Lighthouse School Leeds

Secondary
Post 16
Special school
Arthington House
Hospital Lane
Cookridge
Leeds
LS16 6QB
01134570605
Pupils
67
Ages
11 - 19
Gender
Mixed
Type
Free school - Special
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
Ofsted Report
(21/11/17)
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This free school serves the needs of students with autistic spectrum disorders and related communication difficulties. It opened in September 2012 with seven students and has plans to grow by about 10 students each year up to a total of 50 students. The 20 students currently on roll are in Years 7 to 11. All students have a statement of special educational needs. In addition to conditions linked to autism, some students have physical disabilities, including sensory impairments. Admissions to the school may be at any point during the year. There are approximately four times more boys than girls on roll. The school receives pupil premium funding for just over a quarter of the students. The pupil premium is additional government funding to support the learning of students known to be eligible for free school meals, those who are looked after by the local authority or those who have a parent serving in the armed forces. About a quarter of students are from minority ethnic backgrounds. None are at the early stages of learning English as an additional language. Alternative provision is made at Meanwood Farm for one student for a day each week. The school employs a range of specialist staff including a speech and language therapist and a consultant in autistic spectrum conditions. Four school improvement partners work with the school, providing educational support and challenge to the Principal. The Principal is the school’s strategic leader but is not an educationalist. There is currently a vacancy for a head of school to which the governing body is seeking to recruit. The school receives support from the headteacher of Treetops School in Thurrock, who is a National Leader of Education. The school is accommodated in a discrete section of the City of Leeds High School and is able to share the use of some specialist facilities such as those for food technology and physical education. Work, due for completion next year, has recently commenced on adapting a building on another site as the school’s permanent home.

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