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29/02/24

School of Rock - SOLD OUT! Thank you for all your support of our performance of School of Rock this week, tickets are now sold out for the last show on Friday night.

29/02/24

Some Year 12 and Year 13 students took part in online interviews with recruitment experts from to help strengthen their employability. All Year 12 students will be taking part in an Interview Skills Day in early July. Look out for further information. pic.twitter.com/w0dtk4x0YQ

29/02/24

Wishing our Year 9 and Year 10 German Studies students a fantastic trip to Alzey, Germany as part of our exchange programme. Students will join exchange partners in lessons and experiencing a day in school, following a town trail around Alzey and meeting the town mayor. pic.twitter.com/ZAVb9iQMyZ

28/02/24

Such an inspiring apprenticeship event this evening-thank you so much to the employers, Anna from Amazing Apprenticeships and our wonderful alumni Ben, Mo and Amelie for sharing their experiences with our students. pic.twitter.com/F7icNbB4WD

28/02/24

Such an inspiring apprenticeship event this evening-thank you so much to the employers, Anna from Amazing Apprenticeships and our wonderful alumni Ben, Mo and Amelie for sharing their experiences with our students. pic.twitter.com/F7icNbB4WD

28/02/24

Our growing season began today. We sowed wildflowers seeds and staked our loganberry bush. We picked and placed daffodils on reception to create some spring cheer. pic.twitter.com/e45xm9xVAY

28/02/24

Our growing season began today. We sowed wildflowers seeds and staked our loganberry bush. We picked and placed daffodils on reception to create some spring cheer. pic.twitter.com/e45xm9xVAY

28/02/24

Year 8 Netball🏐Well done to the year 8 netball players for their performance in a friendly game against Roundwood Park this afternoon. Great teamwork and movement around the court resulted in a win. Well done girls and good luck in the District Netball Tournament next week 🤞🏼 pic.twitter.com/2j4vO6gouK

28/02/24

Year 8 Netball🏐Well done to the year 8 netball players for their performance in a friendly game against Roundwood Park this afternoon. Great teamwork and movement around the court resulted in a win. Well done girls and good luck in the District Netball Tournament next week 🤞🏼 pic.twitter.com/2j4vO6gouK

28/02/24

Reminder - Apprenticeship Evening tonight starting at 6.30pm in the Sports Hall.Please enter the school via the tennis courts or the staff car park on Manland Way. The Apprenticeship Evening is open to students who have previously registered for the event. pic.twitter.com/vHP58XWYbB

28/02/24

Parents’ Evening for Year 8 will take place on Wednesday 20 March 2024 online via SchoolCloud. Further information about SchoolCloud and how to book your appointments will be sent home. pic.twitter.com/CR1Nj8nqPJ

28/02/24

For their history studies, Year 7 were challenged to design a diagram or model of a Medieval castle - aiming to make it as secure as possible using at least three methods of defence, using materials only available at that time. What amazing designs! pic.twitter.com/dXsgA05BWi

27/02/24

Students in years 11-13 might be interested in this summer school about working in Allied Health Professions. https://t.co/DE9khaK3DQ.

27/02/24

It's showtime!! - our students have been working really hard in rehearsals and they can't wait to perform School of Rock!Performances tonight, Wednesday and Friday this week. Tickets available on ParentPay. pic.twitter.com/JaWVuriJOi

27/02/24

Lots of students enjoying our quiz! pic.twitter.com/dJfsJTdLd4

27/02/24

Amazing - well done Elizabeth!! https://t.co/KPBOwuTLzn

27/02/24

Lots of students enjoying our quiz! pic.twitter.com/dJfsJTdLd4

26/02/24

Students in years 11-13 might be interested in this summer school about working in Allied Health Professions. https://t.co/DE9khaK3DQ.

26/02/24

School of Rock school production - last few tickets remaining!Performances on Tuesday 27 Feb, Wednesday 28 Feb and Friday 1 March at 6pm in the school hall. Tickets available on ParentPay.Excitement is at an all time high and we can’t wait for you to see the show! pic.twitter.com/IFowSTzBVN

26/02/24

Year 9 reminder: The deadline to return the GCSE Options Form is tomorrow - Tuesday 27 February. Thank you to those who have sent them back already. pic.twitter.com/6LSbMvzOYS

26/02/24

Year 11 and Year 13 hoodies can still be ordered on ParentPay . Deadline is Tuesday 27 February. All proceeds go to the Hospice of St Francis. Many Thanks from the Year 12 Dragons’ Apprentice Team.

26/02/24

Congratulations to our yr13 students who have received offers from Oxford and Cambridge. pic.twitter.com/HWRLqUxEqT

24/02/24

Ski Trip update: we are now on our way back to school. If you can leave the bus spaces free so the coach can park. If parents can arrive at school for 4.30pm and we will be arriving soon after. If there are any changes, I’ll update on here

24/02/24

Ski Trip update: delays at border control has meant we are on a later ferry. Will let you know the timings once we have crossed and have arrived in Dover.

23/02/24

Ski Trip update: our final day on the slopes and now we are en route home 🇨🇭⛷️ pic.twitter.com/LXFCvG1KlW

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 Claire Pellet
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 Greg Brennan

 

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.

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 & Talented provision within their schemes of work.

Chess Club

Chess Club meets every lunchtime Monday to Friday from 12.50pm – 1.25pm led by Mrs Brining, Mr Allen and Sixth Formers - M5 for Years 7 to 9 and Z3 for Years 10 and 11.

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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

Tom in Year 11 created this beautiful chess board in Design and Technology!

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Chess         Everyone welcome!

Go Club

Go Club meets every lunchtime Monday to Friday from 12.50pm – 1.25pm led by Mrs Brining, Mr Allen and Sixth Formers - M5 for Years 7 to 9 and Z3 for Years 10 and 11.

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 tutor Mr Cockburn is 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!

Mahjong Club

Mahjong Club meets every lunchtime Monday to Friday from 12.50pm – 1.25pm led by Mrs Brining, Mr Allen and Sixth Formers - M5 for Years 7 to 9 and Z3 for Years 10 and 11.

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Mahjong is a strategy tile-based game that was developed in the 19th century in China.  It’s a social game that requires precision, skill, strategy and luck.

Mahjong requires four players, 144 tiles and two dice to roll. The aim is to make matching sets and pairs of tiles.

To win Mahjong a player must form four sets and one pair. When you know you have a winning hand, you shout ‘mahjong!’

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, and Governor Mrs Montgomery support learning. 

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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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