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Rossett News Update - 22 July 2022


Watching Rachel Daly (ex-Rossett student) play for the Lionessess in the game against Spain on Tuesday gave everyone in the school a feeling of real pride.  The next game in the Euros is the semi-final to be played at Bramhall Lane, Sheffield on Tuesday July 26th; we will all be supporting the side from here in Harrogate.

The England celebrations contained a rousing chorus of 'Sweet Caroline' which was repeated by the whole school, led ably by Mr West, on our Sports' Day on Wednesday.  Our end of term celebrations, over the last few weeks, have lifted spirits as we look towards well-deserved holiday for our students and their families and our staff. We look forward to welcoming all students back in September.

Monday 5 September

  • Training Day: No students in school

Tuesday 6 September

  • Year 7 and Year 12 in school only.

Wednesday 7 September

  • Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13 in school (no Year 12).

Thursday 8 September

  • All year groups in school

Celebration Assemblies

Throughout this week, students from all year groups have attended celebration assemblies with Ms Woodcock and their Director of Learning focussing on their wonderful achievements this year.  Director of Learning awards were presented for Attainment, Community, 3Rs' and Conduct and  Mr Royles  led a prize draw for Classchart points and attendance.  Well done to all of the worthy winners of the prizes and awards.

These assemblies were used to  launch our Rossett Golden Jubilee Year, outlining lots of events and celebrations to mark this milestone - look out for more on this in September!  

Curriculum Overview

At Rossett, we have been developing and re-forming our curriculum during the last two years to ensure  that the most powerful knowledge available in each subject area is taught to your child. We are passionate about “Success for Everyone” and we firmly believe that our curriculum ensures this by being broad, balanced and diverse.

We have created an overview of the entire curriculum from Y7 → Y13. The document itself is large, but can be zoomed in upon any device, tablet or computer. It is helpful to read this information if you are a parent as it will inform any discussions about what your child is currently learning; equally, it will ensure that you feel more empowered to support your child in the full knowledge of what they are studying at each stage of the academic year.

We invite you to browse this overview to gain a full understanding of the academic and vocational excellence on offer here at Rossett School and to provide your child with a ‘head start’ . In advance of the next academic year, should you wish to do any summer reading or advance preparation for any subjects, particularly at KS4 and KS5 please read this summary.  Please click  here to view the document.

Year 12 Biology trip to Runswick Bay

The Year 12 Biologists completed their final practical of the year at Runswick Bay recently. In spite of the unseasonably poor weather, all students showed resilience and worked together as a team to gather some great results which they have statistically analysed this week. The students move into Year 13 with a solid grounding in their practical skills thanks to their hard work this year. 

Runswick Bay

Runswick Bay 2

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

Twenty eight of our Year 10 and Year 11 students ventured out into the hottest weekend of the year so far to complete their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. They started the twenty five mile journey in Wath and walked down the river, over the moorland and through woodland before camping next to Thruscross reservoir. All students were awake and ready before 6.00am to beat the gruelling heat of the day. In spite of the heat, students arrived back in Hampsthwaite in high spirits and fulfilled from the weekend of walking. Well done to all students, we are very proud of your achievements! 

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Sports' Day 2022

On Wednesday we saw the return of our annual Sports' Day; the first since 2019 and thankfully  there was a welcome return to some much-needed cooler weather! As always, the students demonstrated our Rossett School core 3Rs' values with many exceptional performances. Very  well done to all students for taking part and a particular congratulations to form groups 7SHN, 8ECS, 9CPS and 10MWN who were crowned overall champions for each year group.

Sports Day 1Sports Day 3Sports Day 2

Results' Days 2022

A Level Results' Day: Thursday 18 August

Year 13 students: Results will be available for collection in Sixth Form Centre from 8.00am until 11.00am 

Year 12 students: Results will be available for collection in Sixth Form Centre from 9.00am until 11.00am

GCSE Results' Day: Thursday 25 August

Year 11 students: Results will be available for collection from the Sixth Form Centre from 8.00am until 11.00am

Year 10 students: Results will be available for collection from the Sixth Form Centre from 9.00am until 11.00am

Further, detailed information has been sent to parents/carers and students in the relevant year groups.

Battlefields Trip to Ypres to the Somme - 23 June - 27 June  2023

We are delighted to, once again, be able to offer our cultural trip to the battlefields of Ypres and the Somme for June 2023. The study of World War One is part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum and important in our understanding of sacrifice and remembrance.  Further details of this trip will be sent at the start of the term but we wanted to give you advance warning that, due to the requirements of our tour company: the deposit for this trip is £150 and the deadline is 15 September 2022.

School Uniform Expectations: A Reminder

I would like to reinforce our expectations regarding school uniform before the start of the new academic year.  Please note the following:

  • Blazers are mandatory for all students in Years 7-11 and are available from Rawcliffes, Harrogate.
  • School sweatshirts  only, can be worn underneath a blazer.
  • Only 'traditional' tailored, style trousers are allowed - leggings/jeggings or similar are not acceptable.
  • Ties must be worn at all times and are available from Rawcliffes.
  • Shoes should be traditional and black; trainers of any sort are not allowed.

Please note that good quality second hand uniform is available from the school via Rossett PTA.

Should a student be seen wearing incorrect uniform in September, they will be challenged, sanctioned and may well be asked to return home, if appropriate.  I would ask that you use the details on the website here to check our information. Any parent who is unclear about what is acceptable is encouraged to contact the school before making any purchase.

BabysittingBabysitting Course for 13-17 year olds

Is your child interested in babysitting and wondering how to get started?  Rossett Adult Learning offer a short course, held at Rossett School for 13-17year olds. This course is ideal for anyone who wants to feel confident in all aspects of babysitting and improve their chances of getting babysitting jobs. Ms Rogers,  our First Aid Manager and a senior member of St John's Ambulance,  leads the course with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

The course is from 09.30am to 13.00pm on 2nd and 3rd August and 09.30am to 13.30pm on 4th August. the course costs £40 and a certificate is awarded to all those who successfully complete the three mornings.  

The following area will be covered:

  • Keeping yourself safe
  • Parent and babysitter agreements
  • First Aid Level One
  • CPR and defibrillators
  • The law and Baby sitting
  • Basic child and baby care
  • Common medical needs and medicine management.
  • The babysitters tool box.

 Enrol online now at and search for  Babysitting.

Farewell to staff...

We have recognised the contribution of  staff moving on from Rossett this year with special thanks to some of our long-standing pastoral staff:  Mr Davies (Director of Behaviour Support and Teacher of Science); Mrs Reynolds; Mrs Banyard and Mrs Russell.

Special thanks also go to Mr Sweetman (Teacher of PE and Director of Learning: Year 10) for his  twenty seven years of service to the school.  Mr Sweetman retires today and we thank him for his contribution to sport and to our pastoral team.  Mr Sweetman celebrated his retirement with a staff football match with ex-Rossett staff and students including Robbie Gotts (Leeds Utd) who came along to join in.

Sweetman leavning

School-Aged Children Immunisation Survey

NHSE are seeking feedback about the School Age Immunisation Service from children, parents, carers and schools and education partners.

The survey  HERE will close on the extended date of Friday 2 August 2022.

Well done to...

  • Barnes Walker who had a very successful season playing representative cricket for North Yorkshire which included a half-century for the U13s;
  • Jon Davison in Year 7 who achieved a 'Merit' in his Grade 4 Piano exam.

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 suffer more general anxiety over the extended holiday period.

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.

Community Notices

  • If you have a child who faces barriers to learning due to social, emotional or mental health click here for information about virtual drop-in sessions for guidance for parents/carers.
  • Click here for Summer well-being activities for 11-19 year olds in the Jennyfields area.
  • Click here for Harrogate Multi-Sport activity days.
  • Click here for kids eat for less or free information.
  • Click here for Disability activity programme for Summer 2022.
  • Click here for a calendar photo competition for children living in North Yorkshire.
  • See below for  Inspire Youth Activity Days in Starbeck. 

Inspire Summer  2022 - Starbeck (1)

What's happening after the summer break...

Monday 5 September

  • Training Day: No students in school

Tuesday 6 September

  • Year 7 and Year 12 in school only.

Wednesday 7 September

  • Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13 in school (no Year 12).

Thursday 8 September

  • All year groups in school

Friday 23 September

  • Sponsored Walk: All students and staff will be taking  part - further details will be sent at the start of the Autumn term.

Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 September

  • A Level Geography fieldtrip to Hornsea.

Monday 24 to Friday 28 October

  • Half Term.

With every best wish for a healthy and happy summer break.

H Woodcock