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Referrals: 0800 0246 985
Enquiries:  020 3823 3030

Leaways School ~ Head Teacher: Richard Gadd
Theydon Road, Clapton, London, E5 9NZ
020 8815 4030

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New Primary Unit at Leaways London


At our Leaways School, London we are proud to announce the completion of our primary unit. We now have 3 new and well-resourced classrooms for Key Stage 2.

Young people are able to access a personalised curriculum built around key skills, special interests and nurturing their social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.

Our trained and experienced staff are dedicated in identifying and focusing on children’s positive attributes. This approach helps children to change the negative narrative many of them arrive with.

Moreover, it’s linked to an important learning objective - “We are learning to rewrite our story”



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Exam success for Leaways School


Pupils at our specialist school in London have been celebrating their recent exam results.

The pupils, from Leaways School London, achieved qualifications including Functional Skills and GCSEs in subjects including Maths and English. 100% of leavers will go on to further education, employment or training. Some students at the school achieved more than five formal qualifications each.

Leaways, a day school in Clapton, Hackney, provides education and care for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and also has a specialist unit supporting children with an autism spectrum condition.

Across the school students undertook a range of qualifications including history, maths and English and each student has left with at least a formal qualification in both mathematics and English.

Head Teacher Richard Gadd said: "At Leaways we support young people who have struggled to achieve in mainstream settings as they were unable to meet their individual learning needs. Many of those young people have experienced disrupted educational careers as a result.

“For these children, sitting any sort of formal examination or working towards a qualification can be a challenge. However, we’re extremely proud to say these are challenges they have risen to again this year which has seen them all achieve college, training or work placements.

“These achievements and qualifications will give the young people a solid foundation to build their futures. They have all done extremely well.”

The school is part of the Kedleston Group which has a range of residential and day schools across the UK. Across the company’s seven secondary schools, pupils achieved a range of qualifications with hundreds of achievements recorded for students across more than 90 different qualifications on offer.

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Work Experience Successes


Senior pupils from Leaways have been taking part in an extended work experience programme.

The Year 10 and Year 9 students are attending a variety of placements for a minimum of two hours a day for a nine week period and their feedback has been overwhelmingly positive about what they have learned and achieved. 

Work experience is a vital tool in supporting students to understand what working life is like and supporting them with regard to their choices after Leaways. The students have appreciated this opportunity and there have been a number of stand-out successes among the cohort.

The managera local restaurant where one pupil was working was so impressed by him that she extended his hours and has discussed the possibility of an apprenticeship with them, if he wanted to apply when he leaves school.

One Year 9 student has been described by the manager of the bike repair business where he is working as "incredibly talented" and his placement has been extended until the end of the school year.

Two Year 10s have impressed oung Hackney so much that they have had their day extended and are now working as Sports Leaders in local primary schools.

 Well done to everyone for their hard work and determination to make their placements a success!

Year 9 will begin the process of preparing for work experience this term with a series of workshops and a careers interview to help them begin to think about their options post-16. 

Students currently on work experience are also going to be involved in supporting Year 9 to make their decisions and understand what they will learn from the whole process.

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WOW Day Successful Feedback!



Yesterday sounds like it was a very successful day for those participating in the World of Work Day at Leaways School.

General feedback from the staff team was that it was an interesting and fun day.

One of the students has decided she wants to join the Fire Cadets and is thinking about a career in the Fire Service. She realised that she can get the qualifications she needs to apply for the Fire service.

Other students made delicious fruit punch and snacks at Andina Peruvian restaurant for paying customers.

They also had fun building towers at the BT Tower so they could think about skills needed in engineering and working as a team.

While others enjoyed learning more about the different types of jobs at a busy train station and the routes into those careers.

Sounds like it was very beneficial and thought provoking for all of the students, which is exactly the desired outcome - great!


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Motor Mechanics Success


Students from Leaways School London have been learning new skills on a vocational course they are undertaking. 

The pupils had previously shown an interest in cars and motorbikes and have been attending a vocational course in motor mechanics.

The course gives them hands-on experience of what it is like to work in a motorbike or car garage as well as giving them a strong foundational understanding of the components involved. 

The students have loved getting their hands dirty and are considering now how they can get paid for doing something they enjoy. Many of the students have particularly excelled within this more practical learning environment and are forming strong ideas for their future. 

Undertaking the course has revealed skill sets and potential as well as increased students' confidence, competence, social skills, awareness of the work environment. The trainers said many of the students have been "reliable, enthusiastic and determined to achieve their qualifications."


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WOW today at Leaways School, London



Today the secondary school students at Leaways are taking part in a World of Work Day – WOW!

They will be attending a variety of different work placements including a busy Peruvian restaurant, the BT Tower, Shoreditch Fire Station and with Virgin Trains.

Work experience provides our young people with the opportunity to learn more about their own abilities, including their strengths and possible gaps in their knowledge. It also lets them have a closer look into the world of work and help decide what potential sector they may like to work in when they leave school. Other skills developed include self-confidence, interpersonal and presentation skills, which are all essential to employment.

Kedleston prides itself on giving young people a wealth of skills and experiences in order to best equip themselves for adulthood and a life that is meaningful to them.

Good Luck to all of the students involved today!


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Music At Leaways


The music studio at Leaways London has been relaunched and is a great place to celebrate pupils' creative talents.

The focus of music is on live performance and the studio is equipped with drums and percussion, acoustic and electric guitars, performance microphones and keyboards.  The area is also a place to develop collaborative and listening skills.

staff at the school are taking great pleasure in seeing students working together in small groups to create their own improvised sounds; some have surprised themselves with their own undiscovered musical abilities. Groups of students, within and across tutor groups, are working towards performing at a talent show in the summer term where they will showcase their achievements.  

The school is also exploring the possibility of running RSL Vocational Qualifications in Music Performance from September. These have been specifically designed to allow centres to build qualifications that meet the aspirations of each individual student from a set of core and optional units, enabling us to create a personalised pathway.

The school is also pleased to announce that Jason, Year 11, has been successful in his application for a music performance course at BCE (Big Creative Education) has an offer for a place starting in September. 

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