Rossett News Update – 20 April 2018

Congratulations to Chloe Bellerby

Congratulations to Chloe Bellerby (Year 13) who has raised over £10,000 for Mind, a mental health charity, by walking the 220 miles from Leeds to London during the Easter holidays.

Chloe feels it is important to raise awareness of the support the charity offers and to help bring an end to the stigma attached to those who suffer with mental health problems.  We are very proud of her extraordinary achievement in both raising awareness of mental health and for the funds raised for the charity.

Team Maths Challenge

Congratulations to Laura Francis, Lewis Ferry, Kenny Burt and Gabriel Rickerby who came 4th out of 22 teams of the best Year 8 and 9 Mathematicians in North Yorkshire – an excellent achievement.

Year 11 practice run through of exams

In preparation for their external exams which start in May, Year 11s will be taking part in two practice run throughs in the Sports Hall.  On Thursday 26 April they will sit a Maths paper and on Monday 30 April they will sit an English paper.  Both papers will be taken under exam conditions and students will also practise the process for entering and exiting the Sports Hall during the exam season.


We are aware that this year Ramadan will start around 15 May and will end around 14 June, with Eid al-Fitr festivities taking place on either 15 or 16 June 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.

American Exchange

Our students welcomed their American partners when they arrived in Harrogate last Saturday.  They have a busy schedule including visits to the Yorkshire Coal Mining Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Royal Armouries, day trips to York and Leeds, Fountains Abbey and much more. The American students will also spend a day in school with their partners on Monday 23 April and leave Harrogate on Wednesday 25 April.

I was pleased to receive donations to our school library of books and a card from our friends in Maine as a symbol of our continued friendship and partnership (pictured right).

Single Use Plastic Campaign

The Student Council have been working this academic year to raise awareness of single use plastic in school and we have pledged to tackle our collective plastic footprint.   This has started with changes of the pasta ‘pots’ to plates and the discontinuation of plastic forks used by students taking this lunch option.  As a school we recognise the importance of this issue and the national campaign and will continue to keep you informed of other changes introduced.

New Head Boy and Head Girl wanted

Nominations have been received from current Year 12 students for the post of Head Boy and Head Girl (2018/19) and all candidates have completed their interviews.   The current incumbents, Aaron Kennedy and Katie Anderson, 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.

‘Hustings’ take place and the result will be announced at lunchtime on Wednesday 25 April.


The current PTA Committee have taken the very difficult decision that they do not have enough active members to carry out the duties of a charity, and as such needs to close.  A meeting will be held on 24 April 2018 at 7.15pm in Meeting Room 3 to discuss the issue.

Congratulations to …

Milly Moncrieff who has been nominated to ride for TeamGB at Saumur CDI in France and the competition starts on 30 April.

Date for your diaries

Our 2018 Private View to celebrate GCSE and A Level work from our Art and Technology students is on Thursday 10 May 5.00pm –  7.00pm

What’s happening next week …

23-27 April: MFL orals

Monday 23 April

  • American Exchange: Fish & Chip supper 5pm Main Hall

Tuesday 24 April

  • PTA meeting 7.15pm in Meeting Room 3

Wednesday 25 April

  • A Level PE moderation day
  • NCFE Craft exam

Thursday 26 April

  • GCSE Graphic Communication and Fine Art exams
  • Maths practice paper – period 1 and 2 in the Sports Hall
  • Year 7 Parents’ Evening

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 29 March 2018

Changes to Transdev Harrogate & District buses

We have been informed by Transdev Harrogate and District bus company which run the yellow fleet of school buses that they plan some changes to their school services after Easter.

Please understand that the contracting agency for these services is NYCC and it is Transdev who operates the services on behalf of the council. The school has no control over these changes so please direct any concerns you may have to Transdev 01423 566061

or NYCC School Transport directly (

Please click here to view the changes

Update from Yorkshire Water

From Tuesday 3 April Morrison Utility Service will return to Otley Road to complete the new water pipe project.  They expect the remaining work to take around six weeks and the temporary traffic lights will need to be reinstalled.

Sixth Form Careers event

In preparation for Year 12 work experience the Sixth Form held a Careers Fair yesterday.   Exhibitors included York University, Leeds University, York St John, Leeds Beckett, Bam Construct and CITB and Aspire iGen.

Hello, welcome back and goodbye!

We are delighted to announce that Mr Royles and Mr Saunders will be joining us in September as Deputy Headteacher (Associate) with responsibility for the pastoral life of the school.  Also this week we have welcomed back Ms Tolliday (English) from maternity leave and we say goodbye to Mark Richardson (Assistant Headteacher) – we wish him success in his new role as Deputy Headteacher at a specialist school near Wakefield.

American Exchange

Our students are looking forward to welcoming their American partners when they arrive in Harrogate on Saturday 14 April 2018.  They have a busy schedule including visits to the Yorkshire Coal Mining Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Royal Armouries, a day trip to York, Fountains Abbey and a trip to the Warner Bros Studios tour: The Making of Harry Potter.


Representatives from MacMillan Cancer Trust in Harrogate led assemblies for Years 9 and 10 this week.  They talked to students about what they do as a charity and how they support people affected by cancer.  The students have been encouraged to support the charity through fundraising activities in school.  For more information about Macmillan please visit their website at:

Year 11 Prom – Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate, Thursday 28 June 2018

The Year 11 Prom is on 28 June 2018.  This is an excellent event as it celebrates the time our students have spent with each other at Rossett and also marks the completion of the examination period.

The deadline for Year 11s to sign up to the prom is Monday 23 April 2018 – please ensure slips and a £10 refundable deposit are returned to the Finance Office by this date.

Easter Holiday revision sessions

We would like to encourage students to attend the following revision sessions which are bein

g held during the Easter holidays:

Wednesday 4 April  10am – 1pm GCSE PE

Wednesday 4 April  10am – 2.30pm Higher GCSE Spanish with Mrs Bowman

Thursday 12 April      10am – 1pm GCSE French and Spanish with Mr Halliwell

Students should sign in at Reception on arrival.

Charity cake sale

Charlotte Lindsay (Year 13) organised a bake sale on Tuesday to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. With the support of both students and staff a fantastic £250 was raised for the charity.

Congratulations to …

  • The Year 8A boys’ football team who beat St John Fishers 5-3 last night in the Area Cup semi final. This sets them up for a double cup final in the County Cup and Area Cup – an excellent achievement.

What’s happening the first week back after Easter…

16-20 April

  • MFL oral exams
  • American Exchange visit Harrogate

20-22 April

Monday 16 April

  • School re-opens

Tuesday 17 April

  • GCSE Art exam

Wednesday 18 April

  • NCFE Craft exam

Friday 20 April

  • NCFE Craft exam
  • GCSE PE moderation

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

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 23 March 2018

WWF Earth Hour 2018

A reminder that students have been supporting the WWF Earth Hour 2018 campaign during PSHE this week.  WWF are asking for a symbolic show of solidarity for the planet by encouraging ‘lights out’ for 60 minutes at 8.30pm on Saturday 24 March. Please click the link for further details:

Science Roadshow – RAF Education Programme 2018

This week Year 8s took part in a STEM Roadshow, delivered on behalf of the Royal Air Force.  The roadshow ‘Fun with Flight’ explored the physics of flying and included some exciting demonstrations with students being invited to take part too. Drones, balloons, airships and even jet engines were explored allowing students to see how the physics they study in the classroom is an integral part of the work that engineers undertake in the RAF and other engineering organisations.  The aim of the roadshow is to increase the number of students taking STEM subjects in the future and, judging by the response of our students, it was a definite success.

Storyteller visits Rossett

Although our World Book Day celebrations were postponed due to the snow, our major literacy events have now been held. 

Last week we welcomed Regie from Destination Venus, Harrogate’s comic book shop, who spoke to students from all years about comic books and graphic novels. He talked about the wide variety of characters and storylines in the world of graphic narratives, and gave tips on creating comic strips. Regie is really keen to encourage creativity and students can swap any comic strips they have drawn for selected comic books in store. His passion for this genre really enthused our students, who ranged from keen comic book fans to those new to the genre and his visit was a great success.

This week Year 7s attended sessions with the Storyteller, Susanna Oldfield, which included an African wisdom tale followed by the story of Perseus and Medusa. There was lots of audience participation with the Year 7s taking the parts of Medusa and her sisters – who shared one eye, one tooth and one nose!  Susanna then ran a workshop covering storytelling techniques with a group of Year 7 and Year 8 students.   Susanna emailed to say how much she had enjoyed the day “It is always such a joy to perform and work with your students.

Sports Relief – 23 March 2018

Students have raised over £1700 today for Sports Relief – thanks to everyone for their support.  Staff and students have supported the cause by wearing a variety of sports attire and completing the Sport Relief ‘Steps’ challenge through the official app.

Pathways to Law Programme

This week a group of Year 12 students visited Leeds Trinity University as part of the Pathways to Law Programme. Students had the opportunity to learn about the nature of studying the subject at undergraduate level, as well as lectures on the fundamental aspects of English law. The Pathways to Law Programme runs throughout Year 12 to support those students interested in careers within the field. 

Sixth Form Offer Letters

All year 11 students who have applied to Sixth Form will have received offer letters, acceptance slips to be returned to their Form Tutors as soon as possible.

Congratulations to

  • The U13 girls’ football team who beat King James 5-1 this week.
  • The U14 girls’ football team for reaching the County Cup Final.
  • The Year 8 boys football team for reaching the County Cup Final.
  • The U14 B girls’ netball team who came 6th out of 7 winning one of their games and drawing another at the District Netball Area Tournament this week. The girls played extremely well considering they have never played as a team before.  Also thanks to our Sports Leaders who ran the tournament.

What’s happening next week …

Monday 26 March

  • GCSE Drama exams

Tuesday 27 March

  • GCSE Drama exams
  • Sixth Form cake sale in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society (break time in DW4)

Wednesday 28 March

  • Year 9 Meningitis ACWY and Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio vaccinations
  • Jewish Passover workshop

Thursday 29 March

  • School breaks up for Easter holidays

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 16 March 2018

CHANGE OF DATE – DofE Student Training Day

Due to the predicted weather conditions this weekend the DofE Student Training Day which was due to be held this Saturday has been moved to Saturday 24 March 2018.

Top Sporting State Schools of 2017

Rossett has been named in the School Sport Magazine’s top 100 state schools for Sport in the UK.  This is based on twenty different sports and more than 120 national competitions, with more weighting given to success in a range of sports rather than single sports and competition with more teams competing.  The results are then input into a specially commissioned computer programme.

We are very proud of this recognition as the top 100 represents the top 3% of state schools in the country and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our students for their commitment, the parents for their support  and PE teachers and the other Rossett staff who run extra curricular activities for all their hard work.

Please click the link for further details:

Sports Relief – 23 March 2018

Sports Relief takes place between 17-23 March and on Friday 23 March students are invited to come to school wearing sports gear for a donation of £2.



We are delighted to report that Saxophonix have been invited to perform at the final concert of the Harrogate Competitive Festival for Music, Speech and Drama on Sunday evening.  The group made such an impression on the adjudicator that he has requested that they perform to a wider audience.  Congratulations to:

Katie Anderson, Chloe Ramsay, Niamh Cunningham, Sam Gilmartin, Emily Cawthorne, Lauren Edwards, Amy Potter, Alvie O’Brien, Cameron Rennison, Tashi Lewis, Caitlin Cunningham, Leah Waddington.

Sixth Form Calendar Dates

Dates Event
Mon 19 March – Fri 23 March Aspire Igen Careers interviews

6 Careers Advisors from Aspire Igen will be in school for five days to conduct one hour career appointments with every Year 12 student. We have tried to timetable the students when they are free however some students will miss a lesson.

Wed 23 May  

Year 13 Leavers’ Assembly and Study Leave

Period 4 in the Sixth Form Centre followed by refreshments.

Mon 4 June – Fri 15 June Year 12 teachers prepare students for mock exam week.
Mon 18 June – Fri 22 June Mock exams week

Students sit mock exams in subjects which they have not already sat as an AS exam (2 hour timetabled exam per subject). Year 12 students will be off timetable.

Mon 25 June – Fri 29 June Next Steps week

Monday:  Community enrichment day

Tuesday:  University options in school

Wednesday: Careers Day

Thursday: UCAS Convention – Leeds Beckett

Friday – York University trip / Apprenticeship Day

Mon 2 July – Fri 6 July All Year 12 students participate in one week of work experience in conjunction with NYBEP
Mon 9  July Mock exam feedback / A2 course introduction


Can You Make a Difference? campaign

Over the last six weeks Year 10s have been taking part in the group project ‘Can you make a difference? Campaign’.  Students were asked to choose a PSHE topic of interest and create and carry out a campaign around a specific issue, and reflect on their achievements in a final year group assembly. Students voted the overall winners as:

1st:    10CHL – Mental Health ‘R U OK?’

2nd:  10CJN – Dangers of Vaping

3rd:   10MCT – Body Image

Other projects included Knife Crime, School Uniform and US Politics.

WWF Earth Hour 2018

Next week students in Years 7-10 will be supporting the WWF Earth Hour 2018 campaign during PSHE and there will also be other events going on across the school to support this movement.

WWF’s Earth Hour is the biggest movement to protect our planet and has been supported by hundreds of millions of people around the planet.  Last year around 9 million took part in the UK alone.  Millions will mark Earth Hour by going ‘lights out’ for 60 minutes at 8.30pm on Saturday 24 March – a symbolic show of solidarity for the planet.  Please click the link for further details:

Outdoor First Aid

I am delighted to report that Keir Robson, Jason Twigg, Eve Pepper and Jack Lewis have all successfully completed the 8 hour outdoor first aid course covering key emergency procedures, CPR, choking, burns, allergic reactions, bandaging, hypothermia and heat stroke.

Sports Tour 2018 to East Anglia

The Year 8s + 9s Sports Tour departs next Thursday 22 March 2018 and returns on Sunday 25 March 2018. The tour will allow our school teams to compete against schools from the East Anglia area as well as participating in a range of adventure activities at the Kingswood Activity Centre such as archery, high ropes challenge, laser quest, night line, bush craft plus many more.

Congratulations to …

  • The Year 9 football team who are through to the National Cup Semi Finals after beating Becket School 10-3. They are also through to the Final of the County Cup beating Tadcaster 3:2 this week. Congratulations to them all.
  • The Year 10 girls who finished 5th out of 7 in their Area Netball Tournament. The girls demonstrated their resilience throughout their matches went to Ashville last night to play in their area tournament and were amazing. This was a real achievement as the girls have not played many games this season and they demonstrated true resilience throughout all their matches.
  • The U13 girls’ football team who played Selby in the semi-final of the County Cup this week. Unfortunately, Selby scored with the last kick of the game beating the girls 3-2.   Although disappointed by the result, it was a great performance, especially as the team included nine Year 7 girls which bodes well for the future.

What’s happening next week …

  • NEA2 Food exam 19-21 March
  • Y12 careers interviews with Aspire Igen

Thursday 22 March

  • Sports Tour departs
  • Year 12/13 Parents’ evening

Friday 23 March

  • ABRSM & Trinity exams 3.30-5.30 (Music Block)
  • Sports Tour

Saturday 24 March

  • ABRSM & Trinity exams (Music Block)
  • Sports Tour
  • DofE Gold Outdoor training day

Sunday 25 March

  • Sports Tour returns

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 9 March 2018

Harrogate Competitive Festival for Music, Speech and Drama

We are delighted to report that Rossett won two trophies at the Harrogate Competitive Festival last weekend.  Congratulations to:

Rossett School Saxophone Quartet who were placed 1st of 3 and were awarded Distinction

(Katie Anderson, Sam Gilmartin, Cameron Rennison, Leah Waddington)

Rossett School Saxophonix who were placed 1st of 4 and awarded Honours – the first of the festival and the highest accolade

(Katie Anderson, Chloe Ramsay, Niamh Cunningham, Sam Gilmartin, Emily Cawthorne, Lauren Edwards, Amy Potter, Alvie O’Brien, Cameron Rennison, Tashi Lewis, Caitlin Cunningham, Leah Waddington)

Rossett School Clarinet Choir who were placed 2nd of 4 and were awarded Commendation

(Caitlin Cunningham, Sam Gilmartin, Leah Waddington, Thomas Hawkins, Freya Prince, Tashi Lewis)

Reading Project

For the next four weeks, ten of our Year 9 students will be visiting Saltergate Junior School with Mrs Brown to help Year 5 students with their reading.  This is an excellent project for our students to be involved in – thank you to Kris Shori, Cleo Vine, James Loble, Vaani Sagoo, Jay Dodsworth, Kaitlin Mills, Niamh Cunningham, Tom Muir, Alicia Williamson, Matthew Tipler.

Leeds Apprenticeship Fair

On Monday some of our Sixth Form students attended the Leeds Apprenticeship Fair at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.  This is the largest Fair in the North of the country and hosted over 100 national and regional employers from a range of sectors.  Employers offered a range of information to students including advice on the types of apprenticeships they offer, including the new degree apprenticeships and information on the recruitment process involved.  This has been a valuable opportunity for Year 13 students to explore apprenticeship opportunities post A Level.

A Level Geography Field Trip

Year 12 Geographers returned yesterday from a successful few days visiting the Holderness Coast.   We could not believe our luck with the weather which allowed for three days of intense data collection and revision of coastal processes. Students found the trip both enjoyable and beneficial and are now in a good position to prepare for their AS exam and write up their independent study. I would like to thank them all for their fantastic attitudes and behaviour.

What’s happening next week …

Wednesday 14 March

  • Year 11 photographs
  • GCSE English Literature Theatre Trip to ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at Harrogate Theatre

Thursday 15 March

  • Year 11 Parents’ Evening

Saturday 17 March

  • DofE student training day

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 2 March 2018

Snow closures this week

I would first like to thank all parents and carers for their support over the last two days when we have faced the challenges of inclement weather.

The Site Team have worked incredibly long hours over the last few days to clear the site and – with super-human effort – have managed to clear all of the pathways and surfaces for today (Friday).

The difficult decision to close on Wednesday and Thursday was to ensure the safety of our students and staff.  We do plan to be open again, as usual, on Monday 5 March, and will inform you as soon as possible if there are any further updates or issues.

Many thanks for your understanding and support.

School closure notification system/emails

Please accept our apologies for the number of notifications you will have received regarding the school being closed on Wednesday.  We were aware that parents had not received the notification and assumed there was an error in the system.  The message was then re-sent however we have since been informed that the delay was caused by the large number of notifications from all schools using the same provider.

Re-scheduled Year 7 Parents’ Evening – Thursday 8 March

As you are aware, we had to cancel our Year 7 Parents’ Evening on Thursday due to the adverse weather conditions.  This has been re-scheduled for Thursday 8 March.

Bookings already made have been carried over to the new date and parents may log on to check or amend bookings as necessary:

Harrogate Competitive Festival for Music, Speech and Drama

This weekend three of our music groups are entered in the Harrogate Competitive Music Festival.  We look forward to hearing how well Saxophonix, our Clarinet Choir and our Saxophone quartet perform.

Year 8 Arts Activity Days

Year 8 Arts Activity Days take place on Monday 5 March (Y half) and Thursday 8 March (X half).  On these days Year 8s will be off timetable and the students will take part in a series of arts workshops, the aim of which is to give them first-hand experience of an art form that is both challenging and stimulating and more than likely a new experience. The workshops will be run by visiting professionals and will be entirely practical and hands-on in nature.  The six workshops are:

    • Japanese Taiko drumming
    • Street Dane
    • Graphics/Digital Workshop
    • Vocal workshop
    • Professional stage combat master class
    • Creative mixed media project

The workshops will be active and therefore students will not be required to wear school uniform and will not need to bring any of their usual equipment such as pens and iPads.  Students should wear loose fitting clothing, suitable for practical activity – tracksuit bottoms, a T-shirt and trainers would be ideal.  All the sessions are being run by highly-skilled professionals from outside agencies and we are asking for a contribution of £5 per student towards the cost of the day. This contribution can be paid online through our online payments system or can be handed in by cash or cheque on the day.

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Rossett School students of Mandarin welcomed the Chinese New Year of the Dog with a special celebration on Thursday 22 February. The entertainment was amazing and the students enjoyed watching Chinese acrobats and jugglers. Some students even had a try at juggling themselves.   They also participated in a quiz about Chinese language and culture and enjoyed tasting some delicious Chinese delicacies.

Lepra update

We have received confirmation from Lepra that Year 7s have raised an amazing total of £2,129.  The charity have asked the school to pass on their thanks to all our Year 7s and their families and friends for your valued support.

What’s happening next week …

5-8 March A Level Geography field trip

Monday 5 March

  • Year 8 (Y half) Arts Activity Day

Tuesday 6 March

  • DofE First Aid training

Thursday 8 March

  • Year 8 (X half) Arts Activity Day
  • Re-scheduled Year 7 Parents’ Evening
  • Full Governing Body meeting

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 23 February 2018

Year 8 Arts Activity Days

Year 8 Arts Activity Days will be taking place on Monday 5 March (Y half) and Thursday 8 March (X half). These are off-timetable days where students will take part in a series of practical workshops across the arts. The sessions will be delivered by visiting professionals and arts practitioners, experts within their field, and it promises to be a fantastic experience for all students. We are asking for a £5 voluntary contribution towards the running of the event which should be returned to the Finance Office as soon as possible.  Please click the link for further details.


Congratulations to the Year 7s who raised over £1500 for Lepra! Students took part in a wide range of activities, including a sponsored walk and a cake bake, culminating in a Zumba workout.  Individual students who raised £25 or more will be awarded a certificate from the Lepra charity. Thank you to the families and friends of our Year 7s for their support with this fantastic fundraising effort to help the charity combat leprosy.


Ski Trip

The ski trip returned at the end of the half term week having enjoyed some excellent skiing in Austria. Students were really appreciative of the staff who organised the trip; the staff reported back that the students were “a credit to the school”.


Bewerley Park

Year 7s have had an amazing time at Bewerley Park – taking part in new activities, overcoming challenges and making new friends.  The activities  included climbing at Brimham Rocks, mountain biking, canoeing, bushcraft skills, high and low ropes as well as evening challenges.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff involved, in particular Mrs Leeming and Miss Hopkins for leading the trip and Mrs McCabe, Mr Wilson, Mr Sweetman, Miss Sandever, Miss Cull, Mr Pears, Mr O’Sullivan, and Miss Hellawell for their support. 


World Book Day – 1 March

Thursday 1 March is World Book Day, a national celebration of reading and books. We have lots of fun activities taking place throughout the week including:

  • Year 9 students taking part in the ‘Battle of the Books’; an interschool book quiz which is taking place on Tuesday 27 February at Queen Mary’s School;
  • Wednesday 28 February, which sees a visit to Rossett by the owner of ‘Destination Venus’, a comic book store in Harrogate; We will find out about the Excelsior Award for comic books in two lunchtime sessions. It will be a wonderful introduction to the world of comics and ‘Manga’;
  • Our celebrations conclude on World Book Day with a return visit from popular storyteller Susanna Oldfield, performing to Year 7 students.  On the day staff will be wearing badges showing what they are reading to encourage conversations about books;
  • The English staff are hosting a literary-themed murder mystery game in their department. World Book Day vouchers, that can be used in local bookshops, will be distributed to all students via their Form Tutors.

What’s happening next week …

Tuesday 28 February

  • American Exchange Parents’ Evening 5.30pm in the Sixth Form Centre

Thursday 1 March

  • World Book Day
  • Year 7 Parents’ Evening

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 9 February 2018

Rotary club success

This week two groups of Rossett students took part in the annual, regional Rotary Technology competition. They had to work together to design and make a crane, using motors and gears. This was then tested to move along a track and pick up a weight.  Congratulations to the Year 10 group (Karthik Krishnan, Bram Fisher, Evelyn Richards and Vicky Naylor)  who came in 3rd place, winning them Bronze prize.  The Year 9 group (Josh Simpson, Oliver Nalder, Amy Oliver and Emma Guneyogullari) also performed very well and enjoyed the experience.


Sixth Form Debating Team

On Tuesday, the Sixth Form Debating Team took part in the regional round of the Oxford School’s Debating Competition at Sheffield High School.  Arran Kennedy and Shaun  Wilson took part in two debates against a number of different schools. In their first debate, they argued in favour of the motion ‘This house believes animal testing should be banned’. In their second debate, they were arguing against the motion ‘This house believes citizens should take a current affairs test before being able to vote’.  The team were fantastic and won both their debates against some difficult competition. 

Year 9 MenACWY/DTP vaccinations catchup session

The immunisation team will be visiting Rossett on 28 March to administer vaccinations to any Year 9 students who did not have valid consent/permissions from parents/carers when they visited in January.  Further details have been sent to Parents/Carers – please return all completed consent forms to the First Aid room.

Arts intervention sessions for Y11
Drama GCSE – every day after school (Wed specifically for written work / Mon, Tues, Thurs + Fri for practical rehearsals
Performing Arts – Tuesday and Wednesday after school
Music Listening – Mondays  after school in M1
Music composition – Thursdays after school in M1
Art Monday- Thursday after school in the Art Block


One of our Teaching Assistants (Mrs Terzza) has taught more than 100 students to knit over the past few years.

Knitting has been scientifically proven to calm anxiety, lower stress levels and help with depression. The rhythmic repetitive movements, calm the heart rate and breathing. Knitting has therapeutic benefits for both mind and body, improving concentration and focus, leaving students happier and calmer.

Rossett students have created a very colourful scarf, which is on its way to a homeless recipient – someone in need of a little warmth. The students have had many thoughtful discussions along the way, about the issues of being homeless.’

With the scarf, goes a note with one hundred (first) names of students who have learnt a new skill and who wish to pass on their best wishes to its new owner.

What’s happening after half term …

19-23 February

  • Year 7 Bewerley Park trip

Monday 19 February

  • School re-opens after half term

Thursday 23 February

  • Year 9 Parents’ Evening

Ms Woodcock


Year 11 Intervention

Rossett News Update – 2 February 2018

Reminder: Sixth Form Interviews

Our Year 11 Sixth Form interviews take place in this next week5 –19 February.  Our students will have the opportunity to discuss their A Level subject choices with senior staff and formal offer letters will be issued to students after the interview process has been completed.

Year 9 Marrick Priory trip

Year 9s enjoyed a very successful two day trip to Marrick Priory last week taking part in a variety of activities which promoted resilience and resourcefulness!  Their skills were developed as part of a pastoral programme to highlight the importance of teamwork.

A Level English Language Trip

Next Tuesday, twenty of our A Level English Language students will be attending a lecture by the nationally renowned linguist David Crystal, writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster. Students will gain considerable academic benefit from this event, as David will be speaking about two linguistic areas that have a strong bearing on the new content of the A Level syllabus.

Lepra – fighting disease, poverty and prejudice

Each year Rossett support Lepra, a UK registered international charity working with individuals and communities affected by some of the world’s oldest and most neglected diseases, including leprosy.  Representatives of the charity have attended a Year 7 assembly to give students information about the charity and the work they do.  Students were given the following facts and were encouraged to raise as much as possible by taking part in a variety of activities culminating in a Zumba workout next Wednesday:

  • £3 buys a self-care kit so individuals can care for their disability
  • £4.50 can buy a pair of shoes so they can walk again
  • £25 can run a health education programme in a school reaching 100 children
  • £30 can pay for a medical diagnosis with aftercare
  • £50 can give someone a course of physiotherapy to restore the function in their hand/foot
Intervention/Support Sessions for Y11

As our Year 11 students begin to prepare for the external exams this summer staff have planned the following intervention/support sessions that will run every week:


Biology – Wednesday and Thursday after school.

Chemistry – Wednesday after school in Lab 3.

Physics – Thursday after school in Lab 8.


Spanish – 1:1 support by Mrs Jackson after school on a Thursday.

Spanish – ‘Aim Higher’ Monday after school with Mr Halliwell and Mrs Bowman.

French – Monday lunchtimes with Mrs Clarkson.


Mr West’s class – after school on a Monday.

Mr Otway’s class – 20 minute YouTube live sessions at 8pm on a Sunday night on Mr Otway’s YouTube channel, MrAOtway.

Philosophy and Ethics

Miss Veitch – Wednesday after school.


Mondays after school with Mrs Martin.


Each Year 11 Maths teacher runs a Maths catch up once a week for their class. Students can attend any class but usually students attend their own class teacher’s session. Students should check with their teacher to find out when the most relevant one takes place.

Computer Science

Wednesday after school in PC10.

Product Design and Design Technology

Thursday after school.


Homework drop-in/club for Y11 students on a Monday after school. Starts on Monday 22nd January 3.10pm in R12 and R13.


Tuesday and Wednesday. Both sessions will be the same so students do not need to attend both of them.

Safer Internet Day

On 7 February 2017 Rossett will be participating in Safer Internet Day and the theme is “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”.  Assemblies will be held throughout the week and students will take part in a variety of activities involving internet safety. This event is being organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre – please click the link for further details:

Music Department: Acoustic Night

Next Thursday 8 February is our acoustic evening in the Main Hall, with many talented performers lining up to entertain you.  Tickets can be obtained from the Finance Office at just £3 each.  The PTA will be serving refreshments throughout the evening which starts at 7pm.

Ski Trip

The 2018 Ski Trip to Austria departs from school on Friday 9 February.  Staff will be using Twitter to keep everyone up to date with their activities during the week @rossettschool and #Rski17 for day to day highlights.

Congratulations to …

  • the U13 girls’ football team who beat Thirsk 5-3 on Friday to reach the semi finals of the County Cup.

What’s happening next week …

Monday 5 February

  • Mock GCSE PE Moderation Day

Tuesday 6 February

  • Safer Internet Day

Wednesday 7 February

  • Year 7 Zumba workout

Thursday 8 February

  • Acoustic Night

Friday 9 February

  • Ski Trip Departs
  • School closes for half term

Ms Woodcock