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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.

Cleveland College of Art and Design run a series of Saturday classes for young people.  They select students who are keen to develop their Art and Design skills and have a real interest in the subject. This year LJS students Adam B, Chloe C, Bryony R, Nina S, Jacob S, Hollie T, were successful in gaining places and attend CCAD to participate in events every Saturday during term time throughout the whole academic year.

During the sessions students experience working within a Further Education environment and working alongside guest artists and designers and are given the opportunity to produce a variety of pieces in different materials. Additionally the students go to London to visit current exhibitions and Somerset House. At the end of the year student’s exhibit work in the renowned venue with a celebration of achievements, alongside twenty other specialist art colleges and universities. Not only do they take part in the exhibition but are also given the opportunity to have a master class with internationally renowned artists.


At the end of the summer term July 2017 Laurence Jackson staff and students raised a grand total of £776.44 for the Bradley Lowery Foundation.

This money has now been gratefully received by the charity.  

Well Done to all involved this is a fantastic achievement.

8 Y10 students completed their Bronze DofE Expedition at the weekend. On day 1 the students navigated their way from Great Broughton to Kildale and on arrival set up camp and cooked an evening meal. Even though they had been walking for 7 hours they still found the energy to participate in a night walk to Westerdale to see the ‘Seated Man.’ On day 2 the group cooked breakfast before breaking camp and heading towards Captain Cook’s Monument and climbing Roseberry Topping.

All the students did exceptionally well (Ruby W, Erin W, Katharine B, Jasmine B, Poppy K, Megan T, Cole M and Archie L). This now makes 44 Y10 students that have completed their Bronze DofE. I would also like to thank Sam Colman, Annabel Street and Jess Sadler for giving up their weekend to support me with the DofE. Without their ongoing support our students would not be offered this opportunity.   Mr Wyke

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