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Enquiries:  020 3823 3030

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

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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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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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Leaways School Awards


Mel Award ParentsNOV17

The team from Leaways School’s specialist autism spectrum condition provision, The ARC, enjoyed an evening celebrating excellence in autism at a prestigious awards event.

The ARC has been named as a finalist for an award at the UK Autism Hero Awards in the Outstanding Achievement in Education category. They had been chosen from hundreds of entries into the awards after having been nominated by the parents of a pupil.

While the ARC wasn’t named as the overall winner, it was one of the top three entries into the category and received a certificate to mark their great achievement.

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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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Leaways School Autism Resource for Children (ARC) named as finalists in UK Autism Hero Awards 2017

Leaways School’s specialist autism spectrum condition provision, The ARC, has been named as a finalist for a prestigious award. Leaways School in London has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted.  

The ARC is a finalist in the 2017 UK Autism Hero Awards’ Outstanding Achievement in Education category and was chosen from hundreds of entries into the awards after having been nominated by the parent of a pupil.

ARC Team

The UK Autism Hero Awards were created by the Anna Kennedy Online Charity as an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the excellence taking place in the world of Autism. They are a unique opportunity to celebrate and showcase accomplishments as well as enhancing Autism awareness and acceptance.

The awards seek to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of individuals, teams and organisations who have proved excellence, dedication and commitments to impacting lives that have been making a real difference.

The team at ARC face a nervous wait to find out if they will be named as the winners in their category – the awards ceremony will be take place in London on Saturday 11th November 2017.

Good Luck ARC Team and well done!

Pictured are Mel Whitfield (centre) and her team at The ARC.

You can read more about the awards at the website

Time at the Tower


As part of a school project on The Normans, students and staff from Leaways School made a visit to the Tower of London.

This History trip saw students visit the White Tower which was built by William the Conqueror in 1078. The pupils were excited to see the tower as well as a selection of armour from through the ages. 

The highlight of any trip to the Tower of London is always seeing the Crown Jewels and learning more about the Tower's most famous residents, the Ravens.   

A great time was had by all. The day was full of interesting facts and jaw-dropping architecture and the children felt it was an outstanding educational trip and a fun day.


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