Lawnswood School

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Lawnswood School
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Established 1972
Type Comprehensive
Specialism Maths and Computing College
Location Otley Road
West Yorkshire
LS16 5AG
England Coordinates: 53°50′09″N 1°35′42″W / 53.8358°N 1.5951°W / 53.8358; -1.5951
Local authority City of Leeds
Students 1558
Gender Mixed
The previous buildings, vacated by the school in 2003.

Lawnswood School is a state comprehensive school in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.

Lawnswood School is a specialist Mathematics and Computing College, which teaches approximately 1500 male and female pupils, aged 11–18.

The school was founded in 1972 and had its first comprehensive intake in 1974. Its predecessors were the Leeds Modern School, a boys' grammar school (founded 1845) attended by Alan Bennett, and Lawnswood High School for Girls, a girls' grammar school (founded 1854), which moved to the current Lawnswood site in 1932.

The sixth form was judged as extremely good in the 2009 Ofsted inspection, but the school as a whole was rated as inadequate[1] and consequently placed into special measures.[2] However, the school was said to be improving.[3] During an early 2011 Ofsted visit, the school was judged to be "making good progress in all the key areas,"[4] and in July 2011 the school was taken out of special measures.[5] In late 2013, Ofsted rated the school Grade 2 (Good) for overall effectiveness.[6]

Pupils study to GCSE in year 9.

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  1. ^ Lawnswood School Ofsted Report 2009[dead link]
  2. ^ Yorkshire Post 'Most Improved School Facing Special Measures Bombshell' 25 September 2009
  3. ^ Yorkshire Post 'Lawnswood School Ofsted Update'
  4. ^ a b YEP 12-Mar-2011
  5. ^ 'Lawnswood School Website homepage'
  6. ^ "Lawnswood School", Ofsted reports 2002-13
  7. ^