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There is something for everyone at Rossall, with seemingly endless extracurricular opportunities, especially for arty and musical children and outdoorsy types. More unusual examples include film making, cryptography, psychology, jazz band, knitting, Warhammer and astrophysics – and this is just the tip of the iceberg. The displays in the art department are exceptional. This is a very sporty school for both girls and boys. Ian Botham sent his son Liam here and many alumni have gone on to play rugby, hockey or cricket professionally. Results reflect the broad intake but are on the up. Parents appreciate the recent changes made to…


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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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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.

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




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Since 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. Was a history and classics teacher at Gresham, where he was later promoted to head of sixth form. He is also a freelance tutor for the Holocaust Educational Trust.

Parents describe him as ‘charismatic’ and ‘an excellent communicator’ with ‘a passion for high quality education’. His drive to move Rossall on underpins everything he says and he’s clearly excelled at bringing staff and parents with him on his journey too – their buy-in is evident. He told us his vision is the product of his own...

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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 Y
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
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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