“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
Olympic Ring No: 4 – RESPECT - Respect each other by behaving OUTSTANDINGLY in lessons and around school - please don’t let the side down. Every LJS student has the right to learn without disruption so let’s have top behaviour shown by ALL students – it is your responsibility to behave well; gold standard adhered to by all students please.
NB Please keep to the left on corridors and stairwells.
Theme for the Week – The Joy of Reading. Thursday 5 March is World Book Day and the ‘joy of reading’ is the theme for assemblies. Please encourage students to enjoy reading and participate in the competition and events planned for the week. There are £1 book vouchers for all students – details via API in the library. Just name your favourite book and write a short review, £10 book vouchers for the best entries.
“Literacy is the bridge from misery to hope” – Kofi Annan
“Once you learn to read you will be forever free”
Sainsbury’s Vouchers for School
We are collecting the Sainsbury’s Vouchers for School – there is a collection box at the school’s Reception. Can I please encourage you to collect and donate these vouchers, which we can exchange for Active Kids equipment and experiences.
Press Release – 5 March 2015
New build for Laurence Jackson School, Guisborough is signed and sealed, soon to be delivered.
After a 10 year battle to produce a new school building, the legal documents have finally been signed and the dream will become a reality by September 2016.
LJS is one of 12 schools in the NE batch (261 nationally) to be selected for a completely new build. The legally binding Governing Body Agreement was signed by all 12 schools on Friday 20 February and we have just heard that financial close has been secured.
Thanks to an ‘Early Works’ agreement, demolition of D block at LJS has already been completed, clearing space for a fantastic new two storey school building which will rise from the rubble over the next 15 months in time for Autumn Term 2016. The existing Leisure Centre will remain intact and undergo a £1.5m refit, together with the acquisition of a brand new full size 3G AGP (Artificial Grass Pitch) adjacent to the GLC.
Tony Gavin, Headteacher, could not hide his excitement after the final hurdle had been overcome. “This is fantastic news for the young people of Guisborough and the wider community and not before time. For well over 10 years the governing body, staff and students have lobbied for a new building and I am delighted to confirm that they have finally succeeded.
The new building will be state of the art with excellent learning spaces, plus thanks to the support of RCBC, it will have a genuine community ethos. Funding has been allocated to upgrade the hall, catering and social spaces to provide a first class performing arts provision. We aim to be a significant social, cultural and arts hub for the local community.”
Chair of Governors, Alan Ankers, added “We are very fortunate to have some superb sports facilities and they will be enhanced to provide a top quality 3G pitch, plus a major refurbishment of the GLC. This will mean that our amenities for both students and the community will be second to none.”
Mr Gavin was confident that deadlines would be met in time for the official opening in September 2016. “We are working closely with the EFA, Galliford Try (the selected constructor), Bond Dickinson, our excellent legal representatives and RCBC to ensure that the time line runs smoothly.
There will be minor changes to pedestrian and vehicle circulation, parking and play space in the short term but the really good news is that learning can continue unhindered in the existing classrooms during the construction period.
Friday 20 February 2015 was the official sign up date and will be remembered as an historic day in the long and distinguished life of LJS. We can’t wait to see the new buildings emerge over the next 15 months.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in pursuing this dream and despite numerous setbacks, turning it into a reality – their courage and determination should not be underestimated.”
If you would like to keep in touch with these developments or any other LJS news, please access the website on www.laurencejackson.org.
Bang, boom, crash, swung
the cannon ball on a long
piece of thread, once black
Bricks knocking skulls, grey
to red, happiness replaced
Jobs to dusk.
Below a thick fog of dust,
the yellow tops of heads
flickered, as if headlights.
New calendars were bought,
Santa filled the tree - twice
The label of the jumper was
replaced from 11-12 to 14-15.
Sweat leaked from under
The old holey school, replaced
With shine and beauty.