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Notice: Please be aware that our Year 7 French trip departs from school tomorrow at 8.30am, please keep the bus bay on Sauncey Avenue clear so the coach can arrive and park from 8am. Many thanks.


Students from our Oxfam group have been busy giving assemblies to Year 7, Year 8 and Year 12 - talking about the difference between equality and equity, the incredible work of Oxfam and the fundraising and awareness activities of the SJL Oxfam group.


This week Austen House are hosting Austen's Got Talent at lunchtime - a chance for students to showcase their talents in a bid to win coveted house points. We've seen some incredible talent from singing to comedy, dancing to musical renditions and so much more!


Last week we were proud to be a part of the Student Climate Change & Sustainability Conference day at . Students listened to a variety of speakers and took part in engaging activities. It was a truly inspiring day!


Today we welcomed Year 5 students from High Beeches Primary School who took part in a debating workshop learning the art of discussion and persuasion. The children were really enthusiastic and came up with some fantastic ideas! Thank you for coming to visit.


Lots of investigating happening in Year 7 science class using universal indicator to find out the pH balance of different household substances - matching the colour change to their pH balance colour scale.


Fabulous to see the incredible success of ex SJL students - helping to inspire current students.


Year 8 were tasked with choosing a famous building to master their drawing and painting skills using biro and watercolour - so many amazing pieces of art being created!


Leadership opportunities play a vital role in the development of our students and we are delighted to introduce our new student leadership team - Aryan and Ria as Head Students, ably assisted by Madeleine, James, Lily and Emma.


A fantastic day taking place at our Sustainability Conference!


With a nod to Cadbury's 200 year anniversary, some of our Year 8 students have been tasked with designing their own chocolate bar in D&T graphics class . This week they have been working on creating their own fonts.


Fantastic talk by from the Ministry of Eco Education and the Green Britain Foundation engaging our pupils on issues of Change and


We are very privileged to have a variety of great presenters leading our workshops this morning at our Change and Conference


We are looking forward to a great day discussing how we can safeguard the future of our planet at the Annual Sustainability Conference. The day was introduced by our CEO, Claire Robins.


We are really excited to collaborate withSt Albans Greener Together who chose to showcase SJL as an example of a sustainable school - take a look at their fabulous video. #SJLproud


Preparations are underway for some Year 7 and Year 8 students taking part in our next 'Have you met...?' event on Tuesday 18 June from 3.30pm-4.30pm in the School Hall. They spent time with student leaders to discuss ideas for their individual displays.


Annual Sports Team Photos will be taken today. All students that have represented SJL teams should come to school in PE kit today (no uniform required) P1 Year 7; P2 Year 8; P3 Year 9; P4 Year 10


On World Environment Day our Eco Garden Club have been making use of an old butler sink to create an 'alpine trough' - with gorgeous plants found naturally below the snow and above the tree line.#GenerationRestoration


Reminder to Year 12 parents that online Parents’ Evening is taking place this evening.


Year 8 students in Food Technology were transported to Italy with the aroma of their incredible ragu and pasta dishes - brilliant cooking skills!


Amazing results, well done, great teamwork!


Yesterday some of our students enjoyed a workshop run by a team of software engineers from - the students undertook a project which focused on the creative and planning aspects of designing software solutions for modern world challenges.


DigiTech Live - for anyone in a teaching profession this is such a great opportunity to find out more about educational technology.


Year 8 students were experimenting with different lighting and sound effects to create audience suspense in the gothic horror pieces they were creating.


Reminder - Year 8 ImmunisationsYear 8 students please wear a short sleeved school shirt or a vest underneath a long sleeved school shirt in preparation for immunisations tomorrow.

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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