Another year of impressive GCSE results for Rossett students

Students at Rossett School in are celebrating after achieving outstanding results in their GCSEs.

For the second year in succession Rossett School in Harrogate is celebrating over a quarter of the students entered for Mathematics and English achieving either an A* or an A grade in these subjects. This sustained high achievement is against a national backdrop of falling numbers of top grades in these key subjects.

Known for its comprehensive values and its ‘Success for All’ motto, the school has seen the progress of all students continue to improve from their relative starting points. The Government introduced a new progress measure – Progress 8 – last year and early indications show that the students at Rossett School have achieved a very pleasing higher grade in this measure than last year.

Meanwhile, over 80 per cent gained A*-C grades in their English examinations (against a fall in the national average to 60%) and over 76% A*-C grades in Mathematics (against a fall in the national average to 61%). A sustained percentage of students achieved the English baccalaureate (passes in English, maths, science, a foreign language and either history or geography) compared to 2015.


Delighted mums Jenny Adams and Karen Howden gave results over the phone to their daughters, Kasia Adams-Fitzpatrick and Kate Howden, who were already celebrating with their first trip to Festival. Kasia achieved a total of seven A*s, four As and a B, while Kate scored two As and nine Bs


Modern Foreign Languages continued their success this year after being recognised for the last six years as the best Languages Faculty in North Yorkshire for student progress. Rossett’s Spanish results were 47% at A*/A against a national figure of 27%.


Headteacher Helen Woodcock said:

Our students have worked exceptionally hard during their time with us and they thoroughly deserve their success.

The results they have achieved individually are fantastic, while the overall GCSE pass rate for 5A*-C (including English and Mathematics) at Rossett has risen once again. As well as the hard work of the students, this is down to the excellent support offered by staff and by the students’ families.

It has been a fantastic day at Rossett School and we look forward to welcoming many of the students back as sixth formers when term begins in September. They will be the first students to enjoy the new sixth form centre which has been built over the summer, which will allow them greater access to technology to support their studies and space to work independently and socialise.


As well as strong overall results for the school, some individual students achieved particularly impressive grades.

Abby Allen
Abby Allen achieved an astonishing 11 A*s and one B in her GCSEs at Rossett School, giving her a great start towards her planned career in medicine

Abby Allen added 11 straight A* grades to her other subject outcomes; Katie Anderson, Cam Day, Thomas Hullah and Una Foy celebrated 12 A* and A passes each; in addition, another eleven students achieved at least 10 A* and A grades, as well as grades in other subjects.


Katie Anderson
Katie Anderson is ready for sixth form at Rossett School after gaining a total of nine A*s and three As in her GCSEs
Cameron Day
Cameron Day collected seven A*s and five As at Rossett School and will study biology, maths, physics and history at A level from September
Bronwen Newton
Bronwen Newton was delighted with 10 A*s and two As at Rossett School and will start her A levels in September
Abby Cameron Cameron Charlotte Sophie
Abby Allen, Cameron Day, Cameron Rennison, Charlotte Towers and Sophie Moore collecting their GCSE results at Rossett School
Una Foy
Una Foy picked up a total of seven A*s and five As at Rossett School and is considering a law degree after sixth form
Sophie Moore
Sophie Moore achieved a total of four A*s, six As and two Bs and is looking forward to starting sixth form at Rossett School in September
Tom and Eadie
Tom Ketley and Eadie Slight achieved a total of 10 A*s, 11As two Bs and a distinction between them, earning them both places to study sciences at sixth form
Matthew Petty, Huw Davis, Tom Hullah, Declan Taylor, Sam Corby, Finlay Taylor, Jamie Shakespeaare and Jamie Blundell celebrate getting their GCSE results at Rossett School
Matthew Petty, Huw Davis, Tom Hullah, Declan Taylor, Sam Corby, Finlay Taylor, Jamie Shakespeaare and Jamie Blundell celebrate getting their GCSE results at Rossett School
Tom Ketley
Tom Ketley earned a place to study sciences at sixth form



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