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20/11/19

Good luck to our Yr 11 and Yr 13 students who this evening undertake their Devising Drama examinations https://t.co/y0KLtUhGC5

19/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Congratulations to the Yr7 netball team. Their win tonight v NBS puts them through to the next round of the district cup. They will go on to play Loreto.

19/11/19

Retweeted From YC Hertfordshire STA

We are getting ready for the Wellbeing Conference this Thursday! Organised by the young health champions and https://t.co/NjswaMal6U

19/11/19

Retweeted From A Caring Mind

Hertfordshire campaign encourages St Albans pupils to talk about mental health https://t.co/Ysw8vE0Vsp

19/11/19

Diary reminder: Y10 London Central Mosque visit next week Tuesday, 26 November. Requirements for the day can be found on letters home https://t.co/Dx6THCMAGE https://t.co/cJlX0LgGGy

19/11/19

Diary reminder: Christmas Lunch will be held Wednesday, 11 December. Lunch must be paid by Wednesday, 4 December via ParentPay https://t.co/Xcs6kTm6xZ

19/11/19

This year's sensational Upper School Musical - Chicago https://t.co/LpalKFcPR2

18/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Great win for the Yr 11 netball team 28-22 against Sandringham. Well done all!

18/11/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

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18/11/19

Last few spaces remaining for Thursday's Safetalk Training in association with . Please email emontgomery.herts.sch.uk to secure a place . . Tell Ask Listen KeepSafe https://t.co/5Xt4pNR64a

18/11/19

SJL are hosting their first Wellbeing Conference. The conference will include workshops related to health and wellbeing, parents are invited to come along 11.40am - 12.30pm. Please confirm attendance by end of today Monday 18 November to sjlyounghealth.com https://t.co/4LiOw8uGlU

18/11/19

Thought for the Week: Prevent bullying Word of the Week: Hypo https://t.co/LoaEqw8zhI

18/11/19

Good luck to our students who are undertaking their GCSE performance exams today. https://t.co/vANH3wfUjh

17/11/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

We will be hosting our annual Awards Evening, Wednesday 18th December. We are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of our former yr 11 & yr 13. Guest Speaker, Michael Owen, former Welsh International Rugby Union player. Please email awards.co.uk https://t.co/vKQyzgjuIz

17/11/19

Retweeted From SJLdrama

If any of our lovely ex SJL Drama students who have gone on to follow drama degrees or training we are having an alumni and industry lunch on Friday 13th December and would be most welcome! Please message us if you’re interested?#dramAmatters https://t.co/EUaV3zpxLP

16/11/19

We are pleased and proud to announce that Simon Mundy, our Chair of Governors, has won outstanding governor of the year from the Hertfordshire Association of School Governors! Well deserved indeed! https://t.co/qtFbGVXicd

16/11/19

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Chicago is happening soon with lots of dazzle dazzle, cell-block tango and all that jazz! Tickets available on parent pay!#theatreinschools https://t.co/gvPJQsqkZo

16/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Great morning of competitive rugby v Yr7s drew 15-15 in their first ever full game, Yr8s drew 20-20 in a thrilling & Yr9s won 41-5.

16/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

A massive thank you to all the wonderful SJL parents who kindly turned out to provide transport and support this morning! . Sorry to drag you all out of bed! But thanks again your support and efforts are greatly appreciated.

15/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

URGENT RUGBY ANNOUNCEMENT: After last minute problems with Minibuses and Staffing please can as many Year 7, 8 & 9 players make their own way to Dame Alice Owens tomorrow (9am meet) Please spread the word and offer lifts to those in need, limited bus space (SJL 8.30am meet)

15/11/19

Reading Week 2019: We hope this week has presented an opportunity to engage with your child, to discuss your experience of reading from different perspective https://t.co/fS0pyLBFk3

14/11/19

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

The garden team hard at work planting daffodil bulbs today - pots and bulbs kindly given to us by a big thank you to them. https://t.co/A64NSTd07t

14/11/19

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Our winter lettuce and kale are coming along nicely, the garlic we planted in October is peaking through. Thanks to the site team for adding the leaves from around the school to our leaf composting bin. https://t.co/xeXqXeNUHM

14/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

A good win for the Year 9 rugby team, a 43-0 win against NBS. We can still develop our ball handling skills further https://t.co/F3LvHMuuog

14/11/19

Well done all! https://t.co/HoGrnBOGI9

14/11/19

Year 9 practicing their memory techniques during Learning to Learn day https://t.co/P3BsvwMXvS

14/11/19

Yr 11 learning performance and futures fair, as they compile their toolkit to support them in the important year ahead and gain valuable insight into future options https://t.co/MyoFPMNM7p

14/11/19

Retweeted From YC Hertfordshire STA

We had a great final session with the Young Health Champions today before the SJL Wellbeing Conference next week! Looking forward to seeing so many amazing services at the school it's going to be a great day! https://t.co/YHeHpcXhmY

14/11/19

Yr 10 learning performance and revision skills, investigating the power of positivity https://t.co/af7TiBMbXs

14/11/19

Reminder: Y11 reminder for Morrisby assessments, deadline for registration and payment Monday, 18 November 2019. See letters home for further information https://t.co/w8xqd0McMc https://t.co/YUYU8dnHa9

14/11/19

Diary reminder: Ski trip equipment meeting with visit to Mountain Warehouse in Harpenden Monday, 18 November 2019 5-6.30pm https://t.co/hoUUZfmIAt

14/11/19

Yr 9 putting newly gained memory toolkits into practice with poem recitals https://t.co/x7C6XpHj2w

14/11/19

Yr 8 investigating developing growth mindsets, exploring how the brain works https://t.co/lAwojmeCuz

14/11/19

Students across the school are participating in Learning to Learn Enrichment activities. Yr 7 overcoming barriers to learning, exploring the learning pit and creating their super hero selves https://t.co/KpLRfjMvZf

14/11/19

Yr 7 Kingswood lost property left unclaimed tomorrow, Friday 15 Nov, will be disposed of. First pic (yellow bag) from boys dorm; Second pic from girls dorm. Students can retrieve items from Reception. https://t.co/ajO1PguNrt

14/11/19

Reading Week 2019: A love of reading can support you through lifelong learning, supporting independence and general wellbeing https://t.co/OToJKkkFky

14/11/19

Diary reminder: Students are engaging in a variety of activities today as part of Learning to Learn Enrichment Day https://t.co/9Ngpbjuo7D

14/11/19

Retweeted From Dominic Vallier

A great few days in supporting the delivery of thanks for your kind hospitality and obvious passion for delivering qualifications to your 6th formers👍👍👍👍👍 https://t.co/c5R5UyPW89

13/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Excellent debut performance for U13 rugby girls. Won Drew Lost their 3 games.

13/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Well contended netball match tonight. Yr 10 beat SRA 20-17. Well played all.

More Able and Gifted & Talented Students

At Sir John Lawes School we believe that all children are entitled to an education that will enable them to develop their full potential, be that intellectual, physical, aesthetic, creative, emotional, spiritual or social, finding appropriate challenge in our learning environment.

All students have individual needs, making personalised learning a priority in our teaching and learning.

Sir John Lawes School is committed to providing a sufficiently challenging curriculum for all its students. In addition, we will provide opportunities to identify those who are more able and nurture their individual abilities.

All students have an entitlement to the following:

  • Staff commitment and training to develop students’ full potential at all times.
  • Lessons that stimulate, engage, challenge, inform, excite and encourage through partnership and dialogue with teachers and other students and active participation in the lesson.
  • Courses that lead to examinations and accreditation.
  • Skilled, well-prepared and informed teachers who have a perspective and understanding of whole school needs, problems and policies, especially those concerning issues related to those students identified as more able.
  • An entitlement beyond subject teaching, including preparation for adult life and preparation for the world of work. This should include extra-curricular activity, personal and social education, careers guidance and counselling, extramural experiences including visits to local industry, work experience and community service.

Contact with parents

There are a number of formal and informal ways that we maintain contact with parents.  These include:

  • An initial letter is sent home following the inclusion of a student as MASt and/or Gifted and/or Talented in the MASt and Gifted and Talented Register
  • An Open Evening is held during each Summer term showcasing the work done during the year.  Parents have the opportunity to discuss MASt and Gifted and Talented provision with representatives of each Faculty, discuss student concerns with Head of MASt and Gifted & Talented, Mrs. Brining, and have any questions answered
  • Mailings are sent home to inform parents of any new events, master classes or courses being offered
  • These dedicated pages of the school website hold information on the different aspects of the MASt and Gifted and Talented programme
  • Items in the SJL Newsletters celebrate the achievements of our MASt and Gifted and Talented cohort and keeps parents informed of forthcoming events
  • Parents are periodically asked for feedback.
Faculty Name
Art Alina Pullinger
Business and Computing Sue Griffiths
Computing Sophie Scott
Design and Technology Joe James
Drama Rachel Woolrych
English Emma Brining
Geography Claire Pellett
Governor Andy Battersby
History Jessica Bigden
Library Marion Prickett
Life Skills Manny Fernandez
LINK Maria Santos Richmond
Maths Audrey Aspland
Media Zoe Ollerenshaw
MFL Dilan Silva
Music Lizzie Hastings-Clarke
PE Andy Battersby
RS Julia Power
Science Richard Morton

 

Identification and monitoring

What do we look for?

  • Intellectual ability or talent
  • Specific academic aptitude
  • Creative and productive thinking
  • Leadership ability
  • Talent for visual and performing arts
  • Psychomotor ability.

More Able Students Register

Year 7 students sit Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs) in their first term. Those achieving an average CATS stanine of 8 or more are identified as More Able Students.

They are added to the More Able Students (MASt) and Gifted and Talented Register and parents are informed by letter. These students will always be identified as MASt until the end of Year 11. In Sixth Form, More Able Students are identified as the top 10% in their year group using their GCSE Average Points Score.

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) is the most widely used test of reasoning ability in the UK and has been fully standardized on 25,000 UK pupils. The suite of tests has been developed to support schools in understanding pupils’ developed abilities and likely academic potential. Results from CAT4 can help in intervention, monitoring progress and setting targets for future attainment.

Aimed at pupils between 6 to 17+ years, CAT4 assesses a pupil’s ability to reason with and manipulate different types of material through a series of Verbal, Non-Verbal, Quantitative and Spatial Ability tasks. Together, these four tests provide teachers with a comprehensive profile of a pupil’s reasoning abilities, and as such the core abilities related to learning.

The resulting data can then be used to identify a pupil’s strengths, weaknesses and learning preferences, providing accurate and reliable information that is essential for personalized learning. The more we know about a pupil, the better position we should be in to offer a learning environment and ways of teaching and learning that allow pupils to maximize their potential. Information about a pupil’s reasoning ability will be key to many teaching decisions and is considered alongside attainment data and other factors known to impact on learning, such as attendance and attitude.

Why does SJL use CAT4?

  • Helps pinpoint gifted and talented pupils and underachievers
  • Supports schools in monitoring progress and setting targets for future attainment
  • Identifies spatial thinkers who are likely to excel in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
  • Provides indicators of outcomes at KS3, KS4, and KS5
  • Reports support communication with parents, pupils, teachers and senior leaders. 

Gifted and Talented Students

Gifted Subjects

Business Studies & Economics, Computing, English, History, Geography, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Religious Studies, Science. 

Talented Subjects

Art, Critical Thinking, Dance, Drama, Food Technology, Leadership, Life Skills, Media, Music, Physical Education, Product Design/Graphics, Textiles.

There is a formal yearly review and update of the Gifted and Talented Register in the Autumn term for Years 8 – 13 and in the Spring term for Year 7. Students are continually monitored by teaching staff, who nominate students for inclusion in the MASt and Gifted and Talented Register  for outstanding performance in their subject area, or in any other activity staff are aware of. This includes nominations by the Pastoral team (Form Tutors and Heads of Year) following outstanding achievements in extra-curricular and/or super-curricular activities.

Parents of these students are written to in the Autumn term notifying them of their child’s Gifted and/or Talented subject nomination(s) for that academic year. These students would receive differentiated work in their nominated subjects stretching and challenging them further. If a student underachieves subsequently over the course of the academic year, their teacher can decide not to nominate them for inclusion in the following academic year’s Register.

It would be expected that MASt students should have a larger number of Gifted and Talented nominations than other students.

Parental nominations for inclusion in the MASt and Gifted and Talented Register, supported by relevant evidence, can also be submitted at any time.

The MASt and Gifted and Talented Register  exists within school which includes the following:

Year Group MASt Numbers on Register No. of MASt Gifted and Talented Nominations No. of non-MASt Gifted and Talented Nominations
Year 7
21
72
142
Year 8
28
62
96
Year 9
28
57
109
Year 10
18
46
111
Year 11
20
51
83
Year 12
16
26
33
Year 13
8
4
51
Total
139
318
625
% of school population (1308 on roll)
9.4%
24%
48%

Provision within the curriculum

Teaching and learning

Within the curriculum, we have been working to extend the expertise of our staff in providing a rich and varied range of activities specifically designed to extend our more able students. Teaching strategies have been developed to include different intelligences and learning styles, extending the provision in response to what the students themselves have told us helps them to learn.


Setting

  • Mathematics - setting in years, starts by October in Year 7; sets are continually monitored and adjusted as appropriate..
  • Science - all year groups are set, starting in the first half term of Year 7; sets are reviewed twice a year.
  • English - there is setting from Year 8, with single-gender top sets in Years 10 and 11.


Options

Mathematics:

  • Curriculum acceleration starts in Year 7, more able students start GCSE course in Year 9.
  • Fast track - GCSE Mathematics in Year 10, GCSE Additional Mathematics in Year 11.
  • Occasionally individual programmes are designed for particularly outstanding students
  • Further Maths at A level.

Science:

  • Able students are offered separate GCSE courses in Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

MFL:

  • Year 10 - Able linguists study two languages.
  • Students who speak a second language are supported in taking the GCSE through the school. Recently we have had students taking GCSEs in Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Latin.

Resources:

  • Advanced texts and equipment have been provided for all faculties.
  • Curriculum-related extension courses and master classes are regularly offered.

In addition to the above, all faculties include MASt and gifted and talented provision within their schemes of work.

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