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18/01/22

Thanks to Hugo, from Ballistic Moon and Matt, currently studying Cybersecurity with placement at for paying our Computer Science students a visit yesterday to talk about their experiences https://t.co/PCURAe31tS

18/01/22

With nearly 80 clubs on offer, there is always the opportunity to try something new 📅Lunch clubs https://t.co/EvzgF4DrSd 📅After school clubs https://t.co/K1DwDSkgUf https://t.co/PBZdGJY2de

18/01/22

A sprinkling of frost across the school on this gloriously sunny morning. https://t.co/Ghxt3dYLdP

18/01/22

We look forward to welcoming Year 9 parents to this evening's virtual options evening https://t.co/3buRy4iIQO https://t.co/CTSGNLTcet

18/01/22

Thank you for visiting us. https://t.co/Lz5J3nCqmT

18/01/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Congratulations to Yr8 netball team who beat NBS 13-7. And to the Yr7 netball teams who played St George’s winning one game 9-6 and losing the other 11-1

17/01/22

Retweeted From Discover Islam Luton

Another very generous donation of coats delivered to our centre by Parveen Akhtar, student services manager at We appreciate your support. Many will benefit. https://t.co/fTw8EGUepR

17/01/22

FAO 1-week London hospital work experience with https://t.co/rvVZGBw7ZC

17/01/22

Students, calling all creatives! Are you thinking about a career in Digital Marketing? Digital Marketing 101 by could be the answer. To register for the event please follow this link: https://t.co/rzbjgJX77g

17/01/22

InvestIn have a large number of exciting career opportunities, see their newsletter for more information https://t.co/03syMrVjjd

17/01/22

Something for to all our wonderful musicians from Mrs Brown https://t.co/YznWnkNQAM

17/01/22

Thought for the week: being an ally. Why should you speak out against discrimination? https://t.co/ZXqkbdbqEV

17/01/22

Reminder to Y11 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening closes tomorrow, 18 January, at 1pm https://t.co/i5zHpFmnVx

16/01/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

The from 5-1 down to 7-5 up in 30mins. Goals from Greg x2, Ali x2, Jack, Harry, Theo https://t.co/kPgN4Xf5R1

16/01/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Saturday football results: Yr9 lost 5-3; Yr10 won 12-2; Yr11 won 7-5 after trailing 4-0 and 5-1 either side of half time! Thanks to SAS for hosting us today.

14/01/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Saturday Football: Yr9/10/11 all play St Albans School at Woolams 9.30am KOs. Meet Woolams at 9am.

14/01/22

This week’s newsletter is out today... https://t.co/OLho6MagLi https://t.co/PreyhTxuhl

13/01/22

This is amazing, what a fantastic number of new authors tried! https://t.co/QYa50gJHIA

13/01/22

If for any reason your child missed the opportunity to receive their vaccination at school, or were declined their vaccination because they tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 12 weeks, you can book an appointment here, or visit a walk-in site. https://t.co/cwDeWIjKVa

13/01/22

Our virtual resources from yesterday's Post-16 Information Evening are now available online. Applications to join SJL Sixth Form are now open. The closing date for applications is Friday 4 February 2022. Please click below to complete an application form: https://t.co/1t3PwocNsu https://t.co/gDaQdWz2I1

12/01/22

We are delighted to announce the SJL Careers Day will be held on Thursday 24 March 2022. With an audience of 700+ students from across the county it is an amazing setting to reach out to the future generation, do not miss the opportunity to take part. https://t.co/cDYMdrTSU4

12/01/22

Parents’ Evening for Year 9 will take place on Thursday 3 February online via SchoolCloud. Further information about SchoolCloud and how to book your appointments will be sent home this week by email. https://t.co/GnM5e7EOEm

11/01/22

Congratulations to all the young people who took part in the Harpenden this evening. You were amazing!

11/01/22

Retweeted From The Smallpeice Trust

⏰ Only one week to go until applications for our 2022 Arkwright Engineering Scholarships close! Know a 16-year-old with a passion for engineering? If so, let them know to make sure they don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity. Learn more below ⬇️ https://t.co/7msLfNpnuY

11/01/22

Retweeted From Oaklands College

Registration for our next 𝗢𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 is now open! 📅 Saturday 29 Jan and Tuesday 8 Feb, St Albans Campus 📅 Wednesday 2 Feb and Saturday 5 Feb, Welwyn Garden City Campus Check out our website for more info and book onto an event: https://t.co/MMKJKA4ai6 https://t.co/nPd1nXBl59

11/01/22

Look for a new opportunity for the new year? SJL are seeking a History Teacher (MAT) and Teaching Assistant to join their excellent teaching and support teams. Apply now https://t.co/2HH4p81Eks https://t.co/Gg6kdiH1Ss

11/01/22

2/2 Thanks to for their guidance and support, allowing the students to bring their project to life. We cannot wait to see the football planters and boot bird feeders going up around the site. https://t.co/zlzAa2Dhpf

11/01/22

1/2 A group of enthused Y9 students are undertaking the Premier League Inspire Challenge 2021/22 "Playing our part in protecting our planet". Students have created their own sustainability project linking sport and the environment https://t.co/0AmVnpOdJ4

11/01/22

Reminder to Y11 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening opens today at 1pm https://t.co/Dwlw1ZFueR

10/01/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

It's today! has an ongoing project to ensure all classrooms have at least one houseplant in all form rooms, which are to be looked after by the students in that form room. Here is a photo of mine in the department. https://t.co/TXyGDVFsW9 https://t.co/2NbBmr7djg

10/01/22

Year 13 have begun their mock examinations. Students are reminded their exam timetable can be found on EduLink under the Exams tab. Good luck. https://t.co/6gEPXocuOl

10/01/22

Thought for the week: careers. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” Steve Jobs https://t.co/wIpBzgb4dY

09/01/22

It is Sunday! Remember to do your lateral flow test before coming to school tomorrow. https://t.co/E2XhLFhKie

08/01/22

Wow! Congratulations Jamie! (And ) https://t.co/n5FBGYLqbn

07/01/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Saturday Football returns tomorrow: All games v 9am KO. Yr7 & Yr9 AWAY meet 8.15am at SJL OR 8.45am at SRA. Yr8 & Yr10 HOME meet 8.30am SJL.

07/01/22

No newsletter this week, however we wanted to say a tremendous thank you to our students and staff for such an efficient testing programme this week, ensuring a safe return to the classroom https://t.co/0XuQ4T8luc

07/01/22

Want to be part of the renowned SJL Chamber Choir? Auditions are taking place next Tuesday 11 January for Year 11, 12 and 13 students. https://t.co/3vQNFWk4tE

07/01/22

Would you like to apply for Sir John Lawes School Sixth Form for September 2022? Our Post 16 Information Evening will take place virtually on Wednesday 12 January 2022. For further information please see our website https://t.co/SqLuw7BNlN https://t.co/bzzaL4oQhm

05/01/22

We are hiring! SJL are seeking an engaging teacher to join their Mathematics department. Excellent CPD. ECTs welcome to apply. Apply now https://t.co/LBeC570h36 https://t.co/jclXHIjJQ1

05/01/22

Parents’ Evening for Year 11 will take place on Tuesday 25 January online via SchoolCloud. Further information about SchoolCloud and how to book your appointments will be sent home this week by email. https://t.co/EcBTcrcqOt

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.

 

Guidance

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.
 

Twitter

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

  • Jigsaw PSHE module – Dreams and Goals. Celebrating success, identifying goals, employment, learning from mistakes, overcoming challenges and planning skills
  • 'Shadow a parent at work day' is encouraged during the Autumn Term Occasional Day

Year 8

  • Jigsaw PSHE module – Dreams and Goals. Long-term goals, skills, qualifications, careers, money, budgeting and happiness.
  • Options lessons through Life Skills
  • 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
  • Group work with Hertfordshire SfYP during the option process.
  • On-line research through programmes such as Xello and Channel Mogo during Life Skills lessons.
  • Formal introduction to the Careers Library and resources
  • Access to individual, impartial careers guidance through Services for Young People

Year 9

  • Jigsaw PSHE module – Personal strengths, SMART planning, the world of work and non-financial dreams and goals
  • Options lessons through Life 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
  • Access to individual, impartial careers guidance through Hertfordshire SfYP

Year 10

  • Jigsaw PSHE module – Relationships and reaching goals, work/life balance. Online profile and impact on future goals and employability
  • 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
  • Access to individual, impartial careers guidance through Hertfordshire SfYP

Year 11

  • Jigsaw PSHE module – Aspiration on career, finances and budgeting. Considering dream jobs, skill sets, employment opportunities, education and training options
  • Specific 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 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
  • 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 Xello, Channel Mogo, My Career Springboard and 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 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 September 2022

Destinations

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

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. Mrs Power will give more information regarding this during the Year 10 Information Evening and in the autumn term, for Year 12 students.

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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