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23/10/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Thank you to our students, staff and families for working hard to create a safe and productive learning environment during our first half term back at school. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday 2 November 2020. https://t.co/2nFLpNO0EB

23/10/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Thank you to our students, staff and families for their tremendous support in this first half term of the 2020 academic year, we are proud of the commitment and dedication shown. Enjoy a safe and relaxing half term https://t.co/YzCNPhvWvM

23/10/20

As a trust we are immensely proud of our students and staff for the dedication they have shown over the start of this new academic year. We wish you all a safe and restful half term https://t.co/vRIk6JLn1O

22/10/20

Vacancy alert: are seeking a Social Science teacher to join their dynamic teaching team and offer an excellent CPD programme https://t.co/F2zOgUIhwy . . https://t.co/GTsUEWtxpw

21/10/20

Retweeted From Hertfordshire County Council

As half term approaches, please remember to Play Your Part and stick to the rule of 6. Read our tips on how to have a fun and safe half term https://t.co/H77nLyZdHM https://t.co/ToXvjELrLd

21/10/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

A bright moment on a wet autumnal day, the issuing of Headteacher Commendations. Congratulations to all the Year 10 students receiving their 'lockdown' Head's Commendations, especially those receiving multiple awards https://t.co/FhfBUXdKnv

21/10/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Celebrating diversity by researching Famous chef who have shown resilience. https://t.co/ES72Yh0cWG

19/10/20

A socially distanced Innovation Day for our Headteachers today - looking at how we develop our school improvement offer. https://t.co/2QGxuxDuuJ

19/10/20

Retweeted From Chartered College of Teaching

Our next window to apply and become a Fellow of the Chartered College closes soon! If you know someone who's been teaching for 10+ years, nominate them for Fellowship now: https://t.co/IZQMO69n7P https://t.co/oq0sCJIJAW

14/10/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Thank you to our display technician, Mrs Ralph, for the wonderfully bright and engaging displays around school, creating a positive and vibrant learning environment. https://t.co/3f9R5EUY81

14/10/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Crazy coordinates in Dahl class this morning, we have been learning how to translate shapes. https://t.co/Dj1TfXljIW

13/10/20

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13/10/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Harpenden Academy are offering live tours for new Reception parents Sept 2021. Please check out our Reception admissions page on our school website and book your school tour with our Headteacher and EYFS Leader https://t.co/rC0lwX3Mmn

05/10/20

In a year when the world stood still, thank you to all our staff who worked tirelessly for all the children in our care. Thank you, you make a difference every day https://t.co/B0a7DDZLJ2

01/10/20

Vacancy: are you an enthusiastic primary teacher, looking to share your skills in a nurturing environment? are seeking a part-time Primary Teacher to join them https://t.co/vqiP9vCBSC . . . https://t.co/ChFVOjAUz7

24/09/20

Thanks for the inspiration! https://t.co/hCvbS8wPw8

23/09/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

A great discussion in Dahl class about the UN rights of a child, we created our own class rights to learn https://t.co/qSwDx4GaXL

21/09/20

Retweeted From Andy Burnham

This will lose me a few votes. But forgive me. It doesn’t happen very often. https://t.co/kWgKr0WLNk

17/09/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

We can now share the moment Mr Gauthier received his prestigious award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School! Please click on the link to watch the full Ceremony. Congratulations again to Mr Gauthier. https://t.co/COXY5OOyje

17/09/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

This year's Open Evening on 7 October 2020 will now take place virtually and we will be announcing further details shortly. Please check back for updates! https://t.co/KabWJVYnvq https://t.co/fg2TrdsVMb

16/09/20

Retweeted From MyNewTerm

., situated in , are looking for a professional leader to join them as the Head of Design Technology. 📜Permanent | Full-Time | TLR1b 🗓️Closing Date: Midday, Monday 28th Sep, 2020 Apply online⬇️ https://t.co/NDrjx0w7Ij

16/09/20

Immense pride within Scholars' Education Trust as CEO Claire Robins presents Matt Gauthier, Headteacher Silver Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School. Congratulations from us all https://t.co/CQUf4n3UDw

14/09/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

More good news for SRA! We have been awarded Herts for Learning Primary Languages Quality Mark silver status. Congratulations to primary and secondary MFL departments! https://t.co/hBxgmNmwnj

10/09/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

We are delighted to announce that SRA will be a voice 21 school 2020-2021. We are excited about offering a high quality oracy education for every student and learning from this network. https://t.co/ZOKdQhPDRF

09/09/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

This year's Open Evening on 24th September 2020 will now take place virtually and we will be announcing further details on this. Please check back for updates! https://t.co/ZeFvausqJq

09/09/20

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

A reminder that RBA will be hosting a Virtual Open Evening tomorrow, 10th September from 6pm - 6.30pm. The Headteacher’s speech will begin at 6pm, just click on this link https://t.co/NygfjO26Rq. We look forward to sharing more about our school tomorrow evening. https://t.co/Fk5pC7se0j

08/09/20

Vacancy alert: looking for an opportunity to join an aspiring Media Faculty? are seeking a Media Teacher for maternity cover to join them https://t.co/xwh63clcDD . . . https://t.co/froZ8ZSaXl

07/09/20

Vacancy alert: we are seeking an Admin Assistant to join our experienced HR and Payroll team. Part-time, term-time permanent post. See website for further information https://t.co/ZiG9hU6vtl . . . https://t.co/PNb9KFKvu1

04/09/20

The first of Scholars' Education Trust secondary transfer open evenings for 2021 intake begins with . This year RBA are delivering a virtual open evening, highlighting all the opportunities on offer. Check out their website for further information https://t.co/qO26jVuUYo https://t.co/BHdkYMqKJD

01/09/20

We look forward to opening our doors to students across all our schools for the 2020/21 academic year... welcome to our new joiners and welcome back to those continuing their education journey with Scholars. https://t.co/o9DTwX4Kkh

24/08/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Vacancy alert: looking for a part-time opportunity with term-time hours? SJL are seeking a Receptionist to join their friendly Support Team, see school website for full details https://t.co/CLdGf5TP8L . . . https://t.co/fMah1jGFlC

20/08/20

Good luck to Year 11 students across the trust collecting their GCSE results today https://t.co/XX5YybXQiD

13/08/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

And more..... Well done yr 13! https://t.co/xBNAnXk1jR

13/08/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

More smiley faces! https://t.co/gs6KFfYAQo

13/08/20

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

It was so nice to see our students again this morning receiving the A-Level results they deserve. We are very proud of you all and we look forward to hearing about your future progress! https://t.co/4TxPmvxozP

13/08/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Congratulation to our yr 13 students who have coped brilliantly with the challenging circumstances of the past few months & are now moving on to the next stages of their careers where we know they will achieve great things. Some happy socially distanced photos attached! https://t.co/T4NIvWEYWt

13/08/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Good luck to Year 13 collecting their A level results today. Your exams may have been cancelled, however we remain immensely proud of you https://t.co/lNAltvw6Gk

13/08/20

Good luck to Year 13 students across the trust, collecting their A level results today https://t.co/51jYXuOVZn

17/07/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Thank you to all members of the SJL community for their support over this last term. We are immensely proud of all our students and staff for their dedication, adapting to these extraordinary times. We look forward to having a school full of students and staff once again. https://t.co/GFMAHo5Tms

17/07/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Our bumper end of year newsletter is out now... https://t.co/ejjebQfvcr https://t.co/wmCrXfbP6I

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.

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Bill Rammell

With a degree in French I spent my early career in Local Government and Higher Education management. I then served for 13 years as the MP for Harlow, the last 8 of those as a Government Minister at the Foreign Office and the MOD, but most relevantly as Minister of State for Further and Higher Education.

After 8 years as Vice Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire, I moved into the private sector at the end of 2019.

I have worked in and around Education all my working life and I have an absolute passion for the capacity of education to transform and change lives for the better.

I am keen to use my experience to help ensure all our students in the academy schools fulfil their potential and as many as possible benefit from going onto University.

In my spare time I’m a keen football and cricket follower, I’m an avid reader and I walk 40 miles a week.

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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