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13/06/24

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.

13/06/24

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. pic.twitter.com/lnqlNdoQ2m

12/06/24

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! pic.twitter.com/mZq14PdhSH

12/06/24

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! pic.twitter.com/jjnU6EQUn7

11/06/24

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. pic.twitter.com/1LZxOB3fas

11/06/24

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. pic.twitter.com/Lj6F24BqZJ

11/06/24

Fabulous to see the incredible success of ex SJL students - helping to inspire current students. https://t.co/66qtFJlrAG

10/06/24

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! pic.twitter.com/ZyTFcigjto

07/06/24

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. pic.twitter.com/Ba4ybIIrvy

07/06/24

A fantastic day taking place at our Sustainability Conference! https://t.co/6dKnuagZFn

07/06/24

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. pic.twitter.com/IqkCWiljHm

07/06/24

Fantastic talk by from the Ministry of Eco Education and the Green Britain Foundation engaging our pupils on issues of Change and pic.twitter.com/9nqLlMO57j

07/06/24

We are very privileged to have a variety of great presenters leading our workshops this morning at our Change and Conference pic.twitter.com/yRsJjF0qDy

07/06/24

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. pic.twitter.com/fCag7bGQUq

06/06/24

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. #SJLproudhttps://t.co/fR5MMTTuY0 pic.twitter.com/exJzluGzqg

06/06/24

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. pic.twitter.com/QgZuisbGrL

06/06/24

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

05/06/24

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 pic.twitter.com/xMKZXpoY2Q

05/06/24

Reminder to Year 12 parents that online Parents’ Evening is taking place this evening. pic.twitter.com/kdfM53ImhM

05/06/24

Year 8 students in Food Technology were transported to Italy with the aroma of their incredible ragu and pasta dishes - brilliant cooking skills! pic.twitter.com/BrTxFQuAs9

05/06/24

Amazing results, well done, great teamwork! https://t.co/LHIyiedWcp

04/06/24

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. pic.twitter.com/mS5TOGIfnR

04/06/24

DigiTech Live - for anyone in a teaching profession this is such a great opportunity to find out more about educational technology. https://t.co/jC6JdRRxyj

03/06/24

Year 8 students were experimenting with different lighting and sound effects to create audience suspense in the gothic horror pieces they were creating. pic.twitter.com/030Q4FyPVB

02/06/24

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.

Special Education Needs

Learning Support Faculty

Sir John Lawes is an inclusive school and the Learning Support Faculty works in collaboration with other Faculties in the school to offer support to students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). 

As a school we are committed to the belief that every child is an individual who brings something special to the school community.  All students, regardless of ability, background or ethnicity, have the right to participate in and enjoy all aspects of school life, and have the opportunity to meet their full potential.

The Learning Support Faculty is led by the SENCo, Ms Wright with the assistance of Deputy SENDCo Mrs Baker. We have a team of Teaching Assistants with training and experience of supporting students with a variety of needs such as Autism, Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties, Visual and Hearing Impairments, Down Syndrome and literacy difficulties. The faculty is supported by Mr Newbery, Head of School.

Admissions to Sir John Lawes School, including for students with education, health and care plans, disabilities and Looked after Children, are handled by the Local Education Authority.  A copy of our Admissions Policy can be found on the school website.  The Information Report below explains our approach to supporting students with SEND and how students access any additional help that they need.

Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Report - 2023 - 2024

Sir John Lawes School Accessibility Plan

Supporting students with disabilities at Sir John Lawes School

Although Sir John Lawes is an older school, we have in consultation with the relevant expert bodies, aimed to make as much of the school accessible to those with mobility needs as possible. However, challenges due to the building designs and site layout do remain. Any parent wishing to know more about this and to discuss specific case needs is encouraged to contact the Headteacher.

The most recent adjustments to increase the levels of accessibility across the school site include:-

  • New handrails around the site
  • New entrance into Textiles classrooms
  • Edges painted on stairs
  • New automatic doors to main buildings
  • Phalanges on doors
  • New acoustics in the sports hall
  • Various paths and stairs widened
  • Better parking arrangements on and off the site
  • New doors into classroom blocks
  • Improved signage

The school plans, over time to further increase the accessibility of provision for all students, staff and visitors to the school.  The main priorities in the school’s plan will be in the following areas:

  • Increasing the extent to which disabled students can participate in the school curriculum
  • Improving the physical environment of the school to increase the extent to which disabled students can take advantage of education and associated services
  • Improving the delivery of information to disabled students, staff, parents and visitors of information that is provided in writing for students and adults who are not disabled

Sir John Lawes is also a recognised local leader in SEN (Special Educational Needs) and has a long tradition of inclusivity and support for students who fall within this remit.

Hertfordshire County Council Local Offer

Localoffer

The Hertfordshire Local Offer

Services for parents, carers and families (hertfordshire.gov.uk)  From this page you can find all the different types of support that parents and carers of children and young people with SEND might be able to access, including information on support groups, mental health, parenting courses and how to access services such as SENDIASS

Getting help at school from your SENCO (hertfordshire.gov.uk) This page explains what the role of a SENCO is, and how parents and SENCOs can work together to achieve the best results for a pupil. It may help you to work with a parent and set out for them what to expect and how to ensure things run smoothly.

If your child is too anxious to go to school (hertfordshire.gov.uk) This page is designed to help parents whose children’s attendance is low due to anxiety, and has advice on how to support them and where to go for help

Contact a SEND service (hertfordshire.gov.uk) This page has contact details of the different SEND services, including details of Advice Line for EPs, the SLCA team, the SpLD team and others

New to SEND (hertfordshire.gov.uk) This page has information and advice for those whose children have just been diagnosed with SEND, or have suspected SEND.

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