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Rossett News Update - 16 July 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

Thank you for your continuing support as we move towards the final week of term.  We have just finished our 'online transition events' for Year 6 students and are really looking forward to welcoming them into Rossett, from September.

Preparations for our summer school and Results' Days have been completed and details sent out to KS3, 4 and 5 students.  Although we were disappointed that our traditional whole school Sports' Day could not take place, we are pleased that Miss Fairbairn and the Sports Studies faculty took this as a challenge - year teams competed in internal competitions in track and field, within their timetabled lessons.  Sports Studies also welcomed back Ms Rowe, from maternity as they marked the retirement of the school's longest serving teaching staff member - Mr Mark Fenton.

It has been a challenging year for families, students and staff, and we are looking forward with plans for a really positive start in September 2021.  Trips for next year are being (tentatively) booked for Year 7 and various subjects and the maintenance programme for the holidays has begun in earnest.

There will be an 'end of term' letter to all parents/carers, next week, to summarise all of the important information for next term.

Teacher Assessed Grades, Results Days and the Appeals Process

On Wednesday this week an important email was sent to our parents/carers and students  in Years 10-13  regarding this year's Teacher Assessed Grades,  the Results Days and the appeals process.  Please  click on the links below to access copies of this information.

UK Maths Challenge Results

You may remember earlier in the year our students participated in  various Maths challenges run by the UKMT. Some of our most exceptional mathematicians qualified for the follow-on rounds. These additional competitions are aimed at stretching high attaining young people and developing their problem-solving skills.  We have some excellent results to report.

Firstly, Kenneth Burt in our  Year 11 has continued his sister's success and achieved a Merit Certificate in the Hamilton Mathematical Olympiad in 2020; and secondly Yael Braunstein in Year 10 has achieved a Distinction in the same competition for 2021. It has been several years since a student has achieved a Distinction Certificate and we are incredibly proud of this result and of Yael. Katelyn Lim in Year 8 has followed in the footsteps of these high-attaining students and achieved a Merit Certificate in the Junior Kangaroo round for 2021. This rounds up the UKMT competitions for this year and we hope to continue this fantastic success rate this year!


Hegarth maths 2Hegarty Maths

Hegarty Maths is an online platform used by students at Rossett School, designed to improve results and help students understand the subject. It is an ever-evolving resource offering students Mathematics help through videos; quizzes; bespoke Memri quizzes to keep their knowledge fluent and FixUp5 tasks to target subject areas that need improvement. Over 425,000 questions have been answered this academic year by our brilliant students and the top three in each year group are listed below.  Well done to them all!

      Year Total Questions answered
Gold Matthew Gregson 10 4145
Silver Pragya Burnett 10 2046
Bronze Patrick Fleming 10 1844
Gold Nishaan Chatterjee 9 1864
Silver Lucy Wighton 9 1585
Bronze Xi Chen 9 1577
Gold Annabelle Gosper 8 2373
Silver Cristian Glodean 8 1354
Bronze Jess Mclaughlin 8 1269
Gold Adil Berisha 7 1788
Silver Edie Tomlin Gale 7 1366
Bronze Ruby Reeves 7 1313

Fitting Farewell to Long-standing Member of Staff

Mark Fenton retires from Rossett School at the end of this term after 35 years of dedicated service. Mark was greeted with a Guard of Honour when he took to the pitch last week for a final staff football match before his retirement. Mark, also a former Harrogate town goalie, was completely surprised when he arrived for the usual Friday night kick-about to see around 30 past and present Rossett staff and students, including Leeds United's Robbie Gotts and Barnsley FC's Liam Kitching.

Alongside teaching generations of students since joining Rossett School in 1986, Mr Fenton has also dedicated a huge amount of time to football, both as a player and a community coach.  Ms Woodcock said: "Mark Fenton has spent his entire teaching career at our school and is a much loved and respected member of our team who will be missed by us all.

"He has been an integral part of our school's footballing success for more than three decades, as well as in the wider community, and leaves a huge legacy that will be remembered by many.  We wish him all the very best for the future".

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Covid Update to the end of term:

Thank you to everyone who is testing on Sundays and Wednesday at home.  Public Health England would like us to really emphasise the continuing importance of testing and reporting positive results.  Please keep this testing regime until Wednesday  21 July.

Testing continues to play an important role in the national and local approach to COVID.  We are grateful for your continued support in ensuring that your child completes a test.

Following the receipt of the results– whether positive, negative or void – a report should be made to NHS Test and Trace, via the self-report option. The sites for the NHS and Rossett School reporting can be found at  and at:

To read further government guidance on the importance of testing and reporting click HERE.

Murder on the orient expressRead@Rossett

Crime and mystery books are a favourite in Rossett’s Learning Resource Centre.  To celebrate the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, which is taking place from 22-25 July, Mrs Huett (Learning Resource Centre Manager) has put together a selection of the best mystery books on offer.  Try the classic 'Murder on the Orient Express' by Agatha Christie or one of our most popular crime series,  'Murder Most Unladylike' by Robin Stevens. Hazel and Ruby have set up a detective agency at their  boarding school and now the ace detectives have a murder to solve.  Click here for further recommendations.



Scopay Notification

If parents/carers have set-up a 'future pay' recurring payment for school lunches and would like to cancel it as we approach the summer holiday, please email the Finance Office at and they can cancel it for you.

WellbeingMental Health and Wellbeing

We would like to remind you of the support groups, websites and text-based helplines that exist to help our students combat any feelings of anxiety. We know that many students continue to have some concerns about their future,  or anxieties about the continuing national coverage of the pandemic.

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.

Covid-19: Reporting

Below is a reminder  of the reporting procedures  and symptom checker before attending each day:

If your child has any of the symptoms described in the attached parental letter from Public Health England here, they must stay at home and arrangements need to be made to have a test.    You must call the school absence line (01423 564 444) and leave a voicemail informing us about the situation and the reason your child is not in school.

We would remind you that you should only book a test if your child has any of these three coronavirus symptoms:

  • A high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature);
  • A new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours;
  • A loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal.

If your child has been off school for a reason related to Covid-19, it is vital that you contact us  before they return and give us the reason they are returning e.g. a negative test result. 

  • Public Health England has asked us to emphasise with our parents/carers that the NHS Track and Trace App is not applicable to students under the age of 16, and therefore should not be installed on the phones of students who are under 16. If any parent has to inform the school regarding a positive Covid case please email and complete the form.

FSMLunch Menu

We know it is helpful to parents/carers to discuss the following week's lunch menu with their child.  We will include a link to our catering page each week to make this easier to access for all.  Please click HERE for next week's school lunch menu.

Well done to...

  • Issy Smith  who represented Rossett School and North Yorkshire with pride in her recent appearance at the English Schools Championship.   Issy achieved two  personal best (PB) times and she was even quicker in her final, coming second with a time of 58.28. This places Issy fourth in Yorkshire and tenth in the overall placings.  Well done Issy!

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What's happening this term...

Friday 23rd July

  • End of Summer Term - school finishes early at 2.10pm.

Tuesday 10th August

  • A Level Results' Day - remote service, but in-school support

Thursday 12th August

  • GCSE Results' Day - remote service, but in-school support

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