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Rossett News Update - 19 July 2019

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

Last weekend a group of our Rossett students successfully completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition.  The expedition started at Grizedale Forest and the students trekked via Tarn Hows and Elterwater to camp overnight at Chapel Stile.  On the second day they travelled to Grasmere via Easdale and Stickle Tarn.  Day 3 took them into really wild country west of the Old Man of Coniston where they wild camped at Seathwaite Tarn - they completed the expedition on day 4 in Coniston where there were ice creams all round!  The students were independently assessed and were tested on their navigation skills, disaster management (thankfully there weren't any), camp craft and flora and fauna.  Congratulations to Josh Breeze, Josh Fleary, Max Vine, Ellie Broom, Maddy Cooper, Jamie Hart, Jack Lewis, Zoe Potter and Scott Calvert who were all  incredibly resilient and a credit to the school. Their next stop is Buckingham Palace!

Gold DofE


Eve PepperRed Kite A Level Design Exhibition 2019 - Harewood House

We are delighted to inform you that Eve Pepper's A Level artwork won 'Best in Show' at the recent Red Kite A Level Design Exhibition. Eve's pieces, together with the rest of our A level students' work will be on display in the Courtyard Education Suite at Harwood House as part of the Red Kite Alliance Summer Design Exhibition.  The exhibition is open to the public from today until the beginning of September.  Entrance to the Summer Exhibition is free to Harewood card-holders or is included with a 'Grounds and Below Stairs' ticket.  We are extremely proud of all our students' pieces and hope you can see the fantastic quality of work over the summer break.

School Uniform

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

  • Blazers are mandatory for all students in Years 7-11 - 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.
  • Should a student be seen wearing incorrect uniform in September, they will be challenged and sanctioned, 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.

Results' Days

Thursday 15 August 2019 – Year 12 and Year 13 Post 16 Results

Year 13: Results will be available for collection in Sixth Form Centre from 9.00am until 11.00am (staff will be available from 8am)
Year 12: Results will be available for collection in Sixth Form Centre from 10.00am until 11.00am


Thursday 22 August 2019 – Years 11 and 10  GCSE results

Year 11: Results will be available for collection in Sixth Form Centre from 9am until 11am
Year 10: Results will be available for collection in Sixth Form Centre from 10am until 11am


As in previous years, the exam results will be published in the local newspaper – please contact Miss A Wade (Student Data & Progress Manager) by email ( before 15 August with any queries regarding this.

FujjiFujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnology visit

On Thursday a group of twenty Rossett students visited the FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnology at their facility in Teesside.

FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnology are a world leading, contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) with over twenty years of experience working within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Their flagship facility in Teesside “offers technical leadership in cell culture, microbial fermentation and viral vectors with world class GMP manufacturing facilities” with the purpose of “advancing tomorrow’s medicines through the development of recombinant proteins, viral vaccines and gene therapies for patient treatments”.

Across their sites in Teesside UK, North Carolina and Texas in the USA, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnology employs more than 1,100 people the majority of whom have a STEM qualification and work in STEM careers within manufacturing, technical and scientific support. In addition, career opportunities are available in admin and business-related roles.

During the day our students were introduced the company, given a tour of the labs and a tour of the manufacturing facilities.  In addition, Fujifilm Diosynth provided lunch for our students during which they had the opportunity to meet placement students and new graduates for an informal chat regarding their experience, how they have found working at Fujifilm Diosynth and their degree choices.

New Year 7s - Bus organisation in the first week of term

We are looking forward to welcoming our new Year 7s in September.  Parents and students should be aware that Year 7s will be released from their Period 5 lesson five minutes early each day, for the first week of term, to go to the buses and will be guided there by members of staff.  any queries about bus travel should be directed to the relevant company or the Finance Department, when school resumes.

Sports StudiesPE Newsletter

We are pleased to include the final Summer Term Rossett PE newsletter here which will update you on all of our sporting activities this term.  There are many opportunities for students to get involved in a vast array of physical activities, both in and out of the classroom, at Rossett School - we hope you enjoy this latest update- view here.

As you will be aware, we have a packed Co-curricular timetable to involve our students in activities outside of lesson time, encouraging new friendships and a healthy lifestyle.  The summer Co-curricular programme includes new clubs and activities including rounders, softball and squash and is available here.

Farewell to staff...

We have recognised the contribution of  staff leaving Rossett this year with special thanks to Mrs Boland (Mathematics) retiring following 22 years with the school, Mrs Waddington, with 20 years' service and Chris Butler (HLTA) retiring following 19 years of school support.

What's happening the first week back... 

Monday 2 September

  • Staff Training Day; no students in school.

Tuesday 3 September

  • Year 7 in school;
  • Year 12 in school.

Wednesday 4 September

  • Year 7, 8, 9 ,10, 11 and 13 in school.

Thursday 5 September

  • All students, all years (including Year 12) in school.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a lovely summer break. We look forward to welcoming all our students and staff back in September on the 3rd, following the Training Day.

H Woodcock