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Eid Mubarak to all our friends and colleagues celebrating today or tomorrow


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It was an honour to meet Helen Grant, the Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Girls' Education at school, where we heard from students why global education is so important to them. Video credit to


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The SJL summer concert! Congratulations to all involved! Happy Summer!


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Schools out for the summer! massive thank-you to you all, staff and students for all the hard work and perseverance in the face of a difficult year. So grateful. 👏👏👏🙏🙏


As students head home for a well deserved break, one final announcement... the all important Merit and House Cup winners!


Thank you to our students and staff for working incredibly hard over this past academic year, working with the enthusiasm and passion that we have at SJL. Wishing the SJL community a safe and enjoyable summer.


Welcome to our Year 7 intake 2021. Joining us for Get Set for SJL? Make sure you follow our dedicated Twitter account for updates through out the week... with so many great activities planned, you won't want to miss it


Final newsletter of 2019-2020 out today...


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As a trust we could not be prouder of the dedication shown by all our students and staff over this academic year. Thank you! We wish you all a safe and relaxing summer.


Celebrating the end of the academic year with a jam packed Lawes Lowdown. Presented and produced by


Thanks for all your hard work keeping our garden beautiful and productive!


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With under 2 weeks to go until the UK & Kenya co-host the Global Education Summit, I've been speaking to students in the UK about why global education is important to them. Today's youth are tomorrow's leaders and we must listen to them👇


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Helen Grant, the Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Girls' Education, visited school to hear from students why global education is so important to them. The UK and Kenya will co-host the Global Education Summit in London on 28-29 July.


Notice: school shop will be closed during the final week of term for annual stock take.


A few highlights from this year's Summer Prom. Our immense thanks to and our wonderfully talented music students, the perfect end to this summer term.


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Thank you for your hard work. The cast and musicians were all amazing and took it all in their stride. Well done everyone👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻


A wonderful show and so glad we finally got to see it!


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We've been doing workshops on healthy relationships and 'sexting' at the past few weeks. Did you know 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience domestic abuse in a relationship at some stage?


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Joining us for A-level next year? Or currently doing A level geography? Join the two free events below aimed at helping you to achieve success


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Year 8 Grimm Tales re-scheduled parental performance tomorrow at 5pm will complete the theatrical hat- trick!


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Once again an amazing evening . How you ask? Outdoors. Simple. My girl's last one & she sang the solo in Bring Him Home with the entire school/staff choir. No photo as something got in my eye. Amazing work everyone. Thank you. Thank you all. 👏👏👏👏


Thank you for all your support too!


Year 8 reminder: the second dose of the HPV vaccine will now take place tomorrow, Wednesday 14 July 2021, please remember to make sure students wear a short sleeved vest or T-shirt under their school shirt.


Term Dates 2021-22 can be found on the school website Note: in addition to the term dates there will be 5 INSET days, yet to be confirmed.


Joining in September? Pre course homework is available on the school website


Thought for the Week: Listening to and learning from others


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PM's special envoy visits Harpenden school as part of global education campaign


And the winners of the SJL 2020-2021 Sports Day… Hepworth House Winning by 1 point, holding off Austen House. Congratulations Mr Bloxham and Hepworth House


Final race of the day, final race of their time here at SJL… Year 12 House Relay


Year 7s enjoying their first SJL Sports Day


Year 12 celebrating final sports day with a competitive boys 100m


An early lead for Hepworth


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Sports Day 2021, first race is underway 100m Year 7 and 8 girls


We hope you are well. The book of the week is The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke. Watch Funke talk about her book here:


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Grimm Tales year 7 cast performing last night in the open air!#theatreinschools


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Grimm Tales Year 9 cast performing last night in the open air!#theatreinschools


Transition Day 2021: we are sorry we cannot welcome our Year 6 students into school for the traditional transition day, but we hope they enjoy their virtual activities. We cannot wait to welcome you in September!


Friday is Sports Day and we are asking students to wear non-uniform House colours to support those taking part. We are unable to do our traditional cash charity collection, however if you wish to make a small donation to support our chosen charity, via Parent Pay.


And now with some of the actors themselves. And haven’t we been lucky with the weather?!

Careers Education and Guidance

In 2016, The Careers Department at Sir John Lawes School gained the ‘Investor in Careers Quality Standard’ and is currently undergoing reaccreditation.

The award reflects a commitment to achieving all 8 of the Gatsby Benchmarks, as highlighted as the indicator for good quality careers provision in the Department for Education’s Careers Strategy, Dec 2017.

It is hope that reaccreditation will be achieved by December 2019.

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. 
In addition, drop-in sessions are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunchtime, in the Careers Office, located in the library.


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 do contact Mrs J Power

Careers programme

Year 7

  • Adapting to a new community– ‘My new school’ transition unit in Life Skills
  • 'Shadow a parent at work day' is encouraged during the Autumn Term Occasional Day

Year 8

  • Real Game in Life Skills lessons
  • Options Unit in Life Skills lessons
  • Access to guidance with Youth Connexions and Careers Co-ordinator
  • Spring term Options Evening with access to careers advisers and resources - for students and parents
  • Group work with Youth Connexions during the option process.
  • On-line research through programmes such as Kudos, Cascaid and Channel Mogo during Life Skills lessons.
  • Formal introduction to the Careers Library and resources
  • Access to individual, impartial careers guidance through YC Herts

Year 9

  • Careers lessons in Life Skills to support the options work in year 8
  • Access to guidance with Youth Connexions and Careers Co-ordinator
  • Spring term Options Evening with access to careers advisers and resources - for students and parents
  • Targeted students interviewed by Youth Connexions
  • Access to Careers Library
  • Access to individual, impartial careers guidance through YC Herts

Year 10

  • Week block work placement for all students – summer term
  • Preparation for Work Experience during Life Skills lessons
  • Access to guidance with Youth Connexions and Careers Co-ordinator
  • Targeted students interviewed by Youth Connexions
  • Lunch time drop-in sessions throughout the year
  • Access to Careers Library
  • Further exploration of careers websites
  • Access to individual, impartial careers guidance through YC Herts

Year 11

  • Careers unit taught in Life Skills lessons covering employment trends, CVs, Post 16 options, interview preparation, career exploration, rights and responsibilities in the work place, personal statements, and labour market information
  • Impartial, individual guidance interviews for all students through YC Herts
  • 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 Youth Connexions throughout the year
  • Work related learning programmes available for targeted students
  • 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 Cascaid, Kudos, Channel Mogo, My Career Springboard, UCAS
  • Unlimited access to Careers Library

Sixth Form

  • Careers unit delivered through General Studies and Enrichment lessons
  • One week block work placement in Year 12
  • UCAS preparation through Enrichment Studies
  • Student mentoring
  • Access to individual, impartial careers guidance through YC Herts
  • Apprenticeship Evening for students and parents
  • Careers Fair with employer representatives
  • Youth Connexions 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 YC Herts guidance interviews (students)
  • Evaluation of in-school guidance interviews (students)
  • Evaluation of external careers provision delivered by YC Herts (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 (YC Herts and Head of Careers)

Date of next review

The school will next review the information published in September 2021


Policy and procedures

Useful links

Work experience

Planning ahead - Year 10 and Year 12 Work Experience 2021 

All Year 10 and Year 12 students will participate in a one-week block work placement in the summer term of 2022. 

The dates for work experience in 2022 are as follows:

  • Year 12:  Monday 23 May - Friday 27 May 2022
  • Year 10:  Monday 27 June - Friday 1 July 2022

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 Herts Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI).
  • Commonly, the placements are a combination of around 120 sourced privately and 60 sourced via HHCI.
  • 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

  • One week block work placement in Year 12 was introduced in 2018

Year 12 Private Placement Form

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