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01/03/21

Head over to Art’s Instagram page for details of this year’s Spring Challenge https://t.co/mE39ujXY70 https://t.co/Na2WjzIOM6

01/03/21

A tremendous welcome to those joining the SJL community as part of Year 7 class of 2021 https://t.co/1t3a4IoVax

01/03/21

Thought for the Week: how can we challenge bullying? https://t.co/K2hYbzXe7i

28/02/21

Retweeted From Hertfordshire County Council

School allocations for children transferring to a secondary or upper school in September 2021 are released tomorrow. Allocation emails will be sent after 2pm and letters will be posted first class on Monday 1 March https://t.co/jRO257Q6rT

27/02/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 13: after learning about the importance of phytoplankton in the marine carbon cycle, chec out the current phytoplankton bloom around the UK. https://t.co/zvzsO1AIKx

26/02/21

Here are a couple of at home self care ideas to try this weekend https://t.co/RGr7Qqc86t

26/02/21

Retweeted From ORA Singers

Frank Santeugini 15, Chiswick (West London Free School) Hattie Twigger-Ross 16, Guildford (George Abbot School) Phoebe Wakefield 17, Welwyn Garden City (Sir John Lawes School) Congratulations to all! 🎉🎉🎉

26/02/21

⭐️ Congratulations Phoebe, picked as an apprentice for the choral composition programme ⭐️ https://t.co/CY811mgQZ4

26/02/21

We’ll be here when you get back and we cannot wait to see you! Enjoy the weekend and please follow the rules https://t.co/gap3mZm3Bi

26/02/21

National Careers Week, supporting students to make the right choices or a bright future https://t.co/ICyyGS0e4f https://t.co/BI4p4Bp3uC

26/02/21

This week’s newsletter is out now... https://t.co/U9uMYQrffW https://t.co/ifpYy920ld

25/02/21

Today’s answer: they are the same! Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly. https://t.co/qpvwpOlNlI

25/02/21

Next week sees the 10th anniversary of the National Careers Week Check out our dedicate page on the school website, for career news including updated Virtual Employer Encounters section https://t.co/ycO9M0JtaN https://t.co/KhehJbzxrl

25/02/21

The books of the week are Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cotrell Boyce, The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan, and The Martian by Andy Weir! Watch Tom Fletcher read some of Sputnik https://t.co/IdaiJ5fO0A Read the opening of The Weight of Water https://t.co/S1ClmHXRF6 https://t.co/xUaYMSE3iX

25/02/21

Aimed at Year 12 students, will be running three webinars designed to support students as they start thinking about their post-18 options https://t.co/E3W3NRp6yU

25/02/21

With university open days on hold, the Virtual Fair will be returning on 17 March 2021 to help students from Years 11, 12 and 13 explore their post 18 option https://t.co/hrAbFWlMHG

25/02/21

A pictorial puzzle for today, sponsored by We will post the answer later today https://t.co/Xz2BwAeWF5

24/02/21

Catastrophic thoughts are more likely to take over when a person is tired and stressed, remember to practice self-care https://t.co/V9XbnGdP8c

24/02/21

Vacancy: SJL are seeking an enthusiastic Mathematics Teacher to join their highly skilled mathematics faculty. To apply: https://t.co/dKqmahm8CW 🗒 Full/Part Time 🗒 NQTs welcome 🗒 First-rate professional development programme https://t.co/TKCE4OCpoc

23/02/21

Today’s riddle answer: drop the ‘s’ to make seven > even. Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly. https://t.co/FFLBiBE0oc

23/02/21

Year 8: online booking for Year 8 parents’ evening opens tomorrow Wednesday, 24 February 2021 at 1pm. See letter’s home for parents’ guide to booking appointments https://t.co/ufgNeDuzpl https://t.co/POlwXehPYe

23/02/21

The SJL animals are enjoying the spring sunshine above school today, as Mr Evans welcomes two new additions to our animal conservation area. https://t.co/esnRH6sdUt

23/02/21

A riddle from our Student Services Team. We will post the answer later today https://t.co/rKY2FPqLgL

22/02/21

Just two weeks until the deadline... closing date Monday, 8 March 2021. https://t.co/tPzWhF3zL9 https://t.co/0ZO0NpSUJ7

22/02/21

Calendar reminder: upcoming INSET day Friday, 12 March 2021. School will be closed to all students. https://t.co/dCabpjj1h1

22/02/21

Thought for the Week: Integrity https://t.co/TRD2c8AxH1

18/02/21

We are proud to present to you the Year 9 virtual Music Showcase, put together by the SJL year 9 music students https://t.co/XbOEu8cnoX

18/02/21

A slightly different Lawes Lowdown to mark the end of the first half term of 2021, including a unique competition https://t.co/EN6h7Wf0H2

18/02/21

Retweeted From SJLScience

We have spoken or will speak about this in Year 7 science. An excellent little activity if you have some spare time at home over half term or a weekend https://t.co/iLExOLpLjQ

18/02/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

With in the spotlight, we wanted to re-share our guide. What is the chat website that everybody is talking about and how can parents & carers prevent potential risks to their children? Download for free >> https://t.co/hExPJ9PgPB https://t.co/DuTMeRw3r1

12/02/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

West End Workshops — WestWay School of Performing Arts ....these look brilliant and reasonably priced! And there’s a Hamilton one!!#theatrematters https://t.co/jD8WBSNC8D

12/02/21

Here are a couple of at home self care ideas to try this half term https://t.co/ZhMdgy4sJ8

12/02/21

Do not forget composition and song writing competition is open until Monday, 8 March 2021 https://t.co/tm84Y7WiEJ

12/02/21

As we wait for the next government announcement remember we will get through this together. “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” Ryunosuke Satoro Enjoy half term and please follow the rules https://t.co/2jGRIRHAUi

12/02/21

Year 8: parents’ evening will be going ahead as a virtual event on Wednesday, 10 March 2021, with consultations taking place online. Full details will be coming out today via EduLink. https://t.co/OQwluhGfVP

12/02/21

This week’s newsletter is out now... https://t.co/bJvoRdPrTA https://t.co/vaS6BF3V2I

11/02/21

Today’s answer to the mathematical problem = 3 Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly. https://t.co/UaVhgj1qE0

11/02/21

Term dates reminder: next week is Spring half term (Monday 15 - Friday 19 February 2021). All the term dates, including next academic year 2021-2022, are on the school website https://t.co/6NQFw8GTWt https://t.co/t0Q4fH4sgh

11/02/21

Books of the week are The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett and Malamander by Thomas Taylor! Read the first 30 pages of Malamander here: https://t.co/FKh2qKx2IS Read the opening of The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett here: https://t.co/ntm14L8Mtt (just click open preview) https://t.co/RWv4zhNweY

11/02/21

Competition has been extended until Sunday, 21 February 2021 https://t.co/5wEDXwJxoD https://t.co/46nhrfLm6W

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 Lucinda Okunor
Design and Technology Tracy James-Fisher
Drama Rachel Woolrych
English Emma Brining
Geography Harry Inman
History Jessica Bigden
Library Chloe James
Life Skills Manny Fernandez
LINK Maria Santos Richmond
Maths Audrey Aspland
Media Zoe Ollerenshaw
MFL Laura Munoz
Music Lizzie Hastings-Clarke
PE Andy Battersby
Psychology and Sociology Amy Speechley
RS Maria Santos Richmond
Science Katie McAleer
Parent Governor Rob Parkinson

 

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 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 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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