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22/01/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Sixth Form: what makes a successful independent learner? Ms Ollerenshaw has produced an informative promotional video to help you in these important sixth form years https://t.co/8ys9KnGGsU Video can be found under the independent study section https://t.co/RX1Kh2rNx7

21/01/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Our virtual wall of positivity has been created to uplift our school and the wider community during remote learning/lockdown. We hope you enjoy reading our moments, like this one from Daniel in Yr 7. Isn't it lovely? https://t.co/22WhegGt0i https://t.co/aH9WwNGewG

21/01/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

We've had some lovely positive moments come through today. Don't forget to share yours. https://t.co/FuBqARfXYg https://t.co/6gLabfZOun

19/01/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

As we spend more time online during the remote learning period, Mr Hoque suggests turning off the blue light settings on your device sometimes known as night shift. Find this under your PC or iPad display and brightness settings. https://t.co/66EIXQFaQ5

12/01/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Ahead of this evening's Sixth Form Open Evening webinar from Head of Sixth Form, Ms Rickard, we welcome students/parents to review the subject presentations which are now available on the school website https://t.co/jHnH18CLcJ https://t.co/sg9LpNEc7l

11/01/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Just one week left to get applications in, apply now! SJL are seeking an enthusiastic, creative teacher to lead their dedicated SEND team. Interested? Visit website for application form and further information https://t.co/4eQigkDWOD . . https://t.co/g1BhqQOoYw

11/01/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Thought for the Week: Kindness https://t.co/pILru4wTWV

11/01/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Samuel Ryder Academy is rapidly expanding, and seeks an enthusiastic and inspirational Physics Teacher to teach across our age and ability range. For more information, please visit our website https://t.co/dCCqxqROtN https://t.co/aI171ZmTDC

07/01/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Remote education? We’ve got you 🤗 Check out our free guides to lockdown learning for teachers, parents and children. Apple: https://t.co/jh1gcxpOrk Android: https://t.co/tyECkMThVt Desktop: https://t.co/1EArtLKeYV https://t.co/oQxfrGvIPp

06/01/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

A reminder for those looking to join our Sixth Form. The application deadline is tomorrow, Thursday 7th January 2021. You can find full information and the online application form on our website. We look forward to hearing from you. https://t.co/FXrRZZsgFc https://t.co/Dxr53EStNB

05/01/21

Following yesterday’s announcement, we are immensely proud of the dedication of our staff as they move to remote learning. Thank you to students and parents/carers for your ongoing support, remember our staff are there to support you at this challenging time. https://t.co/0IbrYzgPCj

04/01/21

We are looking for you! are seeking a friendly and organised individual to join their admin team as a Receptionist. To apply https://t.co/a0pvNSlPdD . . https://t.co/Du0i2OGYij

04/01/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Post-16 Open Event 12 January 2021, 6.30pm: registration is now open for our Sixth Form virtual Open Evening. Follow link to register for webinar including presentation from Head of Sixth Form https://t.co/tJQqLrZCWX https://t.co/HEsrSNrVUb

01/01/21

Wishing all students and staff across the Trust a healthy and happy 2021 https://t.co/RRFrX9xVdc

18/12/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

In an unprecedented year, we could not be prouder of our students and staff - thank you! As we close our doors for the holidays, all there is left to say is we wish the entire SJL community a safe and very Merry Christmas 🎄 https://t.co/uMMc0SFxby

18/12/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

What a term we've had! We would like to thank our students, staff and their families for the most amazing support during this unprecedented time. We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to welcoming students back in January 2021. https://t.co/hkNhXsS2Rn

18/12/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year's competition. Mr Higgins and Ms Robins were amazed at the quality of entries this year and had a tough decision narrowing them down. Without further ado 🥇 First Place 🥇 well done Leah, 8R https://t.co/cJzYf6UpGg

18/12/20

We would like to send our warmest wishes to all our students and staff, wishing our community a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! https://t.co/V1y0JmOvfq

17/12/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Our Sixth Form students are loving their new space. To view our open, comfortable and collaborative new Sixth Form centre, please take a look at the Post-16 Information on our website. https://t.co/rr6asqGUgG https://t.co/DHhMuHee6X

16/12/20

A beautiful festive celebration... https://t.co/wXXJRkRYRm

15/12/20

We are hiring! Scholars' Education Trust are seeking a Finance Manager to join their centralised Finance Team. Do you have a finance background? Interested? For more information and to apply https://t.co/5YcF4Xml7E https://t.co/sQroMc0Kn4

10/12/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Our creative faculty are making sure students do not miss out on all the Christmas festivities 🎄 https://t.co/n8XvJcGczg

09/12/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Due to the current unprecedented times, our usual Post-16 Information evening will be replaced with a virtual event on Tuesday, 12 January 2021 and more information will be available shortly on how to book onto this evening on our dedicated page https://t.co/tdTeEA31o6 https://t.co/bmqsPMVg5U

07/12/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Alas this year's Christmas Form Decorating competition has been postponed, so instead we want to spread some festive cheer by way of supporting 🎁 Christmas Present Appeal 2020 🎁 https://t.co/SpDt91f8rr https://t.co/WJ37S9puXD

07/12/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

For those interested in a 2021 reception place at Samuel Ryder Academy, you can now find information regarding our primary phase including a virtual tour on our website. https://t.co/7iacU5DSR5 https://t.co/NWvk4oQ4ug

04/12/20

Retweeted From Rav

We ran a Middle Leaders’ CPD event this evening. It was our first live webinar as a T&L team 🙌🏽 https://t.co/aqbvWxpZdq

03/12/20

Applications close next week for: 🗒️ Receptionist 🗒️ Finance Business Partner 🗒️ SENDCo and Teaching Assistant Apply now! https://t.co/MBt1xAqTTg https://t.co/BEQjBHNyft

02/12/20

We're hiring! Scholars' Education Trust are seeking a Finance Business Partner to join their centralised Finance Team. Do you have a finance background? Interested? For more information and to apply https://t.co/HfLNiqZZVp . . https://t.co/KuvM0oJoBR

02/12/20

Retweeted From HertsCam

Harry Inman’s project on Developing retrieval practice at Sir John Lawes School. A wonderful example of the impact of Teacher Led Development Work https://t.co/as3HHfaUT6 https://t.co/eedAC2cK6e

01/12/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

❄️ proudly present "12 Musical Days of Christmas" https://t.co/uLE1oqGXru https://t.co/Phm2HxXbxK

01/12/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Just a reminder that the deadline for the library's Christmas jumper competition is Friday 4 December https://t.co/c7eS1hM7oo

01/12/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Good morning. Today we are excited to launch the Samuel Ryder Academy Winter Wellbeing Digital Calendar for students and staff to enjoy in class or at home during the festive season. https://t.co/jYU0qbcics

26/11/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Our virtual Post-16 Information Evening is now available on our website and we look forward to helping you with the important decision of what and where you want to study after your GCSEs. https://t.co/LTUjWTFVk7 https://t.co/ZkGWOW9K6O

26/11/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

As part of our Post-16 Information Event today, we will be showcasing our unique Sports Academy which offers Sixth Form entry with dedicated sports coaching. https://t.co/FXrRZZsgFc https://t.co/Qh0w4glKD9

26/11/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Beautiful welcome cards from Year Six to their care home buddies as part of our Small Acts of Kindness project. These cards will light up the residents’ faces... https://t.co/Gdwa8rDNvk

25/11/20

Congratulations to all the nominees in this year’s , all worthy winners. Immense pride within for Matt Gauthier, Headteacher Silver Winner for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School. Congratulations from us all https://t.co/lA34pNHw81

25/11/20

Vacancy alert: looking for a non teaching role in education? Scholars have support vacancies within the Trust for Finance Business Partner, Receptionist and Teaching Assistant. See website for details and to apply! https://t.co/wJXIlqHKvi . . https://t.co/JjJSBZP9dJ

24/11/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

We look forward to welcoming those applying for Sixth Form to our Virtual Open Evening on Thursday 26th November. You can now find out all about the evening we have planned on our website https://t.co/rqKv3Y4EgR https://t.co/v5FLoQUDnH

23/11/20

Retweeted From @TeachingAwards

It's Gold Winners week! We'll be celebrating some of our wonderful 2020 Gold Winners Monday to Friday with daily features on . Follow us for live updates and watch TONIGHT to hear more about their inspiring stories. https://t.co/GVCydQIzsY

23/11/20

Retweeted From Alison Peacock

Thank you for celebrating our teaching profession in the week ahead, providing warm recognition for teachers & wider support colleagues throughout education at this time https://t.co/J1LvUy5Fhj

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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