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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

Extreme Weather Protocol 2014/15

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During the winter months LJS has the following protocols in place for extreme weather conditions;

·         The School regularly check weather forecasts and strategically plans to ensure the school site is safe to open.


·         If snow is predicted the senior management team meet on site at 6.15 am to trigger plan A or B after a full risk assessment.


Every effort will be made to keep the school open as normal

unless Health and Safety is compromised.



Plan A: Normal opening

  • Confirmation of opening on school website by 7.00 am
  • School will ensure bus/taxi companies offer their normal service and times

·         Staff and students to make their way to school as normal recognising journey times may be extended 

·         Applegarth Gate to remain closed

·         Students to report to designated areas and await instruction - not form rooms (Hall Y7, Dining Room Y8, Priory Room Y9, Gym Y10, Old Sports Hall Y11). 


Plan B: School closure

Communication to students/parents/staff will be as follows:

  • LJS Website updated by 7.00 am
  • Local Media BBC Radio Tees

Staff to be informed by school text messaging service.

LJS – Headlines/Briefing Notes

Monday 26 January 2015 – Week 1

Aims for term 2 :- 1) Enjoy teaching and learning

                                   2) Embed the new marking policy

                                    3) Focus on learning and progress


Olympic Ring No: 4  RESPECT each other.  Following the Martin Luther King assemblies last week and looking ahead to the Auschwitz assemblies, this week let us put theory into practice and treat every member of the wider LJS community as you would wish to be treated yourself.  Freedom, equality, unity and mutual respect were the main themes – let’s make them happen in our daily lives.

Thought for the Week: This week marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp (27/1/1945). The theme of ‘Holocaust Memorial Day’ 2015 is ‘Keep the memory alive’ which at a time when we are witnessing an upturn in anti-Semitism in Europe seems an apt ambition. The last few weeks have seen an increase in the level of protection given to Jewish schools and synagogues in both France and Britain; our Home Secretary has made a speech at a memorial service for those Jews who died in the Paris attacks and Holocaust Memorial Day posters have been graffitied in London. Assemblies this week will remember the Holocaust  and build on the aim to ‘Keep The Memory Alive’

"That attempt at the systematic destruction of an entire people falls like a shadow on the history of Europe and the whole world, it is a crime which will forever darken the history of humanity. May it serve, today and for the future, as a warning: there must be no yielding to ideologies which justify contempt for human dignity on the basis of race, colour, language or religion." Pope John Paul II


Mrs Williams took part in a sponsored ‘Sleepout’ to experience what homeless people have to endure on a nightly basis.  She said “It was one of the most challenging things I’ve done so far, and not just because of the cold ….we were all subject to a bit of verbal abuse … and this meant being constantly on edge, we only managed to get an hour’s sleep, a side to sleeping rough I’d never really thought about. 

We’ve raised £300 in total so far – thanks to everyone who sponsored us”.

If you would like to sponsor Mrs Williams, please contact her – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


School Games Organiser

Mrs Pam Dodds - In the top 10% of SGO's Nationally!

As a result of her tireless work in her role as School Games Organiser (SGO) for the Cleveland School Sports Partnership, Mrs Dodds has been recognised as performing in the top 10% of SGO's across the whole country!

This is a an outstanding achievement for Mrs Dodds, who goes above and beyond her role to ensure children in the Cleveland area have as many opportunities to take part in PE and School Sport as possible. As well as working closely with Primary school aged children to increase their involvement in sport, physical activity and competition, Mrs Dodds' role involves increasing opportunities for Laurence Jackson students and we are seeing an increasing amount of opportunities for all students to get involved in sport in a variety of roles from performers and competitors, to leaders, administrators and reporters.

Congratulations Mrs Dodds, this is richly deserved!


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