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18/01/22

Thanks to Hugo, from Ballistic Moon and Matt, currently studying Cybersecurity with placement at for paying our Computer Science students a visit yesterday to talk about their experiences https://t.co/PCURAe31tS

18/01/22

With nearly 80 clubs on offer, there is always the opportunity to try something new 📅Lunch clubs https://t.co/EvzgF4DrSd 📅After school clubs https://t.co/K1DwDSkgUf https://t.co/PBZdGJY2de

18/01/22

A sprinkling of frost across the school on this gloriously sunny morning. https://t.co/Ghxt3dYLdP

18/01/22

We look forward to welcoming Year 9 parents to this evening's virtual options evening https://t.co/3buRy4iIQO https://t.co/CTSGNLTcet

18/01/22

Thank you for visiting us. https://t.co/Lz5J3nCqmT

18/01/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Congratulations to Yr8 netball team who beat NBS 13-7. And to the Yr7 netball teams who played St George’s winning one game 9-6 and losing the other 11-1

17/01/22

Retweeted From Discover Islam Luton

Another very generous donation of coats delivered to our centre by Parveen Akhtar, student services manager at We appreciate your support. Many will benefit. https://t.co/fTw8EGUepR

17/01/22

FAO 1-week London hospital work experience with https://t.co/rvVZGBw7ZC

17/01/22

Students, calling all creatives! Are you thinking about a career in Digital Marketing? Digital Marketing 101 by could be the answer. To register for the event please follow this link: https://t.co/rzbjgJX77g

17/01/22

InvestIn have a large number of exciting career opportunities, see their newsletter for more information https://t.co/03syMrVjjd

17/01/22

Something for to all our wonderful musicians from Mrs Brown https://t.co/YznWnkNQAM

17/01/22

Thought for the week: being an ally. Why should you speak out against discrimination? https://t.co/ZXqkbdbqEV

17/01/22

Reminder to Y11 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening closes tomorrow, 18 January, at 1pm https://t.co/i5zHpFmnVx

16/01/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

The from 5-1 down to 7-5 up in 30mins. Goals from Greg x2, Ali x2, Jack, Harry, Theo https://t.co/kPgN4Xf5R1

16/01/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Saturday football results: Yr9 lost 5-3; Yr10 won 12-2; Yr11 won 7-5 after trailing 4-0 and 5-1 either side of half time! Thanks to SAS for hosting us today.

14/01/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Saturday Football: Yr9/10/11 all play St Albans School at Woolams 9.30am KOs. Meet Woolams at 9am.

14/01/22

This week’s newsletter is out today... https://t.co/OLho6MagLi https://t.co/PreyhTxuhl

13/01/22

This is amazing, what a fantastic number of new authors tried! https://t.co/QYa50gJHIA

13/01/22

If for any reason your child missed the opportunity to receive their vaccination at school, or were declined their vaccination because they tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 12 weeks, you can book an appointment here, or visit a walk-in site. https://t.co/cwDeWIjKVa

13/01/22

Our virtual resources from yesterday's Post-16 Information Evening are now available online. Applications to join SJL Sixth Form are now open. The closing date for applications is Friday 4 February 2022. Please click below to complete an application form: https://t.co/1t3PwocNsu https://t.co/gDaQdWz2I1

12/01/22

We are delighted to announce the SJL Careers Day will be held on Thursday 24 March 2022. With an audience of 700+ students from across the county it is an amazing setting to reach out to the future generation, do not miss the opportunity to take part. https://t.co/cDYMdrTSU4

12/01/22

Parents’ Evening for Year 9 will take place on Thursday 3 February online via SchoolCloud. Further information about SchoolCloud and how to book your appointments will be sent home this week by email. https://t.co/GnM5e7EOEm

11/01/22

Congratulations to all the young people who took part in the Harpenden this evening. You were amazing!

11/01/22

Retweeted From The Smallpeice Trust

⏰ Only one week to go until applications for our 2022 Arkwright Engineering Scholarships close! Know a 16-year-old with a passion for engineering? If so, let them know to make sure they don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity. Learn more below ⬇️ https://t.co/7msLfNpnuY

11/01/22

Retweeted From Oaklands College

Registration for our next 𝗢𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 is now open! 📅 Saturday 29 Jan and Tuesday 8 Feb, St Albans Campus 📅 Wednesday 2 Feb and Saturday 5 Feb, Welwyn Garden City Campus Check out our website for more info and book onto an event: https://t.co/MMKJKA4ai6 https://t.co/nPd1nXBl59

11/01/22

Look for a new opportunity for the new year? SJL are seeking a History Teacher (MAT) and Teaching Assistant to join their excellent teaching and support teams. Apply now https://t.co/2HH4p81Eks https://t.co/Gg6kdiH1Ss

11/01/22

2/2 Thanks to for their guidance and support, allowing the students to bring their project to life. We cannot wait to see the football planters and boot bird feeders going up around the site. https://t.co/zlzAa2Dhpf

11/01/22

1/2 A group of enthused Y9 students are undertaking the Premier League Inspire Challenge 2021/22 "Playing our part in protecting our planet". Students have created their own sustainability project linking sport and the environment https://t.co/0AmVnpOdJ4

11/01/22

Reminder to Y11 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening opens today at 1pm https://t.co/Dwlw1ZFueR

10/01/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

It's today! has an ongoing project to ensure all classrooms have at least one houseplant in all form rooms, which are to be looked after by the students in that form room. Here is a photo of mine in the department. https://t.co/TXyGDVFsW9 https://t.co/2NbBmr7djg

10/01/22

Year 13 have begun their mock examinations. Students are reminded their exam timetable can be found on EduLink under the Exams tab. Good luck. https://t.co/6gEPXocuOl

10/01/22

Thought for the week: careers. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” Steve Jobs https://t.co/wIpBzgb4dY

09/01/22

It is Sunday! Remember to do your lateral flow test before coming to school tomorrow. https://t.co/E2XhLFhKie

08/01/22

Wow! Congratulations Jamie! (And ) https://t.co/n5FBGYLqbn

07/01/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Saturday Football returns tomorrow: All games v 9am KO. Yr7 & Yr9 AWAY meet 8.15am at SJL OR 8.45am at SRA. Yr8 & Yr10 HOME meet 8.30am SJL.

07/01/22

No newsletter this week, however we wanted to say a tremendous thank you to our students and staff for such an efficient testing programme this week, ensuring a safe return to the classroom https://t.co/0XuQ4T8luc

07/01/22

Want to be part of the renowned SJL Chamber Choir? Auditions are taking place next Tuesday 11 January for Year 11, 12 and 13 students. https://t.co/3vQNFWk4tE

07/01/22

Would you like to apply for Sir John Lawes School Sixth Form for September 2022? Our Post 16 Information Evening will take place virtually on Wednesday 12 January 2022. For further information please see our website https://t.co/SqLuw7BNlN https://t.co/bzzaL4oQhm

05/01/22

We are hiring! SJL are seeking an engaging teacher to join their Mathematics department. Excellent CPD. ECTs welcome to apply. Apply now https://t.co/LBeC570h36 https://t.co/jclXHIjJQ1

05/01/22

Parents’ Evening for Year 11 will take place on Tuesday 25 January online via SchoolCloud. Further information about SchoolCloud and how to book your appointments will be sent home this week by email. https://t.co/EcBTcrcqOt

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 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 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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