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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

03 July 2017

Lockdown Procedure

In line with government and local authority advice we have introduced a lock down procedure which students and staff will need to follow in the event of an emergency.

23 June 2017

Ministry of Defence Education Outreach Programme Awards

Ministry Of Defence Awards for Sir John Lawes Students. Six SJL students recently had the opportunity to attend an awards event at Ministry of Defence Headquarters in Whitehall.

12 May 2017

School Funding - Harpenden Heads' letter

Parents will remember that Ms Robins recently wrote about the pressures schools are facing on their funding. The heads of Harpenden primary and secondary schools have recently written a joint letter to all parents giving more information on this issue and asking for your support. You can read the letter below.

11 May 2017

Senior Prefect Team 2017-2018

We are pleased to announce our new Senior Prefect team. Pictured below, from left to right are Chris Rouse, Head Boy, Sam Sharkey, Head Girl, Barney Crawford, Deputy Head Boy and Olivia Brown, Deputy Head Girl. They will assume their duties in June and we wish them all the best for what will be undoubtedly a very busy year!

16 January 2017

Super Seven Oxbridge Offers 2017

We are delighted to give our congratulations to seven students who have recently received offers from Cambridge and Oxford Universities to study a variety of courses from this September.

12 January 2017

School closure information

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:

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