safer Internet” evening for parents.  This well-received session was presented by Mr Tim Pinto, e-safety expert, who discussed practical ways in which parents can support their children when using the internet and social media, in order that they remain safe.

Please click the link for the presentation:

Back in time – take part!

Would you and your family like to go back in time for a new BBC series?  We have been contacted by the makers of the hit series ‘Back in Time for Dinner’ who are looking for a food loving family to immerse themselves in the lives and diets of working people in Northern England over the last 150 years.

If you have always wanted to know how previous generations lived – what work they did, what they ate and how they cooked it – then the makers would love to hear from you. Please email for details on how to apply. (Families must be UK residents with a minimum of two children aged 8+).

Congratulations to …

  • The Year 10 rugby team who played in the White Rose rugby festival beating Ilkley Grammar 10-0, but losing against PHGS 10-0 and Allerton School 5-0. The students demonstrated resilience throughout the tournament and were a credit to the school.
  • The Year 7 boys’ football team who beat Ripon Grammar 6-1 to reach the semi final of the Area Cup.

What’s happening next week …

Tuesday, 14 March

  • DofE Bronze map reading training for students 3.10-4.15pm in the Main Hall

Thursday 16 March

  • Year 7 Parents’ Evening

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 3 March 2017


World Book Day2

Year 7 celebrated World Book Day on Thursday with a murder mystery to solve. They deduced who had murdered our librarian by finding literary clues concealed in the English department!  They have also been given bingo cards to complete after they have read books of different genres throughout March.

Golden tickets were hidden in Junior Block with book prizes for the finders and bookworms were tucked away in lots of library books – the finders of those received some delicious, wiggly bookworm sweets.

The whole school listened to The Hitchhiker by Anthony Horowitz throughout the day – this year different members of staff were filmed reading each instalment and these were shown in lessons.

To start some conversations about reading teaching and support staff wore badges with their favourite books or their current reads; our staff have wide-ranging tastes from the very highbrow classics to Paw Patrol!

WBD tokens were given out in form time. Students can exchange these for the free World Book Day books at participating supermarkets and bookshops, or use them to get £1 off books costing £2.99 or more.

The U14s girls’ football team reach the National Cup Final3

We are delighted to report that the U14s girls’ football team are through to the National Cup Final (the FA cup final for schools!).

Congratulations to Vicky Naylor, Alicia Hall, Jess Bond, Abbie Coumount, Lily Bellerby , Cleo Vine, Evelyn Richards , Hattie Black, Mel Millington, Anouska Dresser, Holly Mitchell, Issy Smith, Georgia Golding Saunders, Charlotte Jackson, Aerfene Conan, Mimi Goldberg.  They were outstanding, especially in the second half where they showed pure passion and commitment to push to a win.  The goals were scored by Cleo Vine and Issy Smith.

Ms Rowe and Mr Sweetman were invited to an interview at Stray FM to publicise the achievements of the girls’ football here at Rossett. Please click the link  to hear their interview:

Although the date of the final is yet to be confirmed the FA will be live streaming the match and will be providing a new kit for the team for the final. We will be watching with bated breath.

Exam timetable

The 2017 Summer Exam Timetable is now available to view on the school website:

End of Key Stage 3 Science exams w/c 13 March 2017  

As mentioned at our recent Year 9 Parents’ Evening we are coming to the end of the Key Stage 3 Science curriculum.  Students will be sitting Science assessments on Monday 13 March (x half) and on Tuesday 14 March (y half) during their Science lessons.  Results of these assessments; combined with prior achievement data, will inform our recommendations for Science pathways (triple or double Science) at GCSE. From 20 March all Year 9s will move to study GCSE Science following a recommended pathway.   Further details will be emailed to parents next week.

Bewerley Park

Year 7 have had an amazing time at Bewerley Park – overcoming challenges, making new friends, taking part in activities they never thought they would.  Students have been mountain biking, canoeing, caving, hill walking, climbing, shelter building and learning bushcraft, gorge walking, high and low ropes, orienteering, completing initiatives and night navigation. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the staff involved, in particular Mrs Leeming and Miss Hopkins for leading the trip and Mrs McCabe, Miss Hutchinson, Mr Richardson, Mr Saunderson, Mr Tatterton and Mr O’Sullivan for completing the strong team of staff at the camp.

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Theatre performance and workshops  for Year 10

On Wednesday Year 10s   will watch a performance ofStand for It?’ and then take part in workshops which have been set up in an interesting and thought-provoking way for students to engage with issues of extremism and radicalisation. This activity will be led by Saltmine Theatre Company who will highlight the key themes raised by the performance and give students the opportunity to ask any questions during the workshop sessions.



This week Sixth Form students attended an Oxbridge Information Evening.  On 22 March we are looking forward to welcoming representatives from Oxbridge to meet with our Year 12 students and talk to them about preparation for application.

What’s happening next week …

Monday 6 March

  • Y12 and Y13 students visiting Leeds Apprenticeship Fair (First Direct Area 4-8pm)

Wednesday 8 March

  • ‘Stand for it’ performance and workshops for Year 10

Thursday 9 March

  • Year 8 Parents’ Evening

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 17 February 2017


Intermediate Maths Challenge

We are delighted with the results from the recent Intermediate Maths Challenge with 8 students achieving Gold, 18 students achieving Silver and 23 achieving Bronze.  The Gold award puts students in the top 1500 students in their year group from across the country.  We congratulate them on their excellent achievement.

Year 11

Gold: Arthur Cheek (Best in Year), Natasha Farmer, Amy Laws, Maya McCartney, Simon Taylor

Silver: Shaun Wilson, Katie Ridley, Tabitha Halliday, Jason Twigg, Lucy Hopkins, Ben Wilson

Bronze: Megan Bird, Jennifer Ross, Olivia Price, Ella Harris, Lizzie Browne, Jacob Turner, Emily Howell, Kerry Holtham, Emily Whitaker, Oliver Storey, Jasmine Tyler

Year 10

Gold: Miki Burt (Best in Year)

Silver: Kirsty MacGregor, Emily Andrews, Ivan Shalashilin, George Taylor, Morgan Glazier

Year 9

Gold: Katie Merckel (Best in Year), Freddie Newton

Silver: Matthew Hewson, Jayven Bahi, Laurie O’Brien, Alice Benning, Nandini Mehta, Emma Janson, Aadham Yousef

Bronze: Sean Winston, Matthew Rowe, James Poole, Sam Gilmartin, Jack Sruton

Guys and Dolls2

Thank you to Sixth Formers Emily Taylor and Ellie Watson-Hornsby for writing the following review which we hope will be appearing in the Harrogate Advertiser in the next few weeks.

Those who attended Rossett School’s performance of Guys and Dolls on Wednesday 8 February and Thursday 9 February 2017 were transported back into the 1930s, where the cast of over ninety students from across the year groups put on a truly mesmerising show. The commitment and dedication of both students and staff was displayed through not only the high standard of acting, but also the accompanying band which was formed from both students and teaching staff.

It was Miss Adelaide (Kiera Bollon) and Nathan Detroit (Leo Corbitt) – both in Year 9 – who stole the night with their show-stopping performances and fabulous singing which took away the collective breath of the packed auditorium. From start to finish their passion for performing was displayed through the phenomenal maintenance of American accents and their enthusiasm for portraying their characters.

Bollon’s take on the ditsy, long-term engaged dancer Miss Adelaide was flawless. The audience was stunned at the powerful voice of one so young. Her fiancé, the dapper Detroit played by Corbitt, was full of wit and charm; enough to explain the 14 year engagement! However by the end of the show, the two finally wed with the whole cast on stage to mark the momentous occasion.

The full cast kept the standard high with the likes of Sky Masterson (James Porter) and Sarah Brown (Yasmine Bridge) explaining their unlikely romance;  the portrayal of Big Jule (Jack Dyson) and Nicely-Nicely Johnson (Sam McKenzie) kept the spirits up with their natural comic timing.

The hard work behind the scenes was ably directed by Mrs McLurg supported by Mrs Binns, Miss Askew and Mrs Merrett. Without their loyalty and devotion towards the students and the production, the show wouldn’t have been as rewarding an experience for actors and audience alike. The immaculate dancing, choreographed by Miss Geldart, was an event not to be missed. The students made the complex moves look effortless as they danced the night away with routines such as the Salsa.



Sixth Form Debating team success

Rossett’s Sixth Form Debating team won their debate against Harrogate Grammar School this week in the third heat of the Red Kite Debating Competition.  Congratulations to Katie Lofthouse and Arran Kennedy who did the school proud in the face of some tough competition! They were arguing against the motion that “We should have an open borders policy for migrants”. The Judges agreed that it was the best debate they had seen so far in the competition.


As February is LGBT History Month, Rossett’s LGBT group held a bake sale and raised over £90 for Stonewall UK.

Japan Exchange

The Japan Exchange students and Miss Horsfall and Mr Bulmer arrived safely in Ishigami at the beginning of the week and had a very busy time with their exchange students embracing a variety of activities such as sushi making and Japanese calligraphy.  They visited some of the cultural buildings in Minamisota where they were able to dress as soldiers and samurais and met the mayor of the city.  They also visited an aquarium in Sendai, a local temple and have enjoyed traditional Japanese food.  This is the first visit back to the Ishigami area since the tsunami hit and the school was really appreciative of our students’ visit. Our students have now travelled to Kyoto. Follow their news @rossettschool.7

Visit from poet

On Wednesday students enjoyed a visit by poet Ash Dickinson who ran a series of workshops for Y10, Y7 and Y11 AMA and PP students sharing his love of poetry, encouraging them to create their own Haikus and Clerihew.  At one session he read some poems he had written about famous people such as Miley Cyrus and Wilfred Owen and then asked students to write their own poem about someone famous such as Robin Hood or Paddington Bear.

With another group he used a completely different method to inspire students to write a poem – asking  students to write down a memory with prompts like I see…, I feel…, I hear… and then stripped out the prompts for the poem – this was extremely effective.

One group wrote poems featuring well-known phrases coined by Shakespeare.

Students commented on how fun, innovative and friendly Ash was and totally adored how he removed their image of a stereotypical poet and also enjoyed listening to him recite his own poetry.


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Message from the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board

The North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board have written to all schools highlighting a number of safeguarding issues raised recently about apps on mobile devices including, ooVoo and  The letter warns that these apps are not safe for children to use as there is a significant risk of inappropriate contact by unknown individuals.  For more details please click here.

Online Safety Information Evening for parents/carers

Following the success of Safer Internet Day where students learnt about the many positives of the internet and were also made aware of the issues that young people face online today; Rossett is holding an Online Safety Information Evening for parents/carers. This will include a presentation by Tim Pinto – an expert in the field of online safety education.

Tim Pinto has worked in education throughout his career and over the past five years he has worked as e-Safety Manager working extensively with schools in the Yorkshire region, supporting them with e-safety and developing guidance documents and policies. He has also worked on a national level speaking at conferences organised by the NSPCC and Optimus. Tim is a member of the Educational Advisory Board for CEOP (Children’s Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) and has worked with a number of different bodies training staff and developing resources. We highly recommend this event as it will provide practical advice and safety tips to help manage online safety issues, and advise on suitable behaviour online.


Sixth Form Listeners

Congratulations to our Year12 Listeners  who received their certificates from Ms Woodcock this week after completing 12 weeks of training. They will now shadow current Year 13 students until they are allocated their own form groups in Year 7.

‘Wear Purple’ Day

Today is ‘wear purple day’ in the Sixth Form to support the AMMF Cancer charity nominated by Harrison Prudames, who lost his Grandfather to the 12illness.  Students were invited to make a donation and wear something purple for the day.  They have raised just over £120 for the charity.

Congratulations to …

  • The Year 9 Rugby team who beat Wetherby 24:22 with a last minute conversion.
  • Holly Mitchell played football for Leeds United against Manchester United at the weekend. They won 4-3 Holly, scored one and set up two other goals. How good is that!

What’s happening …

Thursday 23 February            

  • Ski Trip and Japanese Exchange trip return

Monday 27 February

  • School re-opens following half term
  • Y7 Bewerley Park Outdoor Pursuits Trip departs
  • National Field Reference Tests in Sports Hall (9.15-10.30am)

Tuesday 28 February

  • Online Safety Information Evening for parents/carers (6.30-7.30pm)

Thursday 2 March

  • World Book Day
  • Full Governing Body meeting

Saturday 4 March

  • Trinity Music exams in Music Block (9am-5pm)

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 10 February 2017


Safer Internet day2

The school took part in Safer Internet Day on Tuesday and there have been a number of activities taking place all week including assemblies on the theme ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’, students have also built a ‘wish wall’ on how the worldwide web can be improved for the better.  There was also an ‘emoji’ competition and ‘emoji charades’.

Online Safety Information Evening – Tuesday 28 February (6.30-7.30pm)

To celebrate the many positives of the internet, and to raise awareness of the issues that children and young people face online today, Rossett will be holding an online safety information evening for parents/carers. This will include a presentation by Tim Pinto who is an expert in the field of online safety education and the session will provide practical advice and safety tips to help you, as parents, manage online safety issues and discussions surrounding suitable behaviour online at home.

We believe that internet safety education is a crucial element of the curriculum and an essential part of young people’s development.  There is already useful information on how to keep your child safe on the internet and how to safeguard the use of social media, available on our school website (

This event is designed to help you become more aware of the safety messages that students receive in school and will help you to reinforce them at home.  For further information or to book a place please click the link:

Guys & Dolls

Congratulations to everyone who took part in Guys and Dolls this week – a student review will appear in Rossett News next week.

Year 8 Options

Next week sees the launch of the Year 8 options process:

Mon 13 Feb Year 8 Options launch assembly during form time
Wed 15 Feb Pathway assemblies during PSHEE
Thurs 16 Feb Options Evening FOR YEAR 8 STUDENTS AND PARENTS
7.00-7.20 Presentation on Curriculum and Options Process in the main hall
8.00-8.20 Presentation is repeated
7.00-8.30 Subject Fair
7.20-8.00 &


Opportunity for parents to discuss the options process with a member of the leadership team in the main hall


At present Rossett offers regular drop in sessions for our LGBTQ+ community.  In order to improve and develop our provision we invite students to complete a questionnaire allowing them to voice their views on LGBTQ+ matters, all responses will be anonymous.   Please click the link for the survey:

Sixth Form Listeners

Congratulations to our Year12 Listeners  who have completed 12 weeks of training including sessions on:  listening skills, how to support students, child protection, bullying, confidentiality, LGBT and bereavement. They will now shadow current Year 13 students until they are allocated their own form group.  They will also support Year 6 pupils during the transition days in July and when they start at Rossett in September as new Year 7s.

Literacy Tips

Please click here to read the latest Literacy tips from Mrs Fazakerley, our Literacy Coordinator on how to help prepare your ‘Analytical Writing’.

Visit by Poet Ash Dickinson

On Wednesday Ash Dickinson will be visiting Rossett. Ash is a poet, writer and comedy performer and has been widely published in newspapers, magazines and poetry presses.    He will be talking to Year 7s about the use of poetry to inspire others and will also be delivering workshops to AMA students in Years 7, 10 and 11, talking about poetry including how to deconstruct and analyse poems as well as explaining his own writing process. 

Future Chef Regional Finals

Congratulations to Alice Young (Year 9) who took part in the regional final of Future Chef this week. Alice was competing against eight other students from around Yorkshire. The competition was extremely high and Alice did an amazing job receiving some very encouraging comments from the panel of chefs, but sadly did not win on this occasion.

Sixth Form Debating Team

The Sixth Form Debating Team won their last heat of the Red Kite Debating Competition against Benton Park School, debating for the motion “There should be limits to free speech on social media”.  Their next debate will be against Harrogate Grammar School next Monday – this time they are debating against the motion “We should have an open borders policy for migrants”.

Japanese Exchange

The Japanese Exchange trip departs on Sunday and our students be travelling straight to Ishigami to stay with their exchange hosts for three days.  They will then go on to Kyoto for three days and on to Tokyo for a four day stay.  We look forward to receiving updates from their travels next week. Follow their progress @rossettschool.

Ski Trip

The 2017 Rossett ski trip departs for Austria next Friday and will be skiing in the Aplendorf area.

They will be using Twitter to keep us up to date with their activities throughout the week; follow them on @rossettschool and #Rski17 for day to day highlights.

Congratulations to …

  • The U14 girls’ football team who have progressed through to the County Cup final this week beating Thirsk School 3-0. They join the U16 and U13 team as all of our girls football teams are now into the County Cup finals. This is a huge achievement for all the girls who play mixed year group football which means that every single one of our year groups will be represented in the County Cup finals!
  • The U13 girls’ football team played in the semi-final of the northern section of the National Cup this week. Although the girls gave an excellent performance they were beaten on the day by Chesterfield High who had an England and several Liverpool and Everton academy players on their team! Our girls were a credit to the school and their families and friends.
  • Josh Draper, McKenzie Scurr and Sam Reid (Year 9) who play in the Wetherby Rugby League and whose team won the Barla Yorkshire Cup last weekend.

Inter-house PE competition

Next week Key Stage 3 and 4 students will be on inter-house PE during their PE lessons (Boys – football / Girls – netball).  Students must wear Rossett PE kit (in line with PE kit policy), however, they will be allowed to wear a t-shirt/polo shirt in house colours to show their support for their house:

  • Bolton – Blue
  • Rievaulx – Red
  • Fountains – Yellow
  • Kirkstall – Green

What’s happening next week …

Monday 13 February

  • Year 8 options assembly – form time in main hall
  • Sixth Form Debating Competition – HGS 3.30pm

Wednesday 15 February

  • Visit by poet Ash Dickinson
  • Year 8 Pathway Options assemblies
  • Listeners Presentations

Thursday 16 February

  • Year 8 Options Evening for parents and students from 7pm

Friday 17 February

  • Ski trip departs 10.15am
  • School closes for half term

Ms Woodcock