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19/06/19

Retweeted From Priory Academy PE

We had an excellent afternoon at the KS2 football finals. The Year 6s are Champions!! Unfortunately the Year 5s just lost out in a penalty shoot out. We are extremely proud of both teams, all the players gave it their all and everyone represented Priory superbly. Well done 🏆👏

19/06/19

Retweeted From SRA Primary

Year 6 are busy in rehearsals for their end of year musical! 🎼🎼🎭 https://t.co/ibf3h8VDwr

19/06/19

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Y4 are enjoying an engaging workshop delivered by Transport for London and paid for by FOHA. We have been learning about transport with a focus on travelling on the Thames. Today we have become engineers designing our own prototype for a new boat. https://t.co/H0Yjw8SCT6

18/06/19

Retweeted From Priory Academy PE

It's an exciting day tomorrow for Priory PE. Both Y5 and 6 football teams have qualified for their grand finals. Both matches take place at Creasy Park, Dunstable, with the first game kicking off at 1:30. LET'S GO PRIORY 🏆

18/06/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay PE

Yr7 and 8/9 boys also win the overall boys combined at today’s District Quad Athletics Competition https://t.co/hT2tcxADZp

16/06/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in the ! On this day, would your family benefit from the challenge below? https://t.co/fk7rFhbDnL

16/06/19

Retweeted From SJLmfl

Happy Father’s Day from the market town of Saint Valery! https://t.co/6lx2SZ1Iw3

15/06/19

schools supporting each other as always! https://t.co/uez2c2T6De

13/06/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Hot off the press! Summer Prom concert tickets are now available to buy on ParentPay https://t.co/bksAtBoYRq The Summer Prom is a celebratory climax to the academic year, not to be missed https://t.co/RFQhsyQSDd

12/06/19

Vacancy alert: exciting opportunities to join friendly wrap around care team. See website for further details https://t.co/eOrI22ETF1 . . . https://t.co/zm0XYYu5U3

11/06/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Save the date! SJL is proud to be celebrating 80 years, 1939-2019. We are excited to announce the date of our 80th Celebrations as Sunday, 22 September 2019. More details will follow... https://t.co/hODjKQlu0k

10/06/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Congratulations to who has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to Apprenticeships. We are lucky to have worked with Anna and privileged to have her speak every year at our Higher Apprenticeship Evenings

07/06/19

Retweeted From SRARugbyAcademy

That’s right it’s our brand new scrum machine. Thanks https://t.co/1fyCHjL9jy

07/06/19

Retweeted From SRARugbyAcademy

Exciting times today at SRA Our new acquisition for the rugby academy has arrived, but what is it? https://t.co/Qcoqixn9bc

06/06/19

Great first day - so much to think about and discuss. Can’t wait for tomorrow!

06/06/19

A bit of a late start but finally in our seats for Really looking forward to being challenged and inspired as every year!

06/06/19

Vacancy alert: looking for a teaching opportunity for September? are seeking an enthusiastic Teacher of English to join their increasingly successful department https://t.co/FSQp33AjMt . . . # Englishteacher https://t.co/8LZdgBIfkT

06/06/19

Vacancy alert: possess a positive and hardworking attitude? are seeking a Site Manager to manage their premises. See website for full application information https://t.co/P9P0r4ugJC . . . https://t.co/EBlCQz3P4l

05/06/19

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Super scientists in year six exploring the law of the conservation of mass! https://t.co/KKemqpioJp

05/06/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Great opportunity for our students to go along and look at the work of local artists https://t.co/u8LHGHcl62

04/06/19

Vacancy alert: have an exciting part-time opportunity, seeking a Caretaker to join their team https://t.co/Y7PEvE7b0W . . . https://t.co/dZjIIAcCTz

30/05/19

Well done to the staff from and who are finalists in this year’s Herts Advertiser School Awards!

30/05/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Congratulations to Miss Gillot, Mrs Kelly and Mrs O’Leary - all finalists in this year’s Herts Advertiser School Awards!

24/05/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

The latest newscast is out now with highlights from the first half of this Summer Term https://t.co/Yy3BBFyBM6

22/05/19

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Mrs Watson loves creating chemical reactions but what is she making? All will be revealed next half term! KS2 staff have been enjoying their training ready for Science next half term. https://t.co/iSD9ArxTgx

21/05/19

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

EYFS went on a trip to today to our ducks that we hatched in their forever home. https://t.co/jwZajoA4Tu

17/05/19

Looking for an exciting new opportunity, or to take the next step in your career? Scholars' has a number of vacancies across the Trust including teaching and non teaching roles https://t.co/mvSMjOe9dW . . . https://t.co/ek3SCqtdOE

17/05/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

Our latest newsletter is out now! https://t.co/2D1OSsONDC https://t.co/mobinUFYD9

17/05/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

This week's newsletter out now... https://t.co/MzX1fCQAfv https://t.co/5AVx5CObD7

16/05/19

Vacancy alert: possess a positive and hardworking attitude? are seeking a Site Manager to manage their premises. See website for full application information https://t.co/LtcBfx3pYs . . . https://t.co/lZu7XF38pp

15/05/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Vacancy alert: do you have excellent production skills? Looking to join a Media Faculty with excellent facilities including film studio and a suite of Macs? SJL seeking Media Teacher for maternity cover https://t.co/lZp2UJMFpb . . . https://t.co/5FCZIwZus4

15/05/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

Teachers! As part of our ongoing expansion, some fab new roles have opened up - please see our website for more details! https://t.co/ra8ZOZeeOO

15/05/19

Retweeted From RBA Careers

Year 10 Food & Nutrition students at HQ today learning about careers in Food (and related services) and applying the theory of the course to real life. https://t.co/A4b6ZFSW5u

14/05/19

Spreading the word about the great work ! https://t.co/xGUcLjVyyg

14/05/19

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Our project is finished! Thanks to for the grant to help transform our playground wall. https://t.co/nvbTxILrvq

14/05/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

Are you an experienced Office Manager or a School Admin assistant looking for your next step? An exciting new role has opened up at SRA as Office Manager! Please see our website for more details https://t.co/AA2SIePimA

14/05/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Revision tip: stay hydrated! Do not forget to take a break to have a drink during revision sessions https://t.co/J0awrTShCM

13/05/19

Thanks to the representatives of all our local governing bodies for another valuable Chairs’ Meeting this evening. So useful to hear your views!

13/05/19

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Please come and join us - tomato, butternut squash and pumpkin plants for sale https://t.co/UtjFcvSX6X

Trust Board Profiles

A list of the relevant business and pecuniary interests for our Governing Body can be found here

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Martin Sidders - Chair of Governors

After qualifying many years ago as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers I have spent most of my career in the Retail and Construction industries.

I have enjoyed roles in accounting, treasury, company secretarial and taxation that have taken me all over Europe and to the USA. I am currently the Finance Director of a Housebuilder based in London.

While I take a particular interest in financial and legal aspects of the school I also have a keen interest in Special Educational Needs and have previously served as a governor in a Specialist SEN school.

In my spare time I play badminton (badly) and enjoy history.

Sue Archer

Sue Archer

Sue is a chartered surveyor and over her career has worked in both the construction industry and central government at the Department for Education.

Since 2001 Sue has worked for a number of local authorities and since 2011 the Education and Skills Funding Agency as a Project Director for the free schools programme.

Sue is a parent of two children who have attended Sir John Lawes, and was also responsible for the construction of the Harpenden Academy, part of the Scholars’ Education Trust.  Being a trustee for the multi academy trust was a natural progression from both these roles.

Sanjeevan Bala

Sanjeevan Bala

Sanjeevan Bala is Channel4’s Head of Data Science and is responsible for transforming the broadcaster by embedding AI to deliver benefits across the entire business. Under Sanjeevan’s leadership, Channel 4 is the first broadcaster globally to harness viewer data for commercial and creative benefits.  His work has been recognized by Harvard Business Review and the Information Commissioner Office and is central to the Channel’s innovation agenda. He is active in developing future talent in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and is a member of the diversity and inclusion task force at Channel4.

Prior to this he was Group Account Director at Dunnhumby (the company that leveraged Tesco club card data) where he established data driven strategies and customer centric change for clients such as BskyB, eBay, Citibank, Centrica and Sobeys. He has also spent time in Silicon Valley, where he successfully built a number of disruptive start-ups across banking, retail, travel and luxury goods.

His focus on developing future talent led him to securing a local role on the trust and an opportunity to give back to the local community.

Catherine Baxendale

Catherine Baxendale

I was born in Hertfordshire and have lived locally with my family for more than 20 years.

I have had a broad and varied corporate career having worked with large and small organisations, both private and public sector, and have also worked with national and local charities.

I bring specific specialist knowledge and skills in strategy, governance, marketing and HR.

I am delighted to help and support local schools and the wider community in a variety of ways.

I also serve on the National Services Committee of the NSPCC and as a guest lecturer at the London School of Economics.

I am passionate about children, their education and well being, and the chance for people to develop their potential.

Stephen Owen

As a former student of what was Sheredes School I want to support its development and success and hopefully by doing so the current and future pupils will enjoy their time at the school and reflect in a few years’ time what a great place it is.

My experience is varied, starting in Engineering and moving into senior roles within Human Resources Management for a number of local and international organisations. In addition, I have been a governor and chair of governors at a primary school near to where I live, and whilst the schools are different the challenges are the same. I currently sit on the resources committee and the SDP as my skills are most useful in these areas.

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Geoff Payne

Geoff became a member of the Trust Board in 2017.  He was a member of the Governing Body at Sir John Lawes School from 2013 to 2018 and he attended Sir John Lawes himself.  He was a governor at a large secondary school in Islington, rated outstanding, for over twelve years, serving as Chair of Governors for four of them.

By profession, he is a barrister specialising in cases of serious fraud and white collar crime.  He also sits as a chair of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal, the disciplinary body that deals with doctors, and Police Misconduct Panels.

Geoff is married with a stepson and two sons.

Alan Read

Alan Read

Before becoming a school governor I pursued a long career in the engineering industry where I was Personnel Director of a UK-based international company and where my responsibilities included operations in the UK, France, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, the USA, South Korea and Japan.

On retiring early I worked for some years with the Prince’s Trust and subsequently with the UK’s oldest children’s charity, the Coram Foundation for Children – known as Coram, where I continue to manage a programme to represent the charity to the Westminster & Whitehall community.

Shortly after retiring I also became a Governor of Sir John Lawes School for six years and subsequently Chair of Governors for 10 years, during which time Sir John Lawes was judged an ‘Outstanding’ school. I oversaw the transition to Academy status in 2011 and played a part in forming the educational trust which includes three outstanding academies, the University of Hertfordshire and Rothamstead Agricultural Research.

I was involved in early decisions to support other schools in difficulties and in the eventual formation of the Scholars’ Trust of which I am now a Trustee.

Claire Robins

Claire Robins OBE

Claire started as an English teacher at Goffs School in Cheshunt and moved through positions of responsibility at various Hertfordshire schools before becoming Deputy Head at Sir John Lawes.

Ten years ago she became Headteacher and the school achieved an ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED grading in 2008. She became an NLE (National Leader of Education) in 2009 and has led Sir John Lawes' work as Education Partner for the Bushey Academy, Samuel Ryder Academy and Sheredes School.

Nick Spittal

Nick Spittal

I became a school governor in 2004, initially 6 years at Crabtree Infants School, and joined the Sir John Lawes Governing Body in 2011 just as it was becoming an Academy Trust. I have since seen it evolve to become a Multi Academy trust that currently comprises 4 schools. I asked to become a Trustee of the ‘Scholars Education Trust’ in 2017 as I was keen to be involved in the strategic development of the trust schools and their academic achievement. I chair the trusts Finance & Audit Committee.

I have lived in Harpenden for 20 years and my 3 daughters attend or have attended SJL.

My career is in banking and I now work for Nationwide Building society.

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