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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.

Its Pi day today which in America they write the date as 3.14 (14th March) which is what we use to calculate Pi.

Headteacher Appointment

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

Dear Parent

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.

Kind regards


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!

On Friday 15th December the 'Pamper Hamper' draw took place in school.

Dear Parents


Yesterday (13 December), a small group of young people entered the school premises without permission. We believe that this was an isolated incident and school safeguarding protocols were implemented immediately. The police are investigating the matter in conjunction with the school and are using our CCTV to support their inquiries.


I recognise that parents will be concerned by this incident but I can assure you that the matter was dealt with swiftly and we are putting in place measures to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.


If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.


Kind regards

Belinda Wheatman


In assembly on Monday 11th December, Rachel from Zoe's Place came into school to collect toys and gifts for the children at Zoe's Place and their brothers and sisters for their Christmas Party. 

This is part of the fundraising efforts from Year 8 students for their charity of the year.

As part of the work that Laurence Jackson School is doing to support various charities, each form collected items to fill one or two shoeboxes, a number of students filled shoeboxes on their own.

On Monday 20th November 2017 the Rotary Club came into school to collect 100 shoeboxes that we filled by students at Laurence Jackson School, these were taken to York to start their journey to Romania.

Wednesday 11 October saw our annual Sports College presentation take place at Gisborough Hall Hotel.

Around 400 students, family and guests attended to celebrate our sporting achievements over the past twelve months.

The evening was a huge success and welcomed back Mr Gavin to present the special awards as well the inspirational guest speaker Paralympion Sean Rose.

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