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If you are thinking of taking up an instrument but not sure which one to choose, come along to our Try an Instrument Day - open to Year 6 students who have a place at SJL starting in September, plus any current SJL students in Years 7-9.


Reminder to Y10 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening closes tomorrow, 6 June at 6pm


Just Wow Toby Cherry clears a new PB of 2:03m at the weekend. So proud of this young man


Vacancy - we are seeking an enthusiastic IT/Media Support Technician to provide first line media and technical support. Apply now


Term Date - a reminder that next week is half term.Have an enjoyable break, we hope everyone has a chance to enjoy the sunshine. We look forward to seeing you all back Monday 5 June.


Our Year 10 Food Technology students enjoyed a masterclass with cookbook author and TV chef Theo Michaels - Theo helped the students to make burritos, including making the tortillas, whipping up a salsa and a variety of fillings, while offering tips and advice.


Alumni: What a first season with we are all so proud of you at SJL Your hard work and dedication is really paying off, you are an inspiration to all the young sports people at our school


Alumni: What a first season with we are all so proud of you at SJL . Your hard work and dedication is really paying off, you are an inspiration to all the young sports people at our school


60 of our best mathematicians from years 7 and 8 recently achieved SJL’s best ever Junior Maths Challenge results. In total they achieved 24 Gold medals, 20 Silver and 13 Bronze. The top 17 qualified for the follow on round in June. Well done year 7 and 8!


Our Year 9 Social Sciences students gained further insight into the world of politics when Bim Afolami, MP for Hitchin & Harpenden, came to a Q&A session, giving our students the chance to ask many questions on a wide range of topics.


Our lovely rabbits and chickens now have fabulous new homes thanks to some Year 9 students who put two new wooden hutches together.


Following the visit last week from TV journalist and presenter Martine Croxall our Media Studies students began creating their own news story as part of . Take a look at the full news broadcast here


This week students will be discussing the benefits of 'reading' and the word 'intertextuality' (when a new text is connected to & influenced by previous texts).“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr Seuss


We're throwing it back to last week's Year 10 Music Showcase - what an amazing evening!


Reminder to Y10 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening opens tomorrow, 23 May, at 6pm


Year 9 Social Science students have been busy filming a Political Party Campaign as part of their politics module - creating their own party and developing their own policies.


Good luck to our Year 12 students who will be out on work experience this week. Please do all that you can to make the most of your week and enjoy the experience. We look forward to hearing all about it.


A celebration of alliums waiting to be cut and placed on reception


Everyone is in and cooking!


Alumni: So proud of this young man! Clubman of the year at Verulamians RFC after a brilliant season with some 1st Team Rugby experience. Keep it up Matty you are an inspiration to so many


Amazing creativity on display as Year 10 art students develop ideas for their final piece of work as part of their portrait project.


Our Year 12 Economy students gained insight into the day-to-day life of an economist with a brilliant talk by Bank of England Senior Economist Gosia Goralczyk. Our students gained a greater understanding about the function of the Bank of England to monitor financial stability.


Highlights from the second half of the Spring term, including the ski trip to Saas-Fee in Switzerland, Austen's Got Talent and the visit to Montpellier for our Year 10 students studying French. Presented and produced by SJL Media Faculty.


Last weekend Harry competed in the East of England Regional Swimming Championships. He came: 7th in U14 100m Butterfly 6th in U14 400m Individual Medley 1st in U14 200m Butterfly He swam fantastically - achieving personal best times in both the heat and final.


A fun interactive quiz using iPad's for Year 8 students in their RE lesson, helping to strengthen their learning about different religions.

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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