Twitter Wall


Today’s answer: It has each number, zero to nine, listed in alphabetical order. Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly.


Following the Government's announcement and students returning to school, PE clubs are back! See school website or the PE Instagram page for more details.


We look forward to welcoming students into school this week for their initial COVID tests. 🏫 Weds: Years 11-13 🏫 Thur: Years 9-10 🏫 Fri: Years 7-8 Full details of exact timings can be found on Edulink communication.


Year 8 reminder: bookings for online parents’ evening appointments will close Wednesday, 3 March 2021 at 1pm


Year 8 Options Information Evening presentations will be available from 4pm It is important for you and your child to gain as much information as possible before completing options choices, please review all subject presentations.


Our final Tuesday teaser, thanks to We will post the answer later today


Head over to Art’s Instagram page for details of this year’s Spring Challenge


A tremendous welcome to those joining the SJL community as part of Year 7 class of 2021


Thought for the Week: how can we challenge bullying?


Retweeted From Hertfordshire County Council

School allocations for children transferring to a secondary or upper school in September 2021 are released tomorrow. Allocation emails will be sent after 2pm and letters will be posted first class on Monday 1 March


Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 13: after learning about the importance of phytoplankton in the marine carbon cycle, chec out the current phytoplankton bloom around the UK.


Here are a couple of at home self care ideas to try this weekend


Retweeted From ORA Singers

Frank Santeugini 15, Chiswick (West London Free School) Hattie Twigger-Ross 16, Guildford (George Abbot School) Phoebe Wakefield 17, Welwyn Garden City (Sir John Lawes School) Congratulations to all! 🎉🎉🎉


⭐️ Congratulations Phoebe, picked as an apprentice for the choral composition programme ⭐️


We’ll be here when you get back and we cannot wait to see you! Enjoy the weekend and please follow the rules


National Careers Week, supporting students to make the right choices or a bright future


This week’s newsletter is out now...


Today’s answer: they are the same! Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly.


Next week sees the 10th anniversary of the National Careers Week Check out our dedicate page on the school website, for career news including updated Virtual Employer Encounters section


The books of the week are Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cotrell Boyce, The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan, and The Martian by Andy Weir! Watch Tom Fletcher read some of Sputnik Read the opening of The Weight of Water


Aimed at Year 12 students, will be running three webinars designed to support students as they start thinking about their post-18 options


With university open days on hold, the Virtual Fair will be returning on 17 March 2021 to help students from Years 11, 12 and 13 explore their post 18 option


A pictorial puzzle for today, sponsored by We will post the answer later today


Catastrophic thoughts are more likely to take over when a person is tired and stressed, remember to practice self-care


Vacancy: SJL are seeking an enthusiastic Mathematics Teacher to join their highly skilled mathematics faculty. To apply: 🗒 Full/Part Time 🗒 NQTs welcome 🗒 First-rate professional development programme


Today’s riddle answer: drop the ‘s’ to make seven > even. Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly.


Year 8: online booking for Year 8 parents’ evening opens tomorrow Wednesday, 24 February 2021 at 1pm. See letter’s home for parents’ guide to booking appointments


The SJL animals are enjoying the spring sunshine above school today, as Mr Evans welcomes two new additions to our animal conservation area.


A riddle from our Student Services Team. We will post the answer later today


Just two weeks until the deadline... closing date Monday, 8 March 2021.


Calendar reminder: upcoming INSET day Friday, 12 March 2021. School will be closed to all students.


Thought for the Week: Integrity


We are proud to present to you the Year 9 virtual Music Showcase, put together by the SJL year 9 music students


A slightly different Lawes Lowdown to mark the end of the first half term of 2021, including a unique competition


Retweeted From SJLScience

We have spoken or will speak about this in Year 7 science. An excellent little activity if you have some spare time at home over half term or a weekend


Retweeted From National Online Safety

With in the spotlight, we wanted to re-share our guide. What is the chat website that everybody is talking about and how can parents & carers prevent potential risks to their children? Download for free >>


Retweeted From SJLdrama

West End Workshops — WestWay School of Performing Arts ....these look brilliant and reasonably priced! And there’s a Hamilton one!!#theatrematters


Here are a couple of at home self care ideas to try this half term


Do not forget composition and song writing competition is open until Monday, 8 March 2021


As we wait for the next government announcement remember we will get through this together. “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” Ryunosuke Satoro Enjoy half term and please follow the rules

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. 

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now