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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.

Recent Successes

2021/22 has been a great year for fundraising and purchasing for the school. 


November 2021 – this was the first opportunity to welcome year 7 and 8 parents onto the site having been kept away as a result of the pandemic.  We held a very enjoyable wine and beer tasting event, the first event run by the new committee. Definitely an event to be repeated but we learnt that the ambience of the school canteen needs some work so we’ll be prepared with the remote control for the lighting for future events!


March 2022 – saw the return of the very popular Quiz Evening after a two-year gap.  The evening was able to run smoothly as so many parents volunteered their time to help and over 150 parents and staff attended.  Jon, our Quiz Host did a great job and everyone enjoyed the Godfreys supper, a well-stocked bar and there was a great buzz going on.  Students from year 10 who were raising money for their World Challenge to Eswatini in 2023 ran a Raffle with a very extensive list of prizes.  They also did lots of running around for us, giving out food, sauces and cutlery!  Look out for the Quiz Night for the 2022/23 school year!

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FESTIVAL ON THE FIELD 2022 - This incredible and extremely popular event is held every two years and has its own special committee.  After two cancellations, this year’s Festival featured a number of great tribute bands as well as Stratton 5 – all students of SJL.  More information and photos to follow so watch this space!


New Minibus - The school needed a new minibus to better cope with the increasing transport requirements.  In June, the long-awaited minibus was purchased – second hand but in fantastic condition inside and out, and there’s even air-conditioning vents for all the passengers!  Go to the Friends of SJL Facebook or Twitter to see our video.

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New Tenor Saxophone - The Music Faculty had been in need of a new Tenor Saxophone for quite some time.  Being able to support students expand their musical repertoire (for example branching out from an Alto Sax) and helps to enhance the sound of the various music ensembles.  The music parents support group are instrumental in raising funds and FOSJL were able to provide a substantial donation to make this purchase possible.  Go to the Friends of SJL Facebook or Twitter to see a short video.

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Purchases Currently in Progress

  • Two new houses for the school ducks and other equipment for our special Animal Studies area
  • Two brand new sewing machines
  • Six radio mics for drama and school productions
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