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01/07/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Yr 7 Cricket team are through to the District Cup Final. After posting 176-4 they bowled KWS out for 101 from 19.4 overs. The final takes place on Wednesday 🏏 https://t.co/ykPh0JJLzP

01/07/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

The judging is over and the winners of Mrs Dholakia’s “Create Your Form Tutor” competition are … 7H, 9A and 10R! Ms Robins and Mr Newbery were very impressed with all the entries. Prizes coming soon! https://t.co/538EJ3ysxA

01/07/22

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 12 Geographers are investigating river processes at Batford Springs today. https://t.co/c8akOCBhSO

01/07/22

Year 9 engaging with a powerful performance of Chelsea’s Story this morning as part of their Life Skills education. An important part of our work to deliver the C for Care in our ACE https://t.co/ge3FUIxO8n

01/07/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn31xJk https://t.co/zOPGNR5H8B

30/06/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Our display is up! What will you read this summer? 🌻📚 https://t.co/T6iGcQXdbG

30/06/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

We learnt about garlic scapes today and how we can eat the flowering stem. Then we got busy watering, weeding as well as transplanting herb seedlings for food technology to use in September. https://t.co/0RAwQPPJJh

30/06/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Yr7 Cricket District Cup semi final v tomorrow Friday 1st July 2pm start.

30/06/22

Lost property: lost property is currently on display in the school canteen. Any lost property unclaimed before end of term will be donated/disposed of. Please ensure student property is *named* so it can be returned to its rightful owner. https://t.co/8VqItAEbwK

30/06/22

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes DofE

The 2022 SJL Bronze Award launch presentation and enrolment form can now be found on the school website https://t.co/ZUexxrssUP https://t.co/tHq4zaka45

30/06/22

Lilac Class producing some spectacular prints in their art lesson this morning. The children once again so well behaved and thoroughly enjoying their sessions. https://t.co/b5D3EPMboS

30/06/22

Great to be working with yr3 students in Technology again this week. Mr James demonstrating the 3D Printers. https://t.co/NTIN6ZDHRp

30/06/22

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes DofE

It was a lovely to see so many people tonight at the launch! EduLink email with the presentation & application form to be sent out ASAP. Please bring completed forms to reception. https://t.co/cmi6DCX8Vm

29/06/22

It was great to see so many Yr9 students and parents at the DofE launch evening tonight. Personal Development is a key part of the SJL ACE. https://t.co/eycCz487QS

29/06/22

Retweeted From SJL Geography

They really enjoyed establishing where the best place on the school site would be to put a new bench, based on the microclimate and the environmental quality of each site. Looking forward to seeing their results next week! https://t.co/aLnqKdOjPi

29/06/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Yr8 cricket team lost an exciting game against St George’s in the district cup. We have the makings of a really good team who will challenge for a trophy next year.

29/06/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Yr7 cricket team reach district semi final by beating Sandringham in a close game. Capt Benji leading the way with his first 50 for SJL ending not out 60. KWS await on Friday in what should be an exciting game. https://t.co/fOdmQiUls2

29/06/22

Yr 7 taking part in a Microclimate Investigation as part of their Yr7 Geography lessons https://t.co/TuEYsrZizO

28/06/22

Delighted to welcome parents to our Year 6 Induction evening. Mr Newbery and the pastoral team address them from the stage about the ACE and the many opportunities open to our new students! https://t.co/vtJX4ZOhDt

28/06/22

We have thoroughly enjoyed having join us to take part in lessons with . We cannot wait to welcome you back. https://t.co/xgtiYVKoqQ

28/06/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have been hard at work this lunchtime, examining evidence and attempting to solve our 'One of SJL is Lying' murder mystery. It's inspired by our most popular book this year - One of Us is Lying by 🕵️🔎 https://t.co/um1ojNLYDO

28/06/22

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes DofE

We are extremely pleased to tell you that SJL are launching the Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award to students in Year 9 for completion in Year 10. Come along to our Parents' Information evening Wednesday 29 June, 6pm to find out more https://t.co/ZVMRhpsU9u https://t.co/k1iFg6FBAU

28/06/22

Retweeted From Send My Friend

Our Parliamentary Action Day last week was very successful and empowering to our incredible Campaign Champions. Thank you for your time, the in-depth discussion and the support you continue to show. https://t.co/23YqUbNm7E

28/06/22

Year 6 parents an email is coming out this afternoon, via Operoo, containing important information for tonight’s Parents’ Induction Evening and also including Form Group allocations for September. Please check spam folders. https://t.co/MvK1pLnVNN

28/06/22

Retweeted From Liz Twist MP

It was inspiring to meet with Campaigners last week in Parliament. They are campaigning to support the worlds teachers and ensure everyone around the world has access to education. https://t.co/15O50H7OeK

28/06/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

It's that time of year again - Wimbledon fortnight! Here are some of our book titles to get into the spirit of the Championships. https://t.co/CZnADUy9Cf

28/06/22

We look forward to welcoming Year 6 parent/carers this evening at 7pm to our Induction Evening. Reminder students are not expected to attend. https://t.co/c3GAVsiRlL

27/06/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Yr7 & Yr8 cricket tomorrow. Games are ON. Yr7 home v Sandringham 2pm. Yr8 away v St George’s 2pm start.

27/06/22

Retweeted From Services for Young People

Best of luck to the Students out on work experience this week, we hope you have a really interesting week! https://t.co/1lBlGFw3zu

27/06/22

Thought for the Week: the power of our words. Be careful what you say. You can say something hurtful in ten seconds, but ten years later, the wounds are still there." Joel Osteen https://t.co/SLS1K8X5Rr

25/06/22

Retweeted From James Marshall Foundation CIO

Thanks to all who came to our 300th Anniversary Concert . Delighted that and joined us. Big thanks to pupils from local schools for your amazing performances! https://t.co/KTNXUGdltQ

24/06/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

The big houseplant takeover continued this week with Year 9 students learning how to divide, take cuttings and repot plants. We had expert help from our houseplant champion, Josie Lloyd, also in Year 9. https://t.co/hxU5Vd5Bq2

24/06/22

Term date reminder: school will be closed to students Monday 27 June 2022 https://t.co/n4Mizj1wdM https://t.co/dUn2WxJP03

24/06/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn3j8AS https://t.co/MpWk9bDLx8

23/06/22

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

Congratulations to SJL yr7&8 choir and all involved in the James Marshall Foundation 300th Anniversary celebration concert! https://t.co/BcSmYWXY23

23/06/22

Retweeted From The Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire

A great pleasure and privilege to join you to celebrate the 300th anniversary of this great Foundation doing so much for young people locally for so many years. https://t.co/zAVYF1bOZY https://t.co/BjlhiM9QOd

23/06/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

A first for planting a pumpkin in our nutrient rich compost bin with the help of the manure from the farm animals! We also spread some joy with hand picked posies to staff. https://t.co/OICZznfYC7

23/06/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Our Year 7 & 8 Book Club are trying a “zakuski” (selection of cold snacks) inspired by The House with Chicken Legs by 😍 https://t.co/hIkX4sjlyn

23/06/22

It was a lovely concert and we were delighted to take part. Congratulations on your 300th anniversary and thanks for all the good work you do! https://t.co/viAe5fXwKh

23/06/22

We look forward to welcoming you all to this evening's GCSE and A Level Art, Graphics, Photography and Textiles. We will share highlights of the exhibition with you in the autumn, unfortunately due to examination rules no photographs are permitted to be shared at this time. https://t.co/85CraR66yB

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 - Executive 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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Katy Wilmshurst - Chair of Governors

I have been a governor at SJL since 2014, and was previously Vice Chair, safeguarding-linked governor and a member of the SET Admissions Committee. Before that, I was a governor at Manland Primary School, including five years as Chair.

I followed a music degree at Manchester University with a performance diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music and then started my career as a violinist and teacher in a variety of orchestras and settings. I have lived in Harpenden with my family since 2001 and currently work for the Hertfordshire Music Service as a violin teacher in a number of local schools as well as being head of Baldock Music Centre. I also freelance as a violinist.

Having had two children educated at SJL, I’ve seen close-up the outstanding teaching and opportunities on offer to its students and as Chair of the Governing Body I look forward to supporting the school’s future growth and development.

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Simon Mundy

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. I have recently stepped down from the role of Chair of the Governing Body, which was a challenging and always interesting 4 years! Prior to that, 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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Sarah Austin

I have lived in Harpenden for much of my life, having grown up in the town since age one and moving back here when my second child was born 12 years ago. I am fortunate to have attended SJL myself as a pupil all the way from year 7 to year 13 and had a fantastic experience at the school. I am now a parent of two boys at SJL in the lower school, and also work as Literacy catch-up tutor at the school one day a week. I am a trained Speech and Language Therapist having qualified from Sheffield university over 20 years ago. Having worked in the NHS for 10 years (mostly in Ealing, London), I now work independently around Harpenden and the local area with children of various ages with a range of Speech and Language difficulties. I am also a Makaton tutor and regularly run training for nurseries, schools and day centres in Makaton to help them support communication at their settings. I also worked for several years as a Registered Intermediary, supporting children and vulnerable witnesses with communication in the police interview and court processes. 

In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis, running and singing in a community choir, and I am a Sunday school leader at our local church. I am delighted to join the governing body of SJL. Being in the uniquely fortunate position of ex-pupil, parent and staff member, I’m looking forward to now serving as a parent governor at this progressive and inclusive wonderful school. 

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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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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!


Ellie Butterworth - Head of School

I am beyond excited to be representing Sir John Lawes as Head of School this year, and I feel honoured to have been given this opportunity. I look forward to working with the Governors, students and staff to give back to a community that has made my school experience so enjoyable.

I am studying Maths, Biology and History at A-level and I hope to study Biology at university.

Growing up in SJL has been unforgettable due to the extensive extra-curricular activities that the school offers. I have taken part in every theatre production – a highlight being my role as stage manager in our performance of ‘Oliver’. SJL has allowed me to continuously challenge myself to develop both my confidence and leadership skills, including taking part in the ‘Youth Speaks’ competitions, running ‘History Mystery club’ as well as many campaigning activities.

Outside of school, I am an avid member of a local drama group and go to the theatre as often as I can. I am interested in politics, the environment and how we can bring about positive change.

I look forward to using my platform to raise awareness, represent the voices of all students and to the best of my ability continue to bring excellence to SJL. 


Harrison Whiting - Head of School

I am extremely proud to have been appointed as a Head of School at Sir John Lawes for the upcoming year. This has gifted me the opportunity to give back to such a talented and supportive school community, whilst working in tandem with governors, staff and students alike. Such a prospect extremely excites me and I can’t wait to see what we are able to achieve alongside the prefect team as a whole.

Currently I am studying English, Media and Politics at A-Level.  I hope to study Criminology at university.  As one of my subjects is taught at St Georges, I also have the role of politics consortium ambassador. Within school I have contributed extensively to the house system, acting as a Britten form rep on numerous occasions as well as House captain in year 12.

Outside of school I am actively involved in numerous sporting teams including cricket, as well as captaining a football team for several years. This coupled with my SJL experiences has developed my personal leadership skills.

Over the course of the next year, I look forward to using my platform to develop student voice in the SJL community and assist in developing the outstanding opportunities that SJL is able to offer.

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