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24/01/19

Looking forward to welcoming Year 9 students and parents to this evening's Options Evening. https://t.co/ILnMWHAlJG

23/01/19

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Inside China's leading 'sponge city': Wuhan's war with water - reading for the resources units at GCSE and A level security https://t.co/2nX5UEKDAz

22/01/19

Retweeted From SJL Geography

The battle on the frontline of climate change in Mali, year 12 and 13 extra reading https://t.co/KpDAjnUGjS

22/01/19

Retweeted From SJL Psych and Soc

Making our own card board Stanford Prisons today with year 12#creativepsychology https://t.co/0afVXrLm3K

22/01/19

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Using our theatre in a box to explore set design and staging of Machinal today with year 12#drama’scominghome https://t.co/zEDGQdvfYp

22/01/19

Diary reminder: Y9 Options Evening this Thursday, 24 January 2019 from 6.30pm. With main presentations about the options process, along with subject area talks - helping to make informed decisions about the choices for GCSE subjects. https://t.co/XpM9AE0fb8

21/01/19

Retweeted From YC Hertfordshire STA

A sneak peak of the Young Health Champions assemblies this week the Year 12 students felt preparing for a busy week of peer messages! https://t.co/dGSNXHMgk1

21/01/19

An evening of musical entertainment not to be missed, with performances from students along with a special Staff Choir performance. Tickets available from Box Office https://t.co/LPF2SJc208

21/01/19

Thought for the Week: Motivation https://t.co/7E8opU7oEq

19/01/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Saturday Football Results. v St Albans School. Yr8 won 7-2; Yr9 won 2-1; Yr10 lost 1-4; Yr11 won 6-0. Well played everyone and thanks to for the games and the after match hospitality

18/01/19

This week's newsletter... https://t.co/sAm87UVJ38 https://t.co/Ima1q21vG4

17/01/19

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Braving the cold, will these daffodils planted today flower at the same time as those planted in October? Thanks to Mr Dunning for the bulbs https://t.co/yfmwrEBZvK

17/01/19

Our thanks to for attending our Post-16 Information Evening, giving students choices after GCSEs. https://t.co/n8nduOBY0J

17/01/19

Congratulations girls on a fantastic achievement https://t.co/0pTtsKzb8L

17/01/19

Tours are available of tomorrow morning, Friday 18, and Monday 21 January 2019. Please contact School Reception to book a place 01582 760043 https://t.co/CVTKj2X49I

16/01/19

In the event of possible severe weather at this time of year, such as snow, we will always try our best to keep the school open. If this is not possible please check our website, Twitter feed and Facebook page to keep updated. https://t.co/bXJgkyKm2Y

16/01/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

Calling all teachers! Want to find out how to use Clips, GarageBand and IMovie in the classroom? Don't miss our Apple workshop! https://t.co/Mil6eVGN2z

16/01/19

Retweeted From YC Hertfordshire STA

We had a great session with the young health champions in on Monday, the young people were planning and practicing presentations for their peer messages on drugs and alcohol and body image! https://t.co/bmJlZMxPZJ

16/01/19

Looking forward to welcoming students and parents to this evening's Post-16 Information Evening, a chance gain an insight into along with reps from and https://t.co/VCHESclqU3

15/01/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

Congratulations to the Year 9 music classes for a great showcase tonight and a very moving finale .... and raising lots of money for Fikiwama School! Very proud of you all! https://t.co/gJaGlZG71R

15/01/19

Good luck to our public speaking team, consisting of students across Y8, 9 and 12, in this evening's first round of Harpenden Rotary Youth Speaks competition

15/01/19

Good luck to our Year 9 musicians performing in this evening's Music Showcase https://t.co/gQVTpvNuGC

15/01/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Great win for Yr9 Hockey team. Solid 4-0 victory against Parmiters School. Goals from Evie Turner & Dominique Smith.

15/01/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Art

Temperatures may be set to fall, but Y7 Textiles students dreaming of summer already. Applique beach designs by Eva, Gabbi, Lucas, Maddy, Monty and Ralph https://t.co/YPtOopIOmZ

14/01/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

We want you! Payroll Assistant Part-time: 20 hours per week Contract: Maternity cover - term time and INSET plus 2 weeks Scholars' an expanding multi academy trust, offering excellent development opportunities https://t.co/KiA2ZiLe0N https://t.co/PMSUUaufS9

14/01/19

Lost property notice: the following unnamed items are currently being held on Reception. Items not collected by Friday, 18 January 2019, will be securely disposed of/donated to charity. Please remember to name property to ensure it can be returned promptly. https://t.co/ISGMaJCTnl

14/01/19

Diary reminder: Post 16 Information Evening Wednesday, 16 January 2019. External applicants to arrive 6pm for welcome presentation. SJL applicants may arrive from 6.30pm, talks from 7pm. See school website for further information https://t.co/yx5FYckPZP https://t.co/xG9AtXUkHt

14/01/19

Latest vacancies: seeking to make a difference to in 2019? Join a dynamic Design & Technology Faculty, with opening for Food & Nutrition Teacher https://t.co/qAO158AXS7 https://t.co/ZGhIbVyU7P

14/01/19

Thought for the Week: Are passion and determination all we need to be successful? https://t.co/g1Rpi9IsPp

11/01/19

Good luck to our senior students beginning their study leave for this year's mock exams. Timetable and exam information can be found on school website https://t.co/zwMcJSXUqn https://t.co/Wz4UdSL3Xi

11/01/19

This week's newsletter... https://t.co/0jcZA2gDgr https://t.co/BERPCUeJxt

10/01/19

Retweeted From SJL Psych and Soc

Psychology Students of the Week ***RESEARCH PROJECT EDITION***: Well done to Conor, Ella and Emily - deserved winners of the 12D Research Project competition.

09/01/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Happy New Year to everyone! And congratulations to the Senior Football team who beat Richard Hale School 2-1 today to reach the County Cup quarter finals. Goals from Josh Dooley and James Everitt and some outstanding goalkeeping from Captain Alfie Woods.

09/01/19

Diary reminder: Y9 Music Showcase Tuesday 15 January 2019, 7pm, opportunity to hear the talented Y9 musicians. An evening planned & produced with the students support, money being raised for Fikiwama School in Zambia. Refreshments will be available before the event https://t.co/REP8oZvOab

09/01/19

Leave positive messages where you will see them https://t.co/4ti4NR816Z

09/01/19

New year, new role? SJL are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join their team - Science Technician, Teaching Assistant and Food & Nutrition Teacher https://t.co/cd99mu9Ieu

09/01/19

Thank you to everyone that supported the Year 9 non uniform festive fun day, raising a staggering £980 for Fikiwama School, Zambia. Thanks to the Year 9 student team for organising the event https://t.co/oNUyC5zYCM

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

A group of Year 10 students were fortunate enough to be able to visit Churchill College, Cambridge, and hear from its students and staff. The morning began with a talk about Cambridge admissions, which posed to us the benefits of moving on to higher education, and the steps we should take to pursue certain courses. It was particularly helpful to hear directly from an admissions officer what exactly universities look for in applications. We were then taken on a tour of Churchill College, during which we had the chance to ask current students about their experiences at university, and see the facilities they have access to. After lunch, we visited another college, Trinity, and learnt about the traditions and events it holds. Overall, we all enjoyed the valuable opportunity of being able to ask questions first-hand to members of the university, and get a feel for what life at Cambridge is really like. The trip has certainly encouraged us to consider our paths for the future.

Justine Jing

Visiting Churchill and Trinity colleges, at first we traversed north to rendezvous at the entrance to Churchill. From there we had an hour talk that explained what is done at university and what needs to be done now, and at A levels. We then had a detailed guided tour, which merged seamlessly into the delightful lunch pause. After which, we walked briskly and arrived at Trinity College where another detailed tour was given. We went on a long walk around the site and after that was over, retraced or steps back to Churchill and, after a short break, took the drive back.

Ryan Tresman

Upon arriving at Churchill College, it soon became apparent how vast the site was, and, having driven past the observatory on our journey, I was curious to find out about the variety of buildings and their histories. We entered the Porter's Lodge, where we were met with a grand sculpture of Winston Churchill; we soon proceeded into a Lecture Room, where we listened to a captivating speech by an English Fellow who is also the Admissions Tutor. I learnt a lot from this; about which subjects may lead to certain careers, about the benefits of furthering your education and how your grades may or may not affect your job prospects. I also gained a better understanding of what university life is like, and what is expected of you. After this, a third year student showed us around the college; I found it particularly interesting to visit the student accommodation block, due to the fact it gave a real insight into what living at your university will probably be like. As well as this, we visited two libraries; the vastness of them was incredible, as there was such a wide selection of books, and showed how easy it is to get from your room to a quiet place to study. Visiting Trinity College was also incredibly interesting, due to the fact there is a lot of history to the college and its surroundings. Overall, I found it very beneficial to learn about the university's traditions and its teaching methods and to learn, on a broader scale, what university may be like.

Elizabeth Bratton

This week, several of the Year 10 More Able Students were given the opportunity to visit both Churchill and Trinity College at Cambridge. This was an occasion highly valued by both us as students as well as parents due to the significance it holds for our future remaining in education. On arrival, we received an insightful presentation into the background and foundations of Cambridge University. This continued to provide information about life at university, courses offered there, and perhaps the most relevant – the importance of doing one’s best through GCSE/A-Level qualifications, prior to higher education. Later, students of the university toured us around the colleges showing us the sites, including accommodation for undergraduates. The visit to Cambridge proved enlightening on many levels and helped me to learn some of the available options after secondary education. For instance, many Year 10s are already considering which subjects they would like to continue after next year’s exams. The speaker, Dr. Jonathan Padley, presenting the initial talk, suggested ways in which to aid the decision process and stated some strong A-Level combinations with facilitating subjects to help us keep our options open. He also explained aspects of the interview process, giving us insight into the subjects favoured by universities when applying for vocational subjects such as dentistry or engineering. Overall, it confirmed to be an extremely thought-provoking experience which will benefit us prominently for the future.

Jay Colston-Patel

Alex 2nd quad Alex 3rd quad
Students churchill at front Students churchill

 

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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