It’s Autism Awareness Week and here at Lighthouse we are taking part in a range of activities celebrating neurodiversity. This week we will be singing, creating animations and posters, writing poems, creating art work, researching famous people with a diagnosis of Autism, and many more activities. It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students to celebrate their uniqueness and the fabulous contributions they make.
Lighthouse School is one of the schools chosen to take part in the School Challenge, raising money for the Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids campaign. The 6 schools who raise the most money will receive prizes that will help the school.
Fundraising will start on Monday 25th February until Friday 22nd March.
You can donate via the Cash4Kids website
On Sunday 17th February, Brick 42 will be holding an event at the White Rose Shopping Centre from 11.30am - 3.30pm in the central atruim. They will be selling products, some made by our students, as well as having a lego and duplo play table. They will also be running fun competitions such as the speed building challange to see if you can build a model quicker than our master builder, guess the number of lego bricks in a jar and a minifigure challange.
Our phones are now fully working
We are currently experiencing some technical difficulties with our phone system. Calls to school are currently not being received. Our technical team are looking into it as a top priority.
If you have an urgent call to make to school, please call our school mobile on: 07570 851203
Compass House (the ‘pop up’ shop planners) now have branded T-shirts! They are working hard planning an amazing Christmas Shop that will be in Kirkgate Market form the 10th to the 14th December, 10am to 2pm each day. The shop will contain items created by students and will be staffed with students when it is open.
This is a fantastic collaboration between Lighthouse School and the Specialist Inclusive Learning Centres in Leeds.
Lighthouse students are working in partnership with Leeds City Council and four of the city’s Specialist Inclusive Learning Centres to plan and run a ‘pop up’ shop in Kirkgate Market from 10th-14th December. Today the planning team met at the market to view the space for the first time and were very excited about how many of our handmade gifts for under £5 we’ll be able to sell there. Next we need to plan the rotas for the shop and start making more gorgeous gifts!
Everyone is welcome to join the PTA for their Annual General Meeting on Thursday 8th November at 2.30pm.
The PTA continues to grow in number and success. Last academic year, we rasied over £7,000. The money is being used to buy a wide variety of resources and equipment to support all the students at Lighthouse School.
Come along and find out more.
Congratulations to all our students who received their GCSE results today. We are delighted to announce a 100% pass rate. Every single student was successful and all their hard work paid off. We are so very proud of you!
Thank you to everyone who supported our Summer Fair. We raised an amazing £890.13.
Save the date! 7th July 2018
Our school summer fair this year is happening on Saturday the 7th July 2018, 12pm to 2pm
We will also be having a non-uniform day on Friday 29th June, where students will be bringing in chocolate for the fair.
Keeping young people safe online is very difficult, especially when students use consoles. Here is a handy document that shows how to set up parental controls for a variety of different consoles.
Lighthouse School is now officially MindMate Friendly. We have been assessed by MindMates and have been recognised as showing Good and Outstanding practice in all areas of the SEMH (Social, Emotional & Mental Health) portion of the Healthy Schools check.
Next step - MindMate Champions! MindMate Champions
Building on the success of previous shine activities the school will be running the usual Easter Holiday Shine Club scheme. We have filled our holiday scheme with lots of exciting activities to keep the students entertained for the duration. Shine Club will be running on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th April this year, going to Doncaster Dome and X-Scape. Easter SHINE Booklet FINAL BOOKLET
To celebrate Autism Awareness Week, students will be doing a range of activities in school across next week. This will culminate with an open afternoon on Thursday 29th March 2018 for parents/carers to see their child enjoying and achieving in school.
During the afternoon there will be an opportunity for parents/carers to join subject classes, visit an exhibition of students’ work and participate in some of the enrichment activities that school provides. There will also be a range of refreshment provided, for a donation to schools funds.
The event will run from 1:15 till 3:00pm and parents/carers are able to leave with their son/daughter if they wish to do so after 3pm
The school will also be exhibiting at the Leeds Bigger and Better show on Tuesday 27th March 9:30 - 3pm. We would encourage parents/carers to attend. The event has two main guest speakers, an “autism tree”, short speeches from local autistic people and over 30 stalls from services throughout Leeds .You can find out more information at: http://biggerandbetterinleeds.org/event/2018-2/
The Art Society Leeds have very kindly donated £250 to the school for art materials. The Arts Societies bring together like-minded people to enjoy the arts and work on heritage preservation projects. Our students have been asked to submit some of their art work to be displayed at one of the Art Society’s meeting.
We had an incredibly successful end to careers week, with a Careers and Enterprise Fair. Students and parents got to visit stalls from a wide range of organisations and also buy items from our Lighthouse Enterprise stall. Parents also had the opportunity to learn more about the supported internships available through Lighthouse Futures Trust.
A huge thank you to Lighthouse Futures Trust, Autism Bricks, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City College, Mencap, Specialist Autism Services and Leeds Apprenticeships.
It’s National Careers week from the 5th to the 10th of March and we have an exciting week planned!
All lessons will include links to relevant careers and on Friday 9th March there is a Careers Fair for students and parents, with colleges, apprenticeship providers and the Lighthouse Futures Trust attending. Our Enterprise Students will also have a stall selling the items they have been making in their Enterprise Lessons.
The Fair is open to all parents in the afternoon. This will be a great chance to see what opportunities are available for your child in the future and to talk about careers, college, apprenticeships and supported internships.
As a result of closure of local schools effecting our essential services as well as the severe weather regretfully the school will be closed to all for the full day.
School will be closed to students until 11am. Parental decision to bring students in after that time based on safety grounds. updates will be issued if any changes to this.
Lighthouse School is fully open tomorrow 5th March for all students and staff. We have checked school and surrounding roads and it is now safe for transport to access.
Lighthouse School will be closed to students and staff on Friday 2nd March due to the severe weather. We are hoping to be open to all on Monday 5th March, weather permitting.
Due to the continuing severe weather, Lighthouse School will be closed to all students and staff on Thursday 1st March. The Key Stage 3 Subject Surgery scheduled for after school will be rearranged to a later date.
Due to severe weather, Lighthouse School will be closed to all students and staff on Wednesday 28th February.
Lighthouse students have taken part in the Leeds Safeguarding week, creating posters for our safeguarding display.
To read more, visit the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board website here Leeds Safeguarding Children Board
We are delighted with the result of our recent Ofsted inspection.
Read the inspection report: Lighthouse School Leeds
We had a tremendously successful Christmas Fair on Saturday with more people than ever coming to try their luck at the Tombola, buy handmade gifts from our students and experience our amazing Immersive Room.
Thank you to everyone who came to our Christmas Fair. We raised £1,751 which is over double what we raised last year and is more than any other of our previous events. The support and generosity of everyone is very much appreciated and the money we raised will help make a real difference to our young people.
Thanks to all the students and staff who helped out - we couldn’t have done it without you!
One of our students’ family has made a donation in memory of her Uncle. They donated money to purchase a pair of beautiful hand-carved benches for students to use at break and at lunch time.
These benches will give our students the opportunities to sit together and to practice their social communication and they really do look wonderful in our grounds.
We had a wonderful Official Opening of the Benches, which the family, the PTA and our Principal, Emma Sullivan attended and our student photographer took photos.
Thank you to Mrs Saville and the PTA for arranging this wonderful gift
This year was the first year that a large number of our students took part in formal examinations. They all worked extremely hard and that hard work was rewarded. 100% of all students entered achieved a GCSE in RE and Computing and in Functional Maths and Environmental Studies. The vast majority of students were also successful in their Functional English, iMedia and GCSE Leisure and Tourism qualifications.
We also say goodbye and good luck to our first 6th form leavers with a Leavers’ Prom and a presentation at the end of the year. We wish them the very best of luck and every success in the future.
We spent the day exploring the ruins and having our lunch in the open air. Then onto Billy Bobs and the Play Barn, where staff and students had an absolutely fab time!
Thank you to all who supported the Summer Fair
We recently welcomed our Year 9 and Year 11 students and parents/carers to their options evening. This event gave parents, carers and students the opportunity to see what the students would be studying in the core subjects of Maths, English and Science, as well as looking at the various option subjects the school will be offering from September 2017.
We are thrilled that our very own school founder, Katie Parlett, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s honours list 2017. We are sure you will join with the school in passing on our congratulations to Katie on this great achievement.
Lighthouse School at the OSCARS! A group of our key stage 3 students wrote and starred in their own film which was entered into the Golden Owl Awards. The film won Best Action Film! A small group of students and staff attended the awards ceremony at Leeds Town Hall with students accepting the award on stage with a speech.