“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
25 September 2014
On Thursday 25 September Laurence Jackson School was host to in excess of 500 parents, carers and prospective Year 7 students in its 9th annual Open Evening. This evening provided a fantastic opportunity for visitors to meet staff; experience a selection of the numerous curricular and extra-curricular activities and visit all areas of the school.
Tony Gavin, Headteacher, addressed the audience, emphasising how LJS definitely succeeds in improving the life chances of every child in its care.
Mr Gavin also covered some of the fantastic range of experiences available at LJS including clubs, practices, teams and numerous educational visits including residentials in the UK, Europe and beyond. This was followed by a joint presentation from Bethan Lynas, Head Girl and Adam Hall, Deputy Head Boy who clearly acted as great ambassadors for the school and demonstrated what eloquent and confident students LJS have nurtured during their school career.
Visitors were then able to discover first-hand the extensive range of opportunities available in every curriculum area. Over 200 students volunteered to assist during the evening, either involved in practical presentations or acting as guides showing visitors around. The feedback from parents/carers overwhelmingly indicated how impressed they were with such polite, considerate and enthusiastic young people. They clearly felt that the students themselves exhibited the values of LJS in action.
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.”