Scholars’ Education Trust, formerly The Sir John Lawes Academies Trust, was created in 2012 when the existing academy trust for Sir John Lawes School took over responsibility for the sponsorship of Samuel Ryder Academy, a 4-19 mixed comprehensive in St Albans. In September 2016 Robert Barclay Academy and Harpenden Academy joined this growing Trust. The Trust offers Secondary, Primary and mixed phase opportunities.
The Trust aims to ensure that the skills and experience of staff at all the schools are maximised to ensure that the students in our care receive the best education possible. Expertise in teaching and learning is shared across the entire trust and support systems are centralised to enable the schools to achieve maximum efficiency from all our resources. Although all schools retain their own identities, the central “DNA” of the Trust is shared across the organisations so that whether you are in Harpenden, Hoddesdon or St Albans you will know you are a part of the Scholars’ Education Trust and that the values and priorities of everyone you meet will be the same.
As part of our international links, there are often opportunities for staff to visit and learn from schools abroad. In the past teachers have visited China, Denmark and Singapore among others.