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29/02/24

School of Rock - SOLD OUT! Thank you for all your support of our performance of School of Rock this week, tickets are now sold out for the last show on Friday night.

29/02/24

Some Year 12 and Year 13 students took part in online interviews with recruitment experts from to help strengthen their employability. All Year 12 students will be taking part in an Interview Skills Day in early July. Look out for further information. pic.twitter.com/w0dtk4x0YQ

29/02/24

Wishing our Year 9 and Year 10 German Studies students a fantastic trip to Alzey, Germany as part of our exchange programme. Students will join exchange partners in lessons and experiencing a day in school, following a town trail around Alzey and meeting the town mayor. pic.twitter.com/ZAVb9iQMyZ

28/02/24

Such an inspiring apprenticeship event this evening-thank you so much to the employers, Anna from Amazing Apprenticeships and our wonderful alumni Ben, Mo and Amelie for sharing their experiences with our students. pic.twitter.com/F7icNbB4WD

28/02/24

Such an inspiring apprenticeship event this evening-thank you so much to the employers, Anna from Amazing Apprenticeships and our wonderful alumni Ben, Mo and Amelie for sharing their experiences with our students. pic.twitter.com/F7icNbB4WD

28/02/24

Our growing season began today. We sowed wildflowers seeds and staked our loganberry bush. We picked and placed daffodils on reception to create some spring cheer. pic.twitter.com/e45xm9xVAY

28/02/24

Our growing season began today. We sowed wildflowers seeds and staked our loganberry bush. We picked and placed daffodils on reception to create some spring cheer. pic.twitter.com/e45xm9xVAY

28/02/24

Year 8 Netball🏐Well done to the year 8 netball players for their performance in a friendly game against Roundwood Park this afternoon. Great teamwork and movement around the court resulted in a win. Well done girls and good luck in the District Netball Tournament next week 🤞🏼 pic.twitter.com/2j4vO6gouK

28/02/24

Year 8 Netball🏐Well done to the year 8 netball players for their performance in a friendly game against Roundwood Park this afternoon. Great teamwork and movement around the court resulted in a win. Well done girls and good luck in the District Netball Tournament next week 🤞🏼 pic.twitter.com/2j4vO6gouK

28/02/24

Reminder - Apprenticeship Evening tonight starting at 6.30pm in the Sports Hall.Please enter the school via the tennis courts or the staff car park on Manland Way. The Apprenticeship Evening is open to students who have previously registered for the event. pic.twitter.com/vHP58XWYbB

28/02/24

Parents’ Evening for Year 8 will take place on Wednesday 20 March 2024 online via SchoolCloud. Further information about SchoolCloud and how to book your appointments will be sent home. pic.twitter.com/CR1Nj8nqPJ

28/02/24

For their history studies, Year 7 were challenged to design a diagram or model of a Medieval castle - aiming to make it as secure as possible using at least three methods of defence, using materials only available at that time. What amazing designs! pic.twitter.com/dXsgA05BWi

27/02/24

Students in years 11-13 might be interested in this summer school about working in Allied Health Professions. https://t.co/DE9khaK3DQ.

27/02/24

It's showtime!! - our students have been working really hard in rehearsals and they can't wait to perform School of Rock!Performances tonight, Wednesday and Friday this week. Tickets available on ParentPay. pic.twitter.com/JaWVuriJOi

27/02/24

Lots of students enjoying our quiz! pic.twitter.com/dJfsJTdLd4

27/02/24

Amazing - well done Elizabeth!! https://t.co/KPBOwuTLzn

27/02/24

Lots of students enjoying our quiz! pic.twitter.com/dJfsJTdLd4

26/02/24

Students in years 11-13 might be interested in this summer school about working in Allied Health Professions. https://t.co/DE9khaK3DQ.

26/02/24

School of Rock school production - last few tickets remaining!Performances on Tuesday 27 Feb, Wednesday 28 Feb and Friday 1 March at 6pm in the school hall. Tickets available on ParentPay.Excitement is at an all time high and we can’t wait for you to see the show! pic.twitter.com/IFowSTzBVN

26/02/24

Year 9 reminder: The deadline to return the GCSE Options Form is tomorrow - Tuesday 27 February. Thank you to those who have sent them back already. pic.twitter.com/6LSbMvzOYS

26/02/24

Year 11 and Year 13 hoodies can still be ordered on ParentPay . Deadline is Tuesday 27 February. All proceeds go to the Hospice of St Francis. Many Thanks from the Year 12 Dragons’ Apprentice Team.

26/02/24

Congratulations to our yr13 students who have received offers from Oxford and Cambridge. pic.twitter.com/HWRLqUxEqT

24/02/24

Ski Trip update: we are now on our way back to school. If you can leave the bus spaces free so the coach can park. If parents can arrive at school for 4.30pm and we will be arriving soon after. If there are any changes, I’ll update on here

24/02/24

Ski Trip update: delays at border control has meant we are on a later ferry. Will let you know the timings once we have crossed and have arrived in Dover.

23/02/24

Ski Trip update: our final day on the slopes and now we are en route home 🇨🇭⛷️ pic.twitter.com/LXFCvG1KlW

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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