Rossett News Update – 20 July 2018

RKA A Level Design Exhibition 2018 – 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 20 July 2018 until 2 September 2018.  Entrance to the Summer Exhibition is free to Harewood Card holders or is included with a Grounds and Below stairs ticket.

We are extremely proud of all our students’ pieces and would like to congratulate Dom Richardson whose Product design work was awarded Highly Commended.

Mentor of the Year (Secondary)

Congratulations to Miss Mann who has won the award for ‘Mentor of the Year (Secondary)’ from Leeds Trinity in recognition of the mentoring work she has completed with the student teachers from the university.

News from First Aid

We are delighted that nineteen Rossett students successful passed their St John Ambulance CPR award and Defibrillator training last week, having been mentored by the Rossett First Aid Team and Ms Rogers.

The Princes Trust First Aid students have also passed their three-part course and the above qualifications.

The First Aid Department will be offering more first aid training and qualifications next year for all students who would like to learn some lifesaving skills.

New Year 7s – Bus organisation in the first week of term

We are looking forward to welcoming our new Year 7s in September.  Parents and students should be aware that Year 7s will be released from their period 5 lesson five minutes early, for the first week of term, to go to the buses.

Results’ Days

Thursday 16 August 2018 – Year 12 and Year 13 Post 16 Results

Year 13: Results will be available for collection in Sixth Form Centre from 8am until 10.30am
Year 12: Results will be available for collection in Sixth Form Centre from 9.30am until 10.30am

Thursday 23 August 2018 – Years 11 and 10  GCSE results

Year 11: Results will be available for collection in Sixth Form Centre from 9am until 11am
Year 10: Results will be available for collection in Sixth Form Centre from 10am until 11am

As in previous years, the exam results will be published in the local newspaper – please contact Miss A Wade (Student Data & Progress Manager) by email ( before 15 August with any queries regarding this.

Congratulations to …

  • The DofE Gold students who successfully completed their expedition on the Isle of Arran this week in tricky weather conditions.
  • The Year 7 cricket team who reached the final of the North Yorkshire County Cup but were beaten by Richmond School ending up as runners-up in the Cup.

What’s happening the first week back …

Monday 3 September (no students in school)

  • Staff Training Day

Tuesday 4 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:
  • 8.50-9.05am Assembly in main hall.
  • 9.05-10.30am Registration in the Sixth Form Centre
  • 10.30am-1.30pm Study Skills session with Leeds Beckett University

Wednesday 5 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 6 September

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

A reminder that a copy of the school calendar for 2018/19 is available on the website:

This term we say goodbye to Mrs Longster (Science) and Mrs Lee (Resources Technician) who have completed 28 and 27 years of services respectively – we wish them well in their retirement.

We are also saying goodbye to a number of teaching and support staff: Miss Barrow, Mr Beever, Miss Cull, Mrs Davies, Mrs Guinness, Miss Hellawell, Miss Hopkins, Mr Matthews, Miss Murtagh, Miss Richardson and Mrs Walker.

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

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 13 July 2018

Annual Summer Building Work

You may have noticed that preparations have already started for our summer building works.  For the fourth year running we were successful in our applications for CIF (Conditions Improvement Fund) bids from the ESFA (Education & Skills Funding Agency) and will be undertaking the following works:

  • Significant building condition refurbishment of the Sports block.
  • Upgrade of the existing power supply – much of the system is original and therefore over 40 years old and our current electrical demand is running significantly beyond its 220kVA capacity. This work will mean that the school will be completely closed for the first two weeks of the holidays as there will be no power.

North Yorkshire Spelling Bee Competition

Last Thursday five Y8 students competed in the inaugural North Yorkshire Spelling Bee competition. I am delighted to report that, following a nail-biting final, the team claimed first place as the North Yorkshire School Team spelling champions.  Congratulations to:

Will Hicks (Captain)

Zain Asif

Zain Punnu

Alvie O’Brien

Dylan Heywood

There was further success in the individual spelling competition with Zain Punnu claiming 1st place and Alvie O’Brien coming 3rd.  We are very proud of all the boys – they were a credit to themselves, their families and the school.  I would also like to thank Mrs Tolliday and Miss Mann for coaching the boys.

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.  We were very impressed with their positive attitude. 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.

PSHE 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: Reality check/Financial Awareness – 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 – students looked at a variety of subjects including online safety, fire safety, emotional wellbeing, homelessness and mental health.

‘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; practised yoga; and danced their way to the end of the day.

Year 10 Employers’ 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 in school dressed in business attire to take part in individual mock interviews.  Our visitors were very impressed with the students.

Rudding Park visit

On Monday our students studying Level 2 Hospitality and Catering course were given the opportunity to visit Rudding Park to experience the range of catering environments across the five eateries at the hotel.   The visit also offered a valuable insight in to how the industry works on a day to day basis and students learnt about the employment opportunities at Rudding and what personal qualities and experience the hotel looks for in an employee.  Students found it an engaging and inspiring morning and gained some valuable knowledge which should benefit them in the future.

Sixth Form Chemistry Conference 13 July

Year 12 students will be visiting the University of York chemistry Conference this week.  This is an excellent opportunity for those considering going on to study Chemistry after their A Levels and will include:

A lecture on cutting edge Chemistry led by a researcher from the university

Participation in a molecular modelling seminar

Practical work in the university teaching labs

Advice on chemistry graduate career opportunities

Rossett STEMinars

We are delighted to be running Rossett’s first ever STEMinars – all students are encouraged to attend seminars ranging from Quantum mechanics to Sports Psychology.

DofE Gold expedition

This Friday six Year 12 students travel to the Isle of Arron with Mrs Jackson and Mr Wolfram to take part in their DofE Gold expedition.  On Saturday they will be sea kayaking in Lamlash Bay at the Arran Outdoor Centre with their instructors before beginning their final expedition on Sunday and will return to school next Thursday.  They are looking forward to a very successful and enjoyable expedition!

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

Congratulations to all our students who completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award last weekend.  The students walked south from Wath camping at Breaks Fold Farm near Thruscross Reservoir before finishing in Hampsthwaite on Sunday afternoon. They all showed true resilience and determination and completed their routes despite the very high temperatures – we are very proud of their achievement.

Congratulations to …

  • the Year 7 cricket team who beat South Craven last week by fifty runs to reach the final of the County eight aside Final. Jack Hudson and Charlie Greenwood were outstanding but it was a real team performance.

What’s happening next week …

Monday 16 July -Thursday 19 July: DofE Gold expedition to Isle of Arran

Tuesday 17 July

  • 8TDE Rewards Trip to Flamingo Land

Wednesday 18 July

  • Change of school day: Period 2 Years 9,10+12 Celebration Assembly / Years 7+8 PSHE

Period 3 Years 7+8 Celebration Assembly / Years 9,10+12 PSHE

Thursday 19 July

  • Preview of 2018 A Level Art + Design exhibition at Harewood House

Friday 20 July

  • Change of school day – whole school early lunch followed by period 4. School closes at 2.10pm

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 6 July 2018

Sixth Form Chemistry Conference 13 July

Year 12 students will be visiting the University of York Chemistry Conference this week.  Students will be attending a lecture on cutting edge Chemistry led by a researcher from the university, participate in a molecular modelling seminar, take part in some practical work in the university teaching labs and learn about career opportunities for chemistry graduates.

Year 6 Induction Days: possible change of date for parents’ evening

Next week we are looking 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 11 July. Although, in support of our national team, the Parents’ Evening will change to Thursday 12 July should England Win on Saturday and get through to the Semi Finals as these are due to be held on the Wednesday.



Next Wednesday students will take part in a variety of timetabled events instead of their usual lessons:

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 in a 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.

Leeds University of Law Enterprise Day

Congratulations to Luca Lenahan, Sam Cliff and Meg Lazenby (Year 10) who won a recent ‘getting into business’ enterprise day at Leeds University of Law.  They took part in workshops throughout the day and were given the task of designing and marketing a brand and presenting their idea to a panel of tutors. The prize is a week-long work experience at a local law firm.

Year 12 Induction Day

On Wednesday, Year 11 students returning to Year 12 had a further ‘taste’ of the academic demand of the lessons they will be taking in September.  We were very impressed with the approach and attitude of the students and look forward to welcoming them back in September. 

Sports Day

We had yet another successful Sports Day on Tuesday and the day was re-structured to include ‘retro’ sports, tug of war and rounders.  This allowed participation from the whole year group, as well as the usual track and field events, and was a great success.

Congratulations to:

  • Issy Smith who broke her own school record for the 100m – new record 12.3 seconds beating her previous best by .7 seconds
  • Freddie Robinson who broke the long jump record with a jump of 4.32m
  • Tijana Metcalfe who broke the shot-put record with a throw of 9m

Information from Yorkshire Water – road access

Yorkshire Water have confirmed that Phase 1 of their project to lay a new water pipe on Otley Road to Beckwithshaw has been completed.  Phase 2 will start in the next few days to continue the pipe from just west of the entrance to Harlow Carr towards Beckwithshaw.  It is expected that this will take approximately four months to complete.  They apologise for the disruption and any inconvenience and thank everyone for their continued patience.

What’s happening next week …

Tuesday 10 July

  • DofE Gold ‘Art of Navigation’ training day
  • read@rossett – open to all Key Stage 3 students

Wednesday 11 July

  • Year 6 Induction Day 1
  • PSHE Day for whole school
  • Year 6 Parents’ Evening 7pm (to be held on 12 July if England are playing in the semi-finals)

Thursday 12 July

  • Year 6 Induction Day 2
  • CPR Award Training DW4 3.15-4.20pm

Friday 13 July

  • Change of school day: Years 8+9 early lunch / Years 7+10 late lunch
  • DofE Gold Expedition departs
  • Year 10 Employers’ Conference
  • Year 7 ‘Who Do We Think We Are’ Day

Saturday 14 July

  • Family Learning Day

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 29 June 2018

Music Tour

The Music Tour departs today for Italy and their tour around Lake Garda.  On Saturday they will perform an evening concert at Piazza Brenzone and on Sunday evening they will perform at the Pastrengo Summer Festival before returning home on Monday afternoon.  We look forward to hearing all about their trip!

Sports Day

Sports Day will be held next Tuesday, 3 July.  As well as the traditional events, we will also be hosting a ‘Retro’ Sports Day on the 3G which will include an egg and spoon race, 3 legged race and a sack race.  Students will also be able to take part in a game of rounders and tug of war.  Year groups will take part throughout the day:

Period 1           Year 7

Period 2           Year 10

Period 3           Year 9

Period 4           Year 8

Period 5           The whole school will either compete or watch.

Ice lollies will be on sale during period 5 for 50p each.  All students should come to school in full PE kit as everyone has signed up for an event.

Year team for Year 8

Now that Mrs Grimshaw and Mrs Saunders have said goodbye to Year 11s they are looking forward to working with our current Year 7s as they will be taking over as Director of Learning and Student Support Officer from Monday.

Year 9s and 10s have successfully completed their assessments in the majority of their subjects this week.  Parents will receive a report detailing their child’s report on 18 July 2018.

Year 7 and 8s reports with their assessment results on 4 July 2018.

News of former students

We have been delighted to hear the following news regarding former students:

  • Adam Robertson has graduated with a First class honours degree from Hull University in Biomedical Science.
  • Sabelle Groves has graduated with a Master of Science in Applied Mathematical Sciences.
  • Dylan Radcliffe awarded a first in his Music degree from Salford and is now looking at completing a Masters focusing on music therapy for children with autism.
  • Ashley Thompson (Evans) has graduated with a First class degree in Law with French Law from Sheffield University and has secured a job as a trainee solicitor in London with International Law firm Herbert Smith Freehills.

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.

Sixth Form Induction Day Wednesday 3 July

Next Wednesday 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.


Year 11s and 13s enjoyed their proms last night.  We are looking forward to seeing the Year 11s back next week for Y12 Induction Day.  Thanks to everyone involved in organising and supporting both events.

Term Dates 2018/19

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

What’s happening next week …

  • 2-6 July – Year 12 Work Experience

Monday 2 July

  • Music tour returns

Tuesday 3 July

  • Sports Day

Wednesday 4 July

  • Change of school day – Periods 2 & 5 swapped
  • Sixth Form Induction Day for Year 11 students
  • Year 12 Parents’ Evening – Introduction to Sixth Form

Thursday 5 July

  • Hosting Rossett Acre’s Sports Day 9am-12.15pm
  • CPR Award training 3.15-4.20pm
  • Full Governing Body meeting 7pm

Friday 6 July

  • Staff training day – school closed to students

Saturday 7 July

  • ABRSM & Trinity Music exams
  • DofE Bronze final expedition

Ms Woodcock


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