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If your child is displaying symptoms, book a test and keep them at home. Your household should self-isolate for 14 days. But neither you nor your family need to book a test unless you display symptoms.


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If your child is unwell, but isn’t displaying any of the three coronavirus symptoms, there’s no need to book a test. After they’ve recovered, they can return straight back to school.


At SJL we are dedicated to ensuring teachers and students have access to the latest technology to enhance learning both in the school classroom and should the need arise, via remote learning. IT support is available via email


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This year's Open Evening on 7 October 2020 will now take place virtually and we will be announcing further details shortly. Please check back for updates!


Students looking to learn a new instrument/restart music lessons, we have availability in most instruments. Please contact the Music Faculty for more details?


Great to see and hear the return of music lessons within school, thanks to and


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Fantastic job both of you! Amazing youth advocates for global education and for


SJL's Y10 national campaign champions had the experience of a "virtual" parliament action day, with guest speaks from across parliamentary parties coming together with a single aim "the right climate to learn"


Congratulations Mr Gauthier from all your colleagues at Sir John Lawes School


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Thank you for speaking to our campaign champions today about . An amazing opportunity to ensure we can achieve and such encouragement for young people to champion the cause! and Lord German


We spy some familiar faces! Great work


Vacancy: Do you have the drive to delivery teaching of the highest standard at all key stages? SJL are seeking a Head of Design Technology to lead our creative team. See school website . .


Did you know our are on Instagram? Give them a follow for all the latest information, including the new EXTRA CURRICULAR TIMETABLE. All clubs are in year group bubbles.


Music notice: All instrumental and vocal lesson times will be sent to parents directly by email from their instrumental teacher. Please also check your Junk!


Music notice: Passed a grade 8 music exam in the academic year 2019-20? Please let the Music faculty know asap!


Proud to hear of an ex-student doing such important work. Well done James.


Thought for the Week: Luck


Weather alert! It looks like it’s going to be hot for the next few days so don’t forget to fill your water bottles before heading to school, please!


Alviar was not a Sir John Lawes School boy, but he was a Harpenden schoolboy. Alviar, we wish you the very best.


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Thought for the Week is an additional way in which students at SJL are encouraged to engage in thinking beyond the everyday matters to ideas of local, national or global concern, and often asks students to focus on issues relating to citizenship and relationships.


Year 12: tomorrow's Information Evening has been cancelled and a Loom video containing all the relevant information will be issued shortly. Look out for details via EduLink.


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The Perrin Myddelton essay winners finally get their prizes. Well done again to Charlotte, Jay and Justine.


As SJL's Year 7 bubble begin their first full day of timetabled lessons, here is a look back at their initial induction days


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Vacancy alert: we are seeking an Admin Assistant to join our experienced HR and Payroll team. Part-time, term-time permanent post. See website for further information . . .


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Year 7 are ending their second day discovering what it is to be a Lawes Learner


Vacancy alert: looking for a new opportunity with term time hours? SJL are seeking a library assistant to join their friendly library . . .


announcement: music lessons must be applied/reapplied for via HMS (apart from drums - direct to Music Faculty) by 11 Sept. Lessons will begin week commencing 14th Sept. More details on school website


House Induction for our Year 7 joiners, learning about the SJL house system. A passionate talk from current house champion Mr Evans, Head of Austen, for his newest recruits


Year 7 have enjoyed tours of the school with tutors


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Good luck today to all the teachers, staff and pupils. Hope it goes well and to plan..!


Lunchtime, enjoying the sunshine with packed lunch picnics and making the most of having "The Kitchen" to themselves


We were thrilled to welcome Year 7 joiners this morning, starting their day with a welcome address from Headteacher, Ms Robins


A return to school for Years 8 to 11 tomorrow, we cannot wait to see you all


Tomorrow we look forward to saying welcome back to our new


We're excited to welcome Year 7 for the start of their journey at SJL


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We look forward to opening our doors to students across all our schools for the 2020/21 academic year... welcome to our new joiners and welcome back to those continuing their education journey with Scholars.


Start of term dates reminder, Autumn 2020. We look forward to seeing the return of all our students.

Sustainability and Ethics


Sustainable development is a priority at Sir John Lawes School. We strive to ensure that it is a key part of the curriculum as well as a prominent feature in the way the school is managed. Pupils have demonstrated a keen interest in contributing to sustainable development and have taken a lead on many initiatives around the school. Our Eco-Schools group has made a significant contribution to developing the school’s commitment to sustainability and were pivotal in us achieving the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award in both 2010 and 2012.

In the classroom

Sustainable development is a core part of the curriculum in Geography, Science, Citizenship and Design and Technology but also features in some way in the majority of subject areas.

Examples of work that students carry out within other areas of the curriculum include:

Technology - Year 9:

Junk sculpture project – students collect junk and use variety of products that would be thrown away as a starting point for a design & make project

Life Skills – Year 8:

Environmental issues unit covering topics such as sustainable development and global warming.

Animal Studies and Conservation – Year 9:

In this enrichment course pupils develop their understanding of local, national and international efforts to conserve the natural environment

Geography – Year 9:

Students investigate how sustainable the town of Harpenden is


Students learn vocabulary relating to environmental issues

We also have an annual Green Week organised by students from the eco-schools group in which they encourage staff to incorporate green themes into their lessons.

Past activities for this have included:

RE – Year 7:

Students produced posters on how Buddhism promotes green living.

Maths – Year 9:

Comparison of costs of low energy versus normal light bulbs.

Around school

Our eco-schools group and Junior Leadership Team created a school ‘Eco-Code’ to summarise the actions that they felt we should all be taking to improve the sustainability of our school.

Our Eco Code:

  • If you are not using the lights, turn them off.
  • Instead of leaving your TV on standby, turn it off completely
  • When you have finished with the computer, turn it off
  • Close windows and doors to prevent wasting heat in the winter
  • Use as much natural light as you can
  • Think: do you really need to print that? And if so, could you fit it on less paper?
  • Recycle paper and plastic using the school recycling bins
  • Try to walk to school or use the public transport instead of travelling by car
  • Turn off dripping taps - it saves money and energy!
  • Remember to look after the environment you live in

Examples of specific actions the school has taken to ensure greater sustainability include:

Energy: We have an energy monitoring system and use data from this to remind the school community about the importance of saving energy. We encourage students and staff to turn off lights and computers when they are not using them and have a programme to switch off computers at the end of the day.

Waste: We encourage students and staff to reduce waste. One measure we have taken is to allocate printer ‘credits’ to give more of an incentive to think before printing.  Another initiative has been to design our own mugs made out of recycled material which are now used for meetings rather than disposable cups. Our eco-schools group have worked to encourage others to be more responsible with their waste through delivering assemblies and improving the labelling on our bins.

Water: We have installed water flow regulators to the cisterns that flush the men’s urinals which has resulted in significant water saving.

Biodiversity: We have a dedicated biodiversity area behind in which pupils from the eco-schools group have put up bird feeders and are in the process of building a bug hotel. This is an ongoing project and any ideas would be welcome of other things to include.

In the community

We try to make an effort to contribute to sustainability outside our own school. Students have been involved in delivering assemblies and workshops on themes such as climate change and waste reduction in a number of local primary schools. Last year our Sixth Form ‘Green Leaders’ delivered assemblies on food miles to several local primary schools.

Our Leading Practioner for Global Dimension and Sustainable Development spends half a day a week supporting other schools in the county to develop activities in this area. This includes running the St Albans City and District Sustainable Schools Ambassador Programme. Over the last 5 years we have trained over 300 ambassadors from nearly 50 local schools. During their training they learn about what it means to be a sustainable school and explore what they can do to make a difference. They go on to carry out at least one activity a term aimed at making their school more sustainable.


We recognise that many environmental problems might have both local and global consequences. We encourage students to think beyond the impact of our actions on our own lives and to think about the consequences further afield.

For example, in 2013, several of our students attended a conference on Farmers Feeding our World run by Oxfam in which they were challenged to think about some of the challenges facing food producers around the world as well as to think about what they could do in response to these challenges. 


Eco-Schools is an international awards system that helps schools looking to become environmentally friendly achieve their goals. Being an Eco-School has many benefits such as saving money and raising awareness of environmental issues. Within Eco-Schools, there are three awards. Bronze, silver and the prestigious Green Flag Award (which Sir John Lawes recently achieved in 2014 for a second time). Despite having achieved the award again we recognise that there is still much more that we can do to become more sustainable and our Eco-Schools group is always looking for new initiatives to promote sustainability.

The Eco-schools group is made up of around 20 students from across the school. Formal meetings are held on a fortnightly basis after school. Some of their achievements from 2013-2014 include:

  • Running a 'Lights Off, Blinds up' campaign to promote use of natural light over electric lights.
  • Introducing water saving initiatives.
  • Producing recycled Christmas gift tags.
  • Holding a Master Chef competition using locally sourced ingredients.
  • Making recycled bird feeders for new biodiversity garden and planting a wild flower garden
  • Running activities for Green Week 2014 including a form mascot competition, assemblies to the whole school and an energy saving faculty competition which was won by Humanities.
  • A year 7 and eco schools litter pick both in and around the close proximity to school. This was reported in a local newspaper with a photo of the group in July.

Sustainable schools ambassadors

Sir John Lawes are the hub school for the St Albans and District Sustainable School Ambassador Programme. This is a district wide scheme that aims to make schools more sustainable at the same time as bringing together students and teachers from across the district. All participating schools nominate two ambassadors who will serve for a year. These ambassadors are then invited to attend a training day held at Sir John Lawes, where they learn more about the issues facing us today and what they can do to help. All ambassadors are then expected to undertake at least one activity per term to help make their school and the wider community more sustainable.

SJL also runs a Green Leaders Programme for Sixth Form students for local schools which involves training a group of Sixth Formers to deliver assemblies in primary schools. Last year our Green Leaders delivered assemblies on food miles to three local schools. 

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