Rossett sixth form to merge with Harrogate Grammar School
May 5, 2023
Rossett sixth form students will attend Harrogate Grammar School from September 2023

Students planning to go to a Harrogate sixth form in September have been told they will instead be taught at another school.

Rossett School has this week told parents that pupils going into sixth form will attend classes at Harrogate Grammar School.

A letter to grammar school parents said the move was “to ensure the breadth of curriculum offer for their current Year 11 students” at Rossett.

Current sixth form students going into their second and final year at Rossett School will be unaffected, the letter said.

Harrogate Grammar School also reassured parents that it would not have an impact on class sizes. It said:

“Typically, each year one third of students in both Year 12 and Year 13 are new students to HGS, joining from a wide range of schools across the region. It is therefore entirely normal for new students to join us in our sixth form.”

It said the school had reached its sixth form capacity of 650 students during and following the covid pandemic, but was now able to accommodate the “small number” of Rossett students who would join this year.

Harrogate Grammar School offers A level and BTEC courses, as well as the extended project qualification (EPQ). Rossett School has offered a similar programme of courses and subjects.

The news comes as the two schools work increasingly closely, with Rossett expected to join the same multi-academy trust as Harrogate Grammar School from September.

Last week, it was confirmed that HGS deputy headteacher Tim Milburn will take over as head of Rossett School.

At the same time, the school is expected to join the Red Kite Learning Trust, which already has a membership of 13 schools, including three primaries and a junior school in the Harrogate district.

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