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Rossett News Update - 25 June 2021

'Introduction to Sixth Form Week' for our new Year 12 students

From Monday next week we will be welcoming our Year 11 students back into our Sixth Form Centre for a comprehensive programme of academic and enrichment activities. Students will be taking part in everything from African drumming and car maintenance, to First Aid  and mindfulness.  Students will also have the opportunity to engage with a study skills' session from Northumbria University and will  join the Army for team-building sessions.

In addition to these activities our students will also get a taste of the academic life at Rossett next year and they will also be able to use the Sixth Form Cafe and study areas.

We would like to remind parents/carers that students should take a Lateral Flow Test on Sunday evening and Wednesday evening - these are available from local chemists.  Find a chemist near you by clicking here.  A reminder that we only need to hear from you if the test result is positive and your child needs to self-isolate.

UCASYear 12 UCAS Information Evening

We are pleased to be hosting our usual Year 12 UCAS Information Evening with a twist as it will be online this year.  Our Sixth Form Team have created a series of resources outlining the key steps in 'making your application to university'. 

Please click here for further information regarding the UCAS application process for any Year 12 students considering applying in 2022. Additionally, there are a series of links to further helpful advice on personal statement writing and making your Oxbridge application -  which you may wish to discuss with your  child.

If you have any questions relating to UCAS, please do not hesitate to contact either Dr Reed  or Mr Keyworth  Information regarding apprenticeships and employment opportunities will also be shared in the new academic year, for any student considering these post-Sixth Form pathways for September 2022.

cprYear 12 CPR Training

On Tuesday this week over forty Year 12 students completed a sudden cardiac arrest e-learning course, provided by UK Coaching and Sport England. As well as studying the online content, Year 12 student Tom Muir demonstrated how to do CPR and how to use a defibrillator. 

This vital life-saving course is open to anyone and be accessed via the link here. 

The Sixth Form Team organised this opportunity for hands-on training in response to Christian Eriksen’s sudden cardiac arrest whilst playing for Denmark in Euro 2020. They were focussed on the importance of having the right person, with the right skills in the right place.

Pen pal exchangeFrench Pen Pal Exchange Continues

As a 'British Council International Schools Gold Award' holder, Rossett is proud to continue its tradition of international co-operation and engagement with schools across the world. It has been a brilliant experience for our Year 10 French class to communicate with fellow students in Brittany this year and partner with students in “Troisième Internationale du Collège Les Chalais” in Rennes.

Throughout the year and throughout remote learning, our students have exchanged letters where they have discussed hobbies, differences in school systems as well as describing what life in lockdown has been like.

Our class decided to send a farewell parcel to France filled with postcards, English books, Rossett stationery and Yorkshire treats! The parcel has arrived in Rennes and our pen pals are about to open it.

There was much excitement at Rossett this week as we received a parcel too from our partner school in France and Year 10 students were thrilled to open a box full of French delicacies, books and lovely posters created by their pen pals. They were so touched by all the effort and creativity they had put into it!  Some of our French students included their contact details and Rossett students with parental consent will be able to communicate independently with them which they are very excited about!

Look both waysRead @ Rossett

The winner of this year’s CILIP Carnegie Medal, the UK’s most established  book award for young people, was revealed on 16th June. This is the first Carnegie Medal win for US poet and author Jason Reynolds. Look Both Ways is a collection of 10 standalone but intertwined stories chronicling the unsupervised independence of the walk home from school. The judges called it a “breathtakingly gripping”, “innocent tale which covers hard hitting issues including bullying, homophobia and bereavement” that “challenges the reader to see differently in an engaging and fresh way”. All the books are available to borrow from our LRC. To read reviews of the books and see interviews with the authors visit the Carnegie website:  for further recommendations from Mrs Huet (Learning Resource Centre Manager) click here.

Fruit and veg home deliveryA quick update from the PTA following the AGM held last night –

As previously notified, the current PTA Committee are stepping down from these key roles to allow  other parents the opportunity to work with the school. Due to the current Covid restrictions we will be re-launching the PTA, in conjunction with the new school year in September. Our current members will continue to maintain the PTA functions whilst we welcome new members onboard. If you would like to contact us or have any questions about the future plans, please email us on

In the interim, please do not forget to purchase your lottery tickets to be in with a chance to win the weekly, National Jackpot of £25,000 – tickets can be purchased online from - - in addition, you could also win a year of fruit and veg home delivery!

Our Uniform Recycling Scheme will remain open -


Road-Sign-Men-At-Work-027053Notification of Roadworks

We have been informed by Yorkshire Water that the temporary four-way traffic signals will be returning to the Pannal Ash Road roundabout between Tuesday 29 June and Friday 23 July 2021.  In light of the disruption to traffic last time we would advise you to leave home slightly earlier if you are dropping off/collecting your children.  Please also reinforce the importance of road-safety to your children as they travel to and from school.

Reporting-Testing-Header-310x162The Continued Importance of Testing and Reporting

Testing continues to play an important role in the national and local approach to COVID. Additional lateral flow testing kits were sent with students last week and we are grateful for your continued support in ensuring that your child completes a test each Wednesday and Sunday evening.

Following the receipt of the results– whether positive, negative or void – reporting 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.

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...

  • Katherine Bucknell (Year 9) who won the U14 girls 100 mile youth cycle race at her North Leeds cycle club, Alba Rosa;
  • Sam GilmartinSam Gilmartin (Year 13)  who has been taking Saxophone and Clarinet lessons with our peripatetic teacher, Mr. McGuffie throughout his time at Rossett, has been awarded a distinction in his Grade 8 Alto Saxophone exam. He achieved a mark of 140/150 which puts him in the top 1% of candidates. Congratulations to Sam!
  • Y10 students who have completed their GCSE course and are now doing enrichment activities in Art. Last week's challenge was to create a sculpture from a sheet of paper. Students explored folding, cutting, weaving and other techniques and then used mini studios made from empty boxes to take photographs of their sculptures. Mrs Warden been really impressed by their creativity and skills;
  • Barnes Walker (Year 7)  who has been playing for North Yorkshire U12 cricket team as wicket keeper and batsman and is now attending trials to represent Nidderdale U12s.

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What's happening this term...

Monday 28th June

  • Year 10 and Year 12 Assessments commence;
  • Year 11 'Introduction to Sixth Form Week' commences;
  • Year 9 Immunisations.

Tuesday 13th July

  • Year 12 Runswick Bay A Level Biology Field Trip.

Wednesday 14th July

  • Year 6 Induction Day- further details to be provided;
  • Year 6 Parents' Information Evening.

Thursday 15th July

  • Year 6 Induction Day - further details to be provided.

Saturday 17th July

  • Family Learning Day (to be confirmed).

Tuesday 10th August

  • A Level Results' Day

Thursday 12th August

  • GCSE Results' Day

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