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Today’s answer: It has each number, zero to nine, listed in alphabetical order. Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly.


Following the Government's announcement and students returning to school, PE clubs are back! See school website or the PE Instagram page for more details.


We look forward to welcoming students into school this week for their initial COVID tests. 🏫 Weds: Years 11-13 🏫 Thur: Years 9-10 🏫 Fri: Years 7-8 Full details of exact timings can be found on Edulink communication.


Year 8 reminder: bookings for online parents’ evening appointments will close Wednesday, 3 March 2021 at 1pm


Year 8 Options Information Evening presentations will be available from 4pm It is important for you and your child to gain as much information as possible before completing options choices, please review all subject presentations.


Our final Tuesday teaser, thanks to We will post the answer later today


Head over to Art’s Instagram page for details of this year’s Spring Challenge


A tremendous welcome to those joining the SJL community as part of Year 7 class of 2021


Thought for the Week: how can we challenge bullying?


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


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


Here are a couple of at home self care ideas to try this weekend


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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! 🎉🎉🎉


⭐️ Congratulations Phoebe, picked as an apprentice for the choral composition programme ⭐️


We’ll be here when you get back and we cannot wait to see you! Enjoy the weekend and please follow the rules


National Careers Week, supporting students to make the right choices or a bright future


This week’s newsletter is out now...


Today’s answer: they are the same! Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly.


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


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 Read the opening of The Weight of Water


Aimed at Year 12 students, will be running three webinars designed to support students as they start thinking about their post-18 options


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


A pictorial puzzle for today, sponsored by We will post the answer later today


Catastrophic thoughts are more likely to take over when a person is tired and stressed, remember to practice self-care


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


Today’s riddle answer: drop the ‘s’ to make seven > even. Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly.


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


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


A riddle from our Student Services Team. We will post the answer later today


Just two weeks until the deadline... closing date Monday, 8 March 2021.


Calendar reminder: upcoming INSET day Friday, 12 March 2021. School will be closed to all students.


Thought for the Week: Integrity


We are proud to present to you the Year 9 virtual Music Showcase, put together by the SJL year 9 music students


A slightly different Lawes Lowdown to mark the end of the first half term of 2021, including a unique competition


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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


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 >>


Retweeted From SJLdrama

West End Workshops — WestWay School of Performing Arts ....these look brilliant and reasonably priced! And there’s a Hamilton one!!#theatrematters


Here are a couple of at home self care ideas to try this half term


Do not forget composition and song writing competition is open until Monday, 8 March 2021


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

Extra-curricular provision

A very comprehensive range of extra-curricular activities is provided at SJL and includes:

Years 10, 11 and Sixth Form – Course and exam work support

Teachers offer group and one-to-one support for course and exam work and students are able to come in and use the computer rooms and workshops (staff supervision required) at lunch times and after school.


Anthony Glenn’s ‘Shaking Up Shakespeare’ providing interactive dramatic interpretations of Shakespearian comedies and tragedies studied at Years 7 - 9 and Year 11.

Ash Dickinson’s 'brilliantly surreal' Year 9 poetry performance workshop.

Theatre trips to productions of GCSE and A-Level set texts such as ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘The Crucible’ and Shakespeare’s Globe.

Poetry By Heart performance poetry competition – heats held at SJL then progressing to regional and national levels.

External providers

Sir John Lawes works closely with the following centres of scholastic excellence:

University of Hertfordshire who support EPQ students (see

Rothamsted Research (see

GIFT (see and /952/gift-courses.


Fieldwork is key to subject and evident in all year groups’ provision. In Year 7, local fieldwork is undertaken as it is in Year 9. At Year 10, a fieldwork day takes place and a geographical issue is investigated.  In 2016/2017, this will take place in Southend, Essex. From 2017/18, there will be a further fieldwork day in Year 11 where data will be collected in an urban environment, likely to be St. Albans.  At GCSE, there is also a 5-day residential trip to Iceland that up to 65 students can go on.  In VI form, there is a residential fieldwork trip to Swanage as well as a day’s visit to East London where various surveys are undertaken and a trading floor of a multinational bank is toured.

In Year 9, an enrichment visit to Cross Farm in Southdown has taken place for a number of years. On this trip, students learn about issues currently affecting farming during an interactive tour led by Will the farmer.

For a number of years, Year 9 students have also been entertained by an hour-long enrichment talk on themes such as the building of the British Research Survey’s Antarctic Research Station and climbing Mount Everest. 

Each year, Geography MASt students are invited to take part in the Geographical Association’s Geowise Quiz against other St. Albans and Harpenden schools. In 2014/15, SJL fielded teams from Year 8, 9 and 10.

The Faculty also holds a membership to the Royal Geographical Society and each year its VI formers are invited to attend two or three School Member’s Lectures at the Society’s HQ in London. 


Extensive reading lists given to A-Level students to enhance their subject knowledge.

Year 9 trip to Normandy to visit the D-Day landing sites which allows students to reflect on the events that happened and how D-Day is remembered in Normandy.

Independent research project undertaken in Year 9 to improve students ability to think and work independently.

History mysteries club for Key Stage 3 students to examine intriguing historical events and figures.

Key Stage 5 students given the opportunity to take part in a Cambridge University essay writing competition.

Life Skills

Years 8 and 9 (January - March)

A great enrichment opportunity for our younger more able students is the National Magistrates Mock Trial competition. This competition is an extra-curricular activity that enriches participating students’ understanding of the criminal justice system as well as developing key skills such as public speaking, critical thinking and enquiry and student-led team work. The team also gets to visit a Magistrates’ court to sit in on real cases and get to talk to a practising Magistrate. For more information on the competition that is run by the Citizenship Foundation please visit;

Years 10 and 12 (September - November)

A great enrichment opportunity for our older more able students is the Bar National Mock Trial competition. This competition is an extra-curricular activity that enriches participating students’ understanding of the criminal justice system as well as developing key skills such as public speaking, critical thinking and enquiry and student-led team work. The team also gets to visit a Crown court to sit in on real cases and attend a workshop with a practising barrister. For more information on the competition that is run by the Citizenship Foundation please visit;


  • University visits for Sixth Form for potential courses
  • Lectures for Sixth Form on Philosophical and Ethical Issues
  • Good and Evil day for GCSE full course students (external philosopher)
  • STEP – Christian organisation providing workshops for Years 8 and 10
  • Advanced reading material for students at GCSE and A level
  • Additional resources available for students in Humanities personal library section
  • Philosophy undergraduates magazine

School Trips:

  • Florence and Rome, Italy (Year 10 & 11)
  • Neasden Temple, North London (Year 7)
  • Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury (Year 8)

School Clubs

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