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18/09/20

Retweeted From Department for Education

If your child is displaying symptoms, book a test and keep them at home. Your household should self-isolate for 14 days. But neither you nor your family need to book a test unless you display symptoms. https://t.co/K7xo8nLVKe

18/09/20

Retweeted From Department for Education

If your child is unwell, but isn’t displaying any of the three coronavirus symptoms, there’s no need to book a test. After they’ve recovered, they can return straight back to school. https://t.co/DpeDn9kn6A

18/09/20

At SJL we are dedicated to ensuring teachers and students have access to the latest technology to enhance learning both in the school classroom and should the need arise, via remote learning. IT support is available via email technicalassistance.herts.sch.uk https://t.co/pjHSYsiR9B

18/09/20

This week's newsletter out now... https://t.co/t6riJi9QU4 https://t.co/UYjBIWmVFr

17/09/20

This year's Open Evening on 7 October 2020 will now take place virtually and we will be announcing further details shortly. Please check back for updates! https://t.co/KabWJVYnvq https://t.co/fg2TrdsVMb

17/09/20

Students looking to learn a new instrument/restart music lessons, we have availability in most instruments. Please contact the Music Faculty for more details? https://t.co/S1KkbwcTaL

17/09/20

Great to see and hear the return of music lessons within school, thanks to and https://t.co/YDraYhpLin

16/09/20

Retweeted From Send My Friend

Fantastic job both of you! Amazing youth advocates for global education and for

16/09/20

SJL's Y10 national campaign champions had the experience of a "virtual" parliament action day, with guest speaks from across parliamentary parties coming together with a single aim "the right climate to learn" https://t.co/zUyToubH83

16/09/20

Congratulations Mr Gauthier from all your colleagues at Sir John Lawes School https://t.co/aJA95jX8DC

15/09/20

Retweeted From Send My Friend

Thank you for speaking to our campaign champions today about . An amazing opportunity to ensure we can achieve and such encouragement for young people to champion the cause! and Lord German https://t.co/Mu8hQ3iuhL

15/09/20

We spy some familiar faces! Great work https://t.co/uIrmTwSaGC

15/09/20

Vacancy: Do you have the drive to delivery teaching of the highest standard at all key stages? SJL are seeking a Head of Design Technology to lead our creative team. See school website https://t.co/8OTXuzfBze . . https://t.co/OhDJvrZHh2

15/09/20

Did you know our are on Instagram? Give them a follow for all the latest information, including the new EXTRA CURRICULAR TIMETABLE. All clubs are in year group bubbles. https://t.co/cXwJaeAyW6 https://t.co/EGiStYrkAE

15/09/20

Music notice: All instrumental and vocal lesson times will be sent to parents directly by email from their instrumental teacher. Please also check your Junk! https://t.co/wSokdcGpWE

15/09/20

Music notice: Passed a grade 8 music exam in the academic year 2019-20? Please let the Music faculty know asap! https://t.co/zPnTrmjxhF

14/09/20

Proud to hear of an ex-student doing such important work. Well done James. https://t.co/7sHsie0lgC

14/09/20

Thought for the Week: Luck https://t.co/pkEMParwZM

13/09/20

Weather alert! It looks like it’s going to be hot for the next few days so don’t forget to fill your water bottles before heading to school, please!

11/09/20

Alviar was not a Sir John Lawes School boy, but he was a Harpenden schoolboy. Alviar, we wish you the very best. https://t.co/VDKpOb6mCO

11/09/20

Our latest newsletter is out now... https://t.co/Ge6LeB13HB https://t.co/nSV3szEaPz

10/09/20

Thought for the Week is an additional way in which students at SJL are encouraged to engage in thinking beyond the everyday matters to ideas of local, national or global concern, and often asks students to focus on issues relating to citizenship and relationships. https://t.co/kGxt6JK2en

09/09/20

Year 12: tomorrow's Information Evening has been cancelled and a Loom video containing all the relevant information will be issued shortly. Look out for details via EduLink. https://t.co/ZoAjj1Hw7H

09/09/20

Retweeted From SJL 6th Form

The Perrin Myddelton essay winners finally get their prizes. Well done again to Charlotte, Jay and Justine. https://t.co/jOwXIzKu99

08/09/20

As SJL's Year 7 bubble begin their first full day of timetabled lessons, here is a look back at their initial induction days https://t.co/HxaOgjEoox

07/09/20

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Vacancy alert: we are seeking an Admin Assistant to join our experienced HR and Payroll team. Part-time, term-time permanent post. See website for further information https://t.co/ZiG9hU6vtl . . . https://t.co/PNb9KFKvu1

03/09/20

Retweeted From SJLtandl

Year 7 are ending their second day discovering what it is to be a Lawes Learner https://t.co/03Cns0OI31

03/09/20

Vacancy alert: looking for a new opportunity with term time hours? SJL are seeking a library assistant to join their friendly library https://t.co/SV2bp0lIIk . . . https://t.co/sufRSN5scf

03/09/20

announcement: music lessons must be applied/reapplied for via HMS (apart from drums - direct to Music Faculty) by 11 Sept. Lessons will begin week commencing 14th Sept. More details on school website https://t.co/xucxXfHJun https://t.co/fhRnPT5G3R

03/09/20

House Induction for our Year 7 joiners, learning about the SJL house system. A passionate talk from current house champion Mr Evans, Head of Austen, for his newest recruits https://t.co/pErLtO8z1l

03/09/20

Year 7 have enjoyed tours of the school with tutors https://t.co/aCtCzztCY3

03/09/20

Retweeted From Carol Aylward

Good luck today to all the teachers, staff and pupils. Hope it goes well and to plan..!

02/09/20

Lunchtime, enjoying the sunshine with packed lunch picnics and making the most of having "The Kitchen" to themselves https://t.co/QQ0QbBDPu9

02/09/20

We were thrilled to welcome Year 7 joiners this morning, starting their day with a welcome address from Headteacher, Ms Robins https://t.co/keTISAsVI9

02/09/20

A return to school for Years 8 to 11 tomorrow, we cannot wait to see you all https://t.co/HU7tBZLIn1

01/09/20

Tomorrow we look forward to saying welcome back to our new https://t.co/aGiMXH09PO

01/09/20

We're excited to welcome Year 7 for the start of their journey at SJL https://t.co/wpuAQgECYh

01/09/20

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

We look forward to opening our doors to students across all our schools for the 2020/21 academic year... welcome to our new joiners and welcome back to those continuing their education journey with Scholars. https://t.co/o9DTwX4Kkh

31/08/20

Start of term dates reminder, Autumn 2020. We look forward to seeing the return of all our students. https://t.co/ccuHcbRnxq

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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Sanjay Gupta

I have lived in Harpenden for 18 years and joined the SJL governing body about four years ago. In addition to being on the main governing body I am Chair of the Resources Committee. Before becoming a governor at SJL I was a parent governor at Grove Junior School.

I am an Actuary by profession specialising in pensions and work for a large consultancy in London. My wife is a Dental Surgeon and we have three children two of whom are at SJL in years 10 and 11.

Outside work, apart from my family, I am involved in a local scout troop and enjoy running, having done the London marathon a few years ago. I also enjoy cycling with a few friends - mainly very early on Sunday mornings!

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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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