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25/11/20

Congratulations Mr Gauthier from all your colleagues at SJL, outstanding and dedicated headteacher for

25/11/20

Break a leg Year 11 , performing in their devising drama GCSE examination today. https://t.co/Zcjp5CGWhp

24/11/20

Year 7 Parents' Evening reminder: parents/carers please ensure you are logged into the system in advance of your first appointment and have checked appointment schedule in advance.

24/11/20

Vacancy alert: part-time teaching assistant vacancy required for our experienced Support Team. Term time hours, initially 1-year fixed term. See website to apply now! https://t.co/A2v1Bv17gl . . https://t.co/Q8OJ9lrGDk

24/11/20

With Year 11 mocks a little over 1 week away, a reminder Mr Garcia's preparing for GCSEs letter is on the school website, including links to videos with useful tips and strategies https://t.co/x7ChfW5V9X https://t.co/Zq8Nz6lThe

24/11/20

Don't forget to place orders for this year's Christmas Lunch by Wednesday, 9 December 2020 https://t.co/u5KPnZHBVK

24/11/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Calling all parents & educators... ONE DAY TO GO📢‼️ Introducing our FREE mobile app, giving you a world of at your fingertips. Be https://t.co/KVdd0yU6Hx

24/11/20

Year 7 reminder: this evening is the Year 7 parents' evening. Parents guide can be found on the school website https://t.co/E1d48gGZcj We welcome any feedback on the new Parents’ Evening system, any queries please email parentsevening.herts.sch.uk https://t.co/K5ZsthH5Yp

23/11/20

Year 8 reminder: tomorrow HPV injections take place, Tuesday 24 November. Students can wear a t-shirt/vest under their school shirt for modesty should they chose. https://t.co/0U68Tte4b0

23/11/20

. are encouraging faculties to remember to switch off... lights and projectors at the end of the school day, as they seek to crown the "Energy Saving Faculty of the Year". Mr Inham also shares some wacky ideas to try at home https://t.co/swcL24uIOE 🌍💡 https://t.co/7XSHFVOPkw

23/11/20

Vacancy: SJL are seeking an enthusiastic, creative teacher to lead their dedicated SEND team. Permanent, full time vacancy for SENDCO https://t.co/4eQigkDWOD . . https://t.co/E3znpst7Pd

23/11/20

Year 13 reminder: online booking for Year 13 parents' evening opens tomorrow Tuesday, 24 November at 1pm. See letter's home for parents' guide to booking appointments https://t.co/ufgNeDuzpl https://t.co/HEpsldqGdb

23/11/20

Thought for the Week: Road Safety https://t.co/ZzLE7Y1upc

20/11/20

Well done all! https://t.co/1tgmap2SOq

20/11/20

The library is beginning to look very festive with entries coming in for the Christmas Jumper competition https://t.co/GTmQEmzLP4

20/11/20

Term date reminder: school will be closed Monday 30 November 2020 for our Occasional Day https://t.co/L9cVItOLym

20/11/20

This week's newsletter out today... https://t.co/DBsVUwj8fs https://t.co/SsHIPMsvev

19/11/20

Beautiful blue skies overhead this lunchtime https://t.co/tL8wjZnlyX

19/11/20

Sixth Form news: Economics students FREE Event : Monday 30 November 2020 4-5pm Theory and Practice: designing anti-poverty programs when power matters. Hosted by Economica and the Department of Economics https://t.co/IwqzlTFodr

19/11/20

Retweeted From Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal (HOP)

are your students looking for a bright future in a career? This exciting online event connects your young people and their parents/carers to local world-class employers. Share with your students today👉https://t.co/NcVBy29U05 https://t.co/h55vgcJpLM

18/11/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Be kind, always💜 This we’re focusing on the importance of being kind for . 2020 has seen a rise in children spending time online, unfortunately meaning an increase in online bullying. Let's stand >> https://t.co/DpO1XcE6oc https://t.co/W3WNNHGYQV

18/11/20

🎄Christmas alert 🎄 The SJL Library Team are encouraging students to get creative and design a Christmas jumper. We cannot wait to see what Christmassy book character designs students create https://t.co/JqyolAsZPu

18/11/20

Valuable information source for those considering apprenticeship as Post-16 option https://t.co/yH8YNfvlRN

17/11/20

Retweeted From JustTalkHerts

As part of is taking over the Twitter feed today so we can talk about the many ways we support young people with their mental health. In case you're wondering, YCH Services for Young People is the new name for YC Hertfordshire. https://t.co/x2F37X9Mz4

16/11/20

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Vacancy: Scholars' Education Trust are seeking a Finance Business Partner to join their centralised Finance Team. Do you have a finance background? Interested? For more information and to apply https://t.co/GHsU8A8emT . . https://t.co/U9YYxKIZE5

16/11/20

Year 13 Parents' Evening will be taking place as planned on Tuesday 8 December, with all appointments held remotely via video call. More information about how to book using our online system will be sent out later this week https://t.co/GtTQ97tRvz

16/11/20

Ms Robins judged the Christmas Card Competition this morning. We will sharing one excellent entry a day here from the start of Advent until the end of term. The winning entry will be made into the SJL Christmas Card. Well done to all those who entered. Mr Higgins https://t.co/iLrSK8daKX

16/11/20

Retweeted From JustTalkHerts

A big thank you to for their time to help us make this video for https://t.co/3YcvNaEzbA

16/11/20

Thought for the Week: Tolerance https://t.co/o1bbmectGP

16/11/20

Good luck to GCSE Music students taking their performance exam today https://t.co/Vqj2LrVTlk

13/11/20

Some great news to end the week - congratulations to Mrs Hastings-Clarke on having her work published! https://t.co/rS7bSIfbbH

13/11/20

Next week is . A Hertfordshire focused mental health campaign promoting the importance of talking about how we feel https://t.co/jR1oqoHdr0

13/11/20

The aim for reading week was to reinforce the importance of reflection on learning and give students the headspace to allow some of the learning of the term to become embedded. Remember to pick up a book, you never know where it will take you... https://t.co/LqJXFqkdMJ

13/11/20

Apologies, we are experiencing severe server issues in school today. Our IT team are working hard to resolve them but if you have any urgent communications, please ring the school directly.

13/11/20

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Today in the 🍂, some of our Year 7's helped to plant out some spinach, Russian red kale, pak choi 🥬and winter greens🌱. They also managed to protected the plants from the coming winter and from pesky pests like pigeons. Amazing! https://t.co/oA802ov9z7

13/11/20

This week's newsletter out today... https://t.co/loo19UHr63 https://t.co/Z9vGEbZCAC

12/11/20

Great work! https://t.co/TMXD0U1oDz

12/11/20

Give your brain a workout. Reading is a fantastic form of visual exercise, it helps boost imagination and creativity https://t.co/Z2rijBLuno

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, Computing, Economics, English, Financial Studies, History, Geography, Latin, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Psychology, Religious Studies, Science and Sociology. 

Talented Subjects

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

Chess Club

Chess Club would normally meet every lunchtime Monday to Friday in M5 from 12.50pm – 1.30pm.

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Chess use 1

 

Chess:

  • brings people together. Players can have big age differences and still enjoy a game together
  • helps you improve your problem solving skills
  • develops your spatial skills. You are constantly thinking of the opponent’s moves, thinking 2, 3 or moves ahead – a transferable skill to other sports
  • improves memory
  • involves both sides of the brain. A study demonstrated that both the left (the more logical) and right (more creative) sides of the brain are exercised during a game of chess

Everybody welcome!

Go Club

Go Club would normally meet every lunchtime Monday to Friday in M5 from 12.50pm – 1.30pm. The ancient Chinese game of Go is one of the oldest board games in the world and flourishes in Japan and Korea also. More than 60 countries now compete in the annual World Amateur Go Championships.

More information can be found at the British Go Association which supports and runs an on-line league and UK tournaments, and they are offering a free one hour online teaching session to those joining for the first time.

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British Go Associations tutors Mr Cockburn and Mr Oliviere are occasionally available to teach and advise students how to play and improve their game. We became UK School Champions in 2019!

Sir John Lawes and its Go Club feature in the Spring edition of the British Go Journal which records the second Harpenden Go Tournament held earlier this year. Twenty six players from across the South East enjoyed the Go with congratulations to Oliver Bardsley winning two of his games. Subsequently, the Maidenhead Tournament saw Oliver winning three games and several prizes! Congratulations to the Sir John Lawes Go Club who were the best school team at this tournament!

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Go oliver b 1 Go ollie r
Go edie t Go trophy

 

Try these strategic Go puzzles: https://britgo.org/covers/psmith

Everybody welcome!

Latin Club

Latin Club (SOCIETAS LINGUAE LATINAE) meets in M19 every Thursday from 3.30pm – 4.45pm. Year groups rotate weekly to attend currently.

 Latin Club Poster

We follow the Cambridge Latin Course and Memrise which students can also access from home. This is supported by e-learning and text books. There are 12 levels in Cambridge Latin Course Book 1 and 19 levels in Memrise. There is a Cambridge Latin Course assessment every four levels. Students have a vocabulary book each and Mrs Brining, Mr Garcia and Governor Mrs Montgomery support learning. Ms Robins can offer GCSE Latin at Sixth Form by arrangement.

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Latin Year 9

Year 9 Latin students with their Cambridge Latin Course certificates

having passed Levels 4 and 8

 

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