Lighthouse School, inspiring bright futures

A Message from the Principals

Emma Sullivan Pauline 2 150x150 Welcome to Lighthouse School where the aim is to deliver exceptional educational provision for secondary age students with a diagnosis of autism.

We are proud and privileged to lead such a unique and fantastic school which is set up to be destination focused. That is a school where students special interests, abilities, social and communication skills, life skills and academic skills are mapped and further developed in the key areas 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. The process is part of day to day planning for every student. Destinations include supported or semi/independent living, supported work, independent work/careers, FE/HE. Part of this process includes ‘building aspirations’ and this includes the family as a key input as well as the students.

A multi interactive learning environment room will shortly be a key part of curriculum delivery in ‘building aspirations’ and employability awareness. Each part of curriculum will then be even more firmly linked to key industry/employer sponsors with a view to them delivering talks to students about what their companies do, how that relates to what they are learning. Over time students will be able to view partner organisation in the room and have trips to employers and ultimately have work experience in these or similar companies. This will always be relevant to each individual student’s target destination.

At the same time we deliver 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 skills in social and enrichment activities. These activities focus on developing communication skills, social relationship skills, independence and personal emotional wellbeing skills.

We hope you will think that Lighthouse is the right school for your son and daughter. We look forward to working with you to secure the right destination for each student.

Pauline Hilling-Smith, Executive Principal
Emma Sullivan, Principal

Our Mission Statement

We are committed to meeting the personal aspirations of our pupils and their families. Our aim is to help pupils to develop meaningful skills for life in a safe and caring environment where they will get the most out of learning and grow in confidence.

Every day we will put excellence at the heart of everything we do to ensure the best for our pupils.

Lighthouse School is a member of the National Autistic Society.

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The Dream Becomes A Reality

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

We are parents of children with autism spectrum condition (ASC) 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.