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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

17/07/20

Retweeted From SRA Primary

Year 6 had a fantastic afternoon making their very own ice cream in a bag! The toppings were a huge hit! 🍨🍬👩‍🍳👨‍🍳 https://t.co/jnZ4FIOaPM

17/07/20

Retweeted From Priory Academy

The Priory Academy Newsletter & arrangements for September https://t.co/d8ZfqD7p2L https://t.co/4ozRuwReSQ

17/07/20

Retweeted From SRA Primary

Candy floss was a huge hit! Thank you to the PTA for the machine and also the sweets! 🍬🍭#schoolsoutforsummer https://t.co/0JJsM0yqOV

17/07/20

Retweeted From SRA Primary

Yummy!! 🍭🍬 https://t.co/qziWetiHkx

17/07/20

Retweeted From Priory Academy

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17/07/20

Retweeted From RBA School Gardening

Have a great summer of gardening everyone 🌻 https://t.co/rJc4YOeVu5

17/07/20

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

Wishing everyone in the RBA Family a happy and safe summer break! See you all in September. Thank you for all your support!

17/07/20

We are immensely proud of all our students and staff for their dedication, adapting to these extraordinary times. Thank you to all members of the SET community for their support, commitment and hard work over this last term. We look forward to busy schools, full of students soon! https://t.co/g5cCr74lrK

15/07/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year’s virtual event. Well done Hepworth House on their victory. https://t.co/hwnmFHZo1b

15/07/20

Retweeted From SRA - English

What an amazing achievement. Well done, Summer! https://t.co/VqjPHtAMX9

15/07/20

Retweeted From SRA Art

This week’s theme is ‘Mythical Creatures’! Can you create your own creature or can you draw/paint/make your favourite one? Miss Charman’s sea serpent was created using watercolours and coloured pencil and Mrs Wilkinson’s mermaid was painted with watercolours... https://t.co/ZawAoGPjxP

15/07/20

Retweeted From Priory Academy

Wednesday's puzzle - comment with your answer and the solution will be posted tomorrow morning! https://t.co/Hh1KwirC7B

15/07/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

We want to give students coming back into Yrs 10 & 12 advance notice of work experience dates for next year, so they can begin to source a placement over the summer break, should they wish to. Private placement forms can be found on school website https://t.co/4nI9D9qtzV https://t.co/24Zm78gCK7

15/07/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

As thoughts turn to the 2020/21 academic year, we are delighted to announce the new Heads of School https://t.co/Cyz4U82nso

15/07/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Wellbeing Wednesday: talk https://t.co/9BpTdb4JW7

15/07/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

The final cut has been made and what an entertaining and thought provoking record of lockdown it is! Well done to all the KS 3 contributors and to Miss Woolrych and Mr Fletcher who produced and edited it! The link is in the end of term newsletter!#dramamatters https://t.co/dHjL5WW8tF

15/07/20

Retweeted From RBA_RE

Junior Leadership Team ZOOM CONFERENCE - What a superb JLT meeting today! Thank you everybody. https://t.co/Un0IvU15CK

15/07/20

Retweeted From RBA Performing Arts

We are proud to present the "RBA Performing Arts Virtual Showcase". The Performing Arts team have been incredibly proud of the performances students have done throughout the year! Check it out on the link below! https://t.co/y9QLI7NxEr

14/07/20

Some very talented performers there!

13/07/20

Retweeted From SRA_Maths

A fascinating insight into the power of embedding a research culture within the entire https://t.co/3tboOYXVfn

13/07/20

Thank you for the opportunity!

13/07/20

Retweeted From ChilternTSA

Lots of research ideas provided to Trust middle leaders... https://t.co/S6Zr7H6EOB

13/07/20

Retweeted From ChilternTSA

Claire talking about preparation for CEO role & giving women opportunities for the highest positions. Thank you Claire. https://t.co/Y5yifEOOq1

13/07/20

Retweeted From Arv Kaushal

9am today on we have Claire Robins OBE of discussing how research can be used to drive innovation & improvement. Follow to join the discussion Register in advance for this webinar: https://t.co/ydAH53JoJr https://t.co/RJW29vN1yL

10/07/20

Retweeted From CLT

The final fab week of our before we move to more free brill Online training with in the Autumn - the super CEO, Claire on Mon. The driving force behind our school improvement & & fab https://t.co/Zpjwaqo0jF

10/07/20

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

Our (virtual) Summer Creative Arts Exhibition 2020 is now available - thanks to ⁦https://t.co/3tIHKqxEg6

10/07/20

Retweeted From SRA Primary

Well done to the amazing Summer for her brilliant 500 words on Black Lives Matter. She is through the first round! 🤩📚📝 https://t.co/KceZfApvku

09/07/20

Retweeted From Sarah Ray

CEO Wellbeing Steering Group – July 2020. CEOs shared concerns for operational staff, who have faced a great deal of pressure. School business professionals leading on premises, finances, HR, procurement and planning https://t.co/CiJI12MLt3

08/07/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

For Year 11 and 13 students: On Friday 10 July at 10am, the Prime Minister will be giving an address to all school leavers which will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube. A recording of the address will be available to view on both platforms. https://t.co/d03EahBhMV

07/07/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Year six printers are experimenting with collagraphy as a medium for sharing key messages from the Oval Heritage project. https://t.co/bBQpck71sJ

06/07/20

Looking for a contract teaching post for September? are seeking a Media Teacher, for maternity cover, to work in their dynamic teaching team https://t.co/dplDXQgSfJ . . . https://t.co/MBg0wuJehm

02/07/20

Have found this so useful to be part of and have shared the outcomes with so many others! https://t.co/ErZLFbTLbA

02/07/20

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

Year 6 into 7 Transition Evening (Thurs 2nd July) – we look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 families to our virtual transition evening tonight. Please log in from 5pm for a prompt 5.15pm start. See letter for log in details.

01/07/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Brilliant performances - well done all! https://t.co/kEvCSMKiAL

30/06/20

Looking to join an educational trust with an excellent IT infrastructure? are seeking a Senior IT Technician to join their IT Support Team, full details can be found on school website https://t.co/ua2ZBIgqdK . . . https://t.co/wfbVzHdCEM

29/06/20

Looking forward to it - we’ve come a long way since we started on this journey together. https://t.co/44FtUWBzBQ

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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