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If you are thinking of taking up an instrument but not sure which one to choose, come along to our Try an Instrument Day - open to Year 6 students who have a place at SJL starting in September, plus any current SJL students in Years 7-9.


Reminder to Y10 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening closes tomorrow, 6 June at 6pm


Just Wow Toby Cherry clears a new PB of 2:03m at the weekend. So proud of this young man


Vacancy - we are seeking an enthusiastic IT/Media Support Technician to provide first line media and technical support. Apply now


Term Date - a reminder that next week is half term.Have an enjoyable break, we hope everyone has a chance to enjoy the sunshine. We look forward to seeing you all back Monday 5 June.


Our Year 10 Food Technology students enjoyed a masterclass with cookbook author and TV chef Theo Michaels - Theo helped the students to make burritos, including making the tortillas, whipping up a salsa and a variety of fillings, while offering tips and advice.


Alumni: What a first season with we are all so proud of you at SJL Your hard work and dedication is really paying off, you are an inspiration to all the young sports people at our school


Alumni: What a first season with we are all so proud of you at SJL . Your hard work and dedication is really paying off, you are an inspiration to all the young sports people at our school


60 of our best mathematicians from years 7 and 8 recently achieved SJL’s best ever Junior Maths Challenge results. In total they achieved 24 Gold medals, 20 Silver and 13 Bronze. The top 17 qualified for the follow on round in June. Well done year 7 and 8!


Our Year 9 Social Sciences students gained further insight into the world of politics when Bim Afolami, MP for Hitchin & Harpenden, came to a Q&A session, giving our students the chance to ask many questions on a wide range of topics.


Our lovely rabbits and chickens now have fabulous new homes thanks to some Year 9 students who put two new wooden hutches together.


Following the visit last week from TV journalist and presenter Martine Croxall our Media Studies students began creating their own news story as part of . Take a look at the full news broadcast here


This week students will be discussing the benefits of 'reading' and the word 'intertextuality' (when a new text is connected to & influenced by previous texts).“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr Seuss


We're throwing it back to last week's Year 10 Music Showcase - what an amazing evening!


Reminder to Y10 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening opens tomorrow, 23 May, at 6pm


Year 9 Social Science students have been busy filming a Political Party Campaign as part of their politics module - creating their own party and developing their own policies.


Good luck to our Year 12 students who will be out on work experience this week. Please do all that you can to make the most of your week and enjoy the experience. We look forward to hearing all about it.


A celebration of alliums waiting to be cut and placed on reception


Everyone is in and cooking!


Alumni: So proud of this young man! Clubman of the year at Verulamians RFC after a brilliant season with some 1st Team Rugby experience. Keep it up Matty you are an inspiration to so many


Amazing creativity on display as Year 10 art students develop ideas for their final piece of work as part of their portrait project.


Our Year 12 Economy students gained insight into the day-to-day life of an economist with a brilliant talk by Bank of England Senior Economist Gosia Goralczyk. Our students gained a greater understanding about the function of the Bank of England to monitor financial stability.


Highlights from the second half of the Spring term, including the ski trip to Saas-Fee in Switzerland, Austen's Got Talent and the visit to Montpellier for our Year 10 students studying French. Presented and produced by SJL Media Faculty.


Last weekend Harry competed in the East of England Regional Swimming Championships. He came: 7th in U14 100m Butterfly 6th in U14 400m Individual Medley 1st in U14 200m Butterfly He swam fantastically - achieving personal best times in both the heat and final.


A fun interactive quiz using iPad's for Year 8 students in their RE lesson, helping to strengthen their learning about different religions.

Rewards and Consequences

At SJL we like to take every opportunity to celebrate students’ good performance. As well as positive feedback to individual students, displays of student work and celebrations in assembly, we have a variety of formal rewards to recognise student effort and achievement.

Merit marks

These are awarded to students by staff for work or contributions to school life that show good achievement in one of the seven qualities of our 21st Century Learners. Merit Marks are recorded centrally and are counted as points in our annual House competition. Individual year groups also run Merit Mark leagues. Certificates are awarded to individual students for achieving multiple merits and students who achieve particularly high marks receive their certificates at our annual Prize Giving.

ACE cards

ACE cards (reflecting the school’s aims of Achievement, Care and Excellence) are the next level of recognition and are worth three merits. ACE cards are for significant effort or achievement and are sent directly to a student’s home so that they and their parents can celebrate their good work.

Head’s commendations

Where a student has completed a particularly outstanding piece of work or made a contribution far in advance of what might usually be expected, staff will nominate them for a Head’s Commendation. These are worth five merits. Students will be invited to meet with the Headteacher to discuss their achievement, receive a special certificate and have their name recorded in a book that records all the Head’s Commendation students, dating back to 1993.  In addition, a letter is sent home to congratulate the students and their parents on this excellent achievement.

Prize giving

One of the highlights of the school year is our annual Prize Giving Ceremony. At this evening in December, students past and present are nominated by staff to receive awards for excellent achievement in curriculum areas and for outstanding contributions to the school and our community. Parents are invited and prizes are presented by a specially selected speaker.  It is always a wonderful evening and an excellent opportunity both to celebrate the efforts of current students and to catch up with those students who have just begun their university careers.


At SJL we prefer to concentrate on rewarding good behaviour but we are also quick to deal with behaviour which is not conducive to the positive learning community we wish to create.

Students may receive break, lunchtime or after-school detentions for failing to meet the standards of the ACE, usually run by faculty or Year teams. Members of the Senior Leadership team hold detentions from 3.30-5.00pm on a Friday for those who have not responded to previous consequences and there are also twice-termly detentions held on a Saturday from 9.00am-12.30pm, which students must attend in full uniform. For the most serious breaches of the ACE the school reserves the right to use internal or external exclusions.

The school takes rewards and consequences very seriously and we expect parents to support the school’s decisions with regard to the use of both.

For all the school policies, including the Behaviour Policy, please follow the link below:

Sir John Lawes School Policies

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