“LJS provides the opportunity for all students to recognise and achieve their full potential, in a friendly environment, that will prepare them for life's challenges” (Head Boy 2013)
"Laurence Jackson meets the needs and expectations of a pupils. Both staff and students never stop striving for excellence” (Head Girl 2013)
The LJS flag will be at half-mast for the next week as a tribute to Nelson Mandela.
LJS would like to express our appreciation and condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela and the people of South Africa.
Nelson Mandela was one of the world’s greatest and most influential leaders.
He was courageous, humble, passionate and relentlessly determined to achieve peace, human dignity and justice, not just in Africa but across the globe.
Nelson Mandela stands for equality, freedom, reconciliation and above all, hope against adversity and overwhelming odds.
In the year 3013 students will still be looking back in admiration of one of the most inspirational human beings of all time.
At LJS we should try to live our lives in honour of this great man.
Press Release – 18 November 2013
State of the Art new building confirmed for LJS
Exciting times ahead for Laurence Jackson School, Guisborough with a brand new campus in the pipeline for Summer 2016.
LJS is one of 12 North East schools engaged in the DfE’s PSBP (Priority Schools Building Project) having been earmarked as one of 260 schools nationally requiring significant repair and maintenance. After the initial announcement in 2011, LJS staff have worked incredibly hard with LA Officers and EFA (Education Funding Agency) Consultants to produce a broad, educationally sound planning framework.
Three bidders have recently been shortlisted, McAlpine, Miller & Laing O’Rourke and after several site visits and further discussion with the Highways and Planning Departments they are now busy formulating their detailed plans.
Members of the LJS PSBP task group made up of senior staff and Governors have been invited to formal presentations at Mowden Hall, Darlington during the first week of December and will contribute to the final decision making process.
The selected bidder will be announced in April 2014 with contracts finalised in November 2014 and construction due to start early in 2015 in time for completion during Summer 2016.
Headteacher Tony Gavin could not conceal his delight at the green light approval for the new build. “This is fantastic news for the students, staff and Governors of LJS and the wider local community who have lobbied relentlessly for a new school building. It is a tribute to the dedication of a significant group of local people who were determined to procure top quality school buildings for the young people of Guisborough. The project is at an exciting stage of development and once the bidder is selected, in the Spring of 2014, detailed consultation can begin with students and staff at LJS and local residents to ensure the best possible outcome for all parties. We greatly look forward to the building taking shape over the next 2 years and the good news is that our current educational provision will not be affected – students and staff will remain in the existing learning environment as construction takes place on adjacent land – the best of both worlds.”
Alan Ankers, Chair of Governors at Laurence Jackson School was also delighted that the school is to be part of the PSBP. “A new building will mean a great deal to both our school and to the wider community. Our school has fought long and hard over many years to be recognised as a priority for a rebuild and we are excited by the opportunities which this will bring for our pupils who deserve to go to school in a vibrant 21st century building. Children are our future and it’s important that they are given the very best facilities in which to learn to ensure they reach their full potential”.
LJS Needs You!
If you would like to participate in the exciting developments at LJS then there are currently Governor vacancies for – 1 Co-opted Governor and 2 Partnership Governors.
Please consider joining the excellent Governing Body at LJS to help guide the school through the exciting construction phase and deliver a wonderful new school for the young people of Guisborough.
Please contact Dawn Anderson for more details and application forms.