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Cleveland Police and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council have confirmed that there has been significant progress in an investigation into allegations regarding a member of staff at a school in the local area.
Police confirmed earlier this week that a 24-year-old man from Stockton had been arrested in relation to indecent images of children.

Although national legal restrictions prevent either the member of staff or the school at which they were working being named at this point, the Police and Council have today confirmed that families identified as being potentially affected by these allegations have now received joint visits from police officers and social services staff.

During these meetings, families have been supplied with details of any allegations which might affect them and offered full support as the investigation continues.
Barbara Shaw, Director for Children and Families for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council said:
“We appreciate that restrictions on the amount of information being released will be very frustrating for concerned parents but, as well as needing to ensure that the on-going police investigation is not prejudiced in any way, there is legislation which means that anyone disclosing certain information relating to the allegations may be charged with a criminal offence.”
“Unfortunately, these restrictions have placed the school involved in a very difficult position in dealing with this situation, but we can give assurances that these matters relate to a single member of staff and there are no on-going safeguarding concerns.”
“Whilst this is very difficult time for those families who have now received visits from our teams, we hope these actions give those parents who have not been contacted some assurance that their children are not affected and they do not need to be concerned about this investigation.”

“Further information will be released when this is legally possible. However, parents should note that staff will be unable to answer questions relating to the investigation in the meantime. ”
Detective Inspector Steve Bell said: “We’re aware that following reports in the media there will be parents with some very understandable concerns. Although we can’t say much at this stage we can confirm that an investigation is on-going in connection with indecent images of children. We can also confirm that, over the last 48 hours, we’ve spoken to a number of families in connection with this investigation. This follows the arrest of a 24-year-old man from Stockton who remains under investigation.”

Just an update on money raised for charities for 2016/17. 

During last year as a school we raised £3232.90 for various charities the breakdown of which is below:

On 13 June 2017, Jessica M, William S, Meredith R and Cara S attended a Salters Chemistry competition held at Newcastle University.

On the 26th April some year 7 and 8 pupils took part in the Junior Maths Challenge which is a National competition, which required pupils to complete very challenging problem solving. There were 3 pupils receiving a gold award, 8 silver and 15 Bronze.


In view of the recent tragic fire in London, I would like to reassure parents that no combustible materials were used in the construction of the building and a sprinkler system and fire alarm operates throughout the new building.


Students are familiar with the fire evacuation procedures, which have been fully tested, although we will carry out a further simulation exercise before the end of term.


Tony Gavin

Over recent months several students and staff have been working hard producing creative writing and art work as part of the Guisborough Town Hall Gateway project.

The outcome for their outstanding commitment and contribution was a four page feature in Coastal View and Moor News with 24 students having their work published in the paper which went out to over 26,000 readers.

Congratulations to three Laurence Jackson School pupils who competed in the U14 National Finals for Grangetown Netball Club this weekend.  Erin W, Ruby W & Katharine B (Vice Captain) all took to the court and played against the best teams in the Country.  To be one of the 18 teams at the finals the squad had to qualify through County and Regional Leagues.  This competition saw the squad finishing 8th in the Country, missing out on 7th place by one goal. This is a massive achievement for these students and is the best position the club has ever finished in a national final.

LJS sends our love, respect and solidarity to the people of Manchester -  “Stand strong together”.

Following our fantastic annual dance show in April, we have had further fantastic news for a number our students excelling in dance.

Amy C competed at Loughborough University on 23rd May, in the BUCS trials for selection for the Under 18 Commonwealth games in the Bahamas.

On Saturday 29th April former student Connor Simpson made his professional football debut for Hartlepool F.C. away at Cheltenham.

Josh B, year 11, competed in the British Superbikes and was interviewed on Eurosport as a new member of the team.

The KTM RC cup took place from Thurs 30th March until Sunday 2nd April at Donington Park.

Josh took part in numerous heats and despite some technical difficulties with his bike, he found it an amazing experience.

An evening with Bob Champion – Monday 3 April 2017



Many thanks to all staff and students who participated in the cake sale, lunchtime run, personal challenges and who wore red accessories to raise money for Comic Relief.

The latest figure for money raised is over £900 which is a brilliant achievement!

Recently Year 10 Art and Design students and English Creative Writers were approached by Andy Murray, a representative from a local committee of residents, who are in the process of generating interest in the restoration of Guisborough Town Hall.

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