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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.


A very high standard of uniform is expected at all times. Please check with the Headteacher before making any unusual purchase or uniform decisions.

The Sir John Lawes school uniform may be obtained from:


10 Leyton Road


Hertfordshire AL5 2TL

Please note Sir John Lawes school uniform is no longer sold from the St Albans branch of Stevensons.

Items not specific to Sir John Lawes School are available at many other retailers. Our school operates a second hand uniform shop.


  • Navy Blazer with school badge
  • Plain long sleeved shirt or blouse. Shirts must remain tucked in at all times. An optional short sleeved shirt for wearing in the summer term is available with the school crest; only the uniform short sleeved shirt is allowed
  • Plain navy v-neck pullover (optional) to be worn under the blazer in winter (not to be tucked in)
  • School tie – not worn too short – worn with at least 5 stripes showing
  • Sensible black shoes. Heels should be no higher than 2 inches. Boots, trainers, trainer style, canvas, ballet type, backless, open toe, flip flops, high heels and stilettos should not be worn
  • Raincoat or topcoat (not denim or leather, no hoodies, bomber jackets or logos)
  • Navy or neutral tights or short white socks - to be worn with school skirt
  • Dark grey or black socks - to be worn by all students wearing trousers
  • Navy pleated school skirt (knee length, it is worth bearing in mind that the skirt may need to be replaced regularly in order to meet this requirement.) Skirts must be properly fastened at the back at all times. They must not be rolled over or down at the waistband. The skirt must be obtained from Stevensons
  • Belts may be worn with trousers but should be dark and plain with only a small plain buckle


  • Black or charcoal grey trousers (flannel not cord). They must fit correctly at the waist so that underwear is covered at all times. Trousers must not be oversized, sagging or baggy underneath. They must not be tight at the ankle or ‘skinny’ style (not fashion trousers).

PE kit

  • Royal blue/white games shirt (SJL crest)
  • Plain royal blue skort or shorts
  • Royal blue/white SJL hockey/football socks
  • White socks (ankle length)
  • Trainers
  • Football boots (for boys and girls)
  • Royal blue/white reversible rugby shirt
  • Plain black leotard and black cycling shorts
  • Navy SJL base layer (optional)
  • Navy blue SJL fleece (optional)
  • SJL tracksuit bottoms (optional) Plain black leggings (optional)
  • Shin pads/mouth guard



Our Parental Support Services page lists foundations offering financial support to families in Harpenden.


General rules about dress and appearance

Jewellery The only jewellery permitted in school is a single plain gold/silver stud in the lower lobes, plus a watch. Facial piercings are not allowed (even if covered with a plaster).

Bags Bags that feature inappropriate nudity or sexually explicit imagery are strictly forbidden.

Makeup Makeup should not be worn. Nail varnish, false nails, false eyelashes or nail extensions should not be worn. 

Badges The only badges permitted are official school badges, such as House Representative badges and one charity badge.

Hair Hair must be appropriate for a smart office environment. We realise that this can be interpreted differently according to culture and ethnicity and are happy to accept and value all kinds of smart as long as these are consistent with the head teacher’s final judgement. We follow the Halo Code. If worn short, hair may have a gradual fade but should not be stepped. If short hair is worn the same length all over it may be no shorter than grade 2.  Hair should be of a natural colour. No patterns or tramlines should be shaved into the hair or the eyebrows. Long hair should be fastened or tied back for practical activities. Hair ornaments should not be worn. Hair bands must be plain and either black, white or navy.

Hoodies/tracksuit tops Hoodies must not be brought or worn to school and will be confiscated for parental collection.

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