“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



Essential Dates

Bank Holiday – Reminder.   LJS is closed to staff and students on Monday 2 May due to a bank holiday and will re-open at the normal time (8.20 am) on Tuesday 3 May. 

We break up for half term at 3.00 pm on Friday 27 May and re-convene on Monday 6 June.

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.



LJS Sports College – Great competition for young sports fans

Young Sports Commentator of the Year

BBC Radio 5 Live are running a National competition to find the best Young Sports Commentator of the Year (ages 11-15).

The winner of the competition will spend a day with 5 Live at a sporting event where they’ll have a go at commentating on-air. They’ll also get a behind the scenes tour of 5 Live and BBC Sport and receive a Young Commentator of the Year trophy. You’ve got to be in it to win it!

Mr Tyzack has all the information and will be visiting assemblies throughout the week.

Deadline 9 May – good luck!



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

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