Lighthouse School

In 2005, five mums met at an autism seminar in Leeds. Sharing their fears for their children’s futures in terms of appropriate secondary education and career prospects, they formed a strong friendship and support network. They then began to discuss how they could connect with and support other families in the community who had the same fears, and the idea for Lighthouse School was born.

Deciding that they needed to begin building a sustainable future for their children as soon as possible, they set about establishing a world-class, specialist school for those with autism and/or learning disabilities. By focusing on teaching practical and life skills as well as nationally-recognised qualifications, they hoped to be able to equip young people with the knowledge and experience necessary to be successful in their careers and to live as independently as possible.

After years of research and planning (and an exceptional amount of support from the business and education communities) which took the team up and down the country in pursuit of excellence, Lighthouse School successfully opened its doors as the first specialist free school in the UK, in September 2012.

In 2013, after only 4 terms, the school achieved a "Good" rating from Ofsted. In 2015, following a three year building project, the staff and pupils were fortunate to move into the impressive Arthington House, with all of its outstanding custom-built facilities. The school is growing from strength to strength and the students enrolled there are happy, confident and successful learners with promising futures.

You can see more on the Lighthouse School website.
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Creating employment opportunities for young people with learning disabilities and autism.

Charity no. 1145829
Company no. 07810498
Registered Office: Arthington House, Hospital Lane, Cookridge, Leeds.
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Yorkshire Society Charity of the Year 2018

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