A League Of Its Own
With Christmas celebrations on the horizon and some ground-breaking developments for 2021, the mood is buoyant at this Lancashire school
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that in challenging times there is nothing so valuable as the support and friendship of a close community. Nowhere is that embodied more than at Rossall School in Fleetwood, one of the country’s leading independent schools for boys and girls from three months to 18 years old.
Rossall prides itself on its supportive, family-like environment and the unrivalled facilities offered by its stunning campus. A recent Independent Schools Inspectorate report rated the quality of pupils’ personal development as excellent and commented on the real sense of camaraderie between pupils.
“The sense of community really comes into focus at this time of year,” says Head of Marketing, Nancy Fielden. “Every pupil will have plenty of opportunities to get involved in festive events and enjoy some fun in the run up to Christmas.”
Preparations are already underway for socially distanced events such as carol concerts, drama performances and nativities, which will be live-streamed to audiences watching at home.
Following the Christmas break, pupils return in January full of excitement for the year ahead. “There’s always a real sense of anticipation around the campus in January and, in 2021, we have some really exciting developments to look forward to,” says Nancy.
One of these is the launch of the school’s new Elite Football Programme for Girls, the first of its kind in the country, which will sit alongside the existing programme for boys. Delivered in partnership with Fleetwood Town Football Club, the programme enables talented youngsters to receive first class, professional football coaching alongside their outstanding education.
“The women’s game has progressed so much in recent years,” says Nancy. “This programme demonstrates the school’s commitment to be a leading player in delivering equality of opportunity for girls who want to play professional football or work in the sport.”
Scholarships are available for talented pupils and girls on the programme will have the opportunity to play with Fleetwood Town Academy teams and against many of the country’s leading youth teams. Chelsea defender and England Lioness, Millie Bright, who opened the school’s new £4 million Sports Centre in 2019, is an ambassador for the programme and will provide some mentoring and coaching as well as giving guest lectures.
Rossall’s academic reputation speaks for itself, with pupils excelling in GCSEs, A levels and the International Baccalaureate, but the school is determined to encourage a fully rounded educational experience.
Says Nancy: “Whatever your child’s interests are, there will be something for them to enjoy in our diverse programme of extra-curricular activities. These, combined with our outstanding academic record, enable all our pupils to reach their full potential whilst getting the very most from this dynamic school community.”
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