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27/01/20

Retweeted From St Albans Museums

Have you encountered this fantastic bear at the St Albans Secondary School Art Show? It's only on until Sunday so make sure you don't miss the incredible talent on show. https://t.co/g96hNL45bq https://t.co/lNYJfLQltG

25/01/20

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Trustees and governors now working together on the strategy and vision for the next three to five years. https://t.co/zvl0ZTbseL

25/01/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Yr9 football team take the honours in with 5-3 win against RPS. Goals from Z. Marsh (🎩trick), T. Sanzo-Garcia & J.Caffery enough to secure victory despite strong second half comeback from RPS.

25/01/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

A good morning’s work by the SJL football teams. Wins for Yr7, Yr8, Yr9 & Yr10 and a narrow defeat for Yr7B against local rivals Roundwood Park.

24/01/20

Diary reminder: Saas Fee ski trip information evening - Tuesday 28 January 2020. Items to be handed in on the evening:  Passport  European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)  Pocket Money (small denominations in an envelope clearly marked your son/daughter’s name) https://t.co/eD76CT8Sak

24/01/20

It is always a real privilege to be a part of the annual School’s Art Exhibition, providing an opportunity to view a diverse range of artwork created by young talented people in Hertfordshire schools https://t.co/KUgjbzXg13

24/01/20

SJL Sports Tour Hoodie 2020 is available to order via https://t.co/bP7MoQ8O22 Available to order online now. Order deadline Friday, 14 February 2020 https://t.co/RV3re3DzcN

24/01/20

This week's newsletter out today... https://t.co/yl7UhSJMuO https://t.co/DVDpcH04Jn

23/01/20

Immense pride throughout SJL and as Headteacher and Trust CEO, Claire Robins OBE, has been recognised for her significant contribution to teaching and as such has been admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching https://t.co/3v0iY48x0X

23/01/20

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Today we tasted our winter produce, giant red mustard, corn salad and mizuna https://t.co/zltl1Q4OY0

23/01/20

Nice to see our garden getting a mention! https://t.co/Tq2iCg2YXm

22/01/20

Wellbeing Wednesday: do something kind just because https://t.co/1io4djLSUI

22/01/20

Iceland Trip hoodies are available to order via Available to order online now. Order deadline Friday, 14 February 2020 https://t.co/D5iJqaj4jQ

22/01/20

Year 11 Parents' Evening schedules will be given to students today, ahead of next weeks Parents' Evening. https://t.co/QHudvYal2j

22/01/20

Retweeted From BeatSchoolUniforms

Get ready for the cold weather with the lovely Saas Fee Ski Trip Hoodie ❄️ Available to order now for a short time only at: https://t.co/wvzPlfKg43 https://t.co/JJTuhXGA07

21/01/20

Well played boys! https://t.co/3v4ePGm72O

20/01/20

Diary reminder: we look forward to welcoming Year 9 parents/pupils to tomorrow's Options Information Evening. https://t.co/uxxidPfqS5

20/01/20

Retweeted From Hertfordshire County Council

Are you a parent or carer of a young person with SEND (special educational needs or disabilities)? Then come along to our free SEND Local Offer website launch where you can chat to professionals, attend workshops and meet community groups. To find out more https://t.co/syJX2Qt7rx https://t.co/UZlHWKAHwk

20/01/20

Thought for the Week: Keeping the peace Word of the Week: Morph https://t.co/d4iHItngH5

19/01/20

Retweeted From Elizabeth Mountstevens

A fantastic opportunity for teachers in and around Hertfordshire. has opened my eyes to a world of new ideas and transformed my teaching. Keep an eye out for more information from and soon! https://t.co/SWrCgM7UUG

19/01/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Congratulations to the girls U16 table tennis 🏓 team. A long and tiring day saw them compete to an amazing standard but not quite able to progress to the National Finals.

17/01/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Saturday Football: unfortunately ALL of tomorrow’s football fixtures are OFF due to waterlogged pitches both at SJL and Woolams

17/01/20

Diary reminder: Year 9 Options Evening Tuesday 21 January 6.30-8.15pm. Main presentations will be held in school hall. https://t.co/uuWQzVhHBo

17/01/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Although we’re not working on a production this term we have plenty going on as our noticeboard demonstrates#theatreinschools https://t.co/04NlDm1HQO

17/01/20

This week's newsletter out today... https://t.co/yl7UhT1nmm https://t.co/VPeOeRCy6m

16/01/20

Very excited to be embarking on this new project with our friends from ! https://t.co/FuTagQEn9Q

16/01/20

Vacancy: looking for a new opportunity in the next academic year? Join a thriving faculty with impressive results, SJL are seeking a motivated Teacher of History https://t.co/3CFf6spVLJ . . https://t.co/KPs4Ekb3Bg

16/01/20

At SJL we are committed to supporting students’ wellbeing to enable students to achieve their personal best. Friday lunchtime students have the opportunity to visit The Wellbeing Room, for a variety of relaxing activities https://t.co/66QnjTWQ1X

16/01/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Essential reading for A level Drama Students! https://t.co/vnkVv1VjLh

15/01/20

Retweeted From SJL Careers

Post 16 Information Evening tomorrow - Oaklands College & Luton 6 Form College have confirmed they will be in the library from 6-7pm, before the A Level talks begin. Mrs Power and Hilary Stephens from YC Herts will also be in the library at this time for general careers advice.

15/01/20

Wellbeing Wednesday: small progress is still progress https://t.co/3iVPDyjw4N

15/01/20

Looking forward to this celebration of music from across the Trust Tickets available now, see link below. https://t.co/DJTX1whA1s

15/01/20

Vacancy: due to expansion within the faculty SJL are seeking a Teacher of RE to join their highly skilled teaching team https://t.co/ITgK9aeP2E . . https://t.co/mGo73fMdSu

15/01/20

Good luck to our Year 9 students performing in this evening's showcase. All are warmly invited, with proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders. https://t.co/aMz5HeYW3N

14/01/20

Sending all best wishes to our colleagues ! https://t.co/i4KRM6XZdX

14/01/20

Congratulations to Lucas in Yr 11 who received his 10th Headteacher's Commendation for exceptional performance in GCSE History. Well done. https://t.co/iSuNHIfV5Z

14/01/20

Parents are reminded to bring student’s passport and EHIC card, and hand it in to a member of staff. https://t.co/jEFQwL8SyD

14/01/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Art

As part of their portrait project Y7 Students have been looking at and analysing work by other artists. Here are two drawings of Freda Kahlo and Rembrandt by Charlotte, Alice and Lotte. https://t.co/QvhtlmFst3

13/01/20

Retweeted From SJL Careers

Post 16 Information Evening - Thursday 16th Jan. Please note that local colleges will be available in the library from 6-7pm before the A Level talks begin.

13/01/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

A level trip arranged for weds 27th Feb about to be launched on parent pay!#theatrematters https://t.co/jLtZ2HUpSy

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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