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John Jamieson

The East SILC John Jamieson is a through generic special school. Pupils join our school with a wide range of challenges in their lives. Presently, we have children with moderate learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties, complex medical needs, physical difficulties, Downs Syndrome, hearing and/or visual impairments and Autism.

Our school is divided into three Phases: Primary, High School and Post 16.  Our Post 16 provision also includes a site at Brigshaw which some of our young people can access from Year 12.

Developing the whole child and young person is important to us.  Our ethos is to provide a secure, caring and supportive environment where pupils are encouraged to fulfil their potential and thrive, academically, emotionally and physically. The pupils’ EHCP is at the heart of their learning and we strive to ensure that needs are met through a broad, dynamic and personalised curriculum.

The school applies a holistic approach to learning, and works closely with the speech therapists, the occupational therapists, physio therapists, educational psychologist and school nursing team. This enables to us to work closely with our young people and ensure that that they have the best support possible to access the curriculum and learn skills to prepare them for adulthood. Our nursing team are on hand to support with the medical needs of our pupils and the NHS paediatricians regularly hold clinics on site.

Communication and the development of communication skills plays a great part across all three Phases of our school.  We work hard to maintain a ‘Total Communication’ environment and use a range of strategies to support our pupils with communication needs.  These include the comprehensive use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication including PECS, Makaton, Eye Gaze, Talkers and other devices to support our learners with their communication needs.

Dependent on developmental stage, our pupils will follow a subject-specific or non-subject specific curriculum.  This is supported by a range of resources that are in place to enhance the learning experience. These include carefully adapted, specialist teaching rooms for science and food technology and therapeutic spaces such as the sensory room and ball pool. Our highly skilled team of professionals including teachers and teaching assistants work together positively to enable the absolute best outcomes for our pupils, who always remain at the heart of all we do.


School Hours

Start - 8.55am

Finish - 3.15pm


 To see John Jamieson staff, please see the 'Our Staff' page

Term Dates

Leeds School Calendar 2022-23Autumn Term

Autumn 1 starts - Monday 5th September 2022

Bank Holiday for State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II - Monday 19th September 2022

Autumn 1 ends - Friday 21st October 2022

Autumn 2 starts - Monday 31st October 2022

Autumn 2 ends - Friday 16th December 2022


Spring Term

Spring 1 starts - Tuesday 3rd January 2023

Spring 1 ends - Friday 10th February 2023

Spring 2 starts - Monday 20th February 2023

Spring 2 ends - Friday 31st March 2023


Summer Term

Summer 1 starts - Monday 17th April 2023

May Bank Holiday - Monday 1st May 2023

Summer 1 ends - Friday 26th May 2023

Summer 2 starts - Monday 5th June 2023

Summer 2 ends - Tuesday 25th July 2023


School training days for the academic year 2022-23

Monday 5th September 2022

Tuesday 6th September 2022

Monday 31st October 2022

Monday 24th July 2023

Tuesday 25th July 2023




  • White polo shirt
  • Navy jumper/ sweatshirt with East SILC logo
  • Dark coloured trousers/ sweatpants
  • Dark coloured footwear


Photo Gallery

 All photos taken by Lottie Bone Photography -

John Jamieson