Lighthouse School, inspiring bright futures

A Message from the Principal

Welcome to Lighthouse School where the aim is to deliver exceptional educational provision for secondary age students with a diagnosis of autism.

Emma Sullivan

Lighthouse School Vision & Values

I am proud and privileged to lead such a unique and fantastic school which is set up to be destination focused. This is a school where students’ special interests, abilities, social and communication skills, life skills and academic skills are mapped and further developed so destinations can be identified and targeted for each individual. A process to identify each individual student’s needs has been developed and this informs the curriculum for that individual. Destinations include supported or semi/independent living, supported work, independent work/careers, and Further Education and Higher Education.

The school provision has four cornerstones which are the focus of each student’s programme of study. Whilst studying at Lighthouse School students will experience all four cornerstones but with more focussed skill building in one or more of the cornerstones at times to support their planned destination.

The four cornerstones are

  • Curriculum
  • Wellbeing
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Experience and Skills

The school delivers a broad and balanced curriculum that enables all students to make good progress and gain nationally accredited qualifications in Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. In addition to academic studies, students access a variety of life and employability skills in social, enterprise and enrichment activities. These activities focus on developing communication skills, social relationship skills, independence, employability, and personal emotional wellbeing skills.

The school vision and core beliefs are key to how the school functions on a daily basis and both staff and students celebrate these on a monthly basis.

By holding the highest of ambitions for our children (even if they cannot see it for themselves), we shine a light on their potential to lead the brightest of futures.

I am delighted that Lighthouse school students so far have progressed successfully into supported internships, college courses and full time employment.

I hope you will think that Lighthouse School is the right choice for your son or daughter and I look forward to working with you to support your child to reach their potential.

Best wishes,

Emma Sullivan, Principal

Our Mission Statement

We are committed to inspiring and enabling our students, delivering meaningful skills for life in a holistic, nurturing, and stimulating learning environment. This is achieved through exceptional teaching, unwavering support, outstanding work experience, and positive interactions and role models. We repeatedly instil good behaviours in order to encourage resilience, independence, confidence, and wellbeing in all of our students.

Lighthouse School is a member of the National Autistic Society.

Lighthouse logo (original)

The Dream Becomes A Reality

For us, Lighthouse School Leeds is the fulfilment of a long-held dream.

We are parents of autistic children and, with the backing of the Department of Education, we have set up a free school which will provide young people with the support they need to enable them to learn, thrive and achieve in life.

Specialist teachers and tutors with a high level of expertise in the field of autism will deliver the curriculum within our school or coordinate learning with partner schools.