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02/03/21

Today’s answer: It has each number, zero to nine, listed in alphabetical order. Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly. https://t.co/c6ai8dJod4

02/03/21

Following the Government's announcement and students returning to school, PE clubs are back! See school website https://t.co/iH25lzdhng or the PE Instagram page for more details. https://t.co/7hCVV3eHkb

02/03/21

We look forward to welcoming students into school this week for their initial COVID tests. 🏫 Weds: Years 11-13 🏫 Thur: Years 9-10 🏫 Fri: Years 7-8 Full details of exact timings can be found on Edulink communication.

02/03/21

Year 8 reminder: bookings for online parents’ evening appointments will close Wednesday, 3 March 2021 at 1pm https://t.co/pq84suMFg4

02/03/21

Year 8 Options Information Evening presentations will be available from 4pm https://t.co/aVolMaRGvq It is important for you and your child to gain as much information as possible before completing options choices, please review all subject presentations. https://t.co/S2BhO16Ju8

02/03/21

Our final Tuesday teaser, thanks to We will post the answer later today https://t.co/Z33FGwYu5J

01/03/21

Head over to Art’s Instagram page for details of this year’s Spring Challenge https://t.co/mE39ujXY70 https://t.co/Na2WjzIOM6

01/03/21

A tremendous welcome to those joining the SJL community as part of Year 7 class of 2021 https://t.co/1t3a4IoVax

01/03/21

Thought for the Week: how can we challenge bullying? https://t.co/K2hYbzXe7i

28/02/21

Retweeted From Hertfordshire County Council

School allocations for children transferring to a secondary or upper school in September 2021 are released tomorrow. Allocation emails will be sent after 2pm and letters will be posted first class on Monday 1 March https://t.co/jRO257Q6rT

27/02/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 13: after learning about the importance of phytoplankton in the marine carbon cycle, chec out the current phytoplankton bloom around the UK. https://t.co/zvzsO1AIKx

26/02/21

Here are a couple of at home self care ideas to try this weekend https://t.co/RGr7Qqc86t

26/02/21

Retweeted From ORA Singers

Frank Santeugini 15, Chiswick (West London Free School) Hattie Twigger-Ross 16, Guildford (George Abbot School) Phoebe Wakefield 17, Welwyn Garden City (Sir John Lawes School) Congratulations to all! 🎉🎉🎉

26/02/21

⭐️ Congratulations Phoebe, picked as an apprentice for the choral composition programme ⭐️ https://t.co/CY811mgQZ4

26/02/21

We’ll be here when you get back and we cannot wait to see you! Enjoy the weekend and please follow the rules https://t.co/gap3mZm3Bi

26/02/21

National Careers Week, supporting students to make the right choices or a bright future https://t.co/ICyyGS0e4f https://t.co/BI4p4Bp3uC

26/02/21

This week’s newsletter is out now... https://t.co/U9uMYQrffW https://t.co/ifpYy920ld

25/02/21

Today’s answer: they are the same! Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly. https://t.co/qpvwpOlNlI

25/02/21

Next week sees the 10th anniversary of the National Careers Week Check out our dedicate page on the school website, for career news including updated Virtual Employer Encounters section https://t.co/ycO9M0JtaN https://t.co/KhehJbzxrl

25/02/21

The books of the week are Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cotrell Boyce, The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan, and The Martian by Andy Weir! Watch Tom Fletcher read some of Sputnik https://t.co/IdaiJ5fO0A Read the opening of The Weight of Water https://t.co/S1ClmHXRF6 https://t.co/xUaYMSE3iX

25/02/21

Aimed at Year 12 students, will be running three webinars designed to support students as they start thinking about their post-18 options https://t.co/E3W3NRp6yU

25/02/21

With university open days on hold, the Virtual Fair will be returning on 17 March 2021 to help students from Years 11, 12 and 13 explore their post 18 option https://t.co/hrAbFWlMHG

25/02/21

A pictorial puzzle for today, sponsored by We will post the answer later today https://t.co/Xz2BwAeWF5

24/02/21

Catastrophic thoughts are more likely to take over when a person is tired and stressed, remember to practice self-care https://t.co/V9XbnGdP8c

24/02/21

Vacancy: SJL are seeking an enthusiastic Mathematics Teacher to join their highly skilled mathematics faculty. To apply: https://t.co/dKqmahm8CW 🗒 Full/Part Time 🗒 NQTs welcome 🗒 First-rate professional development programme https://t.co/TKCE4OCpoc

23/02/21

Today’s riddle answer: drop the ‘s’ to make seven > even. Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly. https://t.co/FFLBiBE0oc

23/02/21

Year 8: online booking for Year 8 parents’ evening opens tomorrow Wednesday, 24 February 2021 at 1pm. See letter’s home for parents’ guide to booking appointments https://t.co/ufgNeDuzpl https://t.co/POlwXehPYe

23/02/21

The SJL animals are enjoying the spring sunshine above school today, as Mr Evans welcomes two new additions to our animal conservation area. https://t.co/esnRH6sdUt

23/02/21

A riddle from our Student Services Team. We will post the answer later today https://t.co/rKY2FPqLgL

22/02/21

Just two weeks until the deadline... closing date Monday, 8 March 2021. https://t.co/tPzWhF3zL9 https://t.co/0ZO0NpSUJ7

22/02/21

Calendar reminder: upcoming INSET day Friday, 12 March 2021. School will be closed to all students. https://t.co/dCabpjj1h1

22/02/21

Thought for the Week: Integrity https://t.co/TRD2c8AxH1

18/02/21

We are proud to present to you the Year 9 virtual Music Showcase, put together by the SJL year 9 music students https://t.co/XbOEu8cnoX

18/02/21

A slightly different Lawes Lowdown to mark the end of the first half term of 2021, including a unique competition https://t.co/EN6h7Wf0H2

18/02/21

Retweeted From SJLScience

We have spoken or will speak about this in Year 7 science. An excellent little activity if you have some spare time at home over half term or a weekend https://t.co/iLExOLpLjQ

18/02/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

With in the spotlight, we wanted to re-share our guide. What is the chat website that everybody is talking about and how can parents & carers prevent potential risks to their children? Download for free >> https://t.co/hExPJ9PgPB https://t.co/DuTMeRw3r1

12/02/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

West End Workshops — WestWay School of Performing Arts ....these look brilliant and reasonably priced! And there’s a Hamilton one!!#theatrematters https://t.co/jD8WBSNC8D

12/02/21

Here are a couple of at home self care ideas to try this half term https://t.co/ZhMdgy4sJ8

12/02/21

Do not forget composition and song writing competition is open until Monday, 8 March 2021 https://t.co/tm84Y7WiEJ

12/02/21

As we wait for the next government announcement remember we will get through this together. “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” Ryunosuke Satoro Enjoy half term and please follow the rules https://t.co/2jGRIRHAUi

Governor Profiles

A list of the relevant business and pecuniary interests for our Governing Body can be found here

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Claire Robins OBE - Headteacher

Claire started as an English teacher at Goffs School in Cheshunt and moved through positions of responsibility at various Hertfordshire schools before becoming Deputy Head at Sir John Lawes.

Ten years ago she became Headteacher and the school achieved an ‘outstanding’ OFSTED grading in 2008. She became an NLE (National Leader of Education) in 2009 and has led Sir John Lawes' work as Education Partner for the Bushey Academy, Samuel Ryder Academy and Sheredes School.

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Simon Mundy - Chair of Governors

I started my working life as a scientist, took the opportunity to retrain as a solicitor and now work for the Government Legal Department. Close involvement with both Government Ministers and the work of Parliament has proved to be fascinating and genuinely illuminating of how our democracy works.

After 4 years as a governor at a rapidly improving multi-cultural primary school in St Albans, I jumped at the chance to become a governor at SJL. Before taking on the role of Chair of the Governing Body in 2016, I spent a dozen years as governor and then Vice-Chair. While SJL has seen some changes over that time - becoming a Foundation School, then an Academy and finally establishing a Multi-academy Trust, SJL's core values and ethos are unchanged in the form of the SJL ACE. I continue to be amazed by the dedication of our staff and the hard work and enthusiasm of our students.

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Christopher Armitage

I have been involved with the Governing body, on and off, for over thirty years as a Teacher Governor. I now serve as a Foundation Governor on behalf of the Harpenden Secondary Schools Trust. In that time I have seen our school transform from a school with a poor reputation to the outstanding school that we now all enjoy today. It is a pleasure to serve on a Governing Body that works very hard to support the Headteacher and her staff. I am currently the governor for Careers Education and Guidance.

Both my children were educated at Sir John Lawes. They are now both teachers so it must be in the blood!

During my time on the Governing body I have served on several committees, been involved in capital build projects, represented the Site team, involved in the bid for our first Specialism, worked in the working groups when we faced closure! So my role has been varied and most enjoyable. Long may that continue.

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Jocelyn Angrave

Having studied French and European studies at Uni I went on to do a master’s course in the United States in Political Science.  There I met my husband and ever since we’ve lived in Harpenden (30 years!).  I went on to have a career in international marketing and product development in interior finishes (fabrics, wallcoverings etc) and in 2001 set up my own business in which I now work part time.

We have two sons, one went to St George’s and then to St Albans Independent College and is now in his last year at Uni.  The other is in Year 10 at SJL.  My husband is an engineer specialising in sustainable building and infrastructure design.

I set up and was chair of the Friends of SJL until last September.  Prior to that I volunteered at Crabtree School setting up and running the gardening club and school allotment for two years.  Before that I was on the After School Club committee at Manland School.

I’m now involved with a local choir and for the last 5 years have been on the (v small!) team who make the costumes for the Mini-Gang at the Harpenden Gang Show.

Since my youngest son joined SJL I’ve come to know SJL well and am delighted to be able to support this progressive and inclusive school, its staff and governing body, in the role of Parent Governor. 

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Lyndsay Gillot

I have been Head of Music at Sir John Lawes School since September 2014 and am in my tenth year of teaching.  I am hugely committed to the school, its students, and its staff.  Through initiatives such as the staff music challenge and staff choir, and involvement in the wellbeing group, I have made a sustained commitment to the school community. 

I am passionate about my work, hard-working, enthusiastic and always willing to go above and beyond - with a smile!

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David Hassall

I have a scientific background in biochemistry having obtained a PhD at the Royal Free Hospital, School of Medicine, University of London working on blood platelets.  Since then I have worked both in the academic and commercial environments in research and development during my career, including cardiovascular and respiratory based medicines.

I am a parent governor and have been for the last six years, working on various aspects of teaching and learning for the school curriculum committee  and more recently as chair of the schools specialisms committee for media and science. I am married with three children, two of which have since left Sir John Lawes for University.

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Danielle Heley

I thoroughly enjoy being part of the Sir John Lawes community and I'm privileged to be appointed staff governor. I commenced my teacher training at Sir John Lawes in September 2002 and was appointed as an English Teacher in September 2003.  In 2005 I became Head of Year, a post I held until I had my first child.  Since then, I have worked as an English Teacher on a part time basis and in September 2017 I was appointed as Literacy Co-ordinator.

I have 3 children all of which are now primary school age. Having served a term as Parent Governor at Crabtree Infants School, I look forward to building on my skills as Staff Governor at Sir John Lawes.

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Libby Montgomery

Having studied Medieval Italian and French and lived for a while in Italy, my professional background is in Marketing and Communications and I have worked in a wide range of industries from sports marketing to real estate investment management.  

I have previously held several positions on school Governing Bodies, having been Chair of Governors at Batford Nursery School for 9 years and an additional Governor at schools in St Albans.  I am currently also Vice Chair at Manland Primary School.  I served as a Strategic Leader of Governance for Herts for Learning, assisting other Governing Bodies to carry out self evaluation and work on strategies for improvement.  I find being in schools really interesting and stimulating and am proud to be part of the Governor community at SJL. 

I have a daughter at SJL and my son will be joining in September.  Outside of work, I assist our scout group with organising camps, taking care of all the equipment.  I am a keen squash player and regularly play for local and county teams, with varying degrees of success and now take longer to recover after a match than I ever did before!

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Rob Parkinson

I have lived locally for 25 years and have two daughters at SJL. I joined as a parent governor in 2016.

On completion of my degree in computing, I was a founding director of a local computer software company which was subsequently acquired by The Access Group and has gone on to become one of the top 20 British software businesses. I still work for the company within the area of cloud computing and IT security.

Prior to being appointed as a governor I volunteered at Sauncey Wood Primary school. As part of the normal timetabled classes I taught all key stage 2 children computer coding on Windows PCs using Scratch and Android mobile devices using Google’s App Inventor.

I look forward to using my computing and commercial skills to help support the school in delivering education for a changing world.

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Mike Stevens

I have lived in Harpenden with my family for most of the last thirty years. With six children, I first became involved as a Parent Governor at a local primary school in 1999. After living in Berlin for 5 years, where I was an elected Parent class representative in my daughter's German primary school for a couple of years, I returned to Harpenden and was re-elected for a second term as a parent governor. When my youngest daughter transferred to SJL I took the opportunity to become an LEA Governor at another Primary school.

My older three children went to St Georges and the younger three to SJL - four of them are still studying at University. I am very excited to have been elected as a Parent Governor at SJL - the experience I have previously gained as Governor and from bringing up my own family will help me contribute to the work of the Governing body.

I have worked in the Public sector throughout my career. I am currently involved in developing Government Policy on Justice and Home Affairs issues.

What little "me time" I have, after my family, is spent involved in the local branch of the Institute of Advanced Motorists' motorcycle section. I am a keen biker - it is great for blowing away the cobwebs!

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Katy Wilmshurst

I was appointed as a Parent Governor in 2014, both my son and my daughter attended SJL. I am Chair of the School Improvement Committee.  I have been a school governor at Manland since 2008 with the last four years as chair and have been actively involved in setting up the Harpenden Schools Chairs' Forum that shares ideas and best practice across all local schools.

I did a music degree at Manchester University followed by a performance diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music, then moved down to the bright lights of London with my now husband to work as a violinist. We moved to Harpenden in 2001 and I now work for the Hertfordshire Music Service as a violin teacher and freelance as a violinist.

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Jay Colston Patel - Head of School

This year I am delighted to be taking on the role of Head Student. I am particularly looking forward to working closely with the Governing Body and the Heads of Year, to implement effective change across the incredible school that is Sir John Lawes.

For A-Levels, I am currently studying Biology, Chemistry, German and Maths, to then hopefully study Medicine at university. In school, I have participated actively within public speaking on occasions such as Mock Trial, the Goethe-Institut German Debate and the MoD Educational Outreach Programme. I also value the fantastic mentoring opportunities given to us by the school and over the last two years I have been lucky enough to support three Year 11 students leading up to their exams as well as take part in the SJL Staff Music Challenge. This led a group of us to launch a weekly lunchtime GCSE support session for Years 10 and 11.

Outside of school I enjoy playing Tennis, I tutor a number of students at GCSE level and I am also an Explorer Scout. This has led me to participate in the Harpenden Gang Show for the last eight years.

Ultimately, I hope to use this platform over the next year to maximise the school’s student voice and enhance student wellbeing, using my experiences as Form Rep, JLT Rep and House Captain to deliver the same excellent standards I have been immersed in right from my first day at SJL.

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Justine Jing - Head of School

I am extremely proud to represent Sir John Lawes as Head Student this year. Having greatly enjoyed my school experience, I am excited to further my involvement in the community, and I look forward to working with Governors, staff and students alike.

I am currently studying Maths, English, History and French, and hope to study Law at university.

Thanks to the opportunities the school offers, I have been heavily involved in debating and public speaking, including the Ministry of Defence Outreach Programme, Youth Speaks, Cambridge Schools Debate, Mock Trial, and Youth Parliamentary Schools Debate. I am equally lucky enough to have taken on the roles of Form Representative, mentor and House Captain.

Something I particularly appreciate about SJL is its commitment to building links, not only internally, but also with other schools, all the way from a local to international level. Being able to teach French at a nearby primary school was just one personal example of this connectivity.

SJL already has so much to value. Over the course of the next year, I hope to continue and add to the existing ethos of achievement, care, and excellence.

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