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18/10/18

Vacancy alert: have a passion for English literature? Trust school are seeking an inspirational English Teacher to join their team. See school website for further details https://t.co/X772Vqhhut https://t.co/wi6zSSSZR9

17/10/18

Congratulations to Trust CEO Claire Robins, receiving her OBE today https://t.co/4v3vkXaXL0

17/10/18

Vacancy alert: enthusiastic about Science? Trust school are seeking a Science Teacher to join their dynamic team. See school website for full application details https://t.co/ODxJAr1GDy https://t.co/daB1oDtXYg

17/10/18

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

We’ve got the fantastic artist Jon Hicks at Harpenden Academy today, what on earth could he be painting here? https://t.co/vyrPBcQIcm

16/10/18

Retweeted From Football Foundation

Last Friday, presenter and Football Foundation Ambassador, joined us at the official opening of 's new artificial grass pitch. The new facility is set to contribute to more than 250 new female footballers 🙌 https://t.co/p0iXMrZvwj https://t.co/sugXHp87uj

15/10/18

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

The forecast is looking fine for the weekend, for our Eco-Schools Gardening Day. If you are able to give up a little of your time to help, please contact the team (details attached) https://t.co/ukq6JcUla3

15/10/18

Retweeted From SRA Primary

Thank you to the Mayor of St Albans for attending the official opening of our fantastic new 3G pitches on Friday! ⚽⚽⚽ https://t.co/CuneKykkt8

15/10/18

Amazing! https://t.co/qUr78U0pm9

15/10/18

A fantastic addition to Trust school https://t.co/6bEyoIxGzi

13/10/18

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

SJL sax ensemble performing at the HertsCam Masters Graduation https://t.co/LnHpyifrXG

13/10/18

Retweeted From Georgie Bingham

Thanks to everyone for having me this afternoon! Super 💨 💨 💨 for their 3G pitch opening! Much fun. Thanks too!! https://t.co/st1GDBJ84E

13/10/18

Congratulations to all at and on the official opening of this great facility! https://t.co/jWzIpWYKZQ

13/10/18

Retweeted From Football Foundation

😁 Great afternoon at for the official unveiling of their fantastic new facility! Big thanks to FF Ambassador, for doing the honours. https://t.co/UZlqX7za27

11/10/18

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Art

Ms Richardson, Mr Higgins & Y9 Textiles students sewn panels in Community Project 'Tea Flora Tales' . Installation on show at Knitting & Stitching Show Alexandra Palace London, led by Textiles Artist Cas Holmes is to raise awareness about wildflowers & their habitats. https://t.co/BrIqsQBMWe

11/10/18

Vacancy alert: committed, have an eye for detail and seeking part-time casual contract? have opportunities for exam invigilators to join their friendly team, see school website for full application details https://t.co/CorTuVATPn https://t.co/zkxCah2YLX

10/10/18

What a great cause to support. Good luck on the book sale. https://t.co/0BFUo0fTc7

08/10/18

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

Congratulations to our Year 12 student Skye Major - Tae Kwon Do English open champion and 2nd Dan Black belt ! Well done Skye! https://t.co/VUU0UXR1i9

05/10/18

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

This week's newsletter out now https://t.co/P3jIEX3FXO https://t.co/1eUPv1jCoX

05/10/18

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Celebrating our teachers on . A big thank you for all that you do supporting and inspiring our students https://t.co/YrBHBtTgm1

05/10/18

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Vacancy alert: have a passion for History and looking to join a thriving History Department? Vacancy for History Teacher (maternity cover), ability to teach Geography an advantage. See website for full details https://t.co/XzyNdl9N39 https://t.co/xqSlCC5V4l

04/10/18

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

There are currently some fantastic vacancies within our school's trust https://t.co/vnrkMtliOg

04/10/18

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

https://t.co/MF1eVe01S0 Calling all teachers! Make sure you sign up to our launch event which will introduce our programme for the year and an opportunity to see iPads in action in the classroom!

04/10/18

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Tours still available for the morning of Tuesday 9 October, limited space available. Highlights from yesterday's Open Evening can be seen on the school's Facebook page now https://t.co/BXNLC33c6Z https://t.co/Ix3iBi7Hmq

03/10/18

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Many thanks to all the families who came to SJL Open Evening 2018, immense thanks to our team of students for their support as guides and faculty helpers. Day tours still available by contacting Reception https://t.co/2sczHtcxDe

03/10/18

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

First Head teacher talk is underway, further talks at 7pm and 8pm. An opportunity to hear from some of our students, as well as a chance to see the new school video https://t.co/21eNhcExHk

03/10/18

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

We look forward to welcoming prospective students and parents to this evening's Open Evening, Head Teacher talks are able to be booked on arrival https://t.co/lW3tfXMOVI

03/10/18

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Vacancy alert: eager to extend children's learning and make it fun? SJL are seeking a Teaching Assistant/Interventions Co-ordinator to join their friendly Support Team https://t.co/qdnlYJtZRw https://t.co/rHcdYlpPN6

02/10/18

Retweeted From SJL Oxfam

SJL student campaigners Polly, Katie & Amelia meeting with our MP Bim Afolami at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham to discuss refugees 'stand as one' & Send my friend 'make schools safe' campaigns. https://t.co/5J6hzmCkiC

02/10/18

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Vacancy alert: have a love of books? Our vibrant library is seeking a part-time term-time Library Assistant. See school website for vacancy details https://t.co/WL3zrq9uNH https://t.co/UOE6uQvjls

02/10/18

Retweeted From SJL Oxfam

Our SJL student campaigners together with other send my friend champions and our local MP Bim Afolami at the conservative party conference https://t.co/DLuqun295m

28/09/18

Retweeted From Matt Bourn

Amazing to see my daughter's school & my home golf club on as part of build-up. Go https://t.co/xa8vTQsK9c

28/09/18

Retweeted From SRA_Geography

Was great to see so many young students and parents attempt to make earthquake proof buildings. https://t.co/2vEORIHgb4

28/09/18

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

Looking for a part-time school based role? We currently have a great vacancy for a Midday supervisor at our expanding academy! https://t.co/ra8ZOZeeOO

28/09/18

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Proud to be supporting and , the chosen Prefects' Charities for 2018-2019 https://t.co/NdGDLwaW4M

28/09/18

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

What an amazing effort this morning from everyone. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts - your effort to bake over 2000 cakes is overwhelming. Please bring your pennies at pick up - there are still some delicious cakes left. A successful coffee morning! https://t.co/BHolhfry9p

28/09/18

Retweeted From SRA - English

Some lovely comments from our students written for SRA Open Evening yesterday! https://t.co/rc9P5IGtaa

27/09/18

Retweeted From SRA Drama

Open Evening ready...😂🙈👌 https://t.co/xiyDXK8oRz

27/09/18

Retweeted From SRA Art

What an exciting, vibrant & extremely busy open evening that was! It was great meeting everyone who came to see our lovely school this eve!!

27/09/18

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Coffee morning tmw to support those fighting cancer. Leftovers for sale after school. Let’s reach our target of 2000 cakes. Happy baking! https://t.co/hARv0BTVEq

27/09/18

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Date for the diary: 3 October 2018, is our Secondary Transfer Evening for prospective students, we look forward to seeing you there! School tours will be available to be booked on the evening for the first two weeks of October. https://t.co/H64dMRtcnK

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.

Amar Barot

I have two daughters currently in the primary phase of Samuel Ryder Academy.  I joined the SRA governing body in 2014 and the Trust Board the following year.  I currently sit on the Trust board and also the Finance and Audit Committee.

I am a CIMA qualified accountant with 25 years local government finance experience, primarily supporting Education and Children's Services.  I have extensive knowledge of the school funding regime and over the years have both supported and challenged schools on their budget plans to ensure effective use of resources.  I believe my experience will help support the continued success of the trust.

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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