Lighthouse School, inspiring bright futures

Admissions and Prospectus


Here at Lighthouse School Leeds we offer an exceptional, personalised education and learning for autistic (ASC) children, or related communication disorder.

Abilities will range from moderate learning disability to high functioning and the curriculum will be tailored around each pupil’s needs. All students must have a diagnosis of ASC or related communication disorder and be within the stated age range of 11 – 19 years old.

All students attending Lighthouse School require an Education Health and Care Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs from their local authority. This document identifies the school as the most appropriate provision for the student based on having high needs.

Our priorities for pupils attending Lighthouse School Leeds are:

  • Personalised transition programme to help each new pupil settle in to Lighthouse
  • Pupils taught in groups which match their ability rather than their age
  • Flexible teaching which responds to the needs of each pupil within a class
  • All teaching occurs in small groups
  • High staff ratios are in all groups including a teacher, senior tutor and a number of tutors
  • Providing a personalised curriculum for students
  • Developing appropriate qualifications for students

Local Authorities make the final decision on placements.

Prospective Parents Events

At Lighthouse School we run a number of prospective parents events and tours over the school year, which give an overview of the school and its ethos.

At the moment we are unable to invite families in for our traditional prospective parents meetings. We have a virtual tour and our prospective parents meeting power point presentation which you can view here, which will give an overview of the school and its ethos.

Prospective Parents PowerPoint

Virtual Tour Video

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, this is recognised as a need for families. The holiday club is a priority for the school and aims to broaden the interests of the pupils whilst encouraging high levels of social interaction and fun. More information

The school has an Educarer to support children with medical needs. Additionally there are several identified staff who receive full and appropriate training in First Aid and in the management of specific conditions such as epilepsy and diabetes to adhere to the school’s medical policies.

Many autistic individuals have very limited friendship groups or no friends at all and struggle to fit in. Lighthouse School works hard to ensure that students have friendship groups within the school and, where possible, with our partner schools that are based on shared interest and mutual respect.

There is a Lighthouse uniform which we encourage all pupils to wear as it reflects the school’s ethos, values and high standards.

We understand that many of our pupils have very rigid habits regarding the clothing they wear and can be distracted by the sensory feedback of certain clothing. They have highly favoured colours, textures and styles in which they feel comfortable and secure. Enforcing a new type of clothing on such children could increase anxiety, so at Lighthouse we carefully support those pupils who are having difficulty in accepting a uniform. We do this through positive reinforcement, reward and praise. A uniform also serves as a physical prompt which helps some of the students to differentiate between school days, weekends and holidays. We also work to prepare those pupils beginning their integration into our partner schools or their community comprehensive schools to adapt to a change in uniform to ensure they ‘fit in’ with their mainstream peers.

Uniform items are available to order from Jo Brands (20 Green Road, Leeds, LS6 4JP, Telephone: 0113 2306272) or via the school office.

Lighthouse School recognises that many autistic individuals have a very narrow field of interest and this is an area we aim to expand for every student through the curriculum and extra-curricular activities.

The school aims to create better futures for our pupils and we will help map out those futures and create destination learning. This will involve understanding the key skills and interests of pupils and harnessing those positive strengths as well as exposing pupils to as much opportunity as possible. There will be a strong emphasis on vocational learning and careers education. This, coupled with extensive employer visits and work experience, will ensure that pupils become accustomed to different places of work and occupations. The school has links with a number of Yorkshire based employers where these opportunities are provided as appropriate for the students in our Key Stage 4 provision. Students are also prepared for independent and supported living through a life skills curriculum which is delivered from our studio flat and in the community.

Most definitely. Inclusion is carefully planned for each pupil and our main goal is to ensure that inclusion programmes are successful and purposeful for mainstream and Lighthouse pupils alike, building as pupils gain in confidence and self-esteem.

Every pupil is assessed against their current attainment levels, their life skills strengths and areas of challenge, as well as their social, emotional and communication skills. An individualised learning profile is developed and targets set for each pupil. During every lesson students are given a series of opportunities to work towards and achieve their particular targets; tutors teach the skills essential to achieving these targets. Once a target has been reached, that skill is generalised and applied within other settings in the school, and out in the community, then further generalised at home through parent liaison and training.

Lighthouse School’s educational offer is delivered through four key cornerstones: Curriculum, Speech & Language, Wellbeing and Skills & Experiences (Employability & Life).The curriculum offers students an educational core through essential subjects such as Maths, ICT, English, Science, Humanities and vocational subjects. We are also committed to offering wide and often bespoke learning pathways designed for the individual through autism specific interventions and life-skills tailored to the levels of understanding, interest and ambitions of the students.