“LJS is a joyful place, full of exciting new opportunities. Everyone succeeds in their search for excellence; LJS improves life chances and unleashes potential” Head Girl
“LJS is a hardworking and enjoyable school that offers a vast selection of opportunities for every student, giving them the building blocks for a successful life” Head Boy
The new school emerges, 3 months and counting
LJS – Headlines/Briefing Notes
Monday 27 June 2016 – Week 1
Whole school priorities 2015/16
1 Consistent application of Gold Standards
2 Improving outcomes for DAC & SEN (& closing gaps)
3 PSBP – successful implementation and transition
Focus for half term 6 – Quality assurance of marking feedback and the impact on students’ progress
Olympic Ring No – SMART There is currently an epidemic of trainers around school with only a small percentage providing a justifiable reason (ie split/broken shoes). With only three weeks to go this term, let’s ensure that standards do not slip inside or outside the classroom.
The final day of the Summer Term for students is Friday 15 July when we finish at 12.30 pm; staff are in school from Monday 18 July – Wednesday 20 July packing for the move into our fabulous new building. For phased September re-start dates, please refer to HT blog Easter 2016.
Key Dates: Please don’t miss
Wed 22 – Fri 24 June ‘Make a New Tomorrow’ – 7.15 pm – our final school production in the ‘old building’. Tickets priced £7 available from the Finance Office – 636361 ext 260.
Sat 2 July ‘Ring out the old, ring in the new’ – 10 am – 12.30 pm
A last chance to make a nostalgic visit to the old building before being given a glimpse into the future with a short guided tour of the new building.
Mon 5 July Race4 Life – 3.30 pm – wear something pink to run/jog/walk 5k. All proceeds to Cancer Research. Cancer, we’re coming for you.
Tues 30 Aug School availability day – keys to the new school handed over!
Thurs 1 – Fri 9 Sept Phased introduction into the new building
Thurs 22 Sept LJS Open Evening for prospective pupils and families
Fri 4 Nov Official opening with Tanni Grey-Thompson
These are the edited highlights; more details nearer the time.
72 hours in the life of LJS (to be very proud of)
Following the inspirational and emotional Y11 Achievement Assembly last Thursday and the stirring Dance Festival on Thursday evening, I didn’t think that things could get any better – but they did! I would like to highlight some of the activities available to LJS students and their impressive achievement.
On Friday Mrs Spencer took our debating team to the Northern Finals at Sunderland University – and we won the whole competition – with Kate G chosen as the best speaker overall. Great credit to Kate, Kellen H and Molly D, ably supported by Zach D and Scott J, and many thanks to Mrs Spencer for ensuring their excellent preparation, organisation and motivation. We have qualified for the final – at Eton!
Also on Friday, 15 of our most dedicated Performing Arts students visited LIPA (The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts – of Paul McCartney fame) and were suitably inspired. A massive thank you to Mr Allen for facilitating the trip and to Mr Demoily for driving the minibus on his day off – typical of LJS staff going the extra mile for our students.
On Sunday our excellent badminton squad of Matty A, Dan R, Zach D and Robert T competed at the National Finals in Milton Keynes and soon realised the outstanding level of performance required at elite level. Over 3,600 schools entered the competition and LJS, representing the North East, were in the top 10. Great credit to the players and also to the families who supported so passionately and to Mr Fowle for giving up his weekend.
Week commencing Monday 18 April is equally engaging with Y10 GCSE Geography visits to Whitby continuing, Chelsea’s Choice sexploitation theatre production to Y9 on Tuesday, Y11 County Cup Final on Thursday and the Y11 Reward visit to Alton Towers on Friday. Never a dull moment at LJS. The school community should be very proud of the variety of opportunity and the breadth of participation.
Meanwhile, the new building continues to take shape, major refurbishment has started in the Leisure Centre and work will recommence on the full size artificial grass pitch in the next few days – further details will be posted on the website with tours available in June, July and September.
Finally, we send our best wishes to every member of Y11 for the forthcoming exam season. They are working incredibly hard to top up preparation and staff are yet again going the extra mile to support/challenge every individual. I would just like to remind our students that a healthy lifestyle is essential at this intensive time with a sensible balance of work, relaxation, exercise, quality nutrition and sleep (especially sleep). They need to pace themselves to reach a peak when the written exams start on Tuesday 3 May (English Language iGCSE). We will highlight those issues in upcoming assemblies but would appreciate parental support in managing expectations. TG