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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

Student School Life

Useful things to know

Here you can find out about life at Sir John Lawes and access information that will help you to settle in quickly.

Breaks and lunchtimes

At lunchtime students can do one of the following:

a) Stay at school and have a school meal

b) Stay at school and have a packed lunch in the school canteen or sandwich areas.

We encourage as many students as possible to buy a school lunch as the food is good, nutritional and the kitchen staff are excellent. We operate a cafeteria system. Items are priced individually or as 'meal deals' and may be purchased as in any other cafeteria.

Students in Years 7-11 are not allowed to leave the school site at lunchtime.

Finding your way around

A school map is given to all new students but if you do get lost there is always someone to help you.

School map

Homework club

There is an after-school homework club in the library where you may do your homework. Anyone can go. You do not have to go every day but you can if you want to. The homework club opens at 3.30pm and closes at 5.00pm. The assistant librarian and a member of the Learning Support Team will be there every day to help you with your work.

This is a great opportunity to use the computers and printers and to get advice from staff on how best to complete your homework.

"If you ever get stuck with homework ask your teacher who set it, they will help you because every teacher here is kind and helpful." Neena M

Houses

Every member of the SJL community, students and staff, as well being in a tutor group and a year group, belongs to a House. The Houses, Austen, Britten, Hepworth, King, Lawes, Newton and Ryder, are all named after leaders in their field, strivers, achievers and positive role models.

As House members all students have a wide range of opportunities to work together and ‘compete’ against other students, the other Houses and even against themselves, earning House points in the process. Visit our pages about the House System to find out more.

Library

The Library is open from 8.40am until 5.00pm. It has many books to help with your work at school as well as books for pleasure. There is also a computer room for you to use during break time, lunchtime and after school.

You will be given your own library card, this can be used to take books, videos and DVDs home.

Miss James works with a team of librarians, they are responsible for the amazing selection of books and resources.

Medical room

If you feel unwell at school then you should report to reception.

Your parents may also be contacted by the school office if necessary. If you require any form of medication then this would have been handed in to reception by your parents so that you can take it as and when required along with the following completed form.

Parental agreement medicine form

School day

The school day consists of six taught lessons each of 50 minutes, as well as two registrations, plus an assembly.

The timetable is as follows:

8.40 am Students should be in form rooms ready for registration
8.40-8.50am Registration
8.50-9.40am Period 1
9.40-10.30am Period 2
10.30-10.50am Break time
10.50-11.40am Period 3
11.40am-12.30pm Period 4
12.30-1.25pm Lunchtime
1.30-1.50pm Afternoon registration
1.50-2.40pm Period 5
2.40-3.30pm Period 6

School rules

Behaviour

The School Code is printed within the information given in the Home-School agreement and is designed to act as a code of conduct for learning and behaviour for all students. It will also be made very clear to you what you should or should not be doing.

Sanctions

Whilst we prefer to reinforce positive behaviour, there are occasions when sanctions are needed if students do not behave.

Students may receive break, lunchtime or after-school detentions for failing to meet the standards of the ACE.

For more serious offences or failure to attend previously set detentions a Senior Management Team Detention for up to two hours can be set on a Friday after school.

Forbidden items

The following items are not allowed in school: Walkmans, iPods, MP3 players, laser pens, weapons of any kind (including toy weapons), other items which the school deems dangerous or distracting, chewing gum, aerosols, tobacco, matches or lighters, alcohol, other drugs of any kind unless on prescription. If such items are found they will be confiscated and exclusion may result from their possession.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones can be kept in bags or lockers and switched off but will be confiscated, for parents to collect, if used on the school site.

What to bring

All students need a school bag that can carry their books and planners to, from and around school. Students may also need a draw string-bag to bring their PE kit into school on the days required.

All students need a pencil case with pens, pencils including colouring pencils, sharpener, protractor and ruler. Please note that pencil cases taken into exam rooms need to be transparent.

Travelling to school

Bicycle

If you want to come to school by bicycle then your parents must first apply for and complete the application form below.

You will then be issued with a permit and must follow the rules that will be given to you. A secure bicycle rack is provided although you should bring a lock for your bike.

For your own safety we strongly recommend that you wear a bicycle helmet.

Cycle Permit Application Form

Bus

If you live in any of the following villages outside of Harpenden then a school bus is provided from Redbourn, Markyate, Flamstead; Whitwell, Kimpton and Breachwood Green.

Public transport buses are available from Wheathampstead and Southdown and the places in between.

We expect a very high standard of behaviour on the school bus from all our students.

Tutor group

The member of staff who will be most important to you during your time at Sir John Lawes will be your form tutor. He or she will see you at least twice every day, for registration, and will get to know you and help you to feel comfortable and safe during your time in school, so you can put all your effort into getting top results in your lessons.

We plan our tutor groups very carefully, trying to create a healthy balance between putting new students with people they know and like from primary school and giving them the opportunity to make new friends.

Your tutor group is a 'ready made' group of friends. There are inter-form and House competitions such as 'Decorate your Form room for Christmas'.

Every tutor group elects form representatives to join the Year Council and could go on to be elected to join the Student Junior Leadership Team.

Uniform

It is important that students are always nice and smart and that they are wearing the correct school uniform. There are also some general rules about appearance and the other things that you are or are not allowed to wear. For more information about the correct school uniform please visit the school uniform pages.

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