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Rossett News Update - 17 July 2020

Year 6 Transition

As we finish school today for the summer holidays, we wanted to thank all of our future students for their engagement in our virtual transition activities this term. We have been very impressed with the effort, creativity and enthusiasm of a large number of the students. We were very pleased to read this week’s entries which were based around the Rossett 3R’s, and we are looking forward to meeting all the responsible, resilient and reflective students who are joining us in September. The winner of this week's challenge is Hannah Scurrah - well done.

 If you have any questions over the summer break, please email and we will endeavour to reply as soon as possible.


Farewell to staff...

Today we have recognised the contribution of staff leaving Rossett  in a 'virtual' way and wish them well in their new endeavours.  With very special thanks to Mrs Delaney who is retiring after 25 years of service as the welcoming face of Rossett School.  Mrs Delaney has given so much to the school over the years as part of our Reception team and we wish her well as she hopes to spend her retirement seeing more of her grandchildren and enjoying more time for countryside walks with her partner.

We wish our Head of Sixth Form, Mr Foley,  well as he moves on to pastures new.  Dr Reed and Mr Keyworth, teachers with a wealth of academic and pastoral experience, will lead the Sixth Form from September 2020.

September start information from the Headteacher

Please click here to read a letter from the Headteacher for information regarding September and the return to school for all our students.

KS3 PE Remote Learning- Role Model Project

This week, as part of the remote learning process, the Sports Studies Department asked students to produce a piece of work based on their sporting role models. We wanted to know which sporting heroes inspired them and why. We received many fantastic pieces of work from across the world of sport including those that are household names and also many that may not be as well known, including ex Rossett students Chloe Bellerby and Matt Price. What was more impressive were the stories of what these athletes have achieved, the adversity that they  have overcome and how they have managed to change the world of sport for the better. We have selected a few examples of the incredible work the students have produced below: 

Ellesha Matthews (Year 8) - Simone Biles

Eilidh Owens (Year 7) - Matt Price 

Lauren Edwards (Year 9) - Chloe Bellerby 

Matt Price- Eilidh Owens (002)Chloe BellerbySimone biles

Virtual Sports Day Results

As we were unable to organise the 'real thing' this year we hosted a virtual Sports' Day throughout last week. Thank you to all of the students who entered across ten different activities; there were some fantastic performances.  We have listed the winning forms in each year group and would like to thank everyone for taking part in these challenges from home so enthusiastically.

















There were outstanding performances from the following students, well done to them all:

Harry Bandeira, George Papadopoullos, Jakub Szymkowiak, Noah Wilson, Sophie Illingworth, Niamh Owens and Eilidh Owens. 


Sharon LeemingWell Done Mrs Leeming

Mrs Leeming, Teacher of Geography at Rossett  last weekend completed 3 Olympic Distance (1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run) Triathlons over 3 days to raise money for her local primary school, Fountains Earth School. Like all schools they  have  had to cancel the normal fundraising events (pop-up cafes, summer fairs etc), so Mrs Leeming thought she would do something to make some money. Mrs Leeming has been overwhelmed by support, and has raised over £2,000 having covered a distance of 166km overall (5km open water swimming, 130km biking and 31km running).  

Fantastic Mathematicians

Last year, the school invested in  Hegarty Maths to support the teaching of Mathematics. It is an ever evolving resource offering students; help videos, quizzes, bespoke Memri quizzes to keep their knowledge fluent and FixUp5 tasks to target areas that need improving. Over 650,000 questions have been answered this academic year by our brilliant students and the top three in each year group are listed below. Next year we have our sights set on a Hegarty Super School award and we can achieve this by pulling together to aim for one million questions answered. Every student has their part to play and we hope to achieve this accolade together. 



Year 7

Number of Questions answered

Katie Harland

1st                      2081

Annabelle Gosper

2nd                     2078

Annalise Groves

3rd                      1923

Year 8

Nishaan Chatterjee

1st                      2703

Liam Corner

2nd                     1817

Xi Chen

3rd                      1602

Year 9

Sophie Langley

1st                      2284

Nadia Othman

2nd                     2235

Rachel Youlden

3rd                      1900

Year 10

Ing Kaewkraikhot

1st                      2356

Freya Hoare

2nd                    1589

Anna Mitchell

3rd                    1458

Year 11


Katie Lipscombe

1st                      3156

Emily Wighton

2nd                    2639

Laura Francis

3rd                     2450


Photography Competition Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of our photography competition which was launched during this period of remote learning.  Our judging panel found deciding the overall winners very difficult as the standard of entries was very high.  The winners received a small prize and all students who took part received a 'well done' postcard. 


Year 7

Jack Watson and Issy Mackintosh

Jack Watson 2Issy Mackintosh

Year 8

Eve McGee and Andrew Whewell

Eve McGeeAndrew Whewell

Year 9

Emma Coates

Emma Coates

Year 10

Hannah Thompson

Hannah Thompson 1


We would like to encourage students to continue reading over the summer break and there are lots of ways to do this. The Padlet has links to both Harrogate and Leeds libraries. Joining online will provide our students with free access to their great range of  e-books, magazines and comics.

Along with this, Audible has free access to audiobooks for young people until schools reopen if students prefer to listen to a story.

MyOn offers a range of books to read, many with Accelerated Reader quizzes and access to this has been extended until the end of August. 

Details of how to access all of these are in the Useful Links column of Padlet. There are yet more reading and author event ideas on the Padlet too which will be updated with new items over the summer so keep checking in! Follow the link to 'Padlet' here.

important-signLeeds Bus

We would like to remind parents that if they wish to sign up for the Leeds Bus for September please email by Wednesday 22 July 2020 as places may be limited.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

We would like to remind you of the support groups, websites and text-based helplines that exist to help students combat feelings of anxiety that may result from worrying about school or the current national coverage of the pandemic.

Home Learning Activities

In PSHE last week students did a review lesson where they reviewed their learning from the period of home learning. We received some fantastic poems, posters and  thank you letters. The work sums up the students feelings and experiences really well. Thank you to Ella Lewis, Raya Bastiman and Evelyn Ridley for their contributions which we have shared below - we could have shared many more wonderful accounts with you - well done to everyone for their sharing their lockdown experiences in a myriad of ways.

Ella lewisLockdown poemEvelyn Ridley

Mrs Cunningham has, once again, shared some wonderful Year 9 Design Technology work with us. Cheli Phillip  designed her own album cover as part of a 'Dare to Design' challenge.  Alec Twigg made a decorative letter from his initial and Gemma Bielby produced this lovely wall art design.

Cheli PhillipsAlex TwiggGemma Bielby


I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a relaxing and enjoyable summer break and we very much look forward to welcoming all of our students back in September.

H Woodcock


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