Submitted by Stephen Morris on 2012-09-11
West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire - the home of England’s ‘smallest’ free school

The Lighthouse School in Leeds opened its doors last week to seven 11-year old pupils, all with autism spectrum conditions.

Lighthouse School will be housed in temporary accommodation for the first year at the Derek Fatchett City Learning Centre in Leeds, and plans to move into its permanent home in September 2013.  Over the next five years it will increase its pupil numbers up to a maximum of 50 for pupils aged between 11 and 19 years old.

The Lighthouse School offers children a highly personalised education which combines national curriculum with vocational subjects and valuable life, social and communication skills.

Headteacher Tim Gleave, who leads a team of five teaching staff, said:

We now begin the exciting process of establishing our identity as a school. I feel privileged to be entrusted with the leadership of a learning community that aims, so profoundly, to enhance and extend the learning, inclusion and life opportunities of its pupils and their families.