Former LJS and BTEC Dance Student Selected to Perform in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake
We are delighted to share the news that former LJS student Andrew Ashton will be joining internationally acclaimed and world renowned choreographer Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company for their National and International tour of Swan Lake! From the beginning this has been a dream show for Andrew and so to be graduating from university straight into the show is an incredible and well-earned achievement. As a BTEC Dance student at LJS, Andrew was an inspiration to many and helped break the stereotypes of males performing in dance and has been one of the key contributors to the success and popularity of dance within the school. We are ecstatic that his passion and determination to succeed in this fiercely competitive industry has been recognised and rewarded. Andrew will be based at Sadler’s Wells and will be touring the World with company. I am sure everybody who knew Andrew will share our pride!
In October 2018, 28 LJS students will embark on the trip of a lifetime to Dubai, where they will play local schools in various sporting activities as well as experiencing the amazing leisure and cultural opportunities this wonderful city offers.
To help provide sports kits and equipment, local businesses were contacted to ask for sponsorship and I am delighted to thank the following companies for their fantastic generosity in sponsoring our students.
Please take time to visit their websites and Facebook pages and use their business to repay their amazing generosity towards LJS students.
|N&T Civils Ltd||Active Mortgage Services||Dwela Online Estate Agents||Allama Health Studio|
|Café Sapori||Future Elite Sports Coaching||Ironed Out|
Maddie B(Y11) recently competed in the 'Diva' Freestyle Disco dance championships at The Spa in Bridlington. Despite being only 15, Maddie won the U18 title and the prize for winning was a holiday to Universal Studios in Florida!
What a fantastic achievement, well done!
Guisborough Town Hall Gateway Project
After two years of planning, the Heritage Lottery Fund has now given the proposals, which aim to turn Guisborough into the gateway to the North York Moors National Park, its initial support.
Guisborough Town Hall will be developed into a tourist information office, heritage centre, commercial units and offices.
Laurence Jackson School students have played a large part in shaping plans for this project, including presenting to the Guisborough Community about the town hall redevelopment and a number have been members of the student committee, alongside members of Redcar & Cleveland Council.
Maddie B. (Y11) recently competed in the 'Diva' Freestyle Disco dance championships at The Spa in Bridlington. Despite being only 15, Maddie won the U18 title and the prize for winning was a holiday to Universal Studios in Florida! What a fantastic achievement, well done!
Well done to students and staff who took part in our Spring Concert.
Find out more, including all the exciting events that have taken place in the Music Department this term on our Laurence Jackson School Music blog:
Huge congratulations to our fantastic Year 7 boys football team who won the 2017-18 U12 County Cup Final in March.
In the final they beat Egglescliffe School 2-1 with a superb team performance.
Thanks to Mr Harrison for his coaching and guidance over the past year with this team.
Well done to every member of the squad.
On Friday 23 March a large number of LJS students took part in the Sport Relief Mile on our athletics track in order to raise money for Sport Relief.
After some excellent fundraising and superb effort on the track, our school raised over £700 which is a fantastic achievement.
Thank you to everyone who contributed.
I am very pleased to announce that the governing body has appointed Mrs Catherine Juckes to the permanent position of Headteacher at Laurence Jackson School, effective from 01 September 2018.
The selection process on Monday 12th March consisted of:
- Interview with members of the student council and a cross section of staff
- Panel interviews on:
- Leadership & Management;
- Teaching and Learning.
- Performance data presentation to a senior leadership team member, governors and local authority representative.
- Learning walks
- 1 to 1 interview with Mrs Wheatman, Headteacher.
On 13th March three out of the five candidates presented to the governor panel on what they would have as their three key priorities, were they to be selected as Headteacher. This was then followed up by an in depth interview on their suitability for the position.
Throughout the two days of interviews and presentations, Mrs Juckes showed that she had all the qualities and attributes that we are looking for in a Headteacher to take Laurence Jackson School forward into a bright new future. Governors were impressed with her energy, commitment, vision and strategic thinking. The decision to appoint her was unanimous by the governor selection panel and whole-heartedly supported by the governing body at an Extraordinary Full Governor Meeting held on 13th March.
Governors, staff and students know that you will want to join us in congratulating Mrs Juckes and wishing her well in her new post.
Former student Mark Kitching (pictured in blue) starred in the recent FA cup game between Rochdale and Tottenham Hotspur.
After a magnificent performance and last minute equaliser, Rochdale drew 2-2 with the mighty Spurs to earn a replay which will be played at Wembley Stadium (the temporary home of Spurs).
The fixture will be played on Wednesday 28th February. Good luck Mark from all at LJS
At 7.45 today we were informed that our school buses could not reach our students due to the protest.
We have sent school minibuses out to areas to reach students and bring them to school.
However, traffic across the area is currently at a standstill and we recommend that, if you can contact your child please advise them to return to the family home safely.
If this is not possible, please contact LJS and we will arrange for them to be collected pending an improvement in traffic congestion.
Former LJS student Connor Simpson has recently signed for Championship club Preston North End from Hartlepool Utd.
In his first game for the U18 team, Connor scored a hat trick! Connor visited LJS to hand over a signed PNE shirt which we will display in the sports centre.
We are very proud of Connor’s brilliant achievements to date and we look forward to following his career in the future.
On Saturday 27 January 18 KS3 students competed at the Stand Strong regional Cheerleading Championships at Sport Central, Northumbria University, Newcastle.
The girls performed amazingly well (many for the first time) and WON their category to be crowned Regional Level 1 Junior Prep Champions 2018! Well done!