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Reminder to Y11 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening closes tomorrow, 18 January, at 1pm


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


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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.


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


This week’s newsletter is out today...


This is amazing, what a fantastic number of new authors tried!


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.


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:


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.


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.


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


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 ⬇️


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:


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


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.


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


Reminder to Y11 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening opens today at 1pm


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.


Year 13 have begun their mock examinations. Students are reminded their exam timetable can be found on EduLink under the Exams tab. Good luck.


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


It is Sunday! Remember to do your lateral flow test before coming to school tomorrow.


Wow! Congratulations Jamie! (And )


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.


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


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.


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


We are hiring! SJL are seeking an engaging teacher to join their Mathematics department. Excellent CPD. ECTs welcome to apply. Apply now


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.


Thought for the week: hopes and aspirations. What does it take to turn an aspiration into reality?


Reminder to Y12 parents that online Parents’ Evening is taking place this evening from 4.30pm-7.30pm.


Remember coats and masks for the return to school, help keep everyone safe.


Please refer to letters home for reminder of return to school schedules and on-site COVID-19 testing. Thank you for your support, let's keep our community safe this new year.


Wishing our students and staff a happy and healthy new year. We cannot wait to welcome students back to face to face learning


Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

A happy and healthy New Year to the Scholars' Education Trust community, wishing you a prosperous 2022


Retweeted From Unsteady Barker

Incredible listen - thanks so much - and yes, let’s hear it for the textile teachers - my personal experience shows they are an amazingly creative, caring and empathetic group of people! Meaning you textiles!


Retweeted From Teach in Herts

What a fantastic idea - well done Y8!


Thank you Y8 and our staff who donated to in lieu of Secret Santa this year! Dropped off this lunchtime…


Retweeted From Ben Bardsley

To do the Christmas quiz, email, or transfer £2.50 using PayPal (under ’Pay and Get Paid’ using email address and add a note providing your email address. Select sending to a ‘friend or family’) and you’ll receive an email copy. 👍


THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who donated to the end of term Christmas Jumper Day... raising over £1600 for


Merry Quizmas! Looking for some family fun, don’t miss this week’s newsletter for the opportunity of a festive quiz challenge🎄

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.


  • Journalism Club for Years 7 and 8
  • Senior Reading Group for Years 11 - 13
  • Upper School Debating for Years 9 – 13

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 ‘Macbeth’, ‘Othello’ and Shakespeare’s Globe.

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

Every year our students participate in the Rotary’s Youth Speaks competition, whilst the faculty runs an annual lower-school public speaking competition in the summer term. Our students have taken part in debating competitions at the Palace of Westminster, having been invited by our local MP, whilst our VI form debating team has organised debating competitions with other local schools.

External providers

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

University of Hertfordshire who support EPQ students

Rothamsted Research (see


Fieldwork is key to subject and evident in all year groups’ provision. In KS3 fieldwork around the school site and in the local area is undertaken. In year 10 we visit Southend to investigate coastal processes and in year 11 we complete urban fieldwork in St Albans. At GCSE, there is also a 4 day residential trip to Iceland that up to 60 students can go on. In Sixth form, there is a residential trip to Swanage to prepare students for their independent investigation, as well as a day visit to East London to experience the case studies learnt about in class.

Each year, Geography MASt students are invited to take part in the Geographical Association’s Geowise Quiz against other St. Albans and Harpenden schools. This includes student teams from Year 8, 9 and 10.

Students are encouraged to attend Geography club every fortnight which provides an opportunity to learn about geography outside the curriculum. The Eco Schools club also runs every alternate fortnight, giving the students the chance to contribute to the sustainability of the school, the local community and the wider world. An important part of this is the school’s Eco Garden, where students have been growing flowers and vegetables successfully for a number of years.

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. We also are members of the Geographical Association and the school subscribes to the Geography review magazine, allowing sixth form students to read around the topics they are studying.


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 various University essay writing competitions when opportunities arise.

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)

Lunch Clubs

After School Clubs

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