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Some more festive artwork from our design a Christmas Card competition, this time a quirky drawing from Liv in Year 10.#SJLChristmasCountdown2023


We’ve had some incredible entrants into our design a Christmas Card competition, with 225 entries this year. We will be sharing some of the fantastic designs on our countdown to Christmas over the next few weeks.First up is this gorgeous digital drawing from Charm in Year 10.


The Senior Reading Group have chosen 1984 by George Orwell and Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus for the next meeting - open to ​Year 10, Year 11 and Sixth Form students on Friday 12 January at 1pm in the Library Quiet Study Area.


UAC band getting Christmas ready - 18 days until the concert!


Congratulations to the students in yr8 who were recognised for their effort and achievement this month.


Year 13 students in A Level Chemistry class were measuring the pH of acids using data loggers as part of their practical assessment.


2nd round of the Autumn Term Chess competition took place this week. Some very closely contested games and all played in an excellent spirit.


Year 8 girls Football ⚽️The girls competed in the EFL Utilita Cup at Watford FC, reaching the semis having won 5 games and drawing 1 game. Sadly we lost on penalties in the semi final. The girls played very well and didn’t concede a goal in the whole tournament.👏🏼


Senior Girls Football produce excellent display despite some absentees to win 5-0 at RPS in the District League. Impressive performances right across the park.


Sorting out the very generous donations from the SJL community ready for asylum seekers to collect this afternoon.


Lost Property - there are a large number of glasses, pencil cases, keys, headphones and other various objects in reception.Please can students collect items by the end of this term. Any unclaimed items will be disposed of (donated where applicable) at the end of term.


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Senior Netball🏐This afternoon the senior netball team played the first of three netball games this week. Tonight’s game was against Sandringham, the girls won 16-14. Well done to all the girls who played and POM Katie👏🏼


Lost Property - the following item is currently on display in the Dining Hall - it's a black bag of girls clothes from Year 7 PGL which included the reading book.Any unclaimed items will be disposed of (donated where applicable) at the end of term.


Lost Property - the following items are currently on display in the Dining Hall. Any unclaimed items will be disposed of (donated where applicable) at the end of term.


Year 7 were working on their self portrait designs in Art class, which they will later model out of clay - we can't wait to see their designs in 3D.


Reminder to Year 13 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening closes tomorrow, Tuesday 28 November, at 6pm.


Reminder - the deadline for payment for Christmas Lunch is tomorrow (Monday 27 November), please make payment via ParentPay.


We are so proud of these boys. Finally they taste victory on a rugby field and in fine style. A record of 4 wins & 1 defeat in today’s festival scoring 19 tries in the process. All that training starting to pay off. Massive thank you to Mr Parkin & Mr Allen as well.


Rugby Tournaments 🏉Year 7 - played 5 won 4Year 8 - played 5 won 2Our year 7s got their first wins of the season, seeing their hard work paying off 👏Shoutout to Mr Parkin & Mr Allen for their efforts with the 7s and our incredible parents who turned out in force to support


Contract extension: confirmed ✅Well deserved, Zach 🙌#CPFC |


Term Date Reminder - school will be closed on Monday 27 November 2023 for our annual occasional day.We look forward to seeing students back in school on Tuesday 28 November.


Year 13 students in A Level Chemistry class were measuring the pH of acids using data loggers as part of their practical assessment.


Reminder to Year 7 parents that online Parents’ Evening is taking place this evening.


Year 11 Netball🏐Well done to the Year 11 netball team in their game against STAHS B team this evening. Outstanding movement up the court and fantastic shooting from all three of the shooters resulted in the final score SJL 30-10 STAHS. POM Poppy 👏🏼

Student Mental Health

At Sir John Lawes we take a whole school approach to promoting positive mental health by creating a whole school culture of positive well-being. We encourage student to build emotional resilience, and help them to understand the importance of looking after their own mental health, as they face the various challenges that modern life presents.

We are committed to supporting students’ mental health and wellbeing to enable students to achieve their personal best in all aspects of their lives, intellectually, morally, socially and emotionally. The school has a strong pastoral system of form tutors, Heads of Year and Student Service Managers and also a PSHE curriculum which supports discussion of issues such as self-harm, depression and maintaining wellbeing.

“Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, its still an illness, and there should be no distinction” Michelle Obama

Sir John Lawes School's First Aid for Mental Health Initiative

If you have any questions about any of the information or would like to talk to a member of staff about any worry or concern, please contact your Form Tutor, SSM, Mrs Hayden or Ms Wright. E-mail contacts are below:


Name Email

Mental Health Lead

Mrs Hayden

Deputy Mental Health Lead

Ms Wright

Head of Year 7

Mr Howard

Head of Year 8

Ms Marino

Head of Year 9

Miss Woolrych

Head of Year 10

Mrs Hayden

Head of Year 11

Miss Heley

Head of Sixth Form

Ms Calverley

Student Services Manager KS3

Mrs Button

Student Services Manager KS4

Miss Beckett

Student Services Manager KS5

Mrs P Akhtar


Additional Support


Name Email


Mrs Blackmore


Mrs Thomas

Wellbeing Room

Miss O'Brien


Mrs Hackwood


Mrs Le Grice


1 in 5 teens has had a serious mental health disorder at some point in their life.


50% of all mental illnesses begin by age 14, and 75% by the mid-20s.


Data from Mental Health First Aid

We would encourage you to use the links to organisations and services below which are extremely helpful and provide excellent guidance for young people who are finding it difficult to manage their emotional well-being and mental health:



Depression / Low Mood

Youth Talk

Young Minds

Students Against Depression

You can also speak to your GP

Eating Disorder


Telephone Helplines

  • Suicidal - call 999
  • Samaritans - are someone to talk to 24/7, 365 days a year call 116 123
  • Childline - is a confidential service for young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything - no problem is too big or too small. Call 0800 1111
  • CALM – for men aged 15+ 0800 585 858
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