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22/01/20

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

Well done! https://t.co/92dUeRrEhM

22/01/20

Thanks to our amazing Members for their contributions to our AGM today (even dialling in from Helsinki!). We’re privileged to have their input and oversight as we plan for the future.

18/01/20

Retweeted From SJLScience

Amazing work being done by our very own https://t.co/5WwQE9JSZw

16/01/20

Congratulations to and Looking forward to sharing your work with all of our schools! https://t.co/VMkxhUfCX7

16/01/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Vacancy: looking for a new opportunity in the next academic year? Join a thriving faculty with impressive results, SJL are seeking a motivated Teacher of History https://t.co/3CFf6spVLJ . . https://t.co/KPs4Ekb3Bg

16/01/20

Retweeted From SRA_Geography

Red sky at the morning, shepherds take warning https://t.co/DdKM81quGt

15/01/20

We are delighted to announce tickets for the Scholars' Education Trust Concert on Tuesday 17 March are now on sale from https://t.co/PDuD6ypJ9c Please join us for a wonderful evening of music! https://t.co/V8oZ3Eq08h

15/01/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Vacancy: due to expansion within the faculty SJL are seeking a Teacher of RE to join their highly skilled teaching team https://t.co/ITgK9aeP2E . . https://t.co/mGo73fMdSu

15/01/20

Retweeted From Priory Academy PE

Unbelievable achievement as the Yr 8s have followed the Yr 7s into the National Cup 1/4 finals! So proud after 8-3 win away in Hastings! 2 teams still in comp at this stage - previous best was last 32 for any team !!!! https://t.co/1qfqGOqlD0

14/01/20

Retweeted From DfE

Tomorrow is the deadline for parents to apply for places at primary schools – read more on our media blog. https://t.co/Va4QmgJUU6

14/01/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Austen class LOVED making their own pop rockets to start their learning about Forces. We also finished the lesson with a good old tug of war using Magdeburg Spheres! https://t.co/CXzuZSbifY

14/01/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Congratulations to Lucas in Yr 11 who received his 10th Headteacher's Commendation for exceptional performance in GCSE History. Well done. https://t.co/iSuNHIfV5Z

13/01/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Diary reminder: Year 9 Music Showcase, Wednesday 15 January 2020 https://t.co/islgPSxZXk

13/01/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Our latest news is out now! https://t.co/LifJY0NVq6 https://t.co/auQl0rcU69

13/01/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Year six science launching rockets to kick off their forces topic and developing their data recording skills. https://t.co/IA2Afv3obX

13/01/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

External student interested in joining ? Please arrive for our Post 16 Information Evening at 6pm, for the external candidate presentation at 6.30pm https://t.co/166qpzOJjY

13/01/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Vacancy: looking for a new opportunity for 2020? Want a part-time term-time position? SJL are seeking a Repro/Admin Assistant to join their friendly support team https://t.co/HokKIZ0kpI . . https://t.co/OtD8vnWZe9

11/01/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Congratulations Gracie - we’re all very proud of you! https://t.co/XZ7aj9PHyH

11/01/20

Retweeted From SRA Art

It’s the end of a fantastic first week back, Happy New Year to you all. We also want to show off our y8 sealife-themed texture tiles, aren’t they spectacular! https://t.co/srbHpZtbs1

09/01/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Vacancy: looking to join a recognised exceptional Mathematics Faculty, with outstanding outcomes at all key stages? SJL are seeking a Teacher of Mathematics https://t.co/fCQV1tSWmA . . https://t.co/NZSFfqT2R4

08/01/20

Retweeted From Priory Academy PE

And the journey continues!!! Our Year 7s have made the National cup 1/4 finals!!! An amazing achievement to win 5-2 after being 1-0 and 2-1 down - we can’t be more proud. https://t.co/tuvcuwbek9

08/01/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Vacancy alert: interested in becoming a teacher? Looking for a rewarding career working with young people? SJL are seeking a Cover Supervisor https://t.co/dT3q5ZWvsn . . https://t.co/Qau3BKGHrY

07/01/20

Vacancies: looking for a new opportunity for 2020? have two part-time posts to join their friendly support team. See website for all current vacancies https://t.co/XuA77Evweb . . https://t.co/Jt63i46FrO

06/01/20

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

Fantastic to see our schools coming together to share good practice for our cross-trust INSET day. The focus of the keynote was on retrieval practice https://t.co/ehZ4cktAap

06/01/20

Retweeted From Rav

Welcoming our colleagues from this morning for our Keynote session ‘Linking Learning Together. A great chance to share good practice across the trust today https://t.co/uszjlVJy8g

06/01/20

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

leading Scholars’ Educational Trust INSET at on retrieval practice and techniques https://t.co/tfCaEW70UF

06/01/20

Lively discussion underway in our first session ⁦ https://t.co/5afDIy6A3x

06/01/20

Looking forward to a great Trust Inset day today - welcome back to all our SET staff!

04/01/20

Retweeted From Chartered College

Interested in joining the next cohort of our Chartered Teacher Programe? Find out more and how to apply: https://t.co/RCmyo0qqFx https://t.co/oDgmeMX1HC

01/01/20

Happy New Year from all at Scholars' Education Trust . . https://t.co/4yebSRpnuH

20/12/19

Wishing Scholars' Education Trust students, families and staff a very Merry Christmas . . https://t.co/QtMdXnfsxM

20/12/19

Scholars end of term newsletter is out now with highlights from schools from across the Trust https://t.co/woCwfD9zV8 https://t.co/WQd9Ci3Saq

18/12/19

Retweeted From SRA Primary

Teachers! Looking ahead to the new year? Be sure to sign up for our free Apple workshop on the 8th Jan 2020! https://t.co/1JyRZsEbT4

18/12/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

Tonight we’re full for our Award Evening . Amazing introduction from our students ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’. welcome parents and former students. https://t.co/r57boXyjYf

18/12/19

Retweeted From SRA Primary

Are you looking for a new opportunity for the new year? We have a great new role as Primary and Secondary teaching assistant! https://t.co/6QZXyDEjHB https://t.co/JQTfuDTmYx

18/12/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Vacancy: looking for a term time opportunity? are seeking a Teaching Assistant to join their dedicate support team https://t.co/cOsAwuNg2o . . https://t.co/bhhnvYFEze

18/12/19

Vacancy: looking for a term time opportunity? are seeking a Teaching Assistant to join their dedicate support team https://t.co/cOsAwuNg2o . . https://t.co/bhhnvYFEze

17/12/19

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Thank you to everyone who came to our inspirational Drama industry and alumni lunch it was a great forum for discussing pathways into the performance world!#Dramaworld https://t.co/z3BiqwzqFy

17/12/19

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Fantastic final cross country of 2019 with the traditional trip to Simmonds! So proud of the children’s progress in stamina, speed and resilience this term. https://t.co/nPkLe2Hbc5

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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