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Student Case Studies

  • Achille Pezzini - Italian

    Name: Achille Pezzini
    Age: 20
    Nationality: Italian

    When were you at Rossall (Year to Year)?
    2016 to 2018

    What House were you in at Rossall?
    Maltese cross

    What did you select to study at Rossall?
    A Level Drama, Art and Photography

    What did you like most about the UK?
    The strength of friendships and the social life

    What are you studying at University and where?
    I am studying electronic music production in Guildford

    What do you hope your future career to be?
    I would love to make a living out of performing all around the world and making music

    What would you say to any student considering Rossall to study?
    You will have the opportunity to experience many different things: subjects and activities, and learn about different cultures

    How would you describe the lessons at Rossall and how different is the teaching to that in your home country?
    Lessons at Rossall are enjoyable and productive at the same time, in Italy is exactly the opposite.

    Which teachers most inspired you?
    My photography teacher Ms Cathy Sharp, she is a legend.

    Outside of the classroom what activities did you take part in?
    Basketball and football

    What are you favourite memories?
    The occasional breaking of rules without being seen and discovering the next day that somehow the whole school knows everything about it, teachers excluded (hopefully).

  • Philippe Gaud - French

    Name: Philippe Gaud
    Age: 17
    Nationality: French

    When were you at Rossall?
    2014-2018

    What House were you in at Rossall?
    Mitre Fleur de Lys (MF)

    What did you select to study at Rossall?
    I completed the two-year GCSE course at Rossall and then went on to study the International Baccalaureate in Sixth Form. My subjects studied at standard level were Maths, Geography and French; at higher level I studied English, Design & Technology and Business Management.

    What did you like most about the UK?
    The diversity in cultures and the school boarding system.

    What are you studying at University and where?
    I am currently undergoing a design diploma in Paris at Strate School of Design. I plan to go to Loughborough University, in the UK, in September 2019 to study Industrial Design.

    What do you hope your future career to be?
    I hope to be a product designer and maybe start my own company in the future.

    What would you say to any student considering Rossall to study?
    To give it a chance and to get involved in all the school has to offer. There are so many varied opportunities available at Rossall; there is something for everyone.

    How would you describe the lessons at Rossall and how different is the teaching to that in your home country?
    You have a closer relationship with your teachers because of the smaller number of students per class. The method of teaching is more rewarding and the choice of subjects are broader in the UK than they are in France. It is at Rossall that I got my first taste for design.

    What were your first impressions of the School?
    I was impressed by the environment and the atmosphere; the healthy community life and strength of connections is exceptional, especially inside the boarding house. I was also stunned by the school facilities and by the kindness and support given by people in the school.

    Which teachers most inspired you?
    I would say Mr Corrie (Housemaster of boys House, Mitre Fleur de Lys) because of his capacity to manage and talk to people. Which I now find an extremely important asset in today’s working world.

    Outside of the classroom, what activities did you take part in?
    I played Rugby, Hockey, Cricket and Tennis.

    What are your favourite memories?
    The time I spent with friends and in my boarding house, house competitions and sports, and my last year as MF House Captain.

  • Paula Miranda Hernandez - Mexican

    Name: Paula Miranda Hernandez
    Age: 15
    Nationality: Mexican

    When did you start at Rossall?
    September 2018

    What House are you in at Rossall?
    Rose

    What are you studying at Rossall?
    Year 11, International Courses

    Why did you select to live and study at Rossall?
    I wanted to improve my English and to experience living in a different country and environment. Here at Rossall I am also able to keep practicing golf.

    What do you like most about the UK?
    That it is a very safe country compared to my own, so I feel more free.

    What do you hope to study in the Sixth Form?
    IB

    What do you hope your future career to be?
    Of course my ideal career would be to become a golf professional, but I am also interested in something that involves business, not sure exactly what though.

    What would you say to any student considering Rossall to study?
    It is a great opportunity to make all kinds of friends from different parts of the world, which is amazing. You will be encouraged to try different types of activities, and you would be in a very safe and friendly environment.

    How would you describe the lessons at Rossall and how different is the teaching to that in your home country?
    Lessons at Rossall are not as hard as I thought they would be. Teachers understand that the pupils studying the International Courses do not have perfect English, and that studying in English is new for us. My school in Mexico is very similar to Rossall, the only difference is the language.

    What were your first impressions of the school?
    I was very excited when I first arrived; Rossall is a beautiful school. I thought it would be very strict and everyone would be serious and not very open. It is the opposite of this and although strict (rules at school don’t go far from the basic ones every school should have) everyone is extremely friendly

    Which teachers currently inspire you?
    My Business Studies teacher, Mr. Remmington and the Director of Golf, Mr. Hemmings

    Outside of the classroom what activities did you take part in?
    I am part of the advanced program in the Golf Academy

    Do you have a favourite moment you could describe since you started at Rossall?
    When I won best girl in my first golf tournament representing Rossall. Also the Rose House residential because that was the first time all the new girls connected and we had so much fun.

  • Siwat Dumsuwan - Thai

    Name: Siwat Dumsuwan
    Age: 12
    Nationality: Thai

    When did you start at Rossall?
    September 2018

    What House are you in at Rossall?
    I board in the Junior Boarding House, Anchor and I am in Dragon House, which is for all Year 7 and Year 8 pupils.

    What are you studying at Rossall?
    Maths, English, Science, History, Geography and many more.

    What do you like most about the UK?
    The Football and weather because in my country (Thailand) it is very hot.

    What would you say to a pupil considering Rossall to study?
    From my first experience, I think Rossall is a fantastic place. I am very surprised with how beautiful the School looks. When I first my Houseparents and teachers they were so kind. I actually completely forgot about my parents.

    How would you describe your lessons at Rossall?
    I would describe my lessons as fun but educational because you can have fun for the whole lesson but you get lots of knowledge from that lesson too.

    What were your first impressions of the school?
    It is not only my first impression of the School but it is actually my first impression of England too. Studying at Rossall is a very big step for me. It is a wonderful opportunity and a great experience.

    Which teachers inspire you?
    Director of Sport, Mr Cropper inspires me because I like sport a lot and he is a very good example of a sports person. He plays all different sports very well and looks very elegant and he is always calm. This is very much how I would like to approach my sport.

    Outside of the classroom, what activities do you take part in?
    I take part in different activities dependent on the term. In the Michaelmas Term I took part in Football and Russian. In the Lent Term I play Hockey. I like to pick a sport activity because I enjoy sport and I try to select a different sport that I had never ever played. During the Summer Term I am looking forward to playing a traditionally English sport, Cricket.

    Why do you love boarding?
    I love boarding because during every minute of boarding I gain new experiences and knowledge. We have trips to different places every weekend. I like to step out my comfort zone, Thailand is so far away and I had never experienced Europe before. In my opinion I think everyone given the opportunity should step out of his or her comfort zone – you will not regret coming to Rossall.

    What is your favourite thing about Rossall?
    I like the atmosphere, the people and the teachers. I like everything here and I think Rossall is all I need.

  • Vasilisa Pavshinskaia - Russian

    Name: Vasilisa Pavshinskaia
    Age: 19
    Nationality: Russian

    Years at Rossall:
    2014-2017

    What House were you in at Rossall?
    Rose House

    What did you select to study at Rossall?
    IGCSE, A Levels: Design and Technology, Art, and Business Studies

    What did you like most about the UK?
    The greenest grass in the world!

    What are you studying at University and where?
    I study BA Product Design at The University of Edinburgh.

    What do you hope your future career to be?
    I would like to work in the field of UX (User Experience) design and sustainable design. I am fascinated by ergonomics and the psychology behind the way we interact with the world around us.

    What would you say to any student considering Rossall to study?
    Try to take every opportunity to participate in the school life. I suggest getting involved in Drama and Music – these are the best after school activities. Also, be prepared to get blown away by strong Rossall winds (bring your warmest coat)!

    How would you describe the lessons at Rossall and how different is the teaching to that in your home country?
    I think the main difference between Rossall and my previous schools in Moscow is that my teachers at Rossall knew me so much better. Most of my teachers were Houseparents or Tutors, which made it easier for students to find them at any time during the day to ask study-related questions or to just have a nice, friendly chat.

    What were your first impressions of the school?
    “Looks like Hogwarts, I want to study here!”

    Which teachers most inspired you?
    Miss Bendelow was the most amazing Houseparent and Drama teacher. She always took good care of all the Rose House girls, of me and my older sister, Polina. My Design Technology teacher, Mr Hodgetts, inspired me to choose Product Design as a university degree, and I am extremely thankful for all the knowledge and skills he taught me during my GCSE and A Levels. Mr Wallace, my Business Studies teacher, inspired me to choose Scotland as my university destination. Miss Holder-Williams, with her creatively wonderful approach to teaching Art, inspired me to work hard on my sketches and to always think outside the box.  Another great experience I had at Rossall was being a part of Miss Young’s chapel choir. I would also like to mention Miss Littlefair, who taught me singing for almost 3 years. She is the best singing teacher I ever had. The list of my favourite teachers is endless, I was very happy to have met these people and to learn so much from them.

    Outside of the classroom what activities did you take part in?
    My favourite sport was ice skating. I also enjoyed being involved in chapel choir as well as school theatre plays and musicals.

    What are your favourite memories?
    House Jollies, show nights for ‘Grease’ and ‘Les Misérables’, Christmas Carol services, House Singing and also pyjamas and pizza night after Rose House won the House Singing in 2015!