Rossett News Update - 6 September 2019
Welcome back to all. We extend a warm welcome to Rossett to the parents of our new Year 7 students. We hope you enjoy our weekly news update which is sent to all parents every Friday afternoon and keeps you up-to-date with everything that is taking place at school and informs you of all the wonderful achievements of our students.
Congratulations to all our students celebrating A Level and GCSE results
At GCSE students' performance in English and Maths has been particularly impressive: almost 80% of the students achieved grades 9-4, almost 20% above the national average – an increase from last year’s results.
Computer Science, Biology, and Music also scored highly in securing the 9-7 measure with respectively 56%, 50% and 37% of all students achieving at the highest grades, all well above the national average.
At A Level over a quarter of all grades achieved were at A*/A, with over 75% at A*- C, and a 99% overall pass rate.
This year we had three sets of twins who achieved a fantastic 14 A/A* between the six of them; Amelia and Oliver Ashbrook, Amy and Thomas Laws and Ben and Shaun Wilson worked hard to achieve excellent results, alongside all of our other students. We are really pleased that all of our students have secured places at university, in further study elsewhere, or in their chosen professions,’ said Brendan Foley, Director of Sixth Form.
Shaun Wilson achieved A*A*AA and is going to Cambridge to study Medicine. Ben Wilson achieved A*A*AB and is going to study Engineering at Durham University where he will be joined by Amy Laws who will be studying Computer Science after achieving A*A*A. Our Head Girl, Lucy Hopkins, achieved AAB is also set to join the others at Durham where she will be reading Business and Management and Imogen Fisher achieved AAB and A* in her EPQ and has gained her place at Oxford to read History and French.
John Hesketh, Chair of Governors said, “we are extremely proud of the class of 2019 and I’d like to thank all of the staff at Rossett who have worked so hard to support our students to gain these high levels of success once again. Well done to everyone!”
The Rossett Basics
We have been impressed with the vast majority of students who have returned from the summer break wearing their uniform with pride, fully equipped for their learning and focused in their lessons. We have been speaking to the students during assembly and Form Time about the importance of being in school every day with the correct equipment, uniform and displaying behaviours which allow for a calm, positive learning environment. Thank you for your support in ensuring this. For the minority of students who still have not met these expectations we will be making contact with their parents/carers so we can work together to achieve consistency across all year groups. Please check the school website to make sure that your child is meeting the expectations we have set out for them. Ensuring all students are adhering to school expectations will continue to be one of our main priorities.
Two brand-new Art rooms are now open and offer wonderful large, bright spaces for our artists. Two existing Food Technology rooms have moved into the space vacated by the old art rooms and feature new ovens and cabinetry and bring our Technology and Art departments together in a dedicated area. A number of old doors and lighting have been replaced across the school site, further enhancing the space for our students.
UCI World Road Race Championships
As you will be aware Harrogate is hosting the UCI World Road Race Championships between Satruday 21st - Sunday 29th September. We would like to remind you that the Harrogate and Rossett area roads will be significantly affected as each race finishes with a circuit around the town centre. Rossett will operate normally during the week with just an early closure (at 2.15pm) on Friday 27th September. Please click the link here for our letter originally emailed in May with further information about the event. We strongly recommend that if you drive your child to school that you study the information provided by Harrogate Borough Council and the event organisers in order to plan your journey to and from Rossett during this week.
Year Team Changes
Year 7: Mrs Grabham SSO: Mrs Reynolds
Year 8: Mr Sweetman SSO: Mrs Banyard
Year 9: Mrs Grimshaw SSO: Mrs Saunders
Year 10: Mr Bulmer SSO: Mrs Russell
Year 11: Miss Mooney SSO: Ms Mills
We have also created a new role to further support our Year 11 students. Mr Bainbridge has been appointed as Associate Director of Learning and will work alongside Miss Mooney.
New teaching staff
This term we welcome a number of new teaching staff to Rossett:
Business: Mr Light
English: Ms McSherry
Maths: Mrs Grainger
History: Mr Grainger
Music: Mr Bentley
Teaching and Learning Support: Miss McAvoy, Mr McLeod, Mrs Driver
We are very proud of our talented catering team at Rossett who continue to provide the best quality nutritious and delicious meals to our students and teachers. We pride ourselves on providing locally sourced, great quality produce to enhance our innovative menus and offer fantastic vegetarian and vegan options daily.
This term there will be a slight increase in cost for our main meal and puddings which is caused by the continued rise in the costs from our suppliers. I would like to reassure you that we have endeavored to keep this price rise as low possible whilst maintaining an outstanding, healthy provision for our students.
Hot Main Meal £2.25 and Pudding 85p with the offer of a Meal Deal for £2.90 (main & any pudding/fruit/yoghurt/traybake)
Please note-Free School Meal Allowance has also been increased to match the meal deal price.
Ways to Pay:
- Cash can be added to the students account via the Revaluation machine in the Blue Dining Hall.
- Cash can also be deposited at the Finance Office during open hours.
- You can upload funds via SCOPAY Online-Please contact the school Finance Office if you do not currently have access.
Birthday Tables for Early Lunch Sitting!
We are delighted to offer a new service at lunchtime to further enhance our dining experience. If your child is celebrating their birthday they can reserve a table for up to ten friends. Birthday guests can move to the front of the queue to their reserved table with free juice and a bun for the birthday boy or girl. Students should ask a member of the catering team for more information and to reserve their table (please note 24 hours notice is required).
Our School Our Way
On Saturday 14 September , we are opening our doors to primary school pupils who will be in Year 5 and 6 in September. This fun-filled event is packed with exciting learning activities and provides an opportunity for those involved to make new friends and find out more about Rossett School. Please click here for further information.
A group of Year 13 students will attend an Oxbridge workshop on Monday 9 September in the Learning Resource Centre. This workshop will focus on the application process and particularly the interview techniques necessary to succeed. It will be led by staff and students from Brasenose College at Oxford University.
What's happening next week...
Monday 9 September
- Oxbridge Interview Workshop: Year 13 - 3.30pm in the Learning Resource Centre.
Saturday 14 September
- Our School Our Way - Years 5 and 6 - 10.00am-3.00pm