Rossett News Update – 22 June 2018

Next Steps week (25-29 June)

Next week our Year 12 students will be taking part in a variety of trips and activities as part of Next Steps Week:

Monday 25 June

Community enrichment day: students will be providing a service to the local community by supporting local projects whilst developing teamwork and collaboration skills.

Tuesday 26 June

University options day – a wide variety of workshops including writing personal statements/letters of application and personality analysis.

Next Steps UCAS Information Evening – 7pm Sixth Form Centre – parking in Sports Centre car park.

Wednesday 27 June

Careers Day – with nearly 30 different speakers (including 12 former students) talking about careers including Law, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Sports Development and Education.

Thursday 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.

Friday 29 June

York University trip / Apprenticeship Day – students will have the opportunity to visit a Russell group university to attend lectures and seminars related to their chosen field of interest or attend a series of different workshops in school run by our Careers Advisor Karen Morgan and Financial Force, including a former student who is completing an Apprenticeship.

Year 9 and Year 10 Assessments

Year 9 and Year 10 assessments are taking place next week – most exams will be taking place in the Sports Hall (see programme below) although some option subjects will be taken 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.


North Yorkshire Teaching Awards

The North Yorkshire Teaching Awards’ Ceremony took place on 21 June at the Pavilions, Harrogate.  The aim of these awards is to recognise outstanding teaching, support and school team success in secondary education.  We are delighted to report that Mr Otway won Classroom Teacher of the Year and Mrs Duncan won Outstanding Support in School at the second North Yorkshire Teaching Awards that were held yesterday.  Staff nominations were:

Mr Otway – Teacher of the Year

Miss Sandever – Newly Qualified Teacher of the Year

Mrs Duncan – Outstanding Support in Schools – non-teaching Individual

Student Support Officers – Outstanding Support in Schools – non-teaching team

PE Department – Outstanding Teaching Team

Mr Sykes – Outstanding Team Leader

Mrs Vargas – Teaching Assistant of the Year

We are very proud of all the nominees and award winners – all of whom play vital roles here at Rossett.

‘How to manage your child’s use of social media’ (Digital Parenting Magazine)

Parent Zone and Vodafone have worked over the last few years in partnership to produce an online safety guide for families; this is produced in the form of a digital magazine.

Articles include advice from teachers, parents and online safety experts on subjects ranging from Virtual Reality to body image in our social media age and looks at issues around live streaming. Please click the link to take you to an online version of the magazine which includes live links in the Tools section to make finding out about setting parental controls even easier; Digital Parenting Magazine 6 | Parent Zone

Cricketing Prowess! (Yorkshire Evening Post and The Times)

Zainab Patel (Year 7) has appeared in an article in the Yorkshire Evening Post encouraging more girls to get involved in cricket. Zainab, who plays cricket for Rossett and Shadwell Cricket Club, is bucking the trend after results of a recent study released this week revealed boys are far more likely to play sport outside of school hours.  Zainab was delighted when she was selected to play for the school and is now encouraging more girls to play the game both in and out of school time.

Congratulations to …

  • The Year 7 softball team who recorded their first ever win this week against Outwood Ripon in an exciting 7 inning game. The Rossett team have been working on their fielding in training and this showed a huge improvement as they prevented Outwood from scoring a single run until the third innings!

What’s happening next week …

  • 25-29 June: Year 12 Next Steps Week

Year 9 and Year 10 Internal Assessments/Examinations

Tuesday 26 June                   

  • UCAS Parents’ Information Evening (Sixth Form Centre 7pm – parking in Sports Centre car park)

Wednesday 28 June

  • Year 11 Prom (Cedar Court 7pm)
  • Year 13 Prom (Masonic Hall 7pm)

Friday 29 June

  • Music Tour departs

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 15 June 2018

National Space Academy masterclass

Over the past few weeks our Year 9 and Year 10 students have had the opportunity to take part in a Physics masterclass run by the National Space Academy.  During the project entitled ‘Journey to Comet’ the students looked at the three phases involved in travelling to a comet.  These include the journey to the comet, the rendezvous with the comet and returning through the atmosphere.  During the project the students were asked to take on the roles of shuttle engineer, launch co-ordinator and astro-navigator.   During the first session our budding launch co-ordinators designed and launched a rocket!  In the second session the astro-navigators used Kepler’s third law to study the orbit of a comet and in the final session our shuttle engineers designed and made heat plating to protect astronauts returning to Earth in a shuttle.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all involved!

 The Mayor visits Rossett

On Wednesday the Mayor of Harrogate talked to our Year 8 students about the role of local Government as part of their Citizenship programme. The students learnt about his career and how the Council operates. Councillor Bernard Bateman then met with members of the Student Council to find out about the campaigns they have been involved with in school, and the political work they do outside of school. 

The Duchess of Malfi

This week our Year 12 English Literature students had a long but exciting day trip to see the thrilling RSC production of The Duchess of Malfi at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. It was a really useful day out to cement their learning of a key text and introduce them to their Shakespeare studies for Year 13 – they also managed to fit in a quick tour of Shakespeare’s house whilst they were in the Cotswolds.

Sensory Garden

Thank you to the Army Foundation College who came into school at the end of May and cleared the overgrown area near the Sensory Garden which will enable us to create a natural woodland and a new entrance which will be planted with Cherry Blossom.  The Junior Soldiers were working towards their Duke of Edinburgh award.  We appreciated their support of our on-going “green classroom” provision.

Year 12 Assessments

The Year 12 internal assessments will be held 20-22 June.  The majority of exams will take place in the Sports Hall and the remaining BTEC/practical subjects will complete two hours coursework as per the timetable below.

Students who do not have a timetabled exam will be on study leave or can work in the Sixth Form Centre or Library, should they wish to remain in school.

Wednesday 20 June Thursday 21 June Friday 22 June
Period 1 Study Leave 9.05 – 11.05

AS Chemistry, AS Philosophy and Ethics, AS Physics, AS English Language,

(Sports Hall)


BTEC Sport (H8)

BTEC Science (Lab 9)


AS Chemistry, AS English Literature, AS Economics, AS Maths, AS Psychology, AS Business Studies, AS Sociology

(Sports Hall)


BTEC Science (Lab 9)

BTEC Sport (H8)

Period 2 Study Leave
Period 3 11.25 – 12.25

AS Geography, AS Further Maths, AS Music, AS Psychology

(Sports Hall)


BTEC Food Tech

period 3 (RC)

period 4(J8)

11.25 – 12.25

AS Biology, AS Maths, AS English Language, AS English Literature, AS French, AS Maths

(Sports Hall)



BTEC Business (H8)

period 4

Health and Social (RCA)

11.25 – 12.25

AS History, AS PE, AS Biology, AS Media Studies, AS Sociology, AS Spanish

(Sports Hall)


Performing Arts (DW1)

BTEC Sport (H8)



Period 4
Period 5 Study Leave Study Leave Study Leave


Ashville Tennis Cup

Students from Year 7, 8 and 9 played against other local schools in the Ashville Tennis Cup this week. Rossett finished 3rd overall with the combined scores – this is one of the best results we’ve had in the cup for a few years.  Congratulations to all the students involved. 

Harrogate & Craven Athletics Competition

Last Saturday six of our Rossett students represented Harrogate and Craven at the North Yorkshire schools’ athletics competition. Many gained personal best scores and enjoyed the high level competition.  Their results were:

Austen Glazier – 800m – 2.14 minutes – 4th junior boys

Jaymol Grant – 200m – 24.0seconds – 2nd intermediate boys and 1st in relay – new county record

Luca Grant – 200m – 25.8seconds – 5th junior boys

Karleen Menes – javelin – 24.89metres – 3rd intermediate girls

Issy Smith – 100m – 13.00 seconds – 1st and 200m – 27.3 seconds – 1st

Elijah Walsh – high jump – 1.70m – 1st intermediate boys

Congratulations to them all – it is an excellent achievement to represent your county and  Issy Smith may have a call up to the English Schools!

Girls’ Beach Touch Rugby

This week the girls’ rugby team had a successful day at Bridlington beach playing in the North Yorkshire Girls’ Beach Touch Rugby tournament, with 4 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. The Key Stage 3 and Key Stage4 teams showed off some of the excellent rugby skills they have been working on and are already raring to go next season. The girls demonstrated an excellent attitude to the game and were a credit to the school.

Whit Friday Band Competition

Congratulations to Emilia-Rose Manship and Joe Cooper who marched and played at eight villages during the Whit Friday Band Competition with the Tewit Youth Band.  The band won three of the competitions in the youth section which was an excellent achievement.  Emilia-Rose and Joe are pictured with the Tewit Youth Band President, Colin Gibbs.

What’s happening next week …

20-22 June – Year 12 assessments

Monday 18 June

  • Summer Spectacular – Royal Hall 6.30pm

Tuesday 19 June

  • PTA AGM 7.15pm, come to Main Reception

Thursday 21 June

  • CPR Award training – DW4 3.15-4.15pm

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 8 June 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Under the new legislation the school is required to update our consents from parents regarding Communications, Photos & Videos and Biometrics Data – thank you to all parents who have completed the consent form.  Please can I ask any parents who haven’t yet done so to complete the consent form by clicking on the link as soon as possible (the password is contained in the email sent to parents regarding GDPR sent on Wednesday 23 May).  This will ensure that we can continue to provide parents with information and services as we currently do:  The form will only take seconds to complete.

Thank you.

Growing up in North Yorkshire Survey 2018

The North Yorkshire Children and Young People’s Service (CYPS) has again commissioned a confidential survey of children and young people in the area covering aspects of learning, safety and well-being.  This will provide key information about the lifestyles and learning of children and young people; this information influences school, county and locality planning and the evaluation of provision.  Our Year 8 and 10 students will be taking part in this survey in the next few weeks.  Further details have been emailed to parents.

Samba Band

Rossett’s Samba Band will be performing again at the Knaresborough Bed Race on Saturday at 1pm.  All supporters welcome

Summer Spectacular

The Summer Spectacular is being held on Monday 18 June 2018 at 6.30pm at the Royal Hall, Harrogate and will feature performances by Rossett Jazz, Concert Band, Saxophonix, Samba Band as well as performances from two of our partner schools; Pannal and Saltergate, plus a massed choir of Year 8 students.  Tickets are on sale from the Harrogate Theatre Box Office and can be obtained by visiting:

Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.  All the seats are numbered so please book early to avoid disappointment.  We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a very enjoyable evening.

Internal Assessments – Year 7 & 8

Year 7 and 8 students will complete an end of year assessment activity in each of their subjects next week.  Please click the link for the timetable, revision materials and details of how best to prepare:

Internal Assessments – Year 9 & 10

The internal assessments for Year 9 & 10 will take place 25-29 June.  Please click the links for additional information:

Harrogate & Craven Athletics Competition

Next Wednesday 13 June Rossett will host the Harrogate & Craven school first round athletics competition 1-4pm with six other schools involved. Our Sports Leaders will be assisting in running the event which will be held on the school fields and in the gym.

Pride in Diversity Events in Harrogate

We are delighted that our LGBTQ+ group have been invited to represent our school as part of the Pride in Diversity parade taking place in Harrogate again this year. The Pride in Diversity team are running a week of events to raise awareness and to celebrate the diverse community here in Harrogate.  This year, the parade will take place on 16 June commencing at midday in the centre of Harrogate followed by a range of activities taking place in Valley Gardens.

Yorkshire Water – Road closures around the Rossett area

Yorkshire Water have informed the school that the road closure at the junction of Otley Road and Beckwith Road will continue probably for a further two weeks due to construction difficulties.  They have also started on the second phase of work on Beckwith Road between Otley Road and Pannal Ash roundabout and there will be a rolling road closure as they complete their work.  There will be signed local diversions for approximately nine weeks.  They apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Lunchtime arrangements

The school will be moving back to split lunchtimes next Wednesday 13 June.  Years 7 and 8 will be on early lunch (12.25-1.10pm) and Year 9 will move to late lunch with Year 10 and 12 on late lunch (1.25-2.10pm).  Thank you to students and parents for their support and patience with this adjustment during the exam season.

What’s happening next week …

11-15 June:  Year 7 and Year 8 Internal Assessments

Monday 11 June

  • Change to school day due to external exams: Periods 1 and 4 swapped
  • BTEC Outdoor Pursuits sailing activity – all day
  • DofE route planning activity 3.10-4.10pm Main Hall
  • Music Tour Parents’ meeting

Tuesday 12 June

  • Governors’ Operational Committee meeting

Wednesday 13 June

  • Change to school day due to external exams: Periods 1 and 5 swapped
  • Return to split lunchtime (see above)
  • Year 12 Duchess of Malfi theatre trip
  • H&C Athletics competition

Thursday 14 June

  • St John Ambulance CPR Award training 3.15-4.20pm in DW4

Ms Woodcock


Rossett Family Learning Day – 2018

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 11 & 12 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 14 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 4 July in any of the following ways:

  • Register online: Complete the form below
  • Complete the reply slip on page 29 of the ‘Year 6 to Year 7 – Welcome to Rossett’ booklet and return it to Reception
  • Email your details to

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.

Rossett News Update – 24 May 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

We have recently emailed parents regarding GDPR – I would ask that you take time to read this email.  Please click the link to read the school’s updated Privacy Notice which explains what data we collect, why we collect it, how we use it and who we share it with.

The Privacy Notice has also been emailed to our students aged 12 and over as they are considered to have sufficient capacity/maturity to understand privacy issues.

Under the new legislation we are also required to update our consents from parents regarding Communications, Photos and Videos and Biometric Data.  Please follow the link to the Consent Form (the password is contained in the email sent to parents).  Please complete and submit this information on line by 25 May 2018 to ensure that we can continue to provide you with information and services as we currently do. This includes allowing your child to use their ‘thumb’ for catering purposes.  The form should only take seconds to complete.

Summer Spectacular

The Summer Spectacular is being held on Monday 18 June 2018 at 6.30pm at the Royal Hall, Harrogate and will feature performances by Rossett Jazz, Concert Band, Saxophonix, Samba Band as well as performances from two of our partner schools; Pannal and Saltergate, plus a massed choir of Year 8 students.  Tickets are on sale from the Harrogate Theatre Box Office and can be obtained by visiting:

Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.  All the seats are numbered so please book early to avoid disappointment.  We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a very enjoyable evening.

Study Leave

On Wednesday the Year 13 students attended a ‘Leavers’ Assembly’ which included a collective celebration of their time at Rossett.  We wish them well with their forthcoming examinations and a happy and successful future, whether they are heading to university, college, apprenticeships or into the world of work.

Tomorrow we celebrate our Year 11s’ time at Rossett before they begin their study leave.  We look forward to welcoming them back at Rossett on Wednesday 4 July to the Year 12 Taster Day.

NHS Information for parents to support students with exam stress

We are aware, as we note every year, that some of our young people find the stress of school exams difficult to manage at this time of year.  Please click on the link below to access information from the NHS to help your child through:

Internal assessments – Years 7 & 8

As a check to see how Year 7s and 8s are progressing towards their GCSE targets, they will complete an end of year assessment activity in each of their subjects.  These assessments will take place during lesson time between 11-22nd June 2018. The timetable for when the individual subject assessments will take place, revision materials, and details of how best to prepare can be found here:

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Practice Expedition

Congratulations to the 62 students who completed the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze practice expedition at the weekend.

They began walking at Ripley and camped at Bewerley Park where there were marshmallows, glow bands and songs round the bonfire!  The expedition finished in the Markington area on Sunday afternoon.

Special thanks go to Sixth Formers Eve Pepper, Jason Twigg and Leah Waddington who supported the expedition and to the following staff who supervised over the weekend Miss Mooney, Miss Pearson, Mr Purdy, Miss Cull, Miss Ramiro, Miss Hellawell and Mrs Jackson who led the expedition.

Auschwitz Project – Reported by Imogen Fisher and Matthew Girven (Year 12)

‘Recently we were given the opportunity to participate in the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project. Through this project we listened to Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke speak before we went on a one day trip to Poland to visit Oświęcim, which is a Polish town located near the Auschwitz camps, before visiting Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II -Birkenau. We both found the project an extremely moving experience, and were especially moved by the collection of personal belongings including suitcases and shoes at Auschwitz I, as well as the vast size of Auschwitz-Birkenau. As part of this project we are now educating others about the Holocaust and our experience and have been doing question and answer sessions in Year 8 history lessons. We also had the opportunity to go on BBC Radio York to share our experience with the wider community. We are grateful to Rossett and the History Department for allowing us to participate in this process and have found it an extremely moving and valuable experience.’

Minute’s silence

The school held a minute’s silence on Tuesday to remember the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.  Our thoughts were with those students at Rossett and other local schools who were affected by this tragedy.

Congratulations to …

  • the Year 8 boys’ football team who came back from 2-1 down to win 3-2 in dramatic fashion in the last minute of the game against King James. They are now Harrogate and Craven Area Cup winners as well as North Yorkshire County Champions! Congratulations to Luke Smethem, Aman Roth, Adam Caswell, James North, Ibby Mohammed, Harry Day, Harry Bandeira, Joel Barker, Matty Sherne, Aaron White, Kron Abdiu, Leo Georgallis, Ollie Sadler, Ethan Simpson, Tom Bratby.
  • the Year 9 boys’ football team who beat King James to become Area Champions yesterday! Congratulations to Mathew Tipler, Austen Glazier, Hari Bhogal, Harry Leonard, Elliot Owen, Gidi Pliener, Rohan Panesar, Alfie Dean, Joshua Knowles, Oli Washbrook, Ewan Gregson, Lewis Walker, Alfie Hewson, Owen Lowe.
  • the Year 7 cricket team who beat Thirsk yesterday in a stunning final over win. Congratulations go to Ben Crowther was man of the match for taking two vital wickets in the penultimate over and Zainab Patel who had an excellent game and is one of the first girls to play for the Rossett Year 7 cricket team.

Samba Band

We are delighted that Rossett’s Samba band have been invited once again to perform at the annual Knaresborough Bed Race at 1pm on Saturday 9 June.  We look forward to seeing parents and students there for this iconic event!

What’s happening after half term …

Monday 4 June

  • School re-opens

Wednesday 6 June

  • MFL Listening exam in Main Hall – no access at break time

Thursday 7 June

  • Physics Masterclass (Session 3) 15.30-17.30

Saturday 9 June

  • Samba Band perform at Knaresborough Bed Race @ 1pm

With every best wish for the May break.  School starts back on Monday 4 June.

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 18 May 2018

‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ project

As part of the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ project, Matthew Girven and Imogen Fisher were interviewed on Radio York on Wednesday 16 May.  They were guests on the late afternoon show and spoke about their experience on the project and their visit to Auschwitz.  Please click here to hear the interview – Matthew and Imogen have been fantastic ambassadors for Rossett.

Young Pea Chef of the Year competition

Emily Girven:  Pitta Pea-amole

Poppy Mortimer – Plaited pea bread

Congratulations to Emily Girven and Poppy Mortimer (Year 7) who have reached the finals of the Young Pea Chef of the Year competition.

The brief: to create a delicious dish using Britain’s favourite family vegetable, the pea!

The winners will be decided by an online vote, which can be accessed by the following link   The voting takes place on ‘Facebook’ and our student would appreciate your support and, more importantly, your votes.

Year 11 Leavers’ Arrangements

Wednesday 23 May:  Period 2: Celebration Assembly

Friday 25 May:  9.30-11.45am: English exam

12-12.30pm: Form time in Sixth Form Centre

12.30-1.15pm Celebrations with food provided, autographs, yearbooks and hoodies

1.15pm: all Year 11 students leave

Students can access school buses at 3.10pm from the Rossett site.

Robot Workshop – Princes Trust

Next Monday twelve of our young people on the Vocational Studies Princes Trust Achieve programme will be attending a Robot Workshop which will include science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), with a hint of geometry, computer science and other interrelated subjects.  Those students taking part will need to demonstrate problem solving skills, teamwork, creativity and fun, using various engineering elements.

Lunchtime arrangements

The national external examinations timetable starts every year in May and involves students in Years 9-13 taking formal GCSE and A Level qualifications.  As a result of this demand we always alter temporarily – the timing of the lunch hour.  Instead of an early and late lunch we have one ‘whole school’ lunch hour, as we used to do some years ago.  This change lasts for the period of the summer examinations only and is at a time when older students are on study leave.  We thank all students and parents for their support and patience with this adjustment.  Normal service will be resumed on Monday 18 June.

St John Ambulance CPR Award and Schools’ Defibrillator Award

Ms Rogers (First Aid & Health Manager) is offering CPR and defibrillator to students in Year 7 – Year 12.  The training will take place after school on Thursdays (15.15 – 16.20) for six weeks commencing after the May half-term holiday.

This training would be useful to students wanting to take careers in the NHS, uniformed services, Cadets, baby sitters and those learning to drive and for anyone wishing to join the school’s First Aid Team.

The CPR award is certified by St John Ambulance and can be awarded at 3 levels making it suitable for all ages and abilities and the course will include:

Incident management

999/112 calls


Recovery position




Community CPR and defibrillator use.

End assessment at Levels 1-3.

The course is free and requires at least 5 weeks’ attendance including the last week assessment.  Any students interested should sign up by Wednesday 6 June at the First Aid Office by Student Reception.

Important Notice: Harrogate and Richmond Area – School Transport Review Consultation

Please be aware NYCC is in the process of re-tendering its bus services for 2019 and is inviting feedback for all bus routes supplying the Harrogate area – Bus numbers 780-785, and 610-640.   Please address any comments directly to the NYCC e-mail address in the attached link. We would encourage parents to find the time to comment, even if it is just to say how much you value having the service and what problems you might have if such services were withdrawn or reduced. Thank you.

Department for Transport Traffic Survey

Nationwide Data Collection have been appointed to carry out 12-hour two-way traffic surveys as part of the Department for Transport’s annual link count programme. They have asked that we let parents know that they have a site where enumerators will be parked at the roadside counting vehicles on Pannal Ash Road on 23 May 2018.


As Ramadan approaches I would like to confirm the school’s commitment to work with our Muslim 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 during both usual school time and examinations.

Congratulations to …

  • The Year 8 boys’ football team on winning the County Cup Final with an amazing 4-0 win over Selby this week. We are very proud of their achievements

What’s happening next week …

Monday 21 May

  • Robot Workshop – Vocational Studies students

Tuesday 22 May

  • Change of school day to accommodate the external examinations – Periods are running in the following order 3,1,2,4,5
  • Year 8 girls’ HPV vaccinations
  • Governors’ Teaching & Learning Committee

Wednesday 23 May

  • Change of school day to accommodate the external examinations – Periods 3 & 5 swapped.
  • Year 11s Leavers’ Assembly – main hall Period 2
  • Year 13 Leavers’ assembly 11.25-13.25 Sixth Form Centre

Thursday 24 May

  • Physics Masterclass (Session 2) 15.30-17.30

Friday 25 May

  • Change of school day to accommodate the external examinations – Periods 4 & 1 swapped. Whole school moves to late lunch (1.25-2.10pm)
  • 00-1.15pm Year 11 Leavers’ Celebration

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 11 May 2018

‘Back to Basics’

This week’s ‘Back to Basics’ focus has been punctuality to lessons in order to ensure that learning can start as promptly as possible.  For the coming week the focus will return to appearance and standards of uniform.  We would appreciate parents supporting this drive by ensuring that correct footwear, trousers and skirts are being worn.

School uniform

As we approach the end of the summer term we would like to remind parents that details of the school’s Uniform Policy are available on the website:

As you are aware school blazers were introduced in September and we have received numerous comments from visitors to school and members of the public about how smart our students look.  From September 2018 Years 7 – 11 will be required to wear blazers.

External examinations commence

Revision and preparation is well underway for the external examinations which commence on Monday 14 May.  All students have been given a paper copy of their individual timetables and electronic copies have also been emailed to students and parents.

Please note that during the exam period the whole school will move to early lunch (12.25-1.10pm) except on 25 May when the whole school will move to late lunch (1.25-2.10pm).

National Space Academy

The National Space Academy are looking to encourage more students to consider space-related A Levels and degrees as well as encouraging greater take-up of Physics at A Level and beyond and are funding three masterclasses here at Rossett.

An associate of the Academy will deliver the masterclasses using cutting edge space science and engineering research contexts; including recent and important historical space missions as well as the way that space enabled technology affects our daily lives.   At the end of the course the students will be invited to attend a certificate presentation.

Strayfm Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mr O’Sullivan who was awarded Teacher of the Year at the Strayfm Local Hero Awards which recognise people who have done something extraordinary.  Mr O’Sullivan was nominated by one of his students, Chloe Bellerby, in recognition of the help and support he has given her over the last two years.

Change of date for Year 11 Sixth Form Taster Day

The Sixth Form Taster Day for Year 11 students has changed to Wednesday 4 July and the parents’ information evening will be held on the same day.  This has changed from the previously published date of Thursday 5 July.

GCSE revision sessions

GCSE revision lessons have been running for a period of time: individual faculties have informed students/parents in a number of different ways of the timing, location and frequency of these subject-specific supported sessions.

In addition, please click the link for details of the planned timetable of formal revision sessions

that students must attend prior to the examinations:

Year 11 Revision Session Timetable

Year 10 Revision Session Timetable

We would be grateful if parents/carers would note the dates on the letter and support full attendance by all students.

Football Success

We are delighted to report that the U14 girls won the County Cup final this afternoon, beating Barlby High School 6-0 in the final. Goalscorers were Anouska Dresser (4), Issy Smith & Georgia Golding-Saunders. We’re exceptionally proud of the success the girls have achieved this year following on from their National Cup success in 2017.

What’s happening next week …

Monday 14 May

  • Whole school moves to early lunch to accommodate the examination season

Tuesday 15 May

  • Change of school day: Periods 1 & 3 swapped
  • MFL listening exam – Main Hall 9.30am-11am
  • read@rossett – 3.10pm in the Resource Centre – open to all Key Stage 3 students

Thursday 17 May

  • Physics Masterclass – National Space Agency

Saturday 19 May – Sunday 20 May

  • DofE Practice Expedition

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 4 May 2018

RKA Sociology Essay Competition

Year 12 students were recently invited to enter the Red Kite School Alliance Sociology Essay Competition to produce an essay of no more than 1500 words, applying a sociological perspective to a social issue of their choice, which had received media attention in the past 12 months.  We are delighted to report their success:

  • Emily Atkinson was awarded first prize with her piece “An exploration of the Marxist and Neo Marxist perspective on the rise and impact of technology and social media on society”
  • Charlie Dodsworth and Chloe Paterson were awarded “highly commended” for their entries.

This is an exceptional achievement, as students participated independently of their academic studies, showing dedication, commitment and reflectiveness.  We are very proud of them all.

Celebration breakfasts

This week the Directors of Learning for Years 7 and Year 9 invited students from their year group who had achieved the highest attainment grades and greatest average 3Rs during the recent round of assessments. To a celebration breakfast with their pastoral teams.

Accelerated Reader Summer Challenge

English teachers have launched the Accelerated Reader Summer Challenge to students in Years 7 and 8.  The challenge is to complete the following:

Read 6 books (linked to AR level)

Complete 6 quizzes at 85%

Over 6 weeks

Reward = SUMMER PARTY in July for ALL those who meet the challenge!

Bake Sale

Sixth Former, Charlie Dodsworth, is arranging a bake sale at break time next Wednesday 9 May to raise money for Dementia UK.  Dementia UK provides specialist care in the form of Admiral Nurses to support individuals and their families living with the disease.  Charlie is also taking part in the Leeds 10k on 8 July 2018 and is hoping to raise £200 for the charity.

What’s happening next week …

Monday 7 May

  • Bank Holiday – school closed

Wednesday 9 May

  • A Level Fine Art and Photography exams (all day)
  • Exams assemblies during period 2 for Year 11 and Year 10
  • Bake Sale in DW4 at break time

Thursday 10 May

  • A Level Fine Art and Photography exams (all day)
  • Art and Design Technology Exhibition 5-7pm in the Art and DT areas
  • Mervyn Wilson memorial football match (KO 5.30pm on bottom field)

Friday 11 May

  • A Level Fine Art and Photography exams (all day)

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 27 April 2018

Head Boy and Head Girl

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:  James Porter                               Head Girl:  Lucy Hopkins

Deputy Head boy:  Shaun Wilson                 Deputy Head Girl:  Kerry Holtham

We were proud of all who took part in the process – a fantastic group of candidates for the position.  Our democratically elected leaders will be impressive ambassadors for Rossett.

Back to basics

Last week Mr Royles led re-set assemblies for all students.  These assemblies focussed on the ‘Rossett Basics’ (uniform, equipment and punctuality); adherence to these help to make our school such a success.  Students were reminded of expectations for uniform, conduct in classrooms and positive relationships with peers and adults.

We will be focussing on different elements of the Rossett Basics throughout the summer term and would appreciate your support as parents.

External examinations

Revision and preparation is well underway for our students as the external examinations commence on 14 May 2018.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents of the following information:

  • Students should arrive at school in full school uniform.
  • Mobile phones or any electronic device that can connect to the internet should not be brought into the exam even if it is turned off.
  • Possession of an unauthorised item is a serious offence and could result in disqualification from the examination and the overall qualification.
  • Morning exams start at 9:30am and afternoon exams start at 1:15pm.
  • Students are allowed to bring water, in a clear plastic bottle – the label must be removed.
  • No food is allowed in the examination room.
  • Calculators – if they are allowed – must be cleared of any stored data in the memory. All covers must be removed and placed on the floor.
  • Pencil cases should be clear plastic and black pens should be used.

As in previous years the whole school will move to early lunch (12.25-1.10pm) from 14 May 2018 except on 25 May when the whole school will move to late lunch (1.25-2.10pm).

Art & Design Technology Exhibition

You are warmly invited to the annual Art & Design Technology Exhibition on Thursday 10 May, 5pm-7pm in the Art and Design Technology Departments.  Please feel free to come and celebrate the fantastic work that the GCSE and A Level students have completed.

News from First Aid

The Year 9 vocational study group and the school first aid team have been given an awareness session on the IPad automated external defibrillator (AED).  The iPad AED is the most popular community defibrillator in use in our area and the model that was bought with the money raised from Rossett’s sponsored resuscitation event last October.

Ms Rogers has been working with the Starbeck community to buy a ‘trainer AED’ to promote community education in the pre-hospital care of any cardiac arrest patient.

The sessions have been given a very enthusiastic welcome by all the students and have enhanced the first aid training given in school.

Your school needs you!

Support required for our Parent and Teachers’ Association (PTA)

The Rossett School PTA always needs members or helpers to organise and run fundraising events for the school.  The Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer and Secretary roles will become vacant at the AGM meeting on 19 June 2018 as the current post holders will be stepping down.  We urgently need willing volunteers to step forward to ensure that the PTA can continue to raise funds to support your son/daughter’s education and experiences here at Rossett.

If our PTA can recruit sufficient new members at the next AGM on Tuesday 19 June 2018, it can sustain its core operation in terms of supporting the school.

The PTA is a great supporter of Rossett School. Over the years the PTA has helped raise substantial funds which have been used to assist the school purchase a wide range of equipment, all of which have been of enormous assistance to our students in not only their education but in supporting their interests and activities in addition to their studies.

Helping the PTA need not be a difficult or time-consuming job.  The committee generally meet for just a few hours once per term to discuss and plan events.  If you can volunteer perhaps just a few hours per year to help run events, your help will be invaluable.

If you feel that you can support the PTA and would like to get involved please contact Mrs Daly, Associate Assistant Headteacher at or contact Reception on 01423 564444.  A member of the current PTA committee will then get in touch with you and provide you with more information about becoming a member or helper of the PTA.

Congratulations to …

  • Congratulations to our Year 11 boys’ football team who beat St Aidan’s to reach the Area Cup Final.

Study Leave

Year 13

Year 13 study leave commences on Wednesday 23 May after their Leaver’s assembly.

Year 11

On Friday 25 May Year 11 have an English Literature exam which will be followed by a farewell assembly, before they commence study leave after half term.  Full details to follow next week

What’s happening next week …

Monday 30 April                   

  • English practice paper for Year 11s periods 1 + 2 in the Sports Hall

Ms Woodcock


Important Travel Information affecting Leeds Buses R61, R62, R63, R64, R65, R66 – Friday 4th May

Important Travel Information affecting Leeds Buses R61, R62, R63, R64, R65, R66               

On the afternoon of Friday 4th May Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire takes place in our region. The school has been informed that roads between North Leeds and Rossett will start to close from around 3-30pm onwards for the event. The men’s race starts at 2:20pm in Barnsley and is scheduled to finish in Ilkley at 6:00pm. The Leeds bus companies have informed us that there is likely to be a particular problem around the Harewood House junction with road closures and traffic congestion around the time our buses pass through the area.

Therefore on the afternoon of Friday 4th May all students who use the school’s Leeds buses will be allowed to depart school by 2.25pm.  Students will be required to attend their period 5 lesson promptly at 2.10pm to be registered and will be dismissed to the buses by 2:15pm to allow the buses to leave the school site by 2:25pm, allowing good time to return to North Leeds.

For students not travelling on the school’s Leeds buses the school day will end as normal at 3:10pm with all other buses leaving the site at 3:20pm.

If you normally pick your child up from school and travel through North Leeds further information can be found on the Tour de Yorkshire website:

There will be no late buses on Friday 4th May due to the road closures in place.


E Dyke

Transport Coordinator