“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
Sports College Presentation Evening - Wednesday 8 October 2014
Wednesday 8 October saw the annual Sports College Presentation Evening take place in the wonderful setting of Gisborough Hall Hotel. The event was a huge success and was attended by over 350 students and family members. The evening is held to recognise and celebrate the fantastic achievements of our many talented sporting individuals and teams over the past twelve months. The event was kicked off with an excellent presentation by Year 11 students who went on the joint Guisborough Town Rugby Club and LJS Rugby trip of a lifetime to Canada in August 2014.
Another one of the many highlights of the evening was an inspirational presentation by Fabulous Flournoy – current player coach at Newcastle Eagles Basketball team, and decorated England and Commonwealth Bronze medallist international player.
Fabulous Flournoy – Guest Speaker
Amongst the many awards was the endeavour award, for a student who has overcome adversity to achieve their sporting goals, the Leadership Academy Awards, The Duke of Edinburgh Awards and numerous academic performance awards including GCSE PE and BTEC Dance. A major part of the presentation is recognising those students who have shown the greatest commitment to sport over the previous year in each year group. We also recognise the best all round sporting male and female in Year 9.
To recognise the outstanding contributions staff have made during the year, Mr Gavin presented two special staff awards:
Team of the Year:
The team of the year always goes to the highest ranked team in the sporting year. The winners of this year’s team of the year are part of our most successful girls’ sport as a Sports College; Girls’ Football. This team had beaten a host of schools throughout the country to make it to the Semi Finals where they were beaten heartbreakingly in a penalty shootout after extra time. This year’s winners were the U16 Girls’ Football team ESFA National Semi-Finalists.
Best sporting Individual:
We have an abundance of talent at LJS so when it comes to choosing the winner of the best sporting individual we are always spoilt for choice and it is always fiercely debated by the PE staff.
This trophy gets displayed in the PE area for all to see and this year’s winner is a student who continues to go from strength to strength in his sport of Downhill Mountain Biking.
He has claimed a number of superb results in his most recent international Competitions, including 1st place in the Austrian Junior Downhill Cup, Serfaus, Austria. This year’s winner of this award, for the second successive year was Jack T.
As this year marks the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of WW1, the staff and students of LJS have decided to raise money for the Royal British Legion. We have pledged to raise £1000 for the charity by the end of this academic year, July 2015. We will be hosting a variety of fundraising activities between now and July which will not only raise money but also awareness of the fantastic role that the Royal British Legion plays in our society. One of the ideas is to hold a raffle before Christmas which will be open to students, parents, staff and members of the community. We would be very grateful to anyone who can donate a prize for this raffle. Several local businesses have also been contacted but if you know of any business that may be able to donate a prize then please contact Mrs Nicholson (Director of Global Studies).
All donations will be greatly accepted; big or small.
Thank you for your support!
Cohort 2014 maintain high standards at LJS – 21/8/14
Despite significant changes to the exam regime and grave warnings about a national dip in results, students at Laurence Jackson School have matched the high levels of achievement from previous years.
Almost 70% of Y11 candidates achieved A-Cs in English and Maths combined with over 60% of the 2014 cohort attaining the crucial benchmark of 5A*-C including English and Maths. English results at LJS were excellent across the board with over 80% achieving A-Cs, a new school record.
There were particularly impressive outcomes for students with the highest grades, with over 23% of all grades recorded as either A or A*, again the best outcome in our history. The final overall figure is expected to rise further once all grades are reviewed and confirmed as some areas are still outstanding.
Headteacher Tony Gavin commended the dedication and commitment of LJS staff and students; “There have been so many changes to the exam system over the past 2 years that it has been more difficult to predict outcomes than ever before but what I do know is that the staff and students at LJS have worked incredibly hard to achieve their full potential. The continual alterations and interference to established systems has proved most challenging but our students have risen to the occasion and with fantastic support from teaching and support staff have tried their hardest to achieve their targets and we cannot ask for more than that.
It should also be remembered that exam results, important as they are, only represent part of the bigger educational picture. As well as performing so well academically, I would like to take this opportunity to commend cohort 2014 for participating wholeheartedly in so many other areas of school and community life. They proved to be outstanding role models and excellent ambassadors for the school, their families and the wider local community. They deserve their success, were a pleasure to work with and everyone at LJS wishes them all the very best for the future.”