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08/04/19

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First stop this morning... absolutely breathtaking! https://t.co/M7DW4fSJtZ

07/04/19

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Make a wish 🤞#Rome2019 https://t.co/qd3GsldgWo

03/04/19

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Fantastic achievement boys - Congratulations!!!🏆🏆🥇 https://t.co/5sTKp7kCij

02/04/19

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Our Harpenden Writing Competition winners collecting their prizes. https://t.co/T508qGkm31

02/04/19

Congratulations! https://t.co/qwYu0N15z5

01/04/19

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is rapidly expanding and a fantastic opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and inspirational Assistant Headteacher to join their supportive and innovative senior leadership team. For full details and to apply visit: https://t.co/vznNnDqh7g https://t.co/yWBv6eUAXU

01/04/19

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Check out our school website and choose a bedtime story read by one of our special members of staff. Wishing you all sweet dreams https://t.co/JnC8RqP617

01/04/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

Teachers - still time left to sign up for this exciting tech event, celebrating creativity in the classroom! Don't miss out https://t.co/EzpZXilcDe https://t.co/5ZbyNLJ8G1

01/04/19

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We're excited to have all of these amazing things on offer for Primary Teachers at our Tech and TeachMeet. There's loads more for Secondary Teachers too! Book your FREE ticket at: https://t.co/O3QkbnaaMJ https://t.co/WEYBafp2ZN

30/03/19

Retweeted From MyNewTerm

Do you want to be a part of an exciting forward looking school with a strong reputation catering for students from year 5 through to year 11? Are you a Girls PE Teacher? If so, want to hear from you! Apply online at: https://t.co/IvPj5BRhwX https://t.co/d2RzS43Onb

30/03/19

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Congratulations Kaitlyn, so deserved. We are very proud of your achievements https://t.co/WKatgvW3rQ

29/03/19

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Staff v 6th form game ended 4-1 to the staff. Game played in a great spirit with a excellent solo goal from Mr White! Any more donations please bring money to the PE office on Monday. https://t.co/IMEHcNX22O

29/03/19

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Well done to and for being nominated for the Youth Disability Project of the Year Award https://t.co/MQjHY25Wf0

28/03/19

So many Scholars’ students coming together with local, national and international names to talk careers https://t.co/FVmhBeblKt

28/03/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

SJL Sixth Form is buzzing with activity as companies arrive for this year’s Careers Fair https://t.co/HhnOhJyHdb

27/03/19

Congratulations budding authors in the making! https://t.co/qyHrDj1Zrc

27/03/19

Looking forward to attending the Careers Fair tomorrow, talking to students about their options for entering a career in teaching. Look out for our stand! . . . Those who can teach! https://t.co/ZznvzN0SfZ

27/03/19

Vacancy alert: have a head for finance? Looking to make a difference in the education sector? Scholars' Education Trust are seeking a Finance Business Partner to join their central team https://t.co/VfOyfLxQOj . . . https://t.co/U1p6SFkKs4

27/03/19

Vacancy alert: looking to take the next step in your teaching career? Exciting opportunities for Assistant Head and Head of Faculties https://t.co/JQ7sPKDfPa . . . https://t.co/JlpIkP495Z

27/03/19

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Meet the Computer Programmers of the next decade...Year 4! We are thoroughly enjoying creating our own times table games using Scratch. https://t.co/aIGNmSqbiH

25/03/19

The SJL Careers Fair is an opportunity for the Trust to share best practice across its schools, with visits taking place by students from and https://t.co/25oIeX3CAc

20/03/19

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Fantastic evening at the Harpenden Schools' Music Association Spring Concert - felt more like being in the West End of London. Such talented children! Some of us were so eager we'd gone to get ready to perform already! https://t.co/DwGyS69Vd1

20/03/19

On are you looking to join a friendly MAT? Scholars' have exciting vacancies across the Trust including: Head of Maths; Girls PE Teacher; SENCO https://t.co/KzV3JieaHm . . . https://t.co/bUXLVs37fv

20/03/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Immense thanks to all the companies who supported our High Apprenticeship Evening and of course from who delivered the keynote. https://t.co/1kVuZOpJF2

19/03/19

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Diary Reminder: Spring Concert, Monday 1 April 2019. Tickets are out now, available to buy via ParentPay https://t.co/ogvVXBJWKh

19/03/19

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Well done to our Senor Girls Basketball Team, outstanding achievement. https://t.co/C48r5E77XW

18/03/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay

Thought of the Week 💭 https://t.co/H2rSrato71

18/03/19

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Thought for the Week: Resilience and perseverance https://t.co/JWc068oKEI

14/03/19

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New job: SENCO in Harpenden, Herts - https://t.co/dHnVcySIm7

14/03/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay

We are welcoming our new Year 7 students this evening! It’s a full house! Looking forward to starting the journey as part of the https://t.co/RXmfWGyiuB

14/03/19

Retweeted From BBC Young Reporter

Capturing their stories on camera 🎥 was the focus for Sir John Lawes students last week - brilliant to see we can now watch their work!👇 https://t.co/7GbjdnLl5n

13/03/19

Retweeted From RBA Recruitment

🚨 Vacancy Alert! A fantastic opportunity to lead our Creative Arts Faculty. Shape the future direction of this exciting aspect of the school. https://t.co/UxVSCk9rWo https://t.co/9Y1hwzV3f1

13/03/19

Vacancy alert: exciting new position Wrap Around Care & Holiday Club Manager at https://t.co/fRJK38hyTJ

13/03/19

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Harpenden Academy on tour have arrived! https://t.co/kq83LsPLs9

12/03/19

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Looking forward to our SLT Trust training https://t.co/PbmJMPvr2g

12/03/19

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Some very eggciting visitors have arrived in EYFS.... https://t.co/8MtGYqwDUD

12/03/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay

Thank you to our guest speakers this evening at our seminar. Great to hear from hosted by Headteacher Thanks also to all those Heads and SLT who attended! https://t.co/27R1QGwh5k

12/03/19

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Great work from our middle leaders this evening, sharing effective assessment strategies between faculties. https://t.co/FDNr2zf6D5

11/03/19

Retweeted From SRA Primary

This week is Science Week at Samuel Ryder Academy! Lots of exciting events taking place including a House Challenge, Flaming Bottle Rockets and a Big Bang Trip! 👩‍🔬👨‍🔬🔬🧫🧪🦠#ScienceWeek

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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