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16/10/21

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

County Cup Football hots up next week: Yr9 play Monks Walk School on Monday 4pm KO at SJL; Yr7 play Monks Walk on Wednesday 3pm KO away.

16/10/21

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Saturday Rugby results: Yr7 won 85-0; Yr8 drew 25-25; Yr9 won 40-5; Yr10 won 24-19. Thanks to for the games. https://t.co/jAj0qIraMd

16/10/21

Congratulations to the Rugby teams this morning. 3 wins and a draw v Nicholas Breakspear. https://t.co/z9kacozKwC

15/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

More year 13s completing river fieldwork! https://t.co/XHoG6JLQwK

15/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 13 completing river fieldwork today to prepare them for their independent investigation. https://t.co/qj85PmoV7L

15/10/21

Over 120 students from Yr7 and Yr8 out playing Netball on a Friday night. Perfect way to end the week. https://t.co/tpV9CjiEmM

15/10/21

The hall was a hive of activity this lunchtime, as Head of Austen, Mr Evans kicked off the Austen House Quiz https://t.co/uFGkIaYWnP

15/10/21

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/qJ2qbWBRyb https://t.co/7MfdU4VzrT

13/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

To celebrate World Food Day we tasted food from different countries today at Geography club! Thank you to all the students who brought in delicious food to try! 🌍 https://t.co/gmWxzx16lL

13/10/21

Well done all! https://t.co/vSTiif7lqj

13/10/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Year 13 devising their socks off this pm!#theatreinschools https://t.co/KB3gb1mBPO

13/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Great stuff happening in club today! Loads of fantastic food brought in by our students at showing how impacts our lives on a daily basis. https://t.co/vsP7gIfC6D

13/10/21

Vacancy: we are seeking a passionate mathematician to join our innovative Mathematics department. Great emphasis on CPD and benefit from the many opportunities for collaborative work that come from our membership of the . Apply now https://t.co/SJNVmdO3tX https://t.co/XQao9mfsFk

13/10/21

Monday evening saw the pleasure of the Y11 music Showcase. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to allow our students to perform in front of audiences once again. Thank you Y11 you were phenomenal https://t.co/6L4TPhUYrA

12/10/21

Thank you from Mrs Power to those students who have already secured a work placement. Further information regarding the work experience process will be provided later this term for both Y10 and Y12 https://t.co/izYyGJZ7FM https://t.co/A0NR8adcYb

12/10/21

Well done - so many great performances! https://t.co/zaeeDYtgKK

11/10/21

INSET reminder: students are reminded tomorrow, Tuesday 12 October 2021 is staff INSET and school is closed. https://t.co/hRtfzCcUWu

11/10/21

Thought for the week: challenging discrimination. Why shouldn't you stay silent? https://t.co/1MgqbAf3Fa

09/10/21

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Excellent set of rugby matches v Yr7 won 40-20; Yr8 lost 40-5; Yr9 won 35-25; Yr10 lost 40-5. Great to get Saturday Rugby back underway. Next week https://t.co/SgDcBKUmXg

08/10/21

Thank you to all the families that came along to our open evening and allowed us to share just how proud we are of our school. All our virtual resources are now available on the school website including our school video and speeches https://t.co/lJYx0GGdp1 https://t.co/YkGqHpcxOR

08/10/21

Additional daytime tours available! Due to an overwhelming response, additional daytime tours are now available to book via our website https://t.co/kK6efYpEXQ https://t.co/2WmheFAuag

08/10/21

This week's newsletter is out now... https://t.co/npzhVEjq6E https://t.co/HB6FOquw8U

07/10/21

Those carrots are amazing!

07/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

2/2: We picked some of our Purple Carrots and Rhubarb as well as some more flowers for the reception desk. We will soon be able to pick the Parsnips too. Living life on the Veg! https://t.co/EvauIQk4u9

07/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

1/2: Today in our EcoGarden our green-fingered gardeners did an amazing job of clearing beds & picking the purple carrots 🥕 & Rhubarb! Next week we should be able to start planting Elephant Garlic 🐘 and winter veg! https://t.co/Ih9eiCJIku

06/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Open evening well undernway and the Geography department is a hit! Really enjoying meeting some of next years' Year 7s! So many of them are talented Geographers already! https://t.co/amVyujJA0e

06/10/21

An immense range of activities on show and for our Year 6 guests to participate in https://t.co/vHgdoiljFA

06/10/21

Students across the faculties are proudly showing Year 6 families their school https://t.co/1Mez8CzBiA

06/10/21

Executive Headteacher, Ms Robins and Head of School, Mr Newbery begin the first of the headteachers’ speeches https://t.co/QPQ63Ta6MK

06/10/21

SJL sax ensemble entertaining the guests as they arrive https://t.co/t6ZL2Y1HqE

06/10/21

Sir John Lawes School looks forward to welcoming prospective families to our open evening https://t.co/N4igUgzCvT

05/10/21

A message from Mrs Power, Careers Lead - registration is now open for the virtual UK Higher Education Expo. Registration link in tweet below https://t.co/7BLj258T3z

05/10/21

Immense thanks to for coming and giving a talk to our to raise awareness for climate change and collating student messages for world leaders as he walks to Glasgow for COP26 https://t.co/KkzbNaHSMT

05/10/21

Retweeted From John McLaverty

After meeting with yesterday, an student had this message for World Leaders at : 'tell the world leaders to tax the rich to raise the money needed to tackle the climate emergency' in action - the https://t.co/nbPLTpqMKw

04/10/21

Thought for the week: self-esteem. "Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love" Brené Brown https://t.co/yTu7UuHxpp

04/10/21

SJL Open Evening notice: school will close early to students on the day of the SJL Open Evening, Wednesday 6 October, and open slightly later the following day, Thursday 7 October. Thank you for your support. https://t.co/wDzGnf4dNV

01/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Great work by the team who cleared the remaining beds, we are almost ready to replant for the new season. They also cut some fresh flowers and delivered them to staff Have a nice weekend living life on the Veg! https://t.co/xP2ar98QiF

01/10/21

This week's newsletter is out now... https://t.co/kVPVjNE6j4 https://t.co/MZyUjhLFh7

30/09/21

To start off Black History Month tomorrow, the library Book of the Week is Ghost Boys. They also have a display in the library featuring a range of books for Black History Month, so please encourage students to take a look. https://t.co/zmeNdYqf1A

29/09/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Last week, yr 7 & 8 pupils were a great help with clearing weeds & last seasons veggies (including corn) from the beds, ready for this seasons plans & veggies! We are looking forward to seeing more keen this week as part of our group! https://t.co/LBLQtlZpMX

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 Ailish Dunne
Computing Sophie Scott
Design and Technology Nosheen Yunis
Drama Rachel Woolrych
English Emma Brining
Geography  
History Jessica Bigden
Library Chloe James
Life Skills Manny Fernandez
LINK Maria Santos Richmond
Maths Audrey Aspland
Media Emma Smythe
MFL Caroline Michel Sam King
Music Lizzie Hastings-Clarke
PE Andy Battersby
Psychology and Sociology Amy Speechley
RS Maria Santos Richmond
Science Katie McAleer

 

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.

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 to Year 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.

Chess millie boy Chess stage 1
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 M8 every Tuesday from 3.30pm – 4.45pm.

 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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