The thirteen strong team of Y8 and Y9 students competed in the regional round of the Magistrate's Court Mock Trial Competition at Teesside Magistrates Court on the morning of Saturday 10th March.
The LJS team for the prosecution played in round 1 against Wyvern Academy and put in a very strong performance with the verdict going in favour of LJS. Round 2 saw LJS defence team up against Egglescliffe School and, despite an impressive performance, the verdict when against LJS. Scoring wasn't just based on outcomes, and each member of the team could earn up to 10 individual points in addition to a whole team score out of 10.
Unfortunately LJS didn't progress through to the next stage of the competition, but gave the eventual winners Egglescliffe a good contest in court with the verdict proving controversial with those supporting from the public gallery!
Every single student was incredible in their effort and contribution to the team and should be thoroughly proud of their achievements in what is the school's first ever entry into the competition.
Outstanding ambassadors for Laurence Jackson School.
On Thursday 1 February a large number of our students attended the Duke of Edinburgh awards evening at Freebrough Academy. 49 of our current students achieved their bronze award, 8 students achieved their silver award and a number of students have since gone on to achieve their gold award since leaving Laurence Jackson.
A huge well done to all of the students who have shown exceptional levels of commitment and enthusiasm to complete their qualifications.
None of this would have been possible without the support and guidance of the course leader Mr Wyke along with Miss Sadler, Miss Street and Miss Coleman along with many other staff volunteers who have given up their free time to help the students complete expeditions and support them with many other aspects of the qualification.
Charlotte P (Last year’s Yr 11) was asked to sing at PiXL Celebrating students success event at Westminster’s Central Hall. Charlotte nailed her two pieces, filling Westminster's Central Hall with such a rich, beautiful sound. Amazing comments from Tony Gavin, James Cosmo and Sir John Rowlings.
A huge congratulations to Kate G in Y11.
Kate was nominated for the Schools Physicist of the Year 2016/17 in recognition of her commitment to Science studies and completing GCSE Astronomy in her Y10.
We found out this week that Kate won the award and has received an official certificate and book voucher from Queen Mary University of London.
Students at LJS have worked hard over the years to achieve good results (This system describes grade 4 is as a ‘standard pass’ and grade 5 a ‘strong pass’ (high C and low B on the old grading system)) in English and Maths, with 7 grades 9s in English and 1 grade 9 in Maths, being awarded, outstanding performances for those individual students, as only the top students in the Country are awarded grade 9s.
Art, Child Development, Dance, French, Geography, Music and PE have also produced some impressive results along with significant improvements in all aspects of Science too. 98% success rate for Biology and Chemistry and 100% pass rate for Physics.
Along with the subject successes we also have many outstanding performances from individual students with several students attaining 10 or more A/A*s or grade 9/8 in English and Maths, a tribute to their dedication and hard work.
It has been a privilege working with our students and we wish them all well for the future.
Congratulations to Amy C and Katharine B (pictured) and Archie L for receiving awards at the Redcar and Cleveland Sports Awards in July.
Archie received the highly commended award for his outstanding involvement in sports leadership throughout the year.
Katharine received the highly commended award for the U16 Female Sports Person of the Year for her superb achievements in cricket and netball.
Amy WON the award for the Redcar and Cleveland U16 Female Sports Person of the Year for her fantastic performances in athletics over the past 12 months.
Madeline B in Year 10 qualified for the Pink Kangaroo, which is the second round of the Intermediate Maths Challenge.
Out of the top Mathematicians form all UK school only 25% qualified, Maddie was the only one in the school to qualify.
She then went on to gain a merit by being in the top 25% of those.
Scott Johnston, Ethan Strangeways, Kiera Jolly, Eleanor Richardson, Coral North, Kirsty McDonald, Matthew Dean and Matthew Story (all year 10) were superb ambassadors for LJS on Tuesday when they worked alongside staff at Kilton Thorpe special school to support their children in their Sports Day. The experience was incredible for our students and it was humbling to see them working so enthusiastically, sympathetically, with superb maturity and understanding alongside so many children with a variety of complex physical and learning needs!