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During this week students in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 are taking on the role of apprentices for a range of activities delivered by to help develop skills and an enterprising mindset. Some fantastic ideas showcased in 'elevator pitch' type presentations!


The recording of our amazing Year 7 drama club students performing A Jukebox Journey, organised by our A Level Drama students, is now available to view on the school website.


With final house point and merit mark totals announced in our end-of-year assembly on Friday, here is a glimpse of the House Results Board since 2013.Will Hepworth maintain their House Cup winning streak and which house will be this year's Merit Mark Cup winner?


🟡🔴🟢🏆SPORTS DAY 2024🏆⚪️🟠🔵🟣Another fantastic afternoon of SJL Sport gave us plenty of thrills and spills but in the end it finished with…🔴 Austen as our Champions 🔴Finally someone has knocked Hepworth off of top spot. Thank you to all of our competitors today ❤️


Wishing our students a fantastic Music Tour to Salzburg, Austria - they will visit Salt Mines, Mirabell Gardens, a waterpark, take a cable car ride and boat trip - whilst also performing incredible concerts in amazing locations! Have a wonderful time!


Preparations are underway for Sports Day!


What a fantastic day we had yesterday as we welcomed Year 6 into Sir John Lawes for transition day. Their smiles and excitement were infectious as they explored the school, met their form teachers and made new friends. We can't wait to see you all again in September!


Please note, there is no newsletter this week - look out for our end of term newsletter next week.


Sports Day - Friday 12 July.Students competing need to be in SJL PE kit. All other students can wear non uniform in house colours – please ensure shoulders and midriffs are covered.Sports Day will finish at 3.30pm at the end of the school day.


Year 6 students were welcomed by Mr Barry who will be the Head of Year 7 - before getting to know the school and teachers by participating in lots of fun taster lessons.


Thank you to our student librarians for all your support in the library this year - you are all amazing!


We are excited to welcome Year 6 into school tomorrow for Transition Day - please arrive via the front reception gates at 8.30am where our staff will guide you to the school hall. Please wear a white shirt with collar, smart trousers, shorts or skirt.See you tomorrow!


What a fabulous idea, good luck and have fun!!


Year 7 students were investigating the microclimate around campus this morning as part of their geography lesson.


Guten Tag to our friends from Alzey - it’s a pleasure having you visit SJL!


Year 12 A Level music students have been giving performances this week to Year 7 and Year 8 students, showcasing their incredible talent and sparking inspiration among the younger students.


Incorporating trionimoes has been effective for Year 9 students to help inbed their understanding of mathematical equations.


We are proud to celebrate Year 7 achieving their Bully Free Form status - students demonstrated their understanding of bullying through songs, raps, short plays, diaries, written pieces, artwork and even a newly constructed 'buddy bench'. Well done Year 7!


Well done everyone - especially in the challenging weather conditions!


Our students taking part in the DofE expedition have coped incredibly well in wet conditions!


The latest SJL Newsletter is out now…


Year 7 have demonstrated remarkable culinary skills in Food Tech lessons this year, recently making a scrumptious batch of cheese scones to take home and enjoy.


Wow! The Year 7 Drama Club put on a fantastic performance on Wednesday night, showcasing their incredible acting and singing talents. Huge thanks to our A Level Drama students for putting the whole show together!


House Points aren't just about competition, they're about celebrating every student's unique strengths, their contributions to our school community and demonstrating our ACE - Achievement, Care and Excellence. The House Points tally currently stands at…


Rounders ⚾️Well done to the Year 7 Rounders team who finished second in the district tournament this evening. Fantastic performance all round, well done girls!

Careers Day

Careers photo


On Tuesday 19 March 2024, we were delighted to welcome Councillor Fiona Gaskell, The Town Mayor of Harpenden and Claire Robins OBE, Chief Executive Officer at The Scholars’ Educations Trust, to our annual Careers Day.  The aim of the day is to educate our Year 12 students on the full array of opportunities available to them post A Level including School Leaver Apprenticeship Programmes and Graduate Schemes.

This is by far the largest event of its type in our local area and over the course of the day over 900 students from Sir John Lawes School, Schools within the Scholars’ Education Trust including Samuel Ryder Academy, Robert Barclay Academy, Priory Academy and Longdean School, plus our neighbouring partner schools including St George’s School and Roundwood Park School were in attendance.

Careers Day included over 70 businesses across the day giving employer talks in the morning and filling the Sports Hall to capacity in the afternoon during our Careers Fair, offering students specific information on post A Level career opportunities within their own companies. Students attending the Careers Day learn about a vast range of career options, with some also securing invaluable work experience and contacts for their futures.

This was the eighth year of the event and each time the day surpasses all our expectations attracting a high calibre and diverse range of local, national and international companies, with more employers than ever becoming involved this year. 

'It is a fantastic opportunity to have so many of the top graduate employers here at SJL, giving bespoke advice and guidance to our students. This is a real jewel in our careers advice and guidance programme and we are very thankful of the companies for giving up their time and expert knowledge. It was great to see so many SJL students benefitting from this day.'

Philip Newbery, Headteacher

Careers Day Video 


Thanks to the many organisations who supported the Careers Day:

AD Practice Ltd

Alban Teaching Schools Hub

Amazing Apprenticeships




Balfour Beatty

Ballistic Moon Ltd



Bedfordshire NHS

British Army




Communities 1st

Costa Coffee

Cyber Choices


Everyone Active


Harpenden Dental Centre

Harper Collins Children’s Books

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue

Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Hertfordshire Police

HHJ Geoff Payne

Hillier Hopkins

Inflow Media



Jones Lang LaSalle

Keystone Law

LB Sound Design



Love Productions


Mercer & Hole

Metis Consulting


National Film & Television School




Picture Shop

Rayden Solicitors

Richard Washbrooke Photos

Rothamsted Research

Roots Federation

Royal Air Force

Royal Navy and Royal Marines


Services for Young People

Sky Studios Elstree

Slanting Arrow Limited

Taylor Walton

The Athena Network

The Hershey Company

The Like Me CIC

The Project Box

TJX Europe

TRL Software

University of Hertfordshire

University of Portsmouth



WM Morrison Supermarkets Ltd




Our students had spent considerable time researching the companies attending and this was really appreciated by the employers, many of whom commended our students for their knowledge, the quality of questions they asked and the professional way in which they conducted themselves.  In fact, once again many have secured much sought after relevant work experience and contacts to support their future aspirations.


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