Rossett News Update – 19 May 2017

U14 National Cup Final

Minutes before the U14 girls were about to go on to the pitch to play in the National Cup Final Mr Sweetman was taken to one side and informed that the match was being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.  This was very disappointing to all concerned but, for the safety of the players, was the right decision and we are waiting to hear the re-scheduled date.

The Mayor visits Rossett

On Wednesday we were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Harrogate to Rossett.  He gave a very informative assembly to Year 8 students detailing the history of Harrogate Borough Council, how the Council system works, and the roles and responsibilities of the Lord Mayor.  This fed into our recent Citizenship lessons on Local Government and The Role of the Council.  He also met with our U14s girls’ football team to wish them luck in the Cup Final!







Mock General Election

On Wednesday 7 June Rossett students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 will be taking part in a mock General Election, as part of the school’s Citizenship Programme. It is being led by the Rossett Politics Club, and coordinated by PSHCE Coordinator Mr Blackburn.

The main political parties will be represented (subject to demand) and speeches and videos will be produced which will be shown to students across the school on the day during their PSHCE lessons which will have a General Election focus.   Students will then collect their polling cards, and make their way to one of the school Polling Stations in order to cast their ballot. Following the closing of the polls, the Politics Club students will take part in a ‘live counting of the votes’ followed by the official declaration of results, which will take place at lunch time.

Summer Spectacular Concert

The Summer Spectacular is our final concert of the season and is being held at 6.30pm on Wednesday 21 June at the Royal Hall, Harrogate.  The concert will feature all of our musical ensembles as well as performances from two of our partner primaries, Pannal and Saltergate, plus a massed choir of Year 8 students.

Tickets will be on sale shortly and can be obtained by calling the box office 01423 502116 or by visiting the website   Tickets are priced at £8 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.

American Exchange

We are currently offering Year 8 students the opportunity to take part in the American Exchange which is celebrating its thirtieth year.  The exchange includes a two week trip to Maine in October 2017 where students stay with an American family and experience everything that Maine has to offer.  The American students come over to stay with their exchange partners the following Easter.  Please click the link for further details.

Social Inclusion Cake Sale

Students undertaking the Prince’s Trust Achieve Award are organising a Social Inclusion Bake Sale next Friday 26 May at break time in R5.  Funds raised will go towards summer and autumn plants for the Sensory Garden.  Please send your children in with money to buy cakes!


As Ramadan approaches I would like to confirm the schools 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.

Support for Families

In addition to our strong pastoral programme at Rossett, we occasionally provide links for parents/carers to commercially produced material to support our key messages.  Below is a link to a hard-hitting ITV promotional video with an anti-bullying message.  It is designed for parents/carers to watch with their children and encourages open discussion of issues at home.

What’s happening next week …

Monday 22 May 2017

  • Periods 1 and 2 swapped

Wednesday 23 May 2017

  • Year 13 Leavers’ assembly and celebration

Thursday 25 May

  • Periods 1 and 2 swapped

Friday 26 May

  • Periods 1 and 2 swapped
  • Year 11 Leavers assemblies and celebration

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 12 May 2017

External examinations commence

Revision and preparation is well underway for our post-16 students as the external examinations commence on Monday 15 May.  Please click here to access the exam timetable.

Please note that during the exam period the whole school will move to early lunch (12.25-1.10pm).

U14s National Cup Final

Good luck to our U14s girls’ football team who play in the National Cup final next Wednesday 17 May at Derby County Football Club, 3.30 kick off.

DofE Bronze Practice Expedition – Saturday 20 May to Sunday 21 May 2017

Students will take part in their practice walk next weekend, starting at Ripley Car Park on Saturday morning and heading up to Bewerley Park in Pateley Bridge to camp overnight.  Students will then head towards Markington to be picked up late afternoon on Sunday.   Students will take part in their assessed expedition in July.

Pride in Diversity 14-19 May 2017

Our LGBTQ+ students have been invited to represent the school as part of the Pride in Diversity celebrations taking place in Harrogate next week to raise awareness and to celebrate the diverse community in our area.

On Tuesday 16 May they will be speaking about their work at Rossett at the Pride in Diversity conference at The Crown Hotel and on Saturday 20 May they will be taking part in the Pride in Diversity parade which will commence at Montpellier Hill at 11.45am and finish at Valley Gardens at 12.45pm.

Information Evening – 17 May 7pm

Following on from the success of the recent drug information evening hosted at St John Fisher Catholic High School (SJF), the Harrogate secondary schools will collaborate again in our efforts to support parents/carers.

Our next information session will look at the topic of self-harm and will enable the SJF pastoral team to share with you a free online parenting course, as recommended by our local Prevention Service.  A recent self-harm survey showed that approximately 50% of people have some experience of self-harm and yet 65% of parents have never discussed this issue with their sons and daughters.

St John Fisher Catholic High School is hosting the information support evening, which is open to all parents/carers locally, on Wednesday 17 May at 7.00pm. The session will be run by members of their Pastoral team, including the Deputy Headteacher. If you are interested in attending this session please email at St John Fisher Catholic High School for further information.

Temporary Travel Passes

Please can you remind your child(ren) that from Monday 15 May, temporary travel passes for the Leeds Buses will only be available from the Finance Office before school, at break-time and at lunchtime.  Passes will not be issued after 2.10pm.

Congratulations to …

  • the U16 girls’ football team who were runners-up in the County Cup final which was their last game for Rossett.
  • the Year 10 cricket team who beat Ripon Grammar School by 14 runs.
  • the Year 7 boys who beat HGS 3-2 in the County Cup final at Harrogate Town this week. Goals were scored by Kron Abdiu and Leo Georgalis (2 – scoring the winning goal in the final minute of the match!).  This caps an amazing season for the boys who have won:
    – the Area 9-a-side competition
    – the Area 5-a-side competition
    – the County 5-a-side competition
  • the Year 10 boys’ football team who are Harrogate & Craven Area Champions having, beaten King James High School 4-1, with goals from Liam Whyte, Max Vine (2) and Olly Daniels.



What’s happening next week …

Monday 15 May

  • External examinations commence – whole school moves to early lunch (12.25-1.10pm)

Tuesday 16 May

  • A Level Art exam
  • Change of school day: Periods 3 + 4 swapped
  • Pride in diversity Conference 7pm Crown Hotel

Wednesday 17 May

  • A Level Art exam
  • The Mayor of Harrogate is visiting Rossett
  • U14s National Cup Final 3pm kick off at Derby County Football Club
  • Parents’ Information Evening – St John Fisher – 7pm

Friday 19 May

  • A Level Art exam

Saturday 20 May

  • DofE Bronze Award Practice Expedition Day 1
  • Pride in Diversity Parade 11.45-12.45 from Montpellier Hill, Harrogate

Sunday 21 May

  • DofE Bronze Award Practice Expedition Day 2

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 5 May 2017

Teacher Development Trust Award

For the last year the school has been registered with the Teacher Development Trust Network (an independent charity, funded by teachers, dedicated to improving the educational outcomes of children by ensuring that they experience effective learning).

In short the TDT believes in and supports CPD that is based on external, international research that informs practice in the classroom.

Here at Rossett this has meant that all staff, including the Senior Leadership Team, have been researching what makes the greatest impact on the students’ learning in their individual classrooms and then changing and evaluating their teaching anew.  Great action research ideas have been exchanged between teachers and faculties and everyone has written up their ‘research projects’ to share with all staff at Rossett.

TDT CPD Quality Audit

We were recently assessed through a rigorous audit process and were aiming to achieve a Bronze award in our first year of the scheme.  We were pleased to hear after Easter that we have actually been awarded the Silver Award for our work in Year 1 of this project.

Congratulations to …

  • the Year 7 boys’ cricket team who played St Olaves/St Peters in York this week. St Olaves/St Peters scored 170 runs – the biggest total their coach had ever seen in school cricket!  In reply we lost two wickets for no runs in the first two overs but then Jack Myers came into bat and scored 52 against probably the best team in the county. The Year 7s eventually scored 140 runs which was also a great achievement.
  • The Year 9 boys’ cricket team who played a Yorkshire Cup fixture against St John Fisher at Harrogate CC this week and came out victorious by 42 runs.


The second HPV injections for Year 8 girls will take place on Wednesday morning 8 May. The team of nurses will also catch-up with any booster/MenACWY vaccines that are outstanding from their last session.

Important Dates for Sixth Form

Year 12 study leave commences Monday 15 May. Y12s return to school on Monday 5 June.

Year 13 study leave commences Wednesday 24 May, after the leavers’ assembly

Dates from the PTA

The next PTA meeting is being held on Thursday 11 May 7.15pm in Meeting Room 3 in Reception.  The PTA will be holding their AGM on Monday 26 June at 7.15pm.  We would  like to encourage as many parents as possible to attend.

What’s happening next week …

Monday 8 May

  • GCSE Art exam
  • Year 8 HPV injections

Tuesday 9 May

  • GCSE Drama exam

Wednesday 10 May

  • GCSE Drama exam
  • A Level PE moderation

Thursday 11 May

  • Full Governing Body meeting 7pm in the Resource Centre
  • PTA meeting 7.15pm in Meeting Room 3

Friday 12 May

  • A Level Art exam
  • Year 10 MFL mock orals

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 28 April 2017

Student thought for the week
‘Art is not what you see, but what you make others see’
(Edgar Degas) 

This has been a difficult week for the community at Rossett. We were shocked and saddened to hear the news that Mr Mervyn Wilson, Teacher of Art at the school, had died as the result of a tragic accident, whilst on holiday.

We are a close community of students, staff and friends and I am proud to say that the support that everyone has shown for each other this week has been humbling to witness.

Our thoughts are very much with Mr Wilson’s wife, family and friends at this time.

U14s National Cup Final
We have received confirmation that the U14 girls’ National Cup Final will now take place on Wednesday 17 May kick off 3.30pm at Derby County Football Club.BBC Look North are coming in to school next week to interview the team.

We are keen to celebrate the success of the girls and are offering a limited number of places to supporters from Year 8 and 9 – please click the link for details as this really is a fantastic chance to celebrate

TARGETcareers School Leavers’ Challenge
Three of our Sixth Form students, Katie Lofthouse, Katie Anderson and Cameron Rennison qualified for the grand final of the School Leavers’ Challenge competition which took place at the BT tower in London yesterday.  The students were pitted against 100 other competitors across a number of challenges to find the overall winner.  We are delighted to report that Katie Lofthouse won this coveted title.

She will now spend a day with the Managing Director of Research and Innovation at BT’s Global Research and Development Headquarters and received a voucher for Amazon.

University of Leeds Higher Education Experience Day
This week forty Year 9 and 10 students attended the Higher Education Experience Day at Leeds University.  The students were able to experience university life and speak to current undergraduate students including a former Rossett student, Lydia Valentine, who is studying English Literature.

The students had a full tour of the campus, a talk on the opportunities available at university and were set the challenge of designing and promoting a new university society.   The day ended with an informative Q&A session with the undergraduate students who shared their personal experiences.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and the students were a credit to the school.

Online payments
We are currently waiting to upgrade our catering machine to accommodate the new currency changes.  To avoid queues at the Finance Office we recommend that parents sign up to our online payment system – currently over 70% of parents use this to place money on students’ lunch accounts.

Please contact the Finance Office on 01423 564444 for a link code.

Term Dates
It has been brought to our attention that some parents and students are using ‘my school’ to find out term dates.  This website is not linked to the school and cannot be guaranteed to hold the correct information.  Rossett’s term dates are available on our website:

Literacy Tip
Please click the link for the latest Literacy Tip – The Simple View of Reading

GCSE PE practical examinations
GCSE PE students have now completed their practical examinations.  These practical assessments have been very successful and students will now concentrate on the theoretical component of the course.

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Assessed Expedition – Friday 28 April to Sunday 30 April 2017
Following a successful training expedition, DofE Silver Award  students are going to the North Yorkshire Moors for their final expedition this weekend.  They will be camping at Newton on Rawcliffe at the White Swan and then at Abbots House in Goathland finishing at Robin Hood’s Bay.

Local charity – Resurrection Bikes
Resurrection Bikes is a local charity who take donated bikes, fix them up and then sell the bikes at affordable prices donating the funds raised to charity.  Based behind Westcliffe Hall, Harlow Terrace (just off Cold Bath Road) the charity also run a programme of events such as free bike checks – please click the link for further details.

Art & DT exhibition
Please note that the date for the Art & DT exhibition has changed to Thursday 22 June 2017.

What’s happening next week …

Monday, 1 May

  • School closed – Bank Holiday

Tuesday, 2 May

  • Year 10 Mock MFL orals

Wednesday 3 May

  • Year 12 careers interviews

Thursday 4 May

  • Year 10 MFL orals

Friday 5 May

  • GCSE Art exam


Ms Woodcock

Rossett News Update – 7 April 2017

Head Boy and Head Girl elections

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

Head Boy: Arran Kennedy                  Head Girl: Katie Anderson

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

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

National Cup Final

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


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

Lessons from Auschwitz

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

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

Social Media warning

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

American Exchange

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

Passover Workshop including flour making and matza baking

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

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



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

Congratulations to …

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

Migraine Insight

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

Babysitting Course

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

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

  • 24-28 April Mock MFL orals

Monday 24 April

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

Wednesday 26 April

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

Thursday 27 April

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

Friday 28 April

  • DofE Silver Qualifying expedition departs

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

Ms Woodcock


County Cup Champions: U13 Football Team

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

Team Maths Challenge

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

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

Rossett News Update – 31 March 2017

Team Maths Challenge

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

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

County Cup Champions: U13 Football Team

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

RSC Chemistry Olympiad

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

Future Jobs Project

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

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

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

Adult Learning Summer Programme

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

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

Sensory Garden

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

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

Information Support Evening

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

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

Operation Encompass

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literacy Tip

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

Congratulations to …

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

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

Natasha Lewis (Pass), Chloe Ramsay (Pass)

What’s happening next week …

Monday 3 April

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

Tuesday 4 April

  • Aspire Careers interviews for Year 12

Wednesday  5 April

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

Thursday 6 April

  • Year 11 Parents’ Evening

Friday 7 April

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

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 24 March 2017

The Guardian: Should schools serve local food?

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

County Cup Final

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

Red Nose Day

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

New Head Boy and Head Girl wanted

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

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

The process for election is:

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

Acoustic Night

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

Lost Property

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

A Level Geography Field Trip

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

Congratulations to …

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

What’s happening next week …

Monday 27 March

  • GCSE and A Level Music Performance exams

Wednesday 29 March

  • Year 11 photograph (period 2)

Thursday 30 March

  • Year 12 and Year 13 Parents’ Evening

Ms Woodcock


Rossett News Update – 17 March 2017

Oxbridge Talks

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

Red Nose Day – Friday 24 March 2017

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

RKA Science Olympiad

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

Helping Young People with their Learning Options

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

A Level  Geography Field Trip

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

First Aid update

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

DofE Training Day – Saturday 25 March 2017

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

Silver Award

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

Bronze Award

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

Literacy tip – reading non-fiction texts

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Music Department: Acoustic Night

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

Sixth Form Calendar Dates

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

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

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

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

Monday 5 June Year 12 return from Study Leave

Year 12 teachers prepare students for mock exam week.

Monday 12 – Friday 16 June Mock exams week

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

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

Monday: Community enrichment day

Tuesday: University options in school

Wednesday: UCAS convention Leeds Beckett

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

What’s happening next week …

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

Tuesday 21 March

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

Wednesday 22 March

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

Thursday 23 March

  • Acoustic Night

Friday 24 March

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

Saturday 25 March

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

Ms Woodcock