“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 Rings 1 → 5 – S.P.O.R.T : Smart, Punctual, Organised, Respectful and Teamwork. Let’s pull out all the stops in the final week of term with two special emphases:
1 Celebrating the achievement of others in line with Achievement Assemblies; and
2 Aiming for OUTSTANDING behaviour in every area of school – in lessons and outside. Polite, courteous, respectful and following instructions without defiance or refusal, particularly with mobile phones, food and drink, and litter.
Theme for Week : Recognising, appreciating and celebrating the achievements of others.
Reminder – School closes to students for the Easter break on Thursday 26 March at 3pm.
Friday 27 March is a PD Day for staff.
A gentle reminder that the speed limit for the site at LJS is now 5mph.
This is particularly important during the construction phase for the new building.
We politely but firmly ask all members of the community to comply with this reasonable expectation.
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.
Financial Close Secured – 10 March 2015 – red letter day, no turning back!
Great news from the team at EFA - I can announce that we have today reached Financial Close on the Batch, having signed all contracts with Galliford Try and the Aggregator. Our Batch is the first of the five PSBP Private Finance Batches to reach this milestone – a small statement for a huge amount of work by all!
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.