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Year 12 Parents' Evening will be taking place as planned on Wednesday, 6 January, with all appointments held remotely via video call. More information about how to book using our online system will be sent out via EduLink in due course


Christmas Countdown continues with a creative collage from Lewis, 7B


Some excellent models being made by year 7 students in science - well done Jacob and Charlie!


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We're hiring! Scholars' Education Trust are seeking a Finance Business Partner to join their centralised Finance Team. Do you have a finance background? Interested? For more information and to apply . .


A Christmas surprise from Sophia, 8K


Year 11 begin their study leave tomorrow, Thursday 3 December. Good luck to all our students taking their mock examinations, remember these are good practice for the real thing, an opportunity to identify strengths and weaknesses. Year 11 - you have got this!


On the second day of Christmas...


Celebrating 2020 in festive fashion an entry in the Christmas Card Advent from Sarah, 10R


❄️ proudly present "12 Musical Days of Christmas"


Just a reminder that the deadline for the library's Christmas jumper competition is Friday 4 December


A festive feline in today's Christmas Card Advent from Lily, 9R


Thought for the Week: Climate Change


Christmas Advent countdown and a beautiful silhouette from Nathan, 8A


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Well done to the year 11 GCSE Drama Students who were Fabulous in their Devising practical exam this week!#theshowmustgoon


Day 1 of our Christmas Card Advent with a delightful snow scene from Lula, 7L


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Extra special performance for Christmas - harpist, candles, seasonal refreshments & wonderful singing. In aid of choir robes fund. Tickets very limited to allow distancing. Email ASAP to reserve yours! Sung by our Choral Scholars & Head Choristers.


Tomorrow we will be kicking off our Christmas Card Advent countdown, showcasing the finalists from this year's SJL Christmas Card competition. Congratulations to everyone who took part, especially our finalists


Term dates reminder: school will be closed Monday, 30 November 2020 due to our annual occasional day. Please remember current lockdown rules remain in place, help keep our community safe.


Year 13 reminder: bookings for online parents' evening appointments will close Tuesday, 1 December at 1pm


This week's newsletter out today...


Congratulations Mr Gauthier from all your colleagues at SJL, outstanding and dedicated headteacher for


Break a leg Year 11 , performing in their devising drama GCSE examination today.


Year 7 Parents' Evening reminder: parents/carers please ensure you are logged into the system in advance of your first appointment and have checked appointment schedule in advance.


Vacancy alert: part-time teaching assistant vacancy required for our experienced Support Team. Term time hours, initially 1-year fixed term. See website to apply now! . .


With Year 11 mocks a little over 1 week away, a reminder Mr Garcia's preparing for GCSEs letter is on the school website, including links to videos with useful tips and strategies


Don't forget to place orders for this year's Christmas Lunch by Wednesday, 9 December 2020


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Year 7 reminder: this evening is the Year 7 parents' evening. Parents guide can be found on the school website We welcome any feedback on the new Parents’ Evening system, any queries please email


Year 8 reminder: tomorrow HPV injections take place, Tuesday 24 November. Students can wear a t-shirt/vest under their school shirt for modesty should they chose.


. are encouraging faculties to remember to switch off... lights and projectors at the end of the school day, as they seek to crown the "Energy Saving Faculty of the Year". Mr Inham also shares some wacky ideas to try at home 🌍💡


Vacancy: SJL are seeking an enthusiastic, creative teacher to lead their dedicated SEND team. Permanent, full time vacancy for SENDCO . .


Year 13 reminder: online booking for Year 13 parents' evening opens tomorrow Tuesday, 24 November at 1pm. See letter's home for parents' guide to booking appointments


Thought for the Week: Road Safety

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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