I am pleased to provide the following update for the activity of the Laurence Jackson Rapid Improvement Board (RIB).
The RIB convened on Wednesday the 19th June in order to monitor and validate progress made against the agreed Improvement Plan.
The main headlines from the meeting are:
An External Review of Pupil Premium which was commissioned by the Local authority took place in early February and was used to formulate a Pupil Premium action plan ( available on the school website).
NB - Pupil Premium funding is additional funding allocated to all publicly funded schools in England. It's designed to help and support disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better.
The RIB reviewed and action plan in terms of the priority focus across year 11 and then the role out across the whole school. The RIB acknowledged that the action plan was only 4 months old however, key actions were rolling through and are starting to have the desired impact on attendance and student/parent engagement.
There are raised expectations for books, as part of the improvement strategy, which are beginning to show in the presentation of work by students. Parents/carers should also be seeing this in their child's books.
Several staff workshops/training sessions have taken place over the past few months to reinforce the improvement to Teaching and Learning programme.
In addition to this, the foundation for improved leadership is starting to take shape with the introduction of leadership mentors at both senior and middle leader level. External visits have taken place to observe and ensure that good progress is made and good practice is taking place.
A review of the financial situation of the school was presented to the board member. The finances were in good order.
Member of the RIB and Parent Champion
On Wednesday 26th September the MFL department held the Great European Bake Off, to celebrate European Day of Languages and to raise funds for MacMillan Coffee Morning. The total raised was £267.11.
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.