A number of minor construction defects are being completed but the state of the art building is now ready to greet students and staff for the new term.
Staff return on Thursday 1 September and will experience a full programme of induction and orientation as well as significant time for unpacking and ‘re-cant’ ready for their teaching and learning training day on Tuesday 6 September.
Students will also have to be fully inducted into the new systems as part of a phased return:-
Y10 & Y11 are in from 8.20am on Wednesday 7 September - Y8 & Y9 likewise on Thursday 8 September and Y7 have the wonderful facilities to themselves on Friday 9 September.
Challenging work packs have been produced for all students in Y8, Y9, Y10 and Y11 in preparation for the transition into the new term.
As well as a single, secure, fully accessible main school building, this PSBP project includes a full size, floodlit, AGP (Artificial Grass Pitch) and a major refurbishment to the Guisborough Leisure Centre.
The strong community ethos also includes a hub for adult education and local community groups and enhanced performing arts facilities available to all sectors of the local society.
Headteacher, Tony Gavin, was delighted to receive the keys from representatives from the EFA (Education Funding Agency) and construction partner Galliford Try.
“We have been waiting over 10 years for this moment, which is a significant milestone for both Laurence Jackson School and the local community who have lobbied strenuously for school buildings fit for the ultra-competitive 21st Century global economy.
I am so pleased to help deliver these wonderful facilities for the students and staff of LJS and the Governing Body, who have supported the process with great determination and tenacity. From today, the young people of Guisborough and East Cleveland will now have the best possible learning environment to help them build a successful future.
Whilst acknowledging that inspirational people and not bricks and mortar make schools successful, our staff will maximise the huge potential provided by our new buildings and I am optimistic that we can use this historic event as a launch pad to an even brighter future.
Despite all the construction work of the past 2 years, LJS results improved yet again this year and I would expect to see another significant boost next year as we settle into the fantastic new buildings.
We fully intend for the new building to provide a genuine community heartbeat, particularly in the areas of performing arts, sport and leisure with the excellent new AGP and refurbished leisure centre producing an outstanding regional hub. Baroness Grey-Thompson will officially open the new LJS building on Friday 4 November – more details nearer the time”.