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

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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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An Unforgettable Spanish Exchange!

In the early hours of Monday 14 March, 31 Spanish high school exchange students arrived at Lawnswood School from Renedo, near Santander, to meet up with their exchange partners. A year in the planning, families of year 9, 10 and 11 pupils at Lawnswood School played host to the Spanish students for a week, whilst they sampled the delights of some of the best that Yorkshire has to offer: Haworth, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Trinity Shopping Centre, the City of York…and not forgetting a day spent in lessons at Lawnswood School with their exchange partners.

This is the second year that Lawnswood families have hosted students from the Spanish school IES Valle de Pielagos, with whom they now maintain excellent links.  Lawnswood year 10 pupils had already been to Santander in October 2015 to stay with Spanish families and this was the return visit of the exchange.

“I love the exchanges – this is the second year that I have taken part,” enthused a year 10 pupil, “The experience is so valuable as it gives us an insight into another culture and a chance to temporarily immerse ourselves in another language.”

So successful is the exchange that some students have already taken the opportunity to travel to and from Santander independently, following their visit last year, to meet up with their partners and their families.

It was with heavy hearts that they said farewell to their friends from IES Valle de Pielagos and after many tears and promises to keep in touch, the Spanish group set off for home, via Manchester Airport, on Sunday 20 March.  This was not to be the end of their adventure in England however! Unfortunately their 6pm flight was cancelled due to a French air traffic control strike, leaving the Spanish group stranded and having to spend the night in Altrincham.  After the Spanish sent out an appeal for help on twitter #flytobilbao they received messages not only from parents and school friends, but also Spanish footballers. Twenty four hours after setting off from Leeds, the Spanish students and their three teachers, finally set off to Renedo on an epic coach journey. Sixty hours after they originally set off from Leeds the Spanish students arrived safely home to be greeted by applause from their families and teachers.

A special mention needs to be given to Peter Calvert of Tesco in Altrincham, who came the aid of the Spanish visitors, providing them with food, drink and snacks for their journey home.

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Next Meeting: Tues 17th May, 7pm

The next Friends of Lawnswood meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 17th May, 7pm. Please meet in the main reception. All welcome, no experience required.

The notes of previous meetings are available under ‘About’.

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Friendly Fire

Friendly Fire: Wednesday 9th March, 7pm-8.30pm, Lawnswood School (Drama Studio)

You are warmly invited to join Sound Company of the Lawnswood Community Choir for an evening of spoken word and songs to remember and commemorate the First World War. A poignant and moving production, Friendly Fire tells the story of Bill Dean, who, recently married, decides to join a local Pals Regiment along with his mates. “All pals together”. The lads go through basic training, ship off to France and find themselves in the hell of battle at the Somme. In the chaos Bill gets lost, or does he desert? And if he did, who will execute him? The performance will also be accompanied by work from Lawnswood School music and drama students.

Sound Company are seven men from the Lawnswood School Community Choir. They tell the story script in hand, with songs from the First World War. Friendly Fire is based on a 1970 play, Killed July 17 1916 by the renowned Coventry Theatre in Education Company.

Tickets are available from Please make a donation on the night. Refreshments will be available.

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