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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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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!
Ms Elaine Purves
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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)


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.




What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2013, Ms Elaine Purves BA PGCE (mid-40s). Brought up and state educated in Scotland and then in Nottinghamshire, studied English and German at Hull University. On graduation she worked briefly for agricultural manufacturer John Deere in Germany before going to Durham to do her PGCE. She nearly returned to East Germany to teach English at Leipzig University, but after the Berlin Wall came down everything became uncertain and she ended up taking her first teaching post in the UK – at Oakham School in Rutland – and she has worked in the independent sector ever since. From Oakham she went to The Royal High School, progressing through the ranks from head of languages eventually to deputy head. After 13 years in Bath, in 2006 she became head of Ipswich High School for Girls,...

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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
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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