Outstanding A Level results

Students at Rossett are celebrating another set of excellent results in their A levels and other post-16 qualifications.

 The pass rate for the school 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.

Headteacher Helen Woodcock said: “It has been another fantastic day here at Rossett, with lots of celebrations and well-deserved results.”

“All of our students have all worked exceptionally hard to earn their grades and put themselves on the right track for the next stage of their lives. They have been a wonderful year group to have in school and we look forward to hearing about their achievements in future.”

Many of Rossett’s students are going to university to study Sciences, Law and Languages, with three of them taking up Oxbridge places this September:

Kate Lewis achieved A*A*A* will study Computer Science and Maths at Cambridge.

Katie Lofthouse achieved A*A*A grades and will take her place at Oxford to study Chemistry. To support her application Katie also achieve an A* in her EPQ titled ‘In the next 10 years, will genetic engineering in humans be feasible, ethical, and beneficial?’.

Rob Torrance achieved A*A*A with an offer of a place to read Biochemistry at Oxford. Rob also achieved an additional A grade in his EPQ.

Mathematics, Science and History performed exceptionally well with over 40 per cent of the results in Mathematics being awarded at A* or A grade; 57 per cent of all Physics grades being A*-B; and over 70 per cent of the History grades being within the A*-B grade category.

Among the other outstanding results were:

Hannah Merrrick who gained her placed at Nottingham University to study Medicine after securing A*AA grades in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology.

Emma Saville who achieved triple AAA grades and will take her place at Newcastle to study English Literature and History.

Callum Downs has achieved fantastic results of AAB after overcoming medical conditions and operations during the latter stages of Year 13. Everyone at Rossett is delighted that he will be heading to York University in September to study Mathematics.

Lewis Parker is going to Bournemouth University to study Computer Animation technical arts after securing A*A*B; his A Level Art and Design Technology projects are current on display at Harewood House.

Deputy Headteacher Chris Stone said: “We’re very proud and pleased with all of the results today, but particularly in maths, science and history where the performance has been outstanding.

“Many students have achieved the very top level grades with some notable excellent performances.”

Phil Kilford, Chair of Governors, added: “Our heartfelt congratulations go to all the students for their achievements, along with our best wishes for the future.

“Today’s results are a reflection of the hard work they have all put in to achieve their potential, as well as the outstanding support from teachers and other staff at Rossett. Our philosophy of ‘Success for All’ has once again proved to be a winning formula and set these students on the path to rewarding careers.”

Rossett News Update – 21 July 2017

New Build for 2017/18!

LRC (Learning Resource Centre)

I am very pleased to announce that we will be ‘breaking ground’ this summer, in preparation for the construction of a new building at the heart of the school.

The building work will start in the summer, with the majority being completed by September.  The exciting new accommodation will comprise a large open space with the facility for independent and supervised study; a suite of computers; resources for learning (books, periodicals, journals etc) and flexible teaching space.

Our current LRC will continue to function whilst this project is being completed.

 

Accelerated Reader ‘word millionaires’ celebration

Over seventy Year 7 and Year 8 students have passed the million word mark using our Accelerated Reader programme.  This is an excellent achievement and to mark this we held a celebration in the Resource Centre at break time this Tuesday.  Certificates for all were issued, along with special prizes for those reading over 4.5 million words!

Summer read recommendations for Years 7 and 8

Please click here for the summer read recommendations made by Mrs Huett and our KS3 book club read@rossett.

HPV vaccinations – Wednesday 14 September

The HPV vaccine is being offered to all 12 and 13-year-old girls in Year 8, starting in September 2017.  Please click the link for the online consent process for vaccinations – Parents/Carers should click on the link to complete the HPV online consent form for your daughter:  https://onlineforms.hdft.nhs.uk/childhoodimmunisations  (Please note this form can be completed on smart phones and tablets.)  The first vaccination will take place on Monday 11 September.  The second vaccination will follow six months later.

First Aid Teams

Our First Aid team had their skills assessed today by members of St John Ambulance – sixteen students took part in three practical assessments dealing with:

  • An unresponsive casualty
  • CPR – working as a team to resuscitate a patient
  • Assessing and treating a casualty

In addition they have taken a multi choice exam paper and also a paper on patient positioning.  The Years 8-13 students and some Year 7 students passed at Level 2.  The other Year 7 students passed either a Level 1 or other school first aid certificate this week too.  Congratulations to them all – this is an excellent achievement!  Our thanks also go to Ms Rogers, our First Aid & Health Manager, who has been training the team.

Spanish trip

Last weekend students enjoyed a stay in the Benalmádena area of Spain, on the Costa del Sol.  The trip included a variety of activities including a live demonstration of Paella making, a private guided tour of the Picasso Museum in Málaga and they also completed a treasure hunt around the bustling city centre. Students were also able to put their language skills to the test in their visit to Mijas Pueblo, an old traditional town, where they interviewed locals about a variety of topics; they even managed to squeeze in a bit of shopping too! On the final night, students demonstrated their dancing skills in a Spanish Flamenco lesson. The students were commended by three separate holiday makers in the hotel for being the best behaved and most respectful group of school students they have ever come across. All in all an excellent trip.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Halliwell, Mrs Bowman, Miss Ramiro and Mr Wolfram for taking the trip.

New Year 7s

We are looking forward to welcoming our new Year 7s in September.  They will be released from their period 5 lesson five minutes early to go to the buses for the first week.

Changes to lunch provision  from September

From September early lunch will cater for Key Stage 3 students (Years 7,8+9) and late lunch will change to Key Stage 4+5 students (Years 10, 11 and Sixth Form).

PTA

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of our PTA and other parents who have volunteered to help at the many school events throughout the year including the Family Learning Day.  They are looking for helpers – please click the link for further information.

Thank you

This week we said goodbye to Brian Davison, who set up and has run Bridge Club at Rossett for the past six years as a volunteer.   During that time students of all ages have learnt to play and taken part in several tournaments; they even played bridge in the House of Lords! Brian was an excellent teacher and our students have really valued his experience. As a token of our appreciation Brian was presented with a gift and card and we wish him well with his future plans to travel and spend more time with his grandchildren.

Family Learning Day

Our Family Learning Day for our new Year 7s and their families was held last Saturday with over 200 people attending and we received excellent feedback:

  • ‘Well done for enthusing our daughter’
  • ‘We wish we were back at school!’
  • ‘Good insight into their day. My child feels more confident about coming in September.’
  • ‘All sessions were very engaging and enjoyable – thank you.’
  • ‘Lovely to meet more teachers and learn more about the curriculum – makes the children feel involved.’
  • ‘Good insight into lesson structure.’

RKA A Level Design Exhibition 2017 – Harewood House

Just a reminder that our A level students’ work will be on display in the Courtyard Education Suite at Harewood House as part of the Red Kite Alliance Summer Design Exhibition.  The exhibition is open to the public from Friday 21 July 2017.  Entrance to the Summer Exhibition is free to Harewood Card holders or is included with a Grounds and Below stairs ticket.  Please note the exhibition will be closed to the public on 30 and 31 July.

Stay safe this summer

Introducing ‘Snap Maps’ – Understanding the risks and concerns relating to this app

The social media app Snapchat has introduced a new feature known as Snap Map. Snap Maps allows users to see where in the country their Snapchat contacts are, as well as seeing location-based photos and videos. Sharing locations can be a risky thing to do as those you do not know may be able to make contact or see what you have posted. Professionals in North Yorkshire have raised a concern regarding this app as it compromises the safety of children and young people. visit: http://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/professionals/brefings  and click on no 2. Introducing ‘Snap Maps’ to learn more.

YoungMinds Workshop

On 1 August, 11-3.30pm YoungMinds are running a creative and interactive workshop for parents and carers and young people at the Royal College of Psychaitrists in London.
They are looking for:

  • Parents and carers who have used MindEd for Families and would like to contribute to its improvement
  • Young people aged 14 + who having had a look at MindEd for Families think it might be useful for their parents and families and want to help make it even better

The workshop will explore questions like:

  • How can the layout of the website help parents and carers find the info they want as quickly as possible?
  • What kind of questions are parents and carers likely to have when they come to the site and how can the site help them find answers quickly?
  • What kind of content sections are parents and carers most likely to expect and look for on the site?

Lunch and travel are included and YoungMinds are offering a £10 high street voucher to participants.

If you are interested in getting involved, please sign up using the online form HERE. If you have any questions, you can contact Lowell on lowell.black@youngminds.org.uk

What’s happening first week back …

Monday 4 September (no students in school)

  • Staff training day

Tuesday 5 September (only Years 7 and 12 in school)

  • Year 7 in school (Form time periods 1 + 2 / normal lessons periods 3,4+5)
  • Year 12 in school:
  • 50-9.05am Assembly in main hall.
  • 05-10.15am Registration in the Sixth From Centre
  • 30am-1.30pm Study Skills session with Northumbria University

Wednesday 6 September

  • Years 7,8,9,10,11+13 in school
  • Change of school day: Period 1 and Period 2 swapped / periods 3,4+5 normal lessons

Thursday 8 September

  • All students, all years (including Year 12) in school

This term we say farewell to Mr Scrimger – we wish him well in his retirement;  we are delighted to confirm that Mrs Fazakerley is taking over the role of SENDCo from September. We are also saying goodbye to Mr Norrington (Assistant Headteacher), Mr McPhillimy (Alternative Education), Mrs Merrett (Drama), Mrs Grainger (Maths), Mrs Easton (Maths), Miss Welsh (Drama), Mr Newman (Science), Mr Bentley (Science) and Miss Turner (PE/Cover).

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a lovely holiday and look forward to welcoming the students back in September

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Rossett News Update – 14 July 2017

Annual Summer building Work

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed the start of our annual summer building works on site. For the third year running we were successful in our applications for two CIF (Conditions Improvement Fund) bids from the EFA (Education Funding Agency). In total we will be spending approximately £450,000 on various improvements to the school this year.

By the time that the students return in September, the final stage of our three-year re-roofing plan will have been completed. We are also building a new ‘Student Reception’ entrance to the front of the school. This will provide a dedicated student service that will include: a centralised signing-in/out facility; First Aid; iPad booking; lost property; bus passes; and a ‘forgotten item pick up’ zone.

In addition, we will have upgraded the security of the school entrances to meet recommended standards. Parents, students and visitors will notice these changes to fencing and gates from September 2017. Our driveway and pedestrian access from Green Lane and Pannal Ash Road will be open in the mornings whilst staff are on duty, but closed during the day; access will be available through an intercom system.

External block doors will also variously be operated by timing systems and cards to ensure that only Rossett staff, students and approved visitors are able to access the school buildings.

Sixth Formers and Staff will register on-site and off-site activity using their photographic identity cards. Students have already had assemblies explaining the changes for September.

Trip to Cambridge

A group of Year 12 AMA students got a taste of life at Cambridge University last week, staying over in the University’s student accommodation at St Catharine’s College. This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to discover more about life at a top university.  Students spent two days in Cambridge attending lectures and meeting current students.

Year 6 Induction Days

We welcomed Year 6 pupils from over 40 feeder schools this week.  They took part in a variety of activities and lessons which enabled them to get to know Rossett better, meet some staff and make new friends.  They also had an opportunity to try on the new school blazer whilst in school.  We were impressed with their positive attitude and are looking forward to meeting them again in September.  We look forward to welcoming the students and their families to the Family Learning Day this Saturday when they have the opportunity to experience further lessons at Rossett. 

PSHEE timetable days

On Wednesday students enjoyed a variety of differently timetabled days:

Year 7: Risk Prevention Day – students looked at home, school and personal safety and First Aid including a practical session on life saving.

Year 8: The Real Game – the day offered students the opportunity to participate in workshops and simulations of working life.

Year 9: Sexual Awareness – students considered methods of contraception, how to avoid sexually transmitted diseases and they also learnt about sex and the law and specifically informed consent.

Year 10: Personal Safety Day – this included a demonstration from the fire service.

Year 12 Taster Day

On Thursday, students returning to Year 12 had a further ‘taste’ of the academic demand of the lessons they will be taking in September as well as sampling the food on offer and experiencing the demands of a little bit of homework!  We were impressed with the approach and attitude of the students as they prepared to be the second Year 12 cohort taking advantage of our new accommodation.

‘Who Do We Think We Are’ Day

Today our Year 7s have experienced a whole range of activities looking at identity and how we are all diverse, original and unique members of the community.  They have had cultural experiences; looked at faiths around the world; learnt about Hinduism; practised yoga;  and danced their way to the end of the day.

 

Year 10 Employability Conference

Our Year 10s participated in an Employers’ Conference today with over thirty local and national employers, along with representatives from Further and Higher educational establishments visiting the school.  There were keynote speakers during the day and our students arrived to school dressed in business attire to take part in individual mock interviews.  Our visitors were very impressed with the students.

 

A Level Design Exhibition 2017

Rossett’s contribution to the Red Kite Alliance A Level Design Exhibition 2017 can be seen at Harewood House next week. The exhibition will be situated in the Courtyard Education Suite at Harewood and will be open to the public from Friday 22 July until Sunday 4 September 2017.  There will be a private viewing of the work, which covers Art & Design, Product Design, Photography, Textiles and Graphic Design on the evening of Thursday 20 July for the students who are exhibiting work and their families.   Entrance to the Summer Exhibition is free to Harewood Card holders or is included with a Grounds and Below stairs ticket.  Please note the exhibition will be closed to the public on 30 and 31 July. 

Celebration

Last Thursday Rossett held its annual Art & DT Exhibition celebrating our students’ GCSE and A Level work.  We also held an event to celebrate the life of Mr Wilson and were pleased to welcome his family to join us so that they could learn of the impact he had on our school community, with tributes from both staff and students.  It was an incredibly poignant evening for everyone, especially as it was combined with the art exhibition with many reminders of the work of students who Mr Wilson had influenced.  The event ended with a balloon release and a collection for Yorkshire Air Ambulance which raised over £330.

Adult Learning Programme

We have just launched the new Autumn 2017 Adult Learning Programme which includes a Babysitting course for 14-16 year olds run by Ms Rogers, our First Aid and Health Manager (a qualified St John’s Ambulance trainer) and a new course ‘Improve your maths to help with homework’ run by Mr Hopkins from our Maths faculty.  If you are interested in signing up for these courses please click the link

What’s happening next week …

Change of school day – Wednesday 19 July:

Period 1 Years 9, 10 and 12 – Celebration Assembly / Years 7 + 8 – form time

Period 2 Years 7 and 8 – Celebration Assembly / Years 9, 10 and 12 – form time 

Monday 17 July

  • Spanish trip returns

Tuesday 18 July

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

Thursday 20 July

  • Private view – Harewood House A Level Design Exhibition at Harewood House

Friday 21 July

  • School closes at 2.10pm

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Rossett News Update – 7 July 2017

Paris Trip

Fifty four of our Rossett students from Years 9 and 10 have returned from an exciting few days in Paris. Whilst there, they had plenty of opportunity to practise their French whilst visiting such historic sites as the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysées, Notre Dame, La Tour Eiffel and concluding with a boat trip on the Seine. The trip ended with the spectacular fireworks and laser display at Disneyland Paris.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the staff involved in the trip: Mrs Normand, Miss Chauvet, Mr Scrimger, Mr Wilson and Mrs Guinness.   ‘The students’ behaviour was impeccable throughout; they were a credit to the school and their families’ said a member of staff on the trip’s return.

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze qualifying expedition

This weekend D of E Bronze participants will complete their qualifying expedition. Students will set off from Wath (just north of Pateley Bridge) on Saturday morning and head towards Breaks Fold Farm (by Thruscross Reservoir) to camp overnight. Students will complete their expedition by walking to Killinghall on Sunday.

UMPH Competition – Four Sixth Form students (Oscar Rodi, Georgia White, Laura Bailey-Elwen and Dylan Bahia) took part in the West Yorkshire UMPH business competition at Wakefield College this week. The students competed in a range of business tasks against fifteen other schools; they also met with a number of entrepreneurs including Simon Gray (Boost Drinks) and Julian Kynaston (Propoganda).  Excellent preparation for the world of work!

Multi-skills Sports Day

Last week some of our Year 7 and 8 students took part in a multi-skills sports day at King James`s School competing against other local schools. Activities included welly wanging, over unders, skipping and jumping.  Some of the students were also fortunate enough to meet Paralympic Gold Medallist Swimmer Johnny Booth during the day.

Sports Day

We had yet another successful Sports Day yesterday with 10 school records broken (which is a record in itself!).  The re-structuring of the day to include tug of war and rounders for participation from the whole year group, as well as the usual track and field events, was a great success.

New record breakers:

Year 7 Year 9
Boys Long Jump Distance Girls Shot Distance
N Pickard 4.28 T Metcalfe 8.89
Boys High Jump Height Boys High Jump Height
L Georgallis 1.40 E Walsh 1.65
Girls Triple Jump Distance
K Hanspal 6.60 Year 10
Boys 100m Time Boys 100m Time
L Geogallis 13.65 L White 11.87
Girls Triple Jump Distance Girls Triple Jump Distance
E Syson 8.63 Z Potter 8.01
Boys Long Jump Distance
A McKenzie 5.38

Professor Colin Johnson; Professor of Genetics to visit Rossett School Monday 10 July

On Monday Year 10, 11 and Sixth Form Science students have been invited to attend a seminar by Professor Johnson (Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, part of the University of Leeds’ School of Medicine) entitled ‘Why I chose a career in medical genetics’. Professor Johnson will be discussing the Institute’s ground breaking work in the field of the human genome and its application to NHS care, as well as the factors which influenced his personal career choices.

The work of Professor Johnson and his colleagues has featured in a Channel 4 news item – you can view this by scanning the QR code;

Professor Johnson’s seminar will be directly relevant to the new AQA Biology A Level course and many university undergraduate courses.

 

Year 6 Induction Days

Next week we look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 students who will be joining us in September.  They will spend Wednesday and Thursday in school experiencing lessons and break times, meeting staff and other students as well as a variety of other activities. We are also holding a Parents’ Evening for all our new parents on Wednesday 12 July starting at 7pm.

PSHE Days

On Wednesday students take part in a variety of timetabled events instead of their usual timetable:

Year 7: Risk Prevention Day – students look at home, school and personal safety and health including a practical session on First Aid.

Year 8: The Real Game – in this deconstructed day the students are offered the opportunity to participate in simulations of working life.

Year 9: Sexual Awareness – students consider methods of contraception, how to protect against sexually transmitted diseases and sex and the law.

Year 10: Personal Safety Day – including a demonstration of how road traffic accidents are dealt with, from the fire service. This event makes it clear how to stay safe on a bike or by car.

On Friday the following events take place:

Year 7 ‘Who Do We Think We Are’ – students will celebrate diversity and culture within British Society and beyond.  Students will take part in a range of activities and therefore will not be required to wear school uniform but should wear loose fitting clothing suitable for physical activity/practical workshops (ie no shorts/skirts or low cut tops).

Year 10 Employers Conference – over thirty local and national employers will be in school giving talks to the Year 10s and offering all of our students the opportunity to take part in mock interviews.

Sixth Form Induction Day Thursday 13 July

Next Thursday we will welcome back our Year 11 students for their Sixth Form induction day.  During the day students will take part in a series of timetabled taster lessons and team building activities.  There will also be an Information Evening for parents starting at 7pm in the Sixth Form Centre. This evening is designed to provide parents with the necessary information to support their child through the transition from GCSE to A Level study.

Celebration Assemblies

On Wednesday 19 July, we will be holding our end of year celebration assemblies.  Awards will be given for outstanding achievement in all subject areas, for community involvement, excelling in the 3Rs and attainment.

During these, we will be asking students to donate money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.  Some of our students will be playing and singing the charity single ‘Bridge over Troubled Waters’ during the assembly, which will give students a time to reflect on the tragic events.

School Blazers – deadline approaching

The deadline to apply for the £10 voucher on purchases of blazers prior to 1 September for families experiencing difficulties is Monday 10 July. Parents can apply for this support for each child currently at Rossett.

We are also able to offer a 10% discount on purchases made before the start of September 2017.  Blazers are available from Rawcliffes (Harrogate).

Please click the link for further details.

Reminder: The Yorkshire Show

In line with the Department for Education guidance regarding authorisation of absence for students during term time; please note that absence to attend the Yorkshire Show will not be authorised.  Headteachers are only allowed to grant permission if there are exceptional circumstances.

What’s happening next week …

Monday 10 July

  • Year 12 back in school

Wednesday 12 July

  • Year 6 Induction Day 1
  • PSHE off timetable day for whole school
  • Year 6 Parents’ Evening 7pm

Thursday 13 July

  • Year 6 Induction Day 2
  • Sixth Form Induction Day for Year 11 students
  • Sixth Form Parents’ Information Evening 7pm Sixth Form Centre

Friday 14 July

  • Spanish trip departs
  • Year 7 ‘Who Do We Think We Are’ day
  • Year 10 Employers Conference

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Rossett News Update – 30 June 2017

 

Mandarin @ Rossett

Congratulations to Julian Hartness (Year 8), Jack Banister (Year 9), Maddy Copper (Year 10) and Miki Burt (Year 10) who have passed their Level 1 and Level 2 Chinese Youth Tests – Miki achieved full marks!   These students studied Mandarin during form time in Key Stage 3 and have shown real dedication by staying behind after school to continue their studies.

We also have some talented linguists in Year 7 who studied Mandarin at form time.  They have been learning this challenging language through interactive activities and song.

North Yorkshire Teaching Awards

We are delighted to report that Mr Cracknell (Our Site Manager who has recently completed 40 years of service at Rossett) and Miss Markham (Teacher of Maths) have won awards at the first North Yorkshire Teaching Awards that were held on Thursday evening.  Staff nominations were:

Mr Cracknell – Outstanding Support in School

Mrs Fazakerley – Special Needs Teacher of the Year

Miss Veitch – Teacher of the Year in a secondary school

Miss Markham – NQT of the Year

Mr Wilson – NQT of the Year

Our Research Leaders were also nominated:  Mrs Warden, Miss Veitch, Miss Hopkins, Mr Halliwell, Mr Bulmer, Miss Barrow, Mrs Grainger, Miss Richardson, Miss Kelly and Miss Hatfield

School Blazers

At the recent governors’ meeting staff proudly showed the wide selection of sample blazers that are available as a guide to parents to help them make the right choice when ordering uniform for September.

We wish to remind parents that from September 2017 all students in Years 7-10 will be required to wear a school blazer with the Rossett logo.  Students in Year 11 can choose to wear the new blazers or continue with the school tie and sweatshirt.

Students in Years 7-10 will no longer be able to wear the school sweatshirt alone, unless it is worn under a blazer.

The school is able to offer support for this transition and there are two important dates to remember:

  • 10 July 2017

Deadline to apply for a £10 voucher on purchases of blazers prior to 1 September for families experiencing difficulties. Parents can apply for this support for each child currently at Rossett.

  • 1 September 2017

10% discount on purchases made before the start of September 2017.  Blazers are available from Rawcliffes (Harrogate) and the price with this discount prices will be:

  • Chest size 28” to 33” £28.30
  • Chest size 34” to 50” £30.50

Prices with the additional £10 discount voucher will be:

  • Chest size 28” to 33” £18.30
  • Chest size 34” to 50” £20.50

Please click here for further details.

Sports Day – Thursday 6 July

The PE staff are busy organising Rossett’s Sports Day which will be held on Thursday 6 July.  House assemblies have already been held and students can sign up with their PE teacher. All students are very welcome to attend Athletics Club on Thursday after school to fine tune their skills prior to the big day.

Sports Day will also be a non-uniform day with a voluntary contribution of £2.   We would like students to wear house colours in support of their house competitors.  All students will be taking part in some form of sporting activity during the course of the day.  It is therefore important that they wear suitable sporting attire.

Rievaulx House – Red

Bolton House – Blue

Fountains House – Yellow

Kirkstall House – Green

Reminder: The Yorkshire Show

In line with the Department for Education guidance regarding authorisation of absence for students during term time; please note that absence to attend the Yorkshire show will not be authorised.  Headteachers are only allowed to grant permission if there are exceptional circumstances.

Proms

The Year 13 prom was held at the Masonic Hall on Thursday; a fabulous night was had by all!

The Year 11s also enjoyed their Prom at the Cedar Court.

Thanks to everyone involved in organising and supporting both events.

More Photos for the Year 11 Prom can be found here.
More Photos for the Year 13 Prom can be found here.

Year 12 Next Steps Week

Next Steps Week has been a huge success with students taking part in a variety of activities including – community engagement working with Harrogate Council, University trips to Leeds Beckett and York and Careers and Apprenticeships days including the return of many of our alumni to talk about their experience of university, employment and apprenticeships.

Many thanks to the parents and friends of the school who volunteered their valuable time and knowledge helping our students to look at various pathways and careers for their future.

What’s happening next week …

Year 12 work experience all week

Wednesday 5 July

  • Year 9 Celebration assembly

Thursday 6 July

  • Sports Day – change to school day – late lunch for all students
  • Remembrance Celebration for Mr Wilson 5.30-6.30pm
  • Art and DT Exhibition 6.30-8pm

Sat + Sun 8+9 July

DofE Bronze award qualifying expedition

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Year 13 Prom 2017 Photos

Year 11 Prom 2017 Photos

Rossett Family Learning Day

We are delighted that you have chosen to send your son/daughter to Rossett School.  We believe that a strong partnership between home and school forms the foundation for success and this is reflected in our practice. Rossett has been recognised by Ofsted as an ‘Outstanding’ school.

On 12 & 13 July children entering Year 7 in September will spend two days at Rossett as part of their induction process.  We look forward to meeting them and I am sure it will be an interesting experience for all concerned.

As part of the induction process we are also running a Family Learning event on Saturday 15 July and would like to invite you and your child to join us between 9:00am-1:00pm. We will show you, through a series of short lessons, how Science, Maths, English and Social Science are taught and demonstrate how iPads are used to support teaching and learning.  This will assist you in understanding what is taught and our methods of teaching and we know this will give you a distinct advantage when discussing your child’s progress with subject and pastoral staff.  Supporting your child’s learning is one of the most important things you can do to help them achieve success.  To register for places please reply by Wednesday 5 July in any of the following ways:

  • Register online: Complete the form below
  • Complete the reply slip on page 31 of the ‘Year 6 to Year 7 – Welcome to Rossett’ booklet and return it to Reception
  • Email your details to FamilyLearningDay@rossettschool.co.uk

 This event is open to all family members aged 6 or above – including grandparents!

On arrival visitors should sign in at the main school reception off Green Lane at 9:00am for a prompt start at 9:15am.  Light refreshments will be provided throughout the morning by the school’s PTA.

Lead Person (required)

Email Address (required)

Telephone Number (required)

Adult Names Attending

New Intake Student Attending

Siblings Attending

Rossett News Update – 23 June 2017

Assessments

A reminder that next week we are holding Year 9 and Year 10 assessments.  The English, Maths and Science exams will be held in the Sports Hall whilst option subjects will be tested in normal lesson time.

The results of these exams will be shared with you and may be used to inform our setting arrangements for the next academic year therefore attendance at these exams is essential.

Changes to School Uniform

We wish to remind parents that from September 2017 all students in Years 7-10 will be required to wear a school blazer with the Rossett logo.  Students in Year 11 can choose to wear the new blazers or continue with the school tie and sweatshirt.

Students in Years 7-10 will no longer be able to wear the school sweatshirt alone, unless it is worn under a blazer.

The school is able to offer support for this transition and there are two important dates to remember:

  • 10 July 2017

Deadline to apply for a £10 voucher on purchases of blazers prior to 1 September for families experiencing difficulties. Parents can apply for this support for each child currently at Rossett.

  • 1 September 2017

10% discount on purchases made before the start of September 2017.  Blazers are available from Rawcliffes (Harrogate) and the price with this discount prices will be:

  • Chest size 28” to 33” £28.30
  • Chest size 34” to 50” £30.50

Prices with the additional £10 discount voucher will be:

  • Chest size 28” to 33” £18.30
  • Chest size 34” to 50” £20.50

Please click here for further details.

Geographical Society Ambassadors visit Rossett

This week Year 12 Geographers welcomed two students from Sheffield University, Sarah Williams and Susanna Jackson. They are members of the Royal Geographical Society’s  Ambassador scheme.  Our students enjoyed a presentation on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and heard about university life and their involvement in the Royal Geographical Society.

Year 12 Next Steps Week

Monday 26 June

Community Day – students will be providing a service to the local community by supporting Harrogate Borough Council with preparations for Harrogate in Bloom judging whilst developing teamwork and collaboration skills.

Tuesday 27 June

In school activities led by Northumbria University and Actacademy offering a variety of workshops including writing personal statements/letters of application ,  ‘making the right impression’ and  personality analysis.

Next Steps UCAS Information Evening – 7pm Sixth Form Centre

Wednesday 28 June

UCAS Convention at Leeds Beckett University – students will attend seminars and information sessions to support their transition and decisions post-18.  Apprenticeship opportunities will also be available.

Thursday 29 June

Careers carousel – with over twenty five different speakers talking about careers including the law, policing, landscape architecture, hospitality  and primary education.

Friday 30 June

Visit to University of York – giving students an opportunity to visit a Russell group university to attend lectures and seminars related to their chosen field of interest.

Apprenticeship Day with a series of different workshops run by NYBEP and Leeds City College.

PTA AGM

The PTA will be holding their AGM on Monday 26 June at 7.15pm in Meeting Room 3.  We would  like to encourage as many parents as possible to attend – please come to Reception where a member of the PTA will meet you.

Summer Spectacular

On Wednesday evening Rossett took over the Royal Hall for our Summer Spectacular concert.  It was a fabulous evening and a joyful community event with students from Pannal and Saltergate Primary Schools also taking part.  There were some excellent performances  with a large number of our students taking part.  Many thanks to the staff and students of all the schools involved and our peripatetic teachers who have worked so hard in preparation for this annual extravaganza.

Term Dates 2017/18

The school calendar with terms dates and training days for next year is available on the school website – please click here.  Please remember to refer to this calendar only when making plans during the holidays.

Congratulations to …

  • Our U14s Girls’ Football team who came runners up in the National Cup Final this week. They played brilliantly  and had the majority of the possession but unfortunately couldn’t convert this into goals and conceded the losing goal in the last fifteen minutes of the match.  This will be an experience they will never forget and they were also able to watch the England Women’s team training before the final.  We are extremely proud of all of them!

Date for your diary

The DT and Art exhibition showcasing the work of our GCSE and A Level students is being held in school on Thursday 6 July at 6.30-8pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

What’s happening next week …

Monday 26 June – Friday 30 June:      Year 9 and Year 10 assessments
Y12 Next Steps Week

Monday 26 June

  • RKA Sixth Form Debating Competition at Ilkley Grammar School
  • PTA AGM – 7.15pm in Meeting Room 3

Tuesday 27 June

  • Year 12 UCAS Support Evening – 7pm Sixth Form Centre

Wednesday 28 June

  • Paris trip departs at 2pm

Thursday 29 June

  • Year 11 Prom – Cedar Court Hotel 7pm
  • Year 13 Prom – Masonic Hall 7pm
  • Full Governing body meeting 7pm

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Rossett News Update – 16 June 2017

U14s National Cup Final – Rossett School v St Ivo School

We have received confirmation that the U14 girls’ National Cup Final will now take place next Tuesday 20 June 2017 at St George’s Park (the FA Headquarters and England’s training ground).  Kick off: 1pm.  This is a momentous occasion for Rossett School as it is the first time that we have reached a National Cup Final and also the first time since 2005 that a Yorkshire based school has achieved this accolade.  The ESFA are looking into the possibility of streaming the match live , but if they are unable to do so they will  record the match and upload it onto YouTube.  This is an exciting opportunity for the girls and we wish them every success.

Uniform

Since half term, we have had a daily focus on promoting smart and correct uniform for all students.   I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents who have supported the school to ensure that students arrive at school in the correct uniform. I would also like to remind parents that our Uniform Policy can be found on the school’s website: http://www.rossettschool.co.uk/parents/school-dress/

Could I also take this opportunity to remind parents that we have sample sizes of our new blazers in school to allow for the correct ordering for September 2017.  Blazers are available to purchase from Rawcliffes  and in order to support the cost of this transition the school has agreed a 10% discount with Rawcliffes (Harrogate) for blazers purchased before the start of September 2017. Please click the link for further details: http://www.rossettschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/School-Uniform-changes-May-2017-.pdf

Congratulations to …

Congratulations to Anna Robins – winner of the art competition run by the University of Leeds School of Fine Art as part of their ‘So what of the future’ degree show.  Anna’s piece will now be displayed alongside the work of graduating BA and MA students.  The show runs from 16 – 23 June and is open daily 11am-6pm at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, University Road, Leeds LS2 9JT.

GCSE Geographical Enquiries – Fieldwork

As part of the new GCSE Geography examination students undertake two geographical enquiries which include the use of primary data, collected as part of a fieldwork exercise.  The first fieldwork data collecting exercise has been taking place over the last two weeks at Gill Beck which runs in to Fewston Reservoir off Blubberhouses Moor.  The second exercise will take place early in the 2017-18 academic year with a trip to York to study the flood management schemes.

 

 

PTA AGM

The PTA will be holding their AGM on Monday 26 June at 7.15pm.  We would like to encourage as many parents as possible to attend.  Parents can find out more about the work of the PTA at www.rossettpta.co.uk 

UCLAN visit

Next Friday a group of students will be visiting the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) in Preston to sample a range of sports-related degree courses including, PE Teaching, Coaching, and Sports Science.

What’s happening next week …

Change to lunchtimes

We will be returning to split lunchtimes as from Monday 19 June 2017 with Years 7 and 8 on early lunch followed by Years 9, 10 and Sixth Form on late lunch.  

Tuesday 20 June

  • U14s National Cup Final St George’s Park KO 1pm

Wednesday 21 June

  • Year 10 Celebration Assembly
  • Summer Spectacular – Royal Hall 6.30pm

Saturday 24 June

  • ABRSM and Trinity Music exams – Music Block

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher