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"Individual students are challenged, supported and encouraged; they comment that they feel valued and consider themselves fortunate to attend the school. The students’ personal development and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are outstanding." – Ofsted

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A very warm welcome

Welcome to the Sir John Lawes website. For over 70 years Sir John Lawes School has been delivering an outstanding education for all students in our care and I hope within these pages you will discover something of how we combine the best of traditional values with the very latest in teaching methods and technologies.

Our National Teaching School status reflects the importance we place on recruiting and developing the very highest-quality staff in all areas of the organisation. Our 4th consecutive Artsmark Gold award demonstrates the emphasis we place on creativity for all students and our position as a National Support School, shows how strongly we believe in sharing good practice to bring about school improvement.

We are also very aware of our responsibilities to the wider community and awards such as our Oxfam Lead School status are evidence of our students’ awareness of the role they play as global citizens.

Claire Robins, Headteacher

Latest News

20 April 2015

Try an Instrument Day - 9 May 2015

Did you know that learning an instrument improves your memory, maths and literacy, it promotes social skills, sharpens your concentration, relieves stress and is also a lot of fun?!

01 April 2015

Jazz Evening 2015

Jazz Evening - Friday the 24 April 2015 starting at 8pm in the school hall. Tickets are limited and selling fast.

30 March 2015

Spring Concert - 30 March 2015

A reminder that our annual Spring concert will take place on Monday 30 March at 7pm, in the Public Halls, Harpenden. All ensembles will be performing and you are very welcome to join us!

19 December 2014

Emergency closures

In exceptional circumstances it may be necessary to close the school during normal hours. In these instances i.e. due to severe weather conditions, we shall inform parents by the following means:

04 September 2014

New Geography Award for SJL

We are delighted to announce that SJL has been awarded the Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) in recognition of excellence in teaching and learning in geography.

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