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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.


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…


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!


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!


New exciting role available with Scholars’ Education Trust:


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.


The recording of our wonderful Jazz Night is now available to view on the school website -


Reminder to Year 10 parents that online Parents’ Evening is taking place this evening.


Great teamwork!


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


iPads were being utilised in Year 7 maths class to help with revision in preparation for end of year assessments happening this week.


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


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!


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


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!


Meet the Drama Faculty Trolls 🧌 Exploring how we can create puppets using random objects with Year 9.


Expressionist feminist tragedy done brilliantly at the Machinal matinee today at the Old Vic with our a level group


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!


Reminder to Year 12 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening opens today at 6pm.


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!


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!


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.


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!


So lovely to see students making full use of all the space on the field at lunchtime.


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


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 white shirt or blouse. Shirts must remain tucked in at all times. Short sleeved white shirt with, or without, the school crest on the pocket, can be worn in the summer term.
  • 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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