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Notice: Please be aware that our Year 7 French trip departs from school tomorrow at 8.30am, please keep the bus bay on Sauncey Avenue clear so the coach can arrive and park from 8am. Many thanks.


Students from our Oxfam group have been busy giving assemblies to Year 7, Year 8 and Year 12 - talking about the difference between equality and equity, the incredible work of Oxfam and the fundraising and awareness activities of the SJL Oxfam group.


This week Austen House are hosting Austen's Got Talent at lunchtime - a chance for students to showcase their talents in a bid to win coveted house points. We've seen some incredible talent from singing to comedy, dancing to musical renditions and so much more!


Last week we were proud to be a part of the Student Climate Change & Sustainability Conference day at . Students listened to a variety of speakers and took part in engaging activities. It was a truly inspiring day!


Today we welcomed Year 5 students from High Beeches Primary School who took part in a debating workshop learning the art of discussion and persuasion. The children were really enthusiastic and came up with some fantastic ideas! Thank you for coming to visit.


Lots of investigating happening in Year 7 science class using universal indicator to find out the pH balance of different household substances - matching the colour change to their pH balance colour scale.


Fabulous to see the incredible success of ex SJL students - helping to inspire current students.


Year 8 were tasked with choosing a famous building to master their drawing and painting skills using biro and watercolour - so many amazing pieces of art being created!


Leadership opportunities play a vital role in the development of our students and we are delighted to introduce our new student leadership team - Aryan and Ria as Head Students, ably assisted by Madeleine, James, Lily and Emma.


A fantastic day taking place at our Sustainability Conference!


With a nod to Cadbury's 200 year anniversary, some of our Year 8 students have been tasked with designing their own chocolate bar in D&T graphics class . This week they have been working on creating their own fonts.


Fantastic talk by from the Ministry of Eco Education and the Green Britain Foundation engaging our pupils on issues of Change and


We are very privileged to have a variety of great presenters leading our workshops this morning at our Change and Conference


We are looking forward to a great day discussing how we can safeguard the future of our planet at the Annual Sustainability Conference. The day was introduced by our CEO, Claire Robins.


We are really excited to collaborate withSt Albans Greener Together who chose to showcase SJL as an example of a sustainable school - take a look at their fabulous video. #SJLproud


Preparations are underway for some Year 7 and Year 8 students taking part in our next 'Have you met...?' event on Tuesday 18 June from 3.30pm-4.30pm in the School Hall. They spent time with student leaders to discuss ideas for their individual displays.


Annual Sports Team Photos will be taken today. All students that have represented SJL teams should come to school in PE kit today (no uniform required) P1 Year 7; P2 Year 8; P3 Year 9; P4 Year 10


On World Environment Day our Eco Garden Club have been making use of an old butler sink to create an 'alpine trough' - with gorgeous plants found naturally below the snow and above the tree line.#GenerationRestoration


Reminder to Year 12 parents that online Parents’ Evening is taking place this evening.


Year 8 students in Food Technology were transported to Italy with the aroma of their incredible ragu and pasta dishes - brilliant cooking skills!


Amazing results, well done, great teamwork!


Yesterday some of our students enjoyed a workshop run by a team of software engineers from - the students undertook a project which focused on the creative and planning aspects of designing software solutions for modern world challenges.


DigiTech Live - for anyone in a teaching profession this is such a great opportunity to find out more about educational technology.


Year 8 students were experimenting with different lighting and sound effects to create audience suspense in the gothic horror pieces they were creating.


Reminder - Year 8 ImmunisationsYear 8 students please wear a short sleeved school shirt or a vest underneath a long sleeved school shirt in preparation for immunisations tomorrow.

Celebration Evenings

MASt and Gifted & Talented Celebration Evening

Every summer term we celebrate the achievements of More Able, Gifted and Talented students with our MASt and Gifted & Talented Celebration Evening for the families of MASt and G&T students. We showcase some of the excellent work done by our MASt and G&T students throughout the year.

2022-23 MASt and Gifted & Talented Flyer

2022-23 MASt and Gifted & Talented Students' Open Evening


Parental Feedback:

The evening was informative on what was expected from the students. Thank you.

It was lovely to have the opportunity to meet teachers face to face and to find out a bit more about what students can be involved in in the future.

It was lovely to see the work done by pupils and hear from the very talented music students.

I am grateful for the time and effort involved in putting on this evening.

We enjoyed it and took the opportunity to show our daughter the non-core curriculum activities available.

I thought it was wonderful. A real treat to see so many of the amazing things that the pupils are achieving, and to have meaningful conversations with so many teachers. Thank you so much!

What a fabulous event. So many talented kids.

It was a lovely evening and a great chance to talk to each department and see what they do and offer to extend learning. All staff and student helpers were really knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Thank you SJL.

Thank you very much for organising the MASt evening. We really do appreciate the amount of work that went into it, plus the focus on more able children to ensure they are also able to stretch themselves. My son is on the MASt register and also G&T for music and maths, so we came with that context.  It was really nice to have the music outside – both for my son to have the opportunity to perform and to hear all the other great musicians in the school. I think it’s great that something is organised for more able children in this way. Thanks again.

I found it useful to see the books of other children on display and see as aspirational the high level of work being achieved.

Thank you - it was beautifully hosted and I was delighted for the students to have their talents noticed and celebrated, and for parents to be able to share in this & think about how to nurture those talents - thank you, we really enjoyed seeing you all.

It was great to see all of the work being done by the MASt students and giving them an opportunity to showcase that. I think it was a great event and we’ll put together.

We enjoyed the open evening and found it particularly useful to chat to older students about what to expect next year (in Year 8) in particular subjects. Thank you.

It is lovely to see all the school has to offer and some of the great work the kids are doing.

It was a lovely event and we were very proud to see our son being nominated for the gifted & talented register. Thank you to the school for providing such pupils incredible opportunities to flourish further with their talents.

It was an excellent evening. The teaching staff and students running the evening were friendly and welcoming, and the standard of work on display was high. I liked the informality of the approach, which created a sense of warmth, and your student leadership team was a credit to you.

Thank you for a great opportunity for my daughter to perform with the music department. My youngest enjoyed the refreshments too!

It was a lovely way to for the children to show off their work. My son was reluctant to go initially but enjoyed the event, I think it gave him a little confidence boost too. Thank you.

What I did see (mostly artwork) was very impressive. Thank you to all involved in putting on this event.

It was lovely to hear the musicians play, and a great opportunity for my daughter to do her first solo.

We did not need to attend as our child is in Year 12, however we decided to do so as we are new to the school and our child is G&T and was helping out at the event. This was the first event where we were given the opportunity to see the wider community and children from other year groups, we were impressed with the event and all who attended.

It was a great opportunity to meet my daughters teachers face to face and discuss what they have been learning about and what further options could be.

Good to be back in a school setting with a buzzy atmosphere!

Great selection of teachers and students to pick the brains of.

Enjoyed the music, great to see the teachers and have the opportunity to chat.

It was very well organised and a great idea.

Really enjoyed this event. I spoke to many of the stall holders who were excited to share about their learning. I was impressed at the confidence and poise of the young people representing their subjects. The musical event outside was relaxed and enjoyable. Many thanks.

Really enjoyed the evening and was great to see examples of work.

I welcomed the opportunity to attend an event of the school. I loved the music and the art displays/demos were excellent. It did provoke good discussions with my child about enrichment so I’m glad we went.

We all enjoyed the open evening, it was great atmosphere, thank you for organizing such a great event!

We attended the previous event and thought it was a really lovely way of showcasing the students’ talent and ability.

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