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15/02/19

Retweeted From MyNewTerm

Science EastofEngland Apply online at: https://t.co/YHgnDaKL7d is a member of the . The school are seeking to appoint an excellent Head of Science to provide professional leadership and management. Visits warmly welcomed and encouraged. https://t.co/iVKT91okGM

15/02/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

Our latest news is out now! https://t.co/oUaBrbdTrr 👀👀📜 https://t.co/VEb896ZeGX

15/02/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

February newscast is now available to view, with highlight's from this half-term https://t.co/O0YR9q6pOL https://t.co/jSekgKrz3m

15/02/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

This week's newsletter... https://t.co/uMcfQdmzgr https://t.co/dMltO2ANlZ

14/02/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Thank you to everyone that supported this year's Gym and Dance Display. It was a theatrical affair with lyrical display and amazing circustry from students right across the school. Photo highlights https://t.co/DgpQFqHnAd https://t.co/wj3noWBrCc

14/02/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay

‘Press Play’ - fantastic display of dance last night from in their annual Dance Show! Well done all. 💃 https://t.co/wgMn4HJ0YA

13/02/19

Vacancy alert: looking to make a big bang? Want to engage students in award winning faculties? We have vacancies https://t.co/TE3OLIGHq6 . Head of Science . Science Teachers https://t.co/ZCV3PJ4hdN

12/02/19

The youngest students from the Trust showing how to work together, adopting the Trust ethos and ‘strong collaboration’ https://t.co/IP9ZUpdRg5

12/02/19

Retweeted From Ced de la Croix

Hard work always pays off ⁦ https://t.co/R916a0NICb

12/02/19

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Welcome to our next generation of Eco school members in year 7 https://t.co/bMmnL2YXUk

12/02/19

Congratulations to and their Team, a fantastic achievement https://t.co/pQDoWuDfDw

12/02/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

Teachers! There is still time to book onto this fantastic Teach and Tech workshop...#technology https://t.co/jmepeWqbN6

11/02/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Thought for the Week: Honesty and integrity https://t.co/XzDrwVyCm1

11/02/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay

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

08/02/19

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Ladybird Class had an amazing trip to Harpenden Fire Station today. Some firefighters may have got wet in the process!! https://t.co/F6Q0DvZ4Ab

08/02/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

Our latest news is now out! https://t.co/Jo5yNe7Grj https://t.co/XSIaWknMG8

08/02/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay

Latest Review! https://t.co/26NuV1a9iH https://t.co/aBQl4TtNzr

08/02/19

Got that looking back at highlights from the inaugural Trust Music Festival https://t.co/FhBsEAlavw https://t.co/CYsISqUOal

08/02/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

This week's newsletter... https://t.co/enngBCBFCU https://t.co/DOlJKK7F0p

07/02/19

Do you want to join an innovative and expanding trust? Seeking to join a trust with excellent, quality CPD and friendly staff community? If yes, then Scholars' may be right for you. Vacancies available for Sept 2019 https://t.co/6KfuFwyNtA . . https://t.co/O2iLDXMmBw

06/02/19

Retweeted From SRA_Maths

Can't wait to see the Turing legacy next week with our Year 7 and Year 8 students https://t.co/y5kvIkx5Yd

05/02/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Did you know there are links and guides on the school website to the latest games and apps? We engage students in internet safety topics in Life Skills and Computing lessons... keeping communication open https://t.co/mZnoSmcAAt https://t.co/eqij2eOq1i

05/02/19

Retweeted From Caroline M

Was fabulous!!! Thank you to all performers and organisers!!

05/02/19

Retweeted From Charlotte Halkett💃🏠

A triumph! Congratulations to all the staff and pupils for such high standards.

05/02/19

Retweeted From RBA Performing Arts

This is what effort looks like: https://t.co/ac5iG8Z8DC

05/02/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

Congratulations to all students and staff for a fabulous “first ever” Scholars Education Trust Music Festival!! A very special evening and the start of some great collaborations!! Well done everyone 😊

05/02/19

Retweeted From Eleri Salter

What an exceptional performance by all. Well done on a fantastic evening. Thank you too all staff for their hard work.

05/02/19

Retweeted From Alison Solomon

Fabulous concert with talented students

05/02/19

Retweeted From Yvonne Jacobs

Amazing performances by many very talented young and not so young. Loved minute! Well done and thank you ❤️

05/02/19

Retweeted From Tropic with Yvonne

Still buzzing and feeling very proud after tonight’s performance such an incredible bunch of talented musicians. Teachers are amazing too! Thank you for giving your all!

04/02/19

Retweeted From Madeleine

Thank you! What an amazing evening! Talented students, dedicated staff, slick organisation and spirited performances ❤️🎼🎹🎻🎷🎺

04/02/19

Congratulations to all the performers in tonight’s Trust Concert! You were all fabulous and should be very proud of yourselves!

04/02/19

Nearly ready to go - break a leg everyone! https://t.co/wNJLMGQh0d

04/02/19

Retweeted From Mr Wingar

Ready for the inaugural Musical Festival https://t.co/VpmX8RtD6w

04/02/19

Retweeted From YC Hertfordshire STA

Students in school made a great start on their unit of the Young Health Champions course and preparing for their peer message on Wednesday! https://t.co/hJ8dYXFKOL

04/02/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

SJL Concert Band rehearsing for tonight’s inaugural Scholar’s Education Trust Music Festival at the Alban Arena - still a few tickets left!! https://t.co/8RvP5FELPm

04/02/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Vacancy alert: are you a creative practitioner, seeking to engage with students from KS3 to KS5? Our dynamic faculty are seeking a Geography Teacher for Sept 2019 https://t.co/taokD0xGlP . . Those who can, teach! https://t.co/25q8YnPVX5

04/02/19

Final rehearsals are underway for this evening's inaugural Scholars' Education Trust Music Festival. We look forward to welcoming the SET community coming together for this music celebration https://t.co/SFyVelV2fo

04/02/19

Retweeted From Mr C Walker

Promoting the SRA Rugby Academy at the Girls Under 15 trials https://t.co/eykVj97dAt

04/02/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

Our latest newsletter is out now! https://t.co/4WXgtaCMH7 https://t.co/qgbJIUHJOh

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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