School Ethos & Values

At LJS, our core purpose is to ‘Improve the Life Chances’ of ALL students regardless of ability, background or circumstance.


It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Laurence Jackson School. Everyone associated with the school is justly proud of what has been achieved over recent years and I feel immensely privileged to be leading this impressive school through its next phase of development. However, the governors, staff and parents are not complacent and share a great ambition for the future of the school and all its students.

At LJS, our core purpose is to ‘Improve the Life Chances’ of all students regardless of ability, background or circumstance. High expectations, together with an unrelenting focus on student achievement and well-being are at the core of our effectiveness. Learning is at the heart of everything we do and for effective learning to take place there has to be high standards of behaviour. This is something on which we insist, both during school time and in the community, working within the caring and respectful ethos that is LJS.

Moving to secondary school is a very important time in the life of your child and if we are to work together successfully, it is important that you have confidence in the school you have chosen. Not only are we proud of our academic achievements and the exceptional progress our students make, but we place high value on the importance of enrichment, offering a wide range of quality learning experiences outside the classroom. As a sports college, our superb range of extra-curricular activities encourages greater participation and development of healthy lifestyles.

Most departments offer extra-curricular enrichment and we provide numerous clubs, teams, practices, visits and residentials throughout the school year. We believe that these experiences are essential in helping young people develop the lifelong skillsrequired for the world beyond their secondary education.We hope you choose LJS and look forward to working in partnership with parents/carers to ensure that we maximize the potential of every individual.

(Belinda Wheatman, Headteacher)







It is a privilege to be a governor of Laurence Jackson School and to 'add value' to daily school life. As governors, we never forget that we are here to help ensure that LJS students receive the very best opportunities. Believing in continuous improvement, we set ambitious goals and provide long-term strategic leadership for the benefit of the entire school community.

Alan Ankers, Chair of Governors


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'Improving Life Chances'


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