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“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 Second £10,000 Goalden Giveaway

LJS Applegarth unit is shortlisted to win £10,000, please vote for us on the following website www.teessidecharity.org.uk. The more votes we have as a school the higher the proportion of money our Applegarth centre can achieve. 


 

Headteacher Easter Term Update

If commitment, dedication and endeavour are fairly rewarded in life, then 2014 should be a record breaking year for LJS.  After over 30 years as an education professional, I have never witnessed such a collective, galvanised team approach to supporting current Y11 in achieving their aspirational targets. Despite the increasing turmoil and uncertainty generated by Mr Gove & Co at the DfE, with new initiatives and changes almost weekly, I am quietly optimistic that the relentless determination shown by students and staff will pay dividends by producing outstanding exam results.  Certainly the latest progress checks indicate a potentially impressive outcome.

Meanwhile in the real world, there is definitely more to life than mere exam results, important though they are.  Our vibrant school continues to provide such a rich variety of enrichment opportunities both within the curriculum and outside.  I am frankly amazed at the energy and enthusiasm of LJS staff in providing so many experiences ON TOP of the additional pressures of the new exam and performance framework. Numerous educational visits have taken place – locally, regionally and abroad with a significant proportion of LJS students participating.  There are many more to come with the highlights being an adventure experience in France, Geography Fieldtrip to Iceland and a Rugby trip of a lifetime to Canada.

Our sports teams continue to go from strength to strength with LJS currently sitting proudly at the top of the Redcar & Cleveland Olympic table.  Several teams and many individuals have excelled and I am delighted to share the fantastic news that two of our outstanding girl footballers have been called up for England – Sophie Warnes at Under 19 – Sophie scored in a 4 – 0 demolition of Wales and Charlotte Agar at Under 16. Well done girls, we are so proud of your achievements.  They are both talented but have worked incredibly hard at their skills with great support from Mark Sunley, Malcolm Bean and our sports staff. Young Americans was another personal highlight of mine, to see out students growing in confidence to perform at such a high level was a genuine joy – please visit the website for a further insight.

The new school building project is gathering momentum with the selected ‘bidder’ being announced in April.  The programme will gather pace after Easter and it won’t be long before we can see the new construction taking shape on the land behind the sails and D Block.  There are bound to be obstacles to overcome and some minor alterations but by September 2016 it will all have proved worthwhile when LJS transfers across into our new state of the art building.

Finally, I must mention our charity work.  Whilst our core purpose is to maximise exam results to improve ALL life chances, we also want to produce well rounded, community aware students and I must say that they have been fantastic this year in raising funds for worthy causes.  Just one example is the magnificent £1400 raised for Sport Relief.  Every penny will find its way directly to disadvantaged children and families in the UK and abroad – well done and thank you to all parents for your support.

Tony Gavin

Headteacher

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