Laurence Jackson School
Redcar and Cleveland, United Kingdom
About Laurence Jackson School
A specialist sports college.
LJS was part of the North East batch of the PSBP new school project and we moved into our fantastic new building in September 2016. Our brand new, state of the art school provides an outstanding learning environment which enables us to achieve our motto of ‘Improving the life chances of ALL LJS students’.
Our aim is to provide students who are: -
• Confident, reliable, adaptable and resilient
• Well qualified and aware of what is required to compete in a global economy
• Aware of their moral, social and community responsibility
• Committed to healthy living and lifelong learning
The School is an 11 to 16 Foundation School and Specialist Sports College which benefits from its delightful setting on the edge of the North Yorks Moors in the attractive market town of Guisborough (Borough of Redcar and Cleveland).
The school occupies an important place in the history of the town and continues to be a vibrant centre of the local community today. LJS recently celebrated its 50th Jubilee and it was clear from the extensive community participation in all activities that local people care for the school, staff and students. The school and community have significantly benefitted from designation as a Specialist Sports College and our excellent sports facilities act as the local Leisure Centre.
Although the town itself is relatively affluent, the school has a wide catchment area considerably beyond its stated admission zone and caters for a significant number of children who live in deprived wards elsewhere in the Local Authority. Consequently LJS is a fully comprehensive school with a diverse academic and socio-economic intake although it has a distinctly stable population and very few children from ethnic minority groups.
Overall, students are broadly average on entry with APS in line with the national average. However, almost 17% of students have some form of Special Educational Need, including 2.4% with a Statement and 27% qualifying for Pupil Premium funding. We provide specialist provision for a number of autistic students and approximately 10% of the student population are on the Most Able and Talented (MAT) register. Students have a positive attitude to learning and parents are predominantly supportive.
We feel that LJS offers an outstanding educational experience as reflected in our motto of ‘Improving Life Chances’ (of all children regardless of ability, background or circumstance) and encourage prospective students and staff to visit the school to judge for themselves.