Important notice:The School Office will be closed for the Summer holiday between 3.00pm Friday 17 July until 8.00am Monday 10 August 2020. In case of an emergency, please contact the school via the contact tab on the website.   Contact

0113 284 4020

Embed confidence; fuel ambition.

Embed confidence; fuel ambition.

View navigation

Our School

English as an Additional Language

At Lawnswood we are committed to improve our practice so that the needs of our EAL pupils are met.

Through individualised learning programmes, intervention and support we will continue to further raise the attainment of EAL pupils across the curriculum. We are one of the few schools in the city fortunate to have a dedicated EAL learning base.

We aim to build effective and consistent teaching strategies, differentiation and resources within departments to give our staff the confidence to meet the needs of our ever growing number of EAL students.

We pride ourselves on the excellent relationships we have with parents and the different local communities. We have regular coffee mornings and opportunities for our EAL parents to come into school. For those parents who do not speak English we provide interpreters and translated school information materials for parents in order to encourage the parents of our minority ethnic groups to become more involved with the school and their children’s education.


My Bright Kite: ‘Freedom of Voice’ project 

Please take some time to watch one of the 12 videos that are the result of our EAL team working with My Bright Kite. Each video is a personal story from a child, beautifully told and truly thought-provoking. These films are being used by schools and teacher training organisations across the country to develop and raise awareness, but also to celebrate the courage and achievements of these students. The first film in the series has already been used widely by other organisations, including WY Police.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmpzfWVD9cBD0Ihi4HoNQYw/videos

My Bright Kite 'Lessons of Hope' ~ school students interview Gulwali Passarlay

Lessons of Hope is a Refugee Awareness Resource Pack for schools. Recommended age 11+. The film features students from Lawnswood High School, Leeds ...

My Bright Kite Freedom of Voice Project “Enjoy the country where you live”

A teenage boy shares his experience of leaving his home country, Egypt, and not being able to continue his love for handball. He also shares first impressions of ...

My Bright Kite Freedom of Voice Project “In the future, I would love to be a fashion designer”

A young girl shares her experience of leaving her home and migrating to the UK, differences between school in Leeds and her home country, and how grateful ...

My Bright Kite Freedom of Voice Project “It my was first time ever going to school”

A young girl shares her memories of growing up in Syria and Lebanon and joining family in the UK, where she started attending school for the first time in her life ...

My Bright Kite Freedom of Voice Project “My dream for the future is to be an aviation engineer”

A young boy's account of leaving his home country and settling into life in the UK. He shares his experiences of being involved with the diversity forum at school ...

My Bright Kite Freedom of Voice Project presents “I would like to be a lawyer”

A young girl's account of memories of a peaceful Syria before the war, being forced to leave her home to find safety in the UK, experiences of starting school in ...

My Bright Kite Freedom of Voice Project “I would like to be successful and have a good job”

A teenage boy's account of being forced to leave Syria because of the war, journeying to safety with his family via Greece, separation, and being reunited with ...

My Bright Kite Freedom of Voice Project “I would like to be a doctor”

A teenage girls powerful account of being forcibly displaced from Eritrea, travelling to Ethiopia where she stayed in a refugee camp, finally arriving to safety and ...

My Bright Kite Freedom of Voice Project “I met kids who speak my language”

A teenage boy's account of leaving Egypt and moving to Japan, adapting to life in Japan and then being uprooted and having to rebuild his life again when the ...

My Bright Kite Freedom of Voice Project “I would encourage you to befriend people who are new”

A teenage boy's account of leaving his country of birth, Pakistan, first impressions of England, settling in, making friends, experiences of bullying, overcoming ...

My Bright Kite Freedom of Voice Project “My dream in the future is to be a teacher”

A young girl's account of leaving Syria and settling into a new school life in Leeds, UK. About this project: Freedom of Voice is a young person led participation ...

My Bright Kite Freedom of Voice Project “I am a kid from Syria”

A young boy's account of being forcibly displaced from his home country Syria, due to the war, travelling to safety and building a new life in Leeds, UK. About this ...

My Bright Kite Freedom of Voice Project “I would like to be a model and a pharmacist”

A teenage girl's account of being separated from her mother, leaving Ghana, and being reunited with family in Leeds, UK. We also hear first hand experiences of ...

My Bright Kite Refugee Awareness for Schools and Colleges

My Bright Kite are passionate about educating all children and young people, irrespective of background, on the global themes of migration and refugees.

My Bright Kite Trip to Malham

Days out like this are very precious to us at #MyBrightKite. They provide opportunities for new #Friendships. Being in #Nature promotes our emotional health.

My Bright Kite Freedom of Voice project "I would like to be a dentist"

My Bright Kite Freedom of Voice project "I would like to be an architect"

My Bright Kite presents 'The Right to Safety is a Human Right'

My Bright Kite social trip to the Yorkshire Dales

My Bright Kite is a refugee youth organisation based in West Yorkshire. We create opportunities for education, fun and friendships. We build life skills, wellbeing, ...

My Bright Kite 'Picture My World' social and educational outing to Leeds Art Gallery

Picture My World is a youth-led participation project where young refugees learn new creative and technical skills in photography, art and film. They are each ...

My Bright Kite ‘Picture My World’ social outing

Picture My World is a youth-led participation project where young refugees learn new creative and technical skills in photography, art and film. They are each ...

My Bright Kite 'Hearts and Hopes' project ~ Friendship bracelets for Vial Refugee Camp, Greece

A child led social action project where School children in Leeds learn and share about refugee experiences and offer friendship and hope to refugee children ...

My Bright Kite 'Lessons of Hope' Classroom Resource Trailer

Lessons of Hope is a youth-led educational resource, raising awareness of child refugees and the importance of solidarity and welcome. To view the full film and ...

Downloads