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20/07/21

Eid Mubarak to all our friends and colleagues celebrating today or tomorrow

19/07/21

Retweeted From AvantiCommunications

It was an honour to meet Helen Grant, the Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Girls' Education at school, where we heard from students why global education is so important to them. Video credit to https://t.co/dCm22dEWRM

17/07/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

The SJL summer concert! Congratulations to all involved! Happy Summer! https://t.co/8T4WpPMA9t

16/07/21

Retweeted From Michelle Heys

Schools out for the summer! massive thank-you to you all, staff and students for all the hard work and perseverance in the face of a difficult year. So grateful. 👏👏👏🙏🙏

16/07/21

As students head home for a well deserved break, one final announcement... the all important Merit and House Cup winners! https://t.co/5mYQ1KUfJX

16/07/21

Thank you to our students and staff for working incredibly hard over this past academic year, working with the enthusiasm and passion that we have at SJL. Wishing the SJL community a safe and enjoyable summer. https://t.co/xppang5COP

16/07/21

Welcome to our Year 7 intake 2021. Joining us for Get Set for SJL? Make sure you follow our dedicated Twitter account for updates through out the week... with so many great activities planned, you won't want to miss it https://t.co/vF8brH5f0h

16/07/21

Final newsletter of 2019-2020 out today... https://t.co/GHqgZ4EzWv https://t.co/MND9PWxWRI

16/07/21

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

As a trust we could not be prouder of the dedication shown by all our students and staff over this academic year. Thank you! We wish you all a safe and relaxing summer. https://t.co/TbeQKhLJ8O

16/07/21

Celebrating the end of the academic year with a jam packed Lawes Lowdown. Presented and produced by https://t.co/YNZE1uQhEz https://t.co/pNMxPofdDi

15/07/21

Thanks for all your hard work keeping our garden beautiful and productive! https://t.co/581QQpiL66

15/07/21

Retweeted From Helen Grant

With under 2 weeks to go until the UK & Kenya co-host the Global Education Summit, I've been speaking to students in the UK about why global education is important to them. Today's youth are tomorrow's leaders and we must listen to them👇 https://t.co/dxOosMJJFa

15/07/21

Retweeted From Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Helen Grant, the Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Girls' Education, visited school to hear from students why global education is so important to them. The UK and Kenya will co-host the Global Education Summit in London on 28-29 July. https://t.co/jMpYoQ5T9o

15/07/21

Notice: school shop will be closed during the final week of term for annual stock take. https://t.co/ylmHBdqV1O

15/07/21

A few highlights from this year's Summer Prom. Our immense thanks to and our wonderfully talented music students, the perfect end to this summer term. https://t.co/UdfCQdfDut

14/07/21

Retweeted From Carol Aylward

Thank you for your hard work. The cast and musicians were all amazing and took it all in their stride. Well done everyone👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

14/07/21

A wonderful show and so glad we finally got to see it! https://t.co/wqopS4xAJw

14/07/21

Retweeted From Herts Young Homeless (Education)

We've been doing workshops on healthy relationships and 'sexting' at the past few weeks. Did you know 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience domestic abuse in a relationship at some stage? https://t.co/41fRGHnEm2

14/07/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Joining us for A-level next year? Or currently doing A level geography? Join the two free events below aimed at helping you to achieve success https://t.co/ytaiFzVjZo

13/07/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Year 8 Grimm Tales re-scheduled parental performance tomorrow at 5pm will complete the theatrical hat- trick! https://t.co/Jr4cfiKKo6

13/07/21

Retweeted From rachel wakefield

Once again an amazing evening . How you ask? Outdoors. Simple. My girl's last one & she sang the solo in Bring Him Home with the entire school/staff choir. No photo as something got in my eye. Amazing work everyone. Thank you. Thank you all. 👏👏👏👏

13/07/21

Thank you for all your support too!

13/07/21

Year 8 reminder: the second dose of the HPV vaccine will now take place tomorrow, Wednesday 14 July 2021, please remember to make sure students wear a short sleeved vest or T-shirt under their school shirt. https://t.co/o4B7F6LQ7G

13/07/21

Term Dates 2021-22 can be found on the school website https://t.co/n4MiziJVme Note: in addition to the term dates there will be 5 INSET days, yet to be confirmed. https://t.co/LowQ3m4Rao

12/07/21

Joining in September? Pre course homework is available on the school website https://t.co/CZtJZangk5 https://t.co/exUaiCwvGw

12/07/21

Thought for the Week: Listening to and learning from others https://t.co/SVwYn7hBpv

09/07/21

Retweeted From Herts Advertiser

PM's special envoy visits Harpenden school as part of global education campaign https://t.co/l7LZ5VPAOj

09/07/21

And the winners of the SJL 2020-2021 Sports Day… Hepworth House Winning by 1 point, holding off Austen House. Congratulations Mr Bloxham and Hepworth House https://t.co/ySLkZwJ8Uf

09/07/21

Final race of the day, final race of their time here at SJL… Year 12 House Relay https://t.co/QgBMpXYbRl

09/07/21

Year 7s enjoying their first SJL Sports Day https://t.co/YHnGlAnn4d

09/07/21

Year 12 celebrating final sports day with a competitive boys 100m https://t.co/R5dk9xRuW4

09/07/21

An early lead for Hepworth https://t.co/zL8JSinLrQ

09/07/21

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09/07/21

Sports Day 2021, first race is underway 100m Year 7 and 8 girls https://t.co/AjT0JbQbkm

09/07/21

We hope you are well. The book of the week is The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke. Watch Funke talk about her book here: https://t.co/MBLvgGrTwm https://t.co/lOThWTEgxL

08/07/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Grimm Tales year 7 cast performing last night in the open air!#theatreinschools https://t.co/0H2cORSemF

08/07/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Grimm Tales Year 9 cast performing last night in the open air!#theatreinschools https://t.co/KfPrmaZ5kK

08/07/21

Transition Day 2021: we are sorry we cannot welcome our Year 6 students into school for the traditional transition day, but we hope they enjoy their virtual activities. We cannot wait to welcome you in September! https://t.co/aNOkCfbtQP

07/07/21

Friday is Sports Day and we are asking students to wear non-uniform House colours to support those taking part. We are unable to do our traditional cash charity collection, however if you wish to make a small donation to support our chosen charity, via Parent Pay. https://t.co/VU2jK5LDOx

07/07/21

And now with some of the actors themselves. And haven’t we been lucky with the weather?! https://t.co/FaDgcyROzs

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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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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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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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.


Ruby Barwell - Head of School

I am honoured to be representing Sir John Lawes in my new role as Head of School. Since the beginning of my journey at SJL, I have always been fascinated by the wide range of opportunities that the school has to offer, which is why I look forward to working with the governors, staff and students to help create further opportunities to support every student achieve the best from their school career.

I am currently studying English Literature, Drama and Geography and hope to study Law at university.  Due to the extensive extra-curricular activities that the school has to offer, I have taken part in multiple mock trials, campaigning activities (one of which took me to 10 Downing Street to present the campaigning resources) and theatre productions which have taught me skills that I will hopefully be able to transfer into my future legal aspirations. As well as this, I have also taken on the roles of form rep for three years and year rep during my school career at SJL, allowing me to step into a leadership role from year 7.

During my year as Head of School, I aim to use my platform to help create further links between the year groups to build the already exceptional SJL community and continue to achieve the high standard of achievement, care and excellence that my predecessors attained.


Charlotte Evans - Head of School

I am extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to represent Sir John Lawes as Head of School this year. I look forward to working with the entire Sir John Lawes community, including students, staff and Governors to help make a fantastic school even better.

I am studying Economics, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths at A-Level and I hope to go on to study Economics at university.

During my time at SJL I have embraced the numerous opportunities the school offers. I enjoy playing in the many music ensembles such as concert band and flute choir and have attended the excellent music tour every year – a real highlight for me.  SJL has also afforded me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills, including taking on the role of Music Prefect and running the year 7 gymnastics club in preparation for the annual Gym and Dance display. I was also lucky enough to be involved in the SJL Staff Music Challenge, a real opportunity to see things from a teacher’s point of view!

Outside of school, I enjoy coaching gymnastics and playing both the flute and piccolo. I have recently performed at the Royal Albert Hall with the Hertfordshire Schools Symphony Orchestra.

Over the course of next year, I hope to use this platform to represent the voices of all students, building on the existing ethos of achievement, care and excellence to help deliver the outstanding opportunities and standards that I have benefitted from since joining SJL.

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