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24/05/24

Term Date - a reminder that next week is half term.Have an enjoyable break and we look forward to seeing you all back Monday 3 June. pic.twitter.com/8klcl29NJF

24/05/24

As a result of the incredible Achievement, Care and Excellence (ACE) demonstrated by our students this half term, the House Points tally currently stands at… pic.twitter.com/kpUDHXW6xd

24/05/24

We were thrilled to hear about the success of Ethan, Elis, Dayn and Obasuyi in Year 8, who have been shortlisted for The Pitch, a competition to design an advert for JD Sports. The students will pitch their idea in a national final at the Meta headquarters June. Good Luck! pic.twitter.com/6ecD7EDyVP

23/05/24

Year 9 students have been busy designing mythical creatures in art class and turning their designs into 3D using clay. Some wonderfully imaginative creations are coming to life! pic.twitter.com/UUvrxcAWvd

22/05/24

New exciting role available with Scholars’ Education Trust: https://t.co/xdVZKJgL1r

22/05/24

We welcomed Matthew Bowen from Gonville and Caius College at Cambridge University who gave a talk to Year 10 students about life at university and what Oxbridge can offer students. The talk was both informative and encouraging. pic.twitter.com/5YDLiZhkAM

22/05/24

The recording of our wonderful Jazz Night is now available to view on the school website - https://t.co/s1e21GdJcq pic.twitter.com/D617ttS5n7

21/05/24

Reminder to Year 10 parents that online Parents’ Evening is taking place this evening. pic.twitter.com/bOPLRfoTok

21/05/24

Great teamwork! https://t.co/v4NQyDEBaa

21/05/24

Reminder to Year 12 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening closes tomorrow, Wednesday 22 May, at 6pm. pic.twitter.com/CarsHHQ3ZR

21/05/24

iPads were being utilised in Year 7 maths class to help with revision in preparation for end of year assessments happening this week. pic.twitter.com/45qtnOiDeO

21/05/24

A little bit of final coaching from Mrs Brown before today’s German exam for some Year 11 students. pic.twitter.com/AjwBIKt39P

20/05/24

Good luck to our Year 12 students who are out on work placements this week. The Year 12 team look forward to catching up with you and your employers during the course of the week. Have a wonderful week!

20/05/24

Students were investigating the insulation effectiveness of different materials in Year 7 science lesson, recording their data in a table. pic.twitter.com/wsg4a5Lpl2

17/05/24

Some amazing students have set up an ‘Unlitter the Planet Club’ - they go out at lunchtime and pick up any stray litter blown onto the school campus to help the environment, and in particular animals, whom the litter harms. Well done! pic.twitter.com/QphBOsSEmI

15/05/24

Meet the Drama Faculty Trolls 🧌 Exploring how we can create puppets using random objects with Year 9. pic.twitter.com/hahY3Bbzha

15/05/24

Expressionist feminist tragedy done brilliantly at the Machinal matinee today at the Old Vic with our a level group pic.twitter.com/aRk2VpXAVe

15/05/24

The mock trial with is well under way and the Year 12 students involved are putting their cases forward and interrogating the witnesses. Some brilliant persuasive arguments as the students brought the courtroom drama to life! pic.twitter.com/vkRJ1QBUgI

15/05/24

Reminder to Year 12 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening opens today at 6pm. pic.twitter.com/88HCDU52y7

15/05/24

Four lucky winners of a competition run by are preparing their cases for a mock trial taking place later today. The Year 12 students are working hard on their opening statements, identifying evidence, deciphering case themes and case questions. Good Luck! pic.twitter.com/PVZWBLFWuv

15/05/24

We want to wish our Year 13 students the very best of luck with their A Level exams starting today. You've put in the hard work and now it's time to shine in your exam. We are so proud of you - you've got this! pic.twitter.com/SNjFImsVS9

14/05/24

As part of , students will be discussing the importance of mental health, techniques to use and how to access support if needed. This years theme is 'moving more for our mental health' so each form will also be challenged to take part in an activity. pic.twitter.com/yDOJkmvvEe

14/05/24

We welcomed to run a coding workshop for some Year 7 students, helping to introduce coding and highlight opportunities working in software engineering. The students created their own game of Rock, Paper, Scissors and then had fun playing - Student v Machine! pic.twitter.com/gJ3VIFnORa

13/05/24

So lovely to see students making full use of all the space on the field at lunchtime. pic.twitter.com/1qcT8wewjx

13/05/24

Reminder to Year 10 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening closes tomorrow, Tuesday 14 May, at 6pm. pic.twitter.com/hjFf0ZEwk7

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.

Faculty and Year Group Commendations 

Recommendations for these awards are made by individual staff to their Head of Faculty or the relevant Head of Year. They are awarded for hard work, effort and high standards in a particular subject or area.The Commendations are presented to the students by Heads of Year during assemblies and are each worth 6 House Points.

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.

Consequences

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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