Annie – The Musical

Lawnswood School are pleased to present Annie – the Musical! There will be three evening performances on 21st, 22nd and 23rd February 2017. Curtains up is 7pm sharp. Don’t miss this fantastic production. Please see attached poster for ticket information.


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Cabaret, Cabaret!


Another amazing evening at the Lawnswood Cabaret on Friday 18th November. Now in its 6th year, the event did not fail to make you laugh, create a lump in your throat and thoroughly inspire you. It was wonderful to see so many Spanish Exchange students enjoying the medley of musicians, vocalists, gymnasts and comics.

A real-time poetry competition was part of the show with some real artistic prose and some real stinkers – all cheered with equal gusto.

Congratulations to Petra Rajchel who won a whole box of Tunnock Teacakes for her ditty:

“Down at the Lawnswood Cabaret,

I was inspired to write a poem,

I’d see hoops and song and flips and dance

And then, I’d stagger hoem”

A massive thank-you must go to Peter Spafford, Annette Dadds, Katie Mitchel and Rachel Rushton for organising the event and of course to our regular compere, Peter White whose hula-hoop skills continued to dazzle. Roll on next Year!






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Remember your school careers advice?  Was it uninspiring  or unhelpful?

We have recently started identifying ways to compliment the School’s Careers Advice and Guidance work. We believe that as a group of parents we have a huge breadth of experience of different types of careers and employment and wish to ensure students have the chance to learn about these different opportunities. Please would you consider volunteering to share your work/career experience, by going into school, to talk with small groups of students.

We are not only looking for specific jobs/careers but also areas and types of working e.g. self employed, building trade, health and social care, creative industries, sport and leisure industries, hospitality, engineering, teaching etc. The broader the range of jobs, the more we can provide information on different work opportunities and careers that students may consider doing in the future. Often students do not know that particular jobs even exist yet they are asked to choose GCSE and A level subjects at a young age, possibly ruling out future careers that would suit them well.

Students will be encouraged to make best use of your time and where possible will be linked to areas where they have expressed an interest. The school have suggested a range of ways that parents/carers can come into school to contribute. Once we have developed more specifics we will contact those interested by email. We recognise that your contribution will need to fit with your work commitments.

If you are able to volunteer your time or have any questions then please contact either Lee Ingham or Julia de los Rios using the FOLS e-mail address:


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Here we go – its Cabaret time!


The next annual Cabaret will be held on Friday 18th November 2016 at Lawnswood School. Starting at 7pm there will be 2 and a half hours of comic and dramatic entertainment. Last year’s Cabaret bared witness to audience tears of laughter and stunned silence – yes the talent is that good! Expect music, vocals, drama, comedy – a whole range of performing arts, not forgetting the unforgettable hola-hooping!

The last two years have been a sell-out so reserve your tickets NOW (these can be collected on the door) by e-mailing: Tickets cost only £7 each (over 14s only). There will be refreshments available throughout. This is our biggest fund-raiser with money going straight back to student enrichment activities.

This years poster can be viewed below.


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Roots Alive Ceilidh

On a day of such uncertainty and high emotions, the Roots Alive musicians brought some wonderful relief and good cheer. Attended by the young, the older and the in-between whom all had brought their dancing boots, it was fantastic to see such broad smiles as well as looks of concentration in remembering the steps!

A big thank-you to Roots Alive and Peter Stafford, and, Mrs Periot-McCann and Mr Johnson for making it happen. Hopefully it will become an annual Lawnswood event.

The Ceilidh took place on Friday 24th June was a joint fund-raiser between Roots Alive and Friends of Lawnswood School to support School activities and a music project in Durban, South Africa.

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Live at Lawnswood: Summer Concert

jazz ensemble

We are pleased to announce that the annual summer concert, ‘Live at Lawnswood’ will be held on Thursday 16th June 2016 at 7pm. Come join us for an evening of high drama and musical entertainment!

Showcasing the very best of Lawnswood’s musical and performing arts talent, the concert will include a wide variety of acts from across the year groups. Over 40 students are expected to contribute.

Tickets are £4 adults, £3 child/concession. Tickets available from the Music Office or please e-mail Rachel Rushton at to reserve tickets.

Refreshments will be available. If you are able to help serve refreshments please contact:


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Roots Alive Ceilidh comes to Lawnswood

Just a reminder that Friends of Lawnswood and Folk Musicians ‘Roots Alive’ will be jointly hosting a fantastic fundraiser Ceilidh on Friday 24th June from7pm at Lawnswood School.

Music will be provided by Roots Alive – Leeds best young folk musicians. There will be dancing, music and refreshments.

Roots Alive is a City of Leeds Youth Music Group raising funds for a music project in Durban later this year.

Proceeds from the night will be split between new instruments for Roots Alive to donate to young South African musicians, and Friends of Lawnswood for new microphones for the school.

No experience needed.
Families and all ages welcome.

Tickets £4 (Adults) ; £2 (children) or £10 (Family)
Tickets available on the door or by contacting

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