“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
LJS exam results stand firm against turbulent changes in the exam system nationally.
Despite yet more significant changes to the exams and qualifications framework nationally, Year 11 students at Laurence Jackson School, Guisborough have matched the high levels of achievement from previous years.
Exact figures are yet to be confirmed as some results remain outstanding but the vast majority of candidates achieved A-C in English and Maths.
In addition, there were particularly impressive outcomes in Geography, History, Health and Social Care, PE/Sport, Art and Child Development with a significant improvement in all aspects of Science; over 95% of candidates achieving A-Cs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
There were many outstanding individual performances with several students attaining 12 or more A/A*s, a tribute to their dedication.
Headteacher Tony Gavin commended the relentless commitment of LJS students and staff; “There have been so many changes to the exam system over the past two years that it has been more difficult to predict outcomes than ever before. However, what I do know is that our students have risen to the occasion and with fantastic backing 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 2015 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 and everyone at LJS wishes them all the very best for the future.”
Summer Update from LJS – 10 August 2015
The final few weeks of Summer Term proved to be spectacularly successful with national awards in Science, Technology and STEM, a highly positive Primary transition experience and four outstanding Achievement Assemblies in the final week which showcased the impressive attendance, application and progress of the vast majority of LJS students.
High standards of behaviour and conduct continued throughout the end of term, which made the last few weeks both enjoyable and productive with an exemplary departure on the final day.
The final Friday was a non-uniform day with voluntary contributions to our two chosen charities which helped to raise overall donations to well over £2,000 to Race for Life (Cancer Research) and £1,500 to the Teenage Cancer Trust. A further £1,000 cheque was presented to the Royal British Legion following a year long project to mark the centenary of World War 1. We are very proud of our charitable work throughout the academic year and I would like to thank all students, staff and the wider community who have supported our fund raising activities.
Our Summer School ran for prospective Year 7 students during the first two weeks of the holidays and again proved really worthwhile with positive feedback from students and staff.
We bade farewell to several staff on the last day of term, recognising their contribution to recent school improvements at LJS:- Mr Clarke and Miss Henry (PE), Mrs Beckley (Maths), Mrs Nicholson (History), Mr Parkin (D&T),Mr Vendret (MFL), Mrs Wells, (English), Mr Byrnes (Science), Mr Durham (Technician), Mrs Morris (Cover Supervisor). Appreciation also to Miss Lumley and Miss Tait who successfully completed their teacher training at LJS. We wish all departing colleagues well in their chosen direction.
I am delighted to say that despite a challenging time for teacher recruitment, we have replaced each of these staff with a quality specialist and we can look forward to consistency and continuity in all subjects from September. Teaching and Learning remains the core purpose at LJS and we are determined to deliver top quality lessons in all areas.
Meanwhile, the new build continues at a pace with an army of construction workers on site throughout the summer, ensuring that deadlines are met and quality assured. Another major boost is that the tender for the full sized AGP (Artificial Grass Pitch) has now been selected and work will commence by the end of August. We are confident that the AGP will be completed and available for use by the local community by January 2016.
The deadline for the new building itself remains July 2016 so that we can move across ready for the new term in September 2016 – exciting times. A reminder that in order to facilitate a smooth transition into the new building, Summer term 2016 will finish on Friday 15 July for students, leaving three days for packing, storage and decant by staff.
This summer, our thoughts and best wishes are with current Y11 who await their fate on results day, Thursday 20 August. If outcomes reflect their dedication and commitment, then they will do very well. We remain quietly optimistic and will publish the results as soon as they have been confirmed.
Please enjoy the remainder of the summer break, try to get some rest and recuperation – staff and students certainly deserve some – and we look forward to greeting you on Wednesday 2 September at the usual time. Students might like to consider doing some independent learning and research to prepare themselves for the term ahead – please visit the curriculum tab for further details.
Message to Parents; we would really appreciate your support in preparing students effectively for the new term ahead. Please visit our uniform guidelines below and ensure that all students return on time, fully equipped and wearing designated school uniform – especially plain black footwear and acceptable trousers as identified.
At LJS we firmly believe that positive parental partnerships are the key to successful secondary education and respectfully ask parents to work with us to help achieve our stated aim of improving the life chances of every child in our care. Please ensure that your child is encouraged to meet our standards and expectations at all times and we will endeavour to deliver on our commitment for care, support, challenge and progress. (Refer to the Home-School Agreement).
Have a great summer.
Tony Gavin (Headteacher)
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