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Might some prospective parents baulk at the hearty traditions, the special public-schooly Rossall sports, the sense that this could be the setting for an undiscovered Enid Blyton saga? Certainly we found no hint of social snobbery – we simply saw young people having a deliciously happy time at school. Beyond sport the extracurricular opportunities are seemingly endless – with a particularly wide range of opportunities for arty and musical children and for outdoorsy types. Some more unusual examples include…

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What the school says...

This must be the healthiest school in Britain! The sea air banishes asthma and eczema and hay fever, and promotes complexions of which French beauticians would be envious. And, of course, as they say, the children are worth it.
After forty years in the boarding business it still thrills me to meet the young people we look after. I walk about the school a lot, because the great joy of boarding schools is the chance to see the whole child: the hopeless mathematician who is wonderful at rounders, the feeble rugger player who is brilliant on the saxophone, the flawless actor who doesnt understand physics, the girl who can sing and dance but cant spell, the undistinguished academic who is an absolutely vital agony-aunt for her year group, and the range of characters and nationalities who fill the days with surprise and excitement.
The best is only just good enough for our children, said a famous Victorian Headmaster, and the best is what we seek to offer. Rossall is a broad church: it has some of the cleverest pupils I have ever met, and some whose achievement of six good GCSE passes is a real triumph. But above all, it is a community. The richness of a good community is an enormous gift to a growing child. Join it and see for yourself!
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Untranslated Literature at an English Independent School (IBO Higher level component)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Chemistry at an English Independent School (Cambridge Int Certificate Level 1/Level 2)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Chemistry at an English Independent School (Cambridge Int Certificate Level 1/Level 2)

Curricula

International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

International Baccalaureate: primary years - primary years is a programme for ages 3-12.

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

International Study Centre - school has a linked, international study centre for overseas students wishing to improve their English.

Sports

Fencing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since September 2018, Jeremy Quartermain, previously deputy head (academic) at Brentwood School. History degree from Cambridge and MPhil in medieval history from Trinity College Dublin, where he also tutored undergrads. Taught English overseas for a while then did a PGCE at the University of East Anglia. Taught history and classics at Gresham, and later promoted to head of sixth form; joined Brentwood in 2013. He's also a freelance educator for the Holocaust Educational Trust. A keen musician, he is married to Fiona, who hails from County Galway and has taught at both primary and secondary level. They have three young daughters.

Academic matters

Rossall provides an all-round education – aiming to meet the needs of every pupil within its broad intake. Usually class sizes of 18-20 in years 7-11 (an absolute maximum of 22) and a...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

Whilst there is no statutory requirement for independent schools, Rossall, following good educational practice, will, as far as practicable, respond to the guidelines laid down by the SEN Code of Practice. Rossall aims to educate pupils with SEN, wherever possible, alongside their peers within the normal mainstream curriculum. However, due consideration will be given to the wishes of the parents, and to ensuring that individual pupil needs are met; so that pupils can reach their full potential and enhance their self esteem. Provision for pupils with SEN is a matter for the school as a whole: in addition to the SEN Coordinator, the Principal, houseparents, tutors and subject teachers within senior school, the Head of the Junior School and Head of the Nursery and Infant School, all have important responsibilities. Rossall believes in close co-operation between all those concerned including parents and outside agencies to establish a multi-disciplinary approach to the resolution of issues. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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