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Rossett News Update - 17 December 2021

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christmas treeEnd of Term Celebrations

Our usual end of term celebrations took place remotely today with festive performances and the presentation of awards for each year group. Mr Royles  and Mr Saunders (Deputy Headteachers) led achievement awards for Attainment, 3Rs, Community and Conduct - congratulations to all award winners.

Ms Woodcock congratulated the students and the staff on a successful first term where, despite the many challenges of the Covid times, everyone had worked hard to ensure they were reaching their potential.

Tuesday 4th January: Testing and Return to School

Within the guidance updated in December was the Government expectation that ‘all secondary school pupils should receive one on-site lateral flow test, on their return in the spring term’. This instruction was in recognition that students and families will have mixed with others in society over the Christmas holidays, and in recognition of the important role that regular testing plays in the reduction of the transmission of COVID-19.

As a consequence, where consent has been provided, students will be asked to complete one on-site lateral flow test (LFT) in our testing centre, upon their return. This test requires a nasal swab only and has a rapid result time, allowing us to quickly identify and isolate any student with a high viral load. Schools are not now required to contact parents in a ‘track and trace’ capacity; any such phone call or e-mail alert to potential close contacts will come from the NHS or PHE (Public Health England), directly to students and families.

As parents and carers of students in Years 7-13, you can rest assured that any previous consent that you have given is still valid for this January test.

All students will have their LFT test when they return to school on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

All students have been given enough tests to complete home testing, twice a week, on Sundays and Wednesday evenings, until their return to school. Further test kits will be distributed

If you have any question please email Mr Royles:

Face covering must be worn in all indoor areas (including classrooms) we will be reviewing this in line with national guidance and local advice to schools.

Foodbank 2Harrogate Foodbank Donations

Our Sixth Form students  organised a festive foodbank collection over recent weeks to ensure everybody in the Harrogate district can enjoy a Christmas dinner.

Led by the school’s designated Charity Prefects, Trinny Sadler and Emma Duffy, the students have been collecting a wide range of food items, from everyday essentials to festive treats, which have been generously donated by the school community.

The donations were delivered in time for Christmas to the Harrogate District Foodbank as part of a nationwide network supported by The Trussell Trust, an organisation that aims to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Care home visit for ChristmasRossett Students Perform at Granby Rose Care Home

A group of talented Rossett students visited Granby Rose Care Home yesterday afternoon to perform a number of festive tunes to residents.  The performance took place outside with the windows of the home open to residents so that they could enjoy the talented performances of our ensembles.

Well done to: Nia Bell, Alice Bristow, Tara Campbell, Kendra Dresser, Harry Duffy, Lauren Edwards, Scarlett Goddard, Anna Littlejohns, Casey-Leigh Pycock, George Papadopolous, Sophie Riley and Meg Rowlands.  Thank you for taking the time to perfect your performances, I know the residents at Granby Rose enjoyed your visit very much.

Growing-Healthy-Logo-North-YorkshireFlu Vaccinations Catch-up Sessions

We have been advised by the Childhood Immunisations Team that there will be catch-up clinics for the influenza vaccination for school aged children (up to and including Year 11 students) who have missed the influenza vaccination.  Drop-in sessions for the nasal flu spray will take place on Wednesday 5 January between 13.30 and 17.00 at Jennyfields Styan Community Centre. 

Please see the flyer here for further information.

Quiz timeChristMaths Quiz

Our Mathematics Department  host a fun and challenging Christmas competition for each year  especially for the festive period.  If your child loves Maths and wants a challenge over Christmas, or if you need extra questions for those 'Zoom' family quizzes click here.

LRC Christmas pictureHappy Christmas reading from the Learning Resource Centre

It has been wonderful to be able to re-open the Learning Resource Centre this term and Mr Asker is delighted to provide more festive reading in the weekly newsletter.  Please click here for lots of festive reading recommendations.

Interform PE Results

This half term saw the return of the PE inter-form competition between forms groups in Years 7, 8 and 9. All students competed in mixed sports and the students were incredibly enthusiastic and really 'got stuck in'. There were some great individual performances as well as the importance of teamwork, encouragement and resilience.  Well done to:

Y7 Y8 Y9
1st –  SHN 1st –  LRS 1st –  SLG             
2nd –  CHS 2nd –  ECS 2nd –  KBN
3rd –  DWT 3rd –  AHR 3rd –  RSN
4th –  BBN 4th –  LMQ 4th –  KMD
5th – RDG 5th – LBM 5th – LCN
6th- EGR 6th- MPK 6th- MCT
7th – IRE   7th – IHK
8th- DGR   8th- CPS


As we head towards the Christmas break can we please remind parents/carers that students should return to school in full uniform in accordance with the Uniform Policy:  Rossett School - Uniform

Continuation of Lateral Flow Testing for students and staff

The government are asking that students continue to test over the holidays in line with national guidance – this means testing if they will be in a high-risk situation that day and before visiting people who are at higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19.  

Please note that this asymptomatic testing programme does not replace current guidance for those who develop the three Covid-19 symptoms, even if mild, which is to arrange a PCR test as soon as possible.  If your child develops a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loses their sense of smell or taste or it changes they should self-isolate until they receive the results of their PCR test.

As you will now be aware the self-isolation rules have changed and students no longer need to self isolate if someone in their household has symptoms or has tested positive for Covid-19 if any of the following apply:

  • students are under 18 years 6 months old
  • students are fully vaccinated
  • students are taking part or have taken part in a Covid-19 vaccine trial
  • students are not able to be vaccinated for medical reasons

In such cases, even if they do not have symptoms, students should still:

If you have any questions please email Mr Royles

All students are asked to so a Lateral Flow Test on Sunday 2 January before returning to school on Tuesday 4 January 2022.  All students with consent with take part in in-school testing on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

We have further information (below) of how your child can 'grab a jab' if they have not already been able to do so.

YEC - young people

Mental Health and Well-being


The following links may be helpful in signposting your child to  support should they need it during the Christmas break.

The Go-To – – is a portal or ‘single point of information’ for the wide range of mental health support services available to help children and young people in the county address their social and emotional health needs.

Well done to...

For fantastic results in their instrumental music examinations:

  • Dan Golding: Grade 6, pass (piano)
  • Amber Jamieson: Grade 4, pass (piano)
  • Tiffany Olusoji: Grade 1, pass (piano)
  • Rown Meadley: Grade 1, pass (drums)

Return to School Information

Sunday 2 January

  • All students and staff carry out lateral flow testing and reporting at home

Tuesday 4 January

  • Lateral flow testing in school for all students with consent 

Monday 24 January

  • Year 13 mock examinations

With my very best wishes for a peaceful and healthy Christmas and New Year, and with festive wishes from the staff and governors at Rossett School.

H Woodcock