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Rossett News Update - 22 January 2021

Keeping in Touch

Although we produce Rossett News every week for our parents and carers some of you might want to know how we ensure the same information goes out to all of our students.  Our two Associate Deputy Headteachers (Pastoral) and the DOLs for year groups 7-13 ensure that there is a remote weekly update for all students every Monday morning.

Remote Learning

As we complete our third week of remote learning since Christmas, we are delighted with the resilience and responsibility that our students are showing at this difficult time.  We would ask for your continued support in ensuring that your children continue to fully engage with their studies.  Attendance at live lessons and the completion of scheduled assignments continue to be mandatory and we will continue to flag up any missed learning through our use of Class Charts.

Many thanks to those of you who have completed our survey regarding our remote learning provision.  These surveys close at 9am on Monday 25th January, and we would encourage any additional submissions to be completed by then.  Please find below the link to both the parent survey and student one.

Parent Remote Learning Survey: January 2021 - click here

Student Remote Learning Survey: January 2021 - click here


We have been incredibly impressed with the attendance of our students at their live lessons and with the completion of their remote assignments. If you would like to know if your child has not attended a live lesson or has not completed one of their assignments, please login in to Classcharts where you will see 'missed live lesson', 'missed remote assignment' or 'missed remote form time'.  From Monday next week, you will be able to see which subject, teacher, and lesson this relates to.  If you are not currently signed up to Classcharts, please contact  

Rossett School Training Day - Friday 29th January, school closed and no remote learning

We would like to remind you that we have a training day next Friday, 29th January.  There will be no on-site provision for keyworker/vulnerable students on this day and there will be no remote learning provision for those students who are learning at home.  All keyworker/vulnerable students should return to school on Monday 1st February and timetabled remote lessons will recommence.

Safer internet daySafer Internet Day - 'Ask the Experts' Tuesday 9th February 2021, 7.00pm-9.00pm

Tuesday 9th February 2021 is national and international ‘Safer Internet Day’. With more people working from home and children now having their school lessons online, the need to use the internet more safely and securely has never been greater. North Yorkshire Police are hosting another ’Ask the Experts’ evening to support Safer Internet Day. This online event will consist of several presentations from officers from their Cyber Crime Unit and Online Abuse and Safeguarding Unit.  Richard De Vere from the Anti-Social Engineer will give an insight into the tricks scammers use to manipulate their victims. There will be the opportunity to ask questions of their panel of experts.

This event will be conducted using Microsoft Teams and anyone registering for the event will be emailed a link prior to the date. You do not need to have Microsoft Teams installed on your computer to participate, just a good internet link. To register for the event please click on the below link here.


Sixth Form Update

Year 12 students are currently focusing on their progression after Sixth Form. Over the next three weeks, there are a number of opportunities available for students and parents to access information to find out more about the opportunities available. Students will be looking at these in more detail during PSHE lessons each Wednesday during Period 2. 

University and apprenticeshipsUK University and Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair - Wednesday 27th January, 12.00pm-6.00pm

On Wednesday 27th January   Year 12 and Year 13 students have the opportunity to 'virtually' attend attend the UK University and Apprenticeship Fair. This free event, which takes place between 12:00pm to 6:00pm,  will feature a wide range of universities, colleges, and apprenticeship providers from across the UK, allowing students to explore all  post-18 options in one place. Universities will include Russell Group, red brick, modern and specialist institutions, as well as colleges and apprenticeship providers. Students will be able to explore exhibition stands, live chat with admissions officers, student ambassadors, academics and recruitment teams to ask any questions you or your child may have, view prospectuses and information, and students can take part in ten live and interactive webinars in the auditorium. 

This event is also  a great way for Year 11 and Year 10 students to gain motivation and inspiration of future careers.  For more information about the event and to register click here.


Meet the 'Russell Group Universities' Virtual Event - Wednesday 10th February, 12.00pm - 7.00pm

This online and interactive event allows students to explore all of the twenty four Russell Group universities and chat directly to their representatives and ambassadors. Students will be able to view information and videos about each university, link directly to virtual campus tours to explore university facilities and accommodation, download prospectuses and take part in thirteen live webinars in the 'virtual auditorium' This virtual event takes place on Wednesday 10th February between 12:00pm and 7.00pm. Students and parents can sign up here.

Generic-NAS-logoNational Apprenticeship Show virtual event - Wednesday 10th February 2021 11.00am to 6.00pm

This event will give students the opportunity to chat with exhibitors by voice or text chat as well as download useful information and view online video content. The event ‘goes live’ on 10th February between 11.00am and 6.00pm. Students will have access to a wide range of national apprenticeship providers and a range of webinars throughout the day. Students can register here: here 


This week, Mrs Huett, our Learning Resource Manager, recommends having a look at the link for Holocaust Memorial Day, which suggests suitable reading around this important subject. Follow the link to 'Padlet' here for lots of additional links, reviews and recommendations including links to learning resources for use in lockdown, a virtual book festival and advice on how to join the public library and access e-books (this includes links to join Harrogate and Leeds libraries).  Remember to keep checking in on 'Padlet' as news and links will be updated regularly.

Tips for home learning

  • Where possible have a quiet space away from distractions;
  • Be organised - have a routine based around the school day including break and lunchtime;
  • Leave your mobile phone in another room and turn off notifications while you are home learning;
  • Stay safe on-line - only use trusted websites, follow the school's online protocols in our Acceptable Use Policy;
  • Remember you can contact your teachers with any queries via Teams and the Network Team with any IT queries. at:


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 future examinations or the current 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

For those students who remain in school we would like to remind you 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.

Reminder: year 9 parents' evening originally planned for Thursday 28th january 2021 has been postponed until thursday 11th march 2021

With every best wish from all at Rossett,

Helen Woodcock