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22/09/20

Vacancy: SJL are seeking a Religious Education teacher with possibility of management allowance for maternity absence. Ready to join a successful team with excellent facilities and impressive results? https://t.co/2Axp4CP14e . . https://t.co/4RZLJSKDyw

22/09/20

Sixth Form notice: students studying A-Level Economics, free online course covering quantitative skills. Enrol free here https://t.co/ub8T8z3WVH https://t.co/HWYb1zaqDC

22/09/20

Students are reminded to bring coats / umbrellas with them to school as the weather is forecast to change https://t.co/uaJ3K7v7NF

21/09/20

Thought for the Week: Routine https://t.co/KdERFOaZqS

18/09/20

Retweeted From Department for Education

If your child is displaying symptoms, book a test and keep them at home. Your household should self-isolate for 14 days. But neither you nor your family need to book a test unless you display symptoms. https://t.co/K7xo8nLVKe

18/09/20

Retweeted From Department for Education

If your child is unwell, but isn’t displaying any of the three coronavirus symptoms, there’s no need to book a test. After they’ve recovered, they can return straight back to school. https://t.co/DpeDn9kn6A

18/09/20

At SJL we are dedicated to ensuring teachers and students have access to the latest technology to enhance learning both in the school classroom and should the need arise, via remote learning. IT support is available via email technicalassistance.herts.sch.uk https://t.co/pjHSYsiR9B

18/09/20

This week's newsletter out now... https://t.co/t6riJi9QU4 https://t.co/UYjBIWmVFr

17/09/20

This year's Open Evening on 7 October 2020 will now take place virtually and we will be announcing further details shortly. Please check back for updates! https://t.co/KabWJVYnvq https://t.co/fg2TrdsVMb

17/09/20

Students looking to learn a new instrument/restart music lessons, we have availability in most instruments. Please contact the Music Faculty for more details? https://t.co/S1KkbwcTaL

17/09/20

Great to see and hear the return of music lessons within school, thanks to and https://t.co/YDraYhpLin

16/09/20

Retweeted From Send My Friend

Fantastic job both of you! Amazing youth advocates for global education and for

16/09/20

SJL's Y10 national campaign champions had the experience of a "virtual" parliament action day, with guest speaks from across parliamentary parties coming together with a single aim "the right climate to learn" https://t.co/zUyToubH83

16/09/20

Congratulations Mr Gauthier from all your colleagues at Sir John Lawes School https://t.co/aJA95jX8DC

15/09/20

Retweeted From Send My Friend

Thank you for speaking to our campaign champions today about . An amazing opportunity to ensure we can achieve and such encouragement for young people to champion the cause! and Lord German https://t.co/Mu8hQ3iuhL

15/09/20

We spy some familiar faces! Great work https://t.co/uIrmTwSaGC

15/09/20

Vacancy: Do you have the drive to delivery teaching of the highest standard at all key stages? SJL are seeking a Head of Design Technology to lead our creative team. See school website https://t.co/8OTXuzfBze . . https://t.co/OhDJvrZHh2

15/09/20

Did you know our are on Instagram? Give them a follow for all the latest information, including the new EXTRA CURRICULAR TIMETABLE. All clubs are in year group bubbles. https://t.co/cXwJaeAyW6 https://t.co/EGiStYrkAE

15/09/20

Music notice: All instrumental and vocal lesson times will be sent to parents directly by email from their instrumental teacher. Please also check your Junk! https://t.co/wSokdcGpWE

15/09/20

Music notice: Passed a grade 8 music exam in the academic year 2019-20? Please let the Music faculty know asap! https://t.co/zPnTrmjxhF

14/09/20

Proud to hear of an ex-student doing such important work. Well done James. https://t.co/7sHsie0lgC

14/09/20

Thought for the Week: Luck https://t.co/pkEMParwZM

13/09/20

Weather alert! It looks like it’s going to be hot for the next few days so don’t forget to fill your water bottles before heading to school, please!

11/09/20

Alviar was not a Sir John Lawes School boy, but he was a Harpenden schoolboy. Alviar, we wish you the very best. https://t.co/VDKpOb6mCO

11/09/20

Our latest newsletter is out now... https://t.co/Ge6LeB13HB https://t.co/nSV3szEaPz

10/09/20

Thought for the Week is an additional way in which students at SJL are encouraged to engage in thinking beyond the everyday matters to ideas of local, national or global concern, and often asks students to focus on issues relating to citizenship and relationships. https://t.co/kGxt6JK2en

09/09/20

Year 12: tomorrow's Information Evening has been cancelled and a Loom video containing all the relevant information will be issued shortly. Look out for details via EduLink. https://t.co/ZoAjj1Hw7H

09/09/20

Retweeted From SJL 6th Form

The Perrin Myddelton essay winners finally get their prizes. Well done again to Charlotte, Jay and Justine. https://t.co/jOwXIzKu99

08/09/20

As SJL's Year 7 bubble begin their first full day of timetabled lessons, here is a look back at their initial induction days https://t.co/HxaOgjEoox

07/09/20

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Vacancy alert: we are seeking an Admin Assistant to join our experienced HR and Payroll team. Part-time, term-time permanent post. See website for further information https://t.co/ZiG9hU6vtl . . . https://t.co/PNb9KFKvu1

03/09/20

Retweeted From SJLtandl

Year 7 are ending their second day discovering what it is to be a Lawes Learner https://t.co/03Cns0OI31

03/09/20

Vacancy alert: looking for a new opportunity with term time hours? SJL are seeking a library assistant to join their friendly library https://t.co/SV2bp0lIIk . . . https://t.co/sufRSN5scf

03/09/20

announcement: music lessons must be applied/reapplied for via HMS (apart from drums - direct to Music Faculty) by 11 Sept. Lessons will begin week commencing 14th Sept. More details on school website https://t.co/xucxXfHJun https://t.co/fhRnPT5G3R

03/09/20

House Induction for our Year 7 joiners, learning about the SJL house system. A passionate talk from current house champion Mr Evans, Head of Austen, for his newest recruits https://t.co/pErLtO8z1l

03/09/20

Year 7 have enjoyed tours of the school with tutors https://t.co/aCtCzztCY3

03/09/20

Retweeted From Carol Aylward

Good luck today to all the teachers, staff and pupils. Hope it goes well and to plan..!

02/09/20

Lunchtime, enjoying the sunshine with packed lunch picnics and making the most of having "The Kitchen" to themselves https://t.co/QQ0QbBDPu9

02/09/20

We were thrilled to welcome Year 7 joiners this morning, starting their day with a welcome address from Headteacher, Ms Robins https://t.co/keTISAsVI9

02/09/20

A return to school for Years 8 to 11 tomorrow, we cannot wait to see you all https://t.co/HU7tBZLIn1

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 & Economics, Computing, English, History, Geography, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Religious Studies, Science. 

Talented Subjects

Art, Critical Thinking, Dance, Drama, Food Technology, Leadership, Life Skills, Media, Music, Physical Education, Product Design/Graphics, 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 meets every lunchtime Monday to Friday in M5 from 12.50pm – 1.30pm. It also meets in L5 every Wednesday lunchtime with Mr Silva and sixth formers helping to tutor students. Mr Silva organised our first successful house tournament and we have played several external tournaments with other schools.

Chess millie boy Chess stage 1
Chess use 1

 

Mr Silva also delivered an assembly on playing chess to encourage students to try the game as 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 meets 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!

Go herts ad
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 L8 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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