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25/11/20

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

25/11/20

Break a leg Year 11 , performing in their devising drama GCSE examination today. https://t.co/Zcjp5CGWhp

24/11/20

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.

24/11/20

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! https://t.co/A2v1Bv17gl . . https://t.co/Q8OJ9lrGDk

24/11/20

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 https://t.co/x7ChfW5V9X https://t.co/Zq8Nz6lThe

24/11/20

Don't forget to place orders for this year's Christmas Lunch by Wednesday, 9 December 2020 https://t.co/u5KPnZHBVK

24/11/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Calling all parents & educators... ONE DAY TO GO📢‼️ Introducing our FREE mobile app, giving you a world of at your fingertips. Be https://t.co/KVdd0yU6Hx

24/11/20

Year 7 reminder: this evening is the Year 7 parents' evening. Parents guide can be found on the school website https://t.co/E1d48gGZcj We welcome any feedback on the new Parents’ Evening system, any queries please email parentsevening.herts.sch.uk https://t.co/K5ZsthH5Yp

23/11/20

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. https://t.co/0U68Tte4b0

23/11/20

. 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 https://t.co/swcL24uIOE 🌍💡 https://t.co/7XSHFVOPkw

23/11/20

Vacancy: SJL are seeking an enthusiastic, creative teacher to lead their dedicated SEND team. Permanent, full time vacancy for SENDCO https://t.co/4eQigkDWOD . . https://t.co/E3znpst7Pd

23/11/20

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 https://t.co/ufgNeDuzpl https://t.co/HEpsldqGdb

23/11/20

Thought for the Week: Road Safety https://t.co/ZzLE7Y1upc

20/11/20

Well done all! https://t.co/1tgmap2SOq

20/11/20

The library is beginning to look very festive with entries coming in for the Christmas Jumper competition https://t.co/GTmQEmzLP4

20/11/20

Term date reminder: school will be closed Monday 30 November 2020 for our Occasional Day https://t.co/L9cVItOLym

20/11/20

This week's newsletter out today... https://t.co/DBsVUwj8fs https://t.co/SsHIPMsvev

19/11/20

Beautiful blue skies overhead this lunchtime https://t.co/tL8wjZnlyX

19/11/20

Sixth Form news: Economics students FREE Event : Monday 30 November 2020 4-5pm Theory and Practice: designing anti-poverty programs when power matters. Hosted by Economica and the Department of Economics https://t.co/IwqzlTFodr

19/11/20

Retweeted From Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal (HOP)

are your students looking for a bright future in a career? This exciting online event connects your young people and their parents/carers to local world-class employers. Share with your students today👉https://t.co/NcVBy29U05 https://t.co/h55vgcJpLM

18/11/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Be kind, always💜 This we’re focusing on the importance of being kind for . 2020 has seen a rise in children spending time online, unfortunately meaning an increase in online bullying. Let's stand >> https://t.co/DpO1XcE6oc https://t.co/W3WNNHGYQV

18/11/20

🎄Christmas alert 🎄 The SJL Library Team are encouraging students to get creative and design a Christmas jumper. We cannot wait to see what Christmassy book character designs students create https://t.co/JqyolAsZPu

18/11/20

Valuable information source for those considering apprenticeship as Post-16 option https://t.co/yH8YNfvlRN

17/11/20

Retweeted From JustTalkHerts

As part of is taking over the Twitter feed today so we can talk about the many ways we support young people with their mental health. In case you're wondering, YCH Services for Young People is the new name for YC Hertfordshire. https://t.co/x2F37X9Mz4

16/11/20

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Vacancy: 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 https://t.co/GHsU8A8emT . . https://t.co/U9YYxKIZE5

16/11/20

Year 13 Parents' Evening will be taking place as planned on Tuesday 8 December, with all appointments held remotely via video call. More information about how to book using our online system will be sent out later this week https://t.co/GtTQ97tRvz

16/11/20

Ms Robins judged the Christmas Card Competition this morning. We will sharing one excellent entry a day here from the start of Advent until the end of term. The winning entry will be made into the SJL Christmas Card. Well done to all those who entered. Mr Higgins https://t.co/iLrSK8daKX

16/11/20

Retweeted From JustTalkHerts

A big thank you to for their time to help us make this video for https://t.co/3YcvNaEzbA

16/11/20

Thought for the Week: Tolerance https://t.co/o1bbmectGP

16/11/20

Good luck to GCSE Music students taking their performance exam today https://t.co/Vqj2LrVTlk

13/11/20

Some great news to end the week - congratulations to Mrs Hastings-Clarke on having her work published! https://t.co/rS7bSIfbbH

13/11/20

Next week is . A Hertfordshire focused mental health campaign promoting the importance of talking about how we feel https://t.co/jR1oqoHdr0

13/11/20

The aim for reading week was to reinforce the importance of reflection on learning and give students the headspace to allow some of the learning of the term to become embedded. Remember to pick up a book, you never know where it will take you... https://t.co/LqJXFqkdMJ

13/11/20

Apologies, we are experiencing severe server issues in school today. Our IT team are working hard to resolve them but if you have any urgent communications, please ring the school directly.

13/11/20

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Today in the 🍂, some of our Year 7's helped to plant out some spinach, Russian red kale, pak choi 🥬and winter greens🌱. They also managed to protected the plants from the coming winter and from pesky pests like pigeons. Amazing! https://t.co/oA802ov9z7

13/11/20

This week's newsletter out today... https://t.co/loo19UHr63 https://t.co/Z9vGEbZCAC

12/11/20

Great work! https://t.co/TMXD0U1oDz

12/11/20

Give your brain a workout. Reading is a fantastic form of visual exercise, it helps boost imagination and creativity https://t.co/Z2rijBLuno

Oxbridge

Sixth Form Oxbridge Successes

 

Sir John Lawes has a highly successful Oxbridge programme. Please follow the link for a list of student destinations and courses.

Successful Oxbridgers

We recommend the advice from The Russell Group summarized in their Informed Choices booklet.
 
 

MASt and G&T - Applying to Oxford and Cambridge Universities

Trips are organized to Oxford and Cambridge colleges from Year 10 onwards in order to provide MASt students with orientation as to what constitutes an Oxbridge degree and the nature of collegiate life. Currently, SJL is twinned with Gonville and Caius, Cambridge, which had Professor Stephen Hawking as a fellow and counts John Venn and Francis Crick as alumni. SJL is also twinned with Balliol College, Oxford, and several of our Year 12 students have been enrolled on their inaugural access programme more details of which are available at:
 

Floreat access programme

 

Cambridge Year 10 MASt Trip

Lewis Poulter: Firstly, we visited the constituent Churchill College in the University of Cambridge. Where we met Dr Matt Bullimore, a prestigious member of the college, and a participation officer there; Then Dr Bullimore then went on to explain, in front of us and various other schools, the importance of the subjects that we choose to take at A levels and GCSE’s, and how they will give us a better opportunity, to make it into such a distinguished university as that of Cambridge.  After that we went on a tour of the college, with a current undergraduate of law, she gave us an extremely helpful insight into what life is like in the college for students, how much time she spends studying, how she copes with her finances whilst at the university etc. Furthermore, she was grateful enough to show us round her student accommodation, and further explain how she coped with the pressures of her degree. After a quick stop for lunch, another undergraduate, this time a computer science student, accompanied us as we went to king’s college, yet again another highly respected college. Once in the college we had a brief look at the café, and then we looked at the famous and very impressive king’s college chapel. Finally, we walked back through the beautiful city and witnessed the punting that can be seen throughout the city.

Fleur Butler-Wright: We visited Cambridge University today and I wasn't sure what to expect as this was my first university visit. First of all, we were spoken to by Dr. Matt Bullimore about the university, what it has to offer and what it expects of us as students. He also went into some detail about our choices for A-Level; I found this extremely useful as I have not yet decided what route I would like to take in the future. An undergraduate then gave us a tour of Churchill College where she talked to us about life at the college and the accommodation their newest block. I found this helpful because at Cambridge you decide yourself which college you would like to be accommodated in and where you would feel most comfortable, so an inside look around really helped us to get the feel of Churchill. After we ate lunch in the Hall, we headed to an older style college which was Kings College. After looking around, I decided this was my favourite as the buildings and the teaching style were more traditional. At Kings, you are taught to respect your tutors and this appealed to me. Overall, I thought our trip to Cambridge University really helped me to understand what I am working towards and how to pick my A-Levels in order to prepare for University.

Lucy Dixon: Today, my peers and I visited Cambridge University, in particular Churchill College and King’s College. First, we visited the Churchill College and had a talk with Dr Bullimore and he explained very compelling reasons why to attend Cambridge. I have learnt that I need to focus more on subjects that will aid my chosen degree. It also inspired me as there aren’t many women in the STEM sector at Churchill, which is very sad. We then had a small tour of the campus from a undergraduate, which was very helpful as we got her views on life at University. She highlighted the importance of the libraries at University and how much time we should spend there to complete further research or just read up on our chosen area. Additionally, she explained the supervision sessions we would get weekly, in which we work closely with an academic. I believe this would be very helpful to solidify understanding and further knowledge. We then walked to King’s College, which enabled us to see the beauty of Cambridge. King’s College was far more traditional and we saw the differences between the two. Overall, this experience has made me realise that my GCSE’s do matter and that if I would like to reach a prestigious university, such as Cambridge, Oxford, Durham or another Russel Group university, then I must work extremely hard and do further reading and extra work too make sure I achieve excellent results in both my GCSE’s and my A-Levels.

Emilie  Baudot:   On Tuesday 5th February, we went to visit two Cambridge colleges - Churchill College and Kings College. Churchill College was much more modern and more relaxed whereas Kings College was old, traditional and fairly formal. I preferred Churchill College because I prefer how modern it is but Kings College is more practical because of its location in the centre of town. It was interesting to see the differences between a secondary school and an university and it was also interesting to see the differences between a modern college and a more traditional 15th century college. It was nice to see the inside of one of the students rooms and hear their opinions on university life. Looking inside the church situated on Kings College grounds was fascinating because of the size and detail that went into the building of it. Shortly after our arrival, Dr. Matt Bullimore (who works in the Admissions Office of Churchill College) gave us a talk about Cambridge University in general, Churchill College specifically, and also what we need to do to be able to get into Cambridge (or another high level) University. He showed us a list of what kind of things the college looks for when choosing who attends Churchill College. Sharing the aims of Churchill College was also interesting and the list contained things such as a supportive environment for students to grow and learn and to help people to find employment after graduating. I really enjoyed this trip and found it really interesting and helpful. Thank you for the opportunity to see two Cambridge colleges today.

Oliver Murat: Yesterday, on our trip to Churchill and Kings College, Cambridge, I learnt many new and interesting things. Firstly, after arriving we entered into Churchill College and sat in an assembly led by one of the senior members of the college. He then led us through a talk, detailing what the process would be for us to apply and the grades needed. This also consisted of an explanation into the intercollegiate system it utilizes. Out of all the things we learnt yesterday, this was probably the most confusing to understand. At the end of this talk, we were introduced to four or five undergraduates, one of whom was 'JQ'. She then led us around different parts of the college such as the dining hall and the playing fields before we all visited her room. That was a very interesting part as before I could not really imagine what a university room would look like despite hearing many stories from my family. After this, we were taken to have lunch before being introduced to another student. He then took us through the city to Kings College. It was here where we saw the more traditional aspects of Cambridge University, seeing buildings, which had been around since the 1400s. This was very different to what we had already seen as modern buildings dominated Churchill College. The chapel at Kings was probably the most visual and interesting thing we saw that day. The roof was high in the sky, meticulously sculpted and adjourned with tapestries and stained glass windows. After visiting here, we began our walk back, passing the famous shunting boats in the river before arriving back at Churchill and bidding our farewell. 

Charlotte Evans: A group of Year 10 students were given a fantastic opportunity to visit both Churchill and King’s College at Cambridge University. We met students and staff and gained an insight into what university life is like there. The morning started with a talk on admissions highlighting what universities look for in applications and advice on the steps we should take to pursue certain courses. Afterwards, a second year law student, who showed us the facilities available and answered our questions about her experience at Cambridge, took us on a tour of Churchill College. After lunch, we visited King’s College, which was much more traditional and had a different feel to Churchill. Overall, a very valuable trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all and helped us to consider our options for the future.

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Year 12 Oxbridge Visits

Many Year 12s who are predicted A grades at AS visit a variety of Oxbridge colleges and faculties.

SJL is building up a bank of reading lists recommended for wider reading by prospective applicants and these are given to individuals students to guide their reading as well as being used to augment the SJL Library. We are also building our bank of Oxford past entrance papers as these become more readily available online supplemented by our own resources. We recommend the school's JSTOR account for further wider reading.

These hard copy resources are used in the first term especially of year 13 to tutor where possible prospective candidates for the Oxford and Cambridge entrance exams which take place at the beginning of November. Additionally, we help provide interview practice to successful Oxbridge and Russell Group candidates.

Sixth Form university applications guidance

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