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04/04/20

Some excellent news in difficult times. Congratulations to Mr Gauthier on his shortlisting for Headteacher of the Year! https://t.co/AUUNn4sIp8

03/04/20

Retweeted From Rennie Grove Hospice Care

We need support from the community now more than ever. A HUGE thank you to School in for donating 70 face shields for our nurses to use. 💜

03/04/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

The next two weeks are officially the Easter holidays and so staff will not be setting work over that time, may we take the opportunity to wish the entire SJL community a safe and happy Easter. https://t.co/itaMaAknqY

03/04/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

After their appearance on ⁦⁩ this morning, the D&T team are working hard to break the 100 mask target. Delighted to have support from our friends ⁦⁩ today! https://t.co/igCLaKl2IW

03/04/20

Retweeted From Priory Academy

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02/04/20

Retweeted From SRA Primary

It has been so lovely seeing what all of you have been up to during your time at home. I love the tie-dye T-shirt’s that Jayden (Year 6) and his little sisters made! Keep sending all your lovely photos to your teachers! 🎨📚 https://t.co/MO4Hh0n6AI

02/04/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Year six writers sharing thanks with NHS staff for their amazing work - please share with anyone you know in the NHS https://t.co/jace4FyMuI

02/04/20

And designs now shared with and https://t.co/FMzBwntsa4

01/04/20

Retweeted From SRA_Maths

And we still want to help. Just email us and we will explain, encourage, break things down into smaller steps, point towards useful resources, encourage, yes and encourage again :-) https://t.co/GogBwjDLXk

01/04/20

Retweeted From SRA - English

Reading lists for all key stages. Might be helpful for anyone in need of reading inspiration! 📚 https://t.co/LOVtIFTlkx

01/04/20

Retweeted From @MariaBatetSole

Thank you for this wonderful postcard. https://t.co/TOQkzJunLg

01/04/20

Retweeted From SRA Primary

Look at this Sister Act! Well done Arabella showing your french learning of the body parts. Great to see Lottie joint in too! https://t.co/uT5rCGVrfi

01/04/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Wellbeing Wednesday: do more of what you enjoy https://t.co/5SN4a1jUKT

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

A costume designer in the making? We love how Betsy Way has included material swatches with her design 🧚‍♀️ https://t.co/FA0waztGQg

01/04/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Thank you to our D&T Faculty https://t.co/QG0oV5SXdj

01/04/20

Retweeted From SRA_Maths

Thanks to everyone who contacted us with answers to Puzzle Of The Week last Friday. Lots of engagement, but the twitter poll was too much of a give-away! So, we will be back this Friday, but no poll - question at 11am, answer at 12.30pm. See you then...

01/04/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Bring your scooter to school day https://t.co/rNNjAg2DfM

01/04/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Thank you to all our St Albans & Harpenden Secondary Head teacher colleagues for coming together virtually today, to discuss how schools are approaching the current difficult situation. It's great to have such a supportive local educational community!

01/04/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

We have been doing Just Dance to get warmed up this morning! https://t.co/FbzgO1nypY

01/04/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Delighted that SJL’s minibuses (along with many of their drivers) are now signed up to volunteer for the NHS! https://t.co/IBk28hN6ZR

30/03/20

Retweeted From David Carter

Would be great to think at this moment in time that we could smash the record for the number of cards sent out. Just imagine receiving one from a colleague, a pupil or a parent https://t.co/z8o3cNGq7U

30/03/20

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

Huge thanks to Mr Rome in DT. He came in to school today and knocked up safety visors for Lister Hospital. We have also donated our mini-bus too https://t.co/bEkB03kzhV

25/03/20

Scholars’ Education Trust would like to say thank you to the teaching/support staff across the trust during this difficult time. Join a profession that makes a difference, we have vacancies for September 2020 https://t.co/jYksKmETkt . . https://t.co/fceawxpCcM

24/03/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Why everyone should wash their hands!! https://t.co/WFolV4xbPg

23/03/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

To allow some familiarity during this time, we will continue to deliver our Thought and Word of the Week to the SJL community. Thought for the Week: Valuing friendship and relationships Word of the Week: Scope https://t.co/4dhKwcyz1p

23/03/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Even on our last day of school on Friday the children in Kerr class and Austen class enjoyed sharing their favourite poems with each other https://t.co/Z3Jzt4PC10

21/03/20

Retweeted From Universities UK

❗️ UUK and UCAS have written a letter to applicants following government's announcement of further details on arrangements for students whose exams have been cancelled 👉 The letter https://t.co/b4a5vaq5Gn

20/03/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

With the cancellation of this year’s Spring Concert, proudly bring you their Spring Music Mash https://t.co/o2t6pxOAcS https://t.co/VgDHHYa4KK

18/03/20

To the whole SET community: We are receiving the news about the government’s proposals for schools and examinations at the same time as you are and we will obviously need more detail before we can issue a confident response. Please bear with us!

17/03/20

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

The school is closed to years 9 & 10 only, tomorrow. Years 7, 8, 11, 12 & 13 are expected to be in as normal. Please do not send in students who are displaying a high temperature and/ a new, continuous cough. Thank you for your continued support.

16/03/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Second group out completing level one bikeability. https://t.co/VXl26jKedf

16/03/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Year six bikeability commences... https://t.co/7GdpCw5J6D

16/03/20

It is with sadness that we have taken the decision to cancel the Scholars’ Education Trust Concert that would have been taking place tomorrow, 17 March 2020, at Alban Arena. See attached letter. . . https://t.co/0nIplyM6cq

14/03/20

Retweeted From Jonathan Mountstevens

Need something positive to think about after a tough week at school? from and with might be just the thing you need for recognition and great CPD. More information at https://t.co/a7XMhfhAEy. Application deadline 23rd March. https://t.co/TZYvBGpGM4

13/03/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Thanks to eminent education commentator and keynote speaker at this year’s staff conference. Thought provoking discussion around learning and knowledge transfer. “Success must precede struggle” https://t.co/0yJFqWdcZZ

12/03/20

We are hiring! Looking to join an inspirational education trust with schools across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. See website for vacancies https://t.co/YnvSrgkvem . . https://t.co/9Z8KGMRTPR

11/03/20

Retweeted From MyNewTerm

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11/03/20

Retweeted From MyNewTerm

., situated in , are looking for an enthusiastic Senior Site Assistant to join their site estates team. 📜Permanent | Full-Time 🗓️Closing Date: Midnight, Thursday 12th Mar, 2020 Apply online⬇️ https://t.co/vJxaTsAEA4

11/03/20

Retweeted From Forum Strategy

Which is why exists and is a growing and exciting movement of CEOs leading trusts of all shapes and sizes. Our roundtables have been influencing policy for a while now -from funding for governance training to helping Ofsted shape summary evaluations. More to come... https://t.co/A8G4oYZMQD

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 Trust Board

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 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.

Andy Cunningham

Andy Cunningham - Chair of Finance & Audit Committee

Andy started his teaching career in 1972 as a Physics teacher at Kingsbury High School in the London Borough of Brent.  Moving to Hertfordshire four years later he moved through a number of promotional posts to become Headteacher of two Hertfordshire schools.

After 14 years of Headship Andy transferred to work for the Hertfordshire Education Department first as Principal Secondary School Adviser and then as acting director of the Building Schools for the Future programme.  During this time Andy supported the changes taking place at the Bushey and Samuel Ryder Academies, both of which involved Sir John Lawes School.

After retiring in 2011 part time consultancy work followed, for 5 years, mainly as a schools’ adviser for Luton and for the past four years Andy has been a Governor at Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted.  Andy also chairs the trust's Finance & Audit Committee.

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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 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 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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