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Year 9 students have been honing their woodwork skills in Design and Technology class as they start the creation of a table lamp.


It was a pleasure to welcome our Yr12 students and parents in for our UCAS and Oxbridge information evening tonight. Advice and Guidance is a key part of our outstanding 6th form offer.


What a lovely way to work on their vocabulary.


Yesterday some of our Year 9 drama students headed into London to watch the West End production of Wicked - they will write a review and critical analysis of the show as part of their studies.


We are looking forward to welcoming Year 12 students and parents/carers to our UCAS Information Evening in the sports hall from 6.00pm.


A lively student-led debate happening in Year 9 Religious Studies class about gender differences and equality.


Some amazing books coming soon!


Trampolining Success Year 7 student Adam, recently competed in the National Trampoline and DMT League. He finished First place and took home a Gold Medal in the 9-13 Male category. A fantastic start to the competition season!


Year 7 were playing detectives in English class today - by acting out a murder mystery in preparation of writing their own murder mysteries later in the term.


What better way to kick off our summer term than a wonderful evening at our Jazz Night taking place next week with our talented musicians. Friday 26 April, starts at 7pm.Tickets available via ParentPay - £8 each.Cashless bar available.


Year 10 were making motors in physics lesson today using magnets and wire coil's, the hands-on activity deepened their learning experience and understanding of how motors work.


The Big One - Senior County Cup Football Final 🏆After an amazing season the Senior 1st XI play Bishop Stortford High School in the County Cup Final.We need you there 🫵KEY INFO:📆 Wednesday 24th April - 6pm Kick Off 📍Cheshunt Football Club, EN8 0RU🎟️Ticket Price: TBC


To celebrate National Scrabble Day, Ms Wildsmith has made an interactive game of Scrabble featuring mystery books! Come and have a go in the Library 📚


Term Date Reminder - Monday 15 April 2024 is an INSET day for staff, school will be closed to students.Tuesday 16 April - students return to school.Term dates can be found on the school website


New raised beds, just waiting for our weird and wonderful vegetable and flower seedlings to be planted! 🌱🌈🥕🍋🥒🌶️🫑


Students were fantastic this morning getting packed up and out early. About to take off on our first flight to Lisbon.


Yesterday we had a fantastic day walking around Sete Cidades crater lake, visiting coastal lava flows, lava caves and Ponte Delgada town.


A great day exploring today, starting with a forest trek with waterfalls and HEP dams followed by a dip in some geothermal pools!


Year 10 Geographers have arrived in Ponta Delgada, have had dinner and are settling into our rooms. Ready for a busy day sightseeing tomorrow.


Eid Mubarak to all our families in the SJL community celebrating this week!


Sport Tour 2024🇳🇱🏐A fantastic week of netball for the girls!A 3rd and 1st place result at the tournament shows how hard the girls have worked and have learned a lot this week. They should be very proud🥇🥉Well done to Aida and Lily, coaches players of the tournament 🏆


Sports Tour 24 - An amazing week of football comes to an end. The Yr9A team perform brilliantly in the tournament this afternoon - played 5, Won 3, Drew 1 and Lost 1. Crowing them ChampsThe Yr9B battled well in their games but didn’t have enough to podium. ⚽️


Sports Tour Update 24-Time to put the skills the girls have learnt into action🏐


Sports Tour 2024-Netball training is underway


Sports Tour 24 - Great first training session. Boys worked really hard and are ready for this evenings games vs Caesar FC and Rood Groen FC

Careers Education and Guidance

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a national standard used for assessing careers provision in schools. Sir John Lawes is proud to meet all 8 benchmarks, this is validated by our local careers and enterprise company.

The Gatsby Benchmark audit is undertaken termly and the results are recorded on Compass Plus.

The Gatsby Benchmarks:

  1. A stable careers programme. Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information. Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
  3. Addressing the needs of each student. Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers. All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees. Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
  6. Experiences of workplaces. Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education. All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
  8. Personal guidance. Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made.


Students across all year groups are offered access to careers guidance, upon request, and all Year 11 students have a one-to-one careers interview. Sixth Form students receive tailored mentoring and guidance regarding Post 18 plans.
In addition, drop-in sessions are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunchtime, in the Careers Office, located in the library.
For further information please contact our Careers Leads: 
Sam King, Careers Coordinator Years 7-11 - email
Tom Gilfeather, Careers Coordinator Year 12-13 - email


Follow us on Twitter @SJLCareers for the very latest recruitment information, advice and guidance.
The school has been awarded the full Quality Standard Award for careers provision, and in 2016 won The Herts Chamber of Commerce award in the category for 'Education in Employment'. 
If you would like to find out more about Careers and Employability at Sir John Lawes School or if you are interested in providing support, please contact us.

Careers programme

Year 7

  • Jigsaw PSHE module – Dreams and Goals. Using the Unifrog platform, students learn how to: identify skills, consider interests, explore jobs and record career-related activities
  • 'Shadow a parent at work day' is encouraged during the Autumn Term Occasional Day

Year 8

  • Jigsaw PSHE module – Dreams and Goals. Using the Unifrog platform, students learn how to: Understand and develop personal competencies, improve communication skills, write a first CV, explore the meaning of success and develop career terminology
  • Access to guidance with Hertfordshire SfYP (Services for Young People) and Careers Co-ordinator
  • Spring term Options Evening with access to careers advisers and resources - for students and parents
  • Access to individual, impartial careers guidance through Services for Young People

Year 9

  • Jigsaw PSHE module – Drams and Goals. : Using the Unifrog platform, students learn how to: Consider future options, identity subject strengths and weaknesses, make informed option choices and develop leadership skills
  • Access to guidance with Hertfordshire SfYP and Careers Co-ordinator
  • Spring term Options Evening with access to careers advisers and resources - for students and parents
  • Targeted students interviewed by Hertfordshire SfYP
  • Access to Careers Library

Year 10

  • Jigsaw PSHE module – Dreams and Goals. Using the Unifrog platform, students learn how to: Research work experience placements, develop CVs and covering letters, contact an employer by phone and email and develop teamwork skills
  • Week block work placement for all students – summer term
  • Preparation for Work Experience during Life Skills lessons
  • Access to guidance with Hertfordshire SfYP and Careers Co-ordinator
  • Targeted students interviewed by Hertfordshire SfYP
  • Lunch time drop-in sessions throughout the year
  • Access to Careers Library
  • Further exploration of careers websites

Year 11

  • Jigsaw PSHE module – Dreams and Goals. Using the Unifrog platform, students: Investigate all Post-16 options, including A Levels, vocational courses and apprenticeships. Investigate Level 4 entry requirements to inform Level 3 subject choices. Explore career interests, skill sets and labour market information
  • Impartial, individual guidance interviews for all students through Services for Young People
  • Post 16 Information Evening – with the opportunity for students and parents to speak to Post 16 providers, including local colleges
  • Morrisby career profiling service available
  • Apprenticeship information sessions for students and parents
  • Lunch time drop-in sessions with Hertfordshire SfYP throughout the year
  • Careers Day with input from Sixth Form students, local employers and FE colleges
  • On line career exploration through Life Skills lessons including programmes such as Xello, Channel Mogo, My Career Springboard and UCAS
  • Unlimited access to Careers Library
  • Autumn 'Future Fair' day focused on Post 16 options including visits from local FE colleges, apprenticeship providers and SfYP

Sixth Form

  • Careers unit delivered through General Studies and Enrichment lessons
  • Students use the Unifrog platform to support Post-18 study and career progression
  • One week block work placement in Year 12
  • UCAS preparation through Enrichment Studies
  • Student mentoring
  • Access to individual, impartial careers guidance through Services for Young People
  • Apprenticeship Evening for students and parents
  • Careers Fair with employer representatives
  • Hertfordshire SfYP and apprenticeships sessions for non-university students
  • Morrisby Profiling and interview sessions
  • Employer visits during assemblies and Enrichment lessons
  • Labour market information lessons
  • Introduction to The National Careers Service

Measuring Impact of Careers Programme

The school measures the impact of Careers Education and Guidance through the following methods and procedures:

  • Evaluation of work experience programmes in Year 10 and Year 12 (students, staff and employers)
  • Evaluation of curriculum careers programmes (students and staff)
  • Evaluation of Hertfordshire SfYP guidance interviews (students)
  • Evaluation of in-school guidance interviews (students)
  • Evaluation of external careers provision delivered by Services for Young People (SLT and Head of Careers)
  • Formal faculty review of Life Skills incorporating careers education lessons (SLT)
  • Careers Fair evaluation (students and employers)
  • Parental Survey on careers provision (parents)
  • Evaluation of apprenticeship events (students, parents and employers)
  • Destination Data tracking (Services for Young People and Head of Careers)

Date of next review

The school will next review the information published in November 2024


Year 11

Y11 Destinations

Year 13

Year 13 destinations


Policy and procedures

Useful links

Work experience

Planning ahead - Year 10 and Year 12 Work Experience

All Year 10 and Year 12 students will participate in a one-week block work placement in the summer term of 2024. 

The dates for work experience in 2024 are as follows:

  • Year 12:  Monday 20 May - Friday 24 May 2024
  • Year 10:  Monday 1 July - Friday 5 July 2024

Please note: if you are not able to secure your own work placement, we also have a limited number of placements available which are sourced through Hertfordshire Services for Young People. More information will be provided on year 10 work experience during the Year 10 Information Evening in the autumn term, and for year 12 students information will also be provided during the autumn term.

Year 10

  • A 5 day work placement for all year 10 students in July of each year.
  • The programme is co-ordinated in conjunction with Services for Young People (SfYP).
  • Commonly, the placements are a combination of around 120 sourced privately and 60 sourced via SfYP.
  • Prior to the week of work placement, a series of preparation lessons take place in school.
  • During the week students are visited by the year 10 Tutor Team to monitor progress and offer support.
  • Progress is also monitored through the school liaising with the placement supervisor.
  • Students review the work experience and write letters of thanks to their employer.
  • The work experience programme is seen to develop the key skills required for the work place, such as communication, group work, reliability, initiative and self-confidence.
  • The experience receives favourable reviews form students, parents and employers.
  • The process is linked to to a Careers unit of work within the Key Stage 4 Life Skills curriculum which revolves around job applications and expectations in the workplace.

Year 10 Private Placement Form

Year 12

  • Work experience in Year 12 is designed to support career aspirations and progression.
  • A 5-day work placement for all year 12 students in May of each year.
  • The programme is co-ordinated in conjunction with Services for Young People 
  • During the week students are contacted by the 6 Form Team to monitor progress and offer support.
  • Progress is also monitored through the school liaising with the placement supervisor.
  • The work experience programme receives favourable reviews from students, parents and employers.

Year 12 Private Placement Form

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