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11/12/19

Vacancy: looking for a new opportunity in 2020? Scholars' have an exciting vacancy for a Finance Assistant https://t.co/bUjRYaml3Z . . . https://t.co/JROYHBfh0J

10/12/19

Vacancy: looking to join an expanding education trust? are seeking a KS2/KS3 Teacher to join their teaching team for 2020 https://t.co/UzRSkPb4O6 . . . https://t.co/YYPzBKGevJ

09/12/19

Retweeted From MyNewTerm

. have a unique opportunity for an ambitious Teacher of Mandarin to join their secondary school in April 2020 or June/July 2020 for NQT's. 📜MPS (London fringe) 🗓️Closing Date: Midnight, Friday 20th Dec, 2019 Apply online⬇️ https://t.co/ykkrcgq8LL

07/12/19

Retweeted From SRA_Maths

winning the 'Best Mission Plan' award at RAF Hendon go team STEM https://t.co/RetKdt7RuP

04/12/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Opening night, are you ready? We are! Sir John Lawes School presents The Upper School Musical 2019 - Chicago School Edition by Fosse, Kander & Ebb https://t.co/8xa8yGRoif

04/12/19

Retweeted From Teach in Herts

New job at Sir John Lawes School: Apprentice IT/Media Support Technician in Harpenden, Herts. Closing date: 16/12/2019 https://t.co/qtbRRzUiCf https://t.co/YOnPp8EGel

04/12/19

Retweeted From Teach in Herts

New job at Sir John Lawes School: IT Media Support Technician in Harpenden, Herts. Closing date: 16/12/2019 https://t.co/VY1JcQ7gAw https://t.co/qmTMYJsEei

04/12/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Congratulations to Elizabeth in Yr 12 who received her 15th Headteacher's Commendation today. Fantastic achievement. https://t.co/WuXeKTrdcL

04/12/19

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Learning lots about Charles Dickens’ life and the lives of rich Victorians by exploring his house. https://t.co/e46KsmVTh1

02/12/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Have you got tickets for Chicago? This year's Upper School Musical is set to be a musical sensation, catchy and timeless lyrics it is not to be missed. Last remaining tickets available. Tickets can be purchased via ParentPay https://t.co/w8D5TKSFZc https://t.co/njIv5ISdYs

02/12/19

Retweeted From SRA Music

TICKETS for our production of SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL are on sale from today on parent pay! Please come and support our students- it's going to be FABULOUS! https://t.co/iAExp5blnX

29/11/19

Intense concentration from our SLT teams at the start of our annual conference. Valuable input from Kay Leach as always https://t.co/miVozCo1mE

28/11/19

Retweeted From SJL Climate Action Group

This climate strike was set up by the Sir John Lawes School Climate Action Group, a group of environmentally concerned students and teachers at SJL, worried about the future of our planet https://t.co/OyMInJ5OF9

28/11/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

SRA sixth Form at the UN in Geneva https://t.co/le5wIcQR8L

27/11/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

Teachers! Don't forget to sign up to this fantastic course next week https://t.co/A7PAEuwxjs

27/11/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

To book your place on a trial for the Post 16 SRA Rugby Academy, please go to https://t.co/RUfdQhperI https://t.co/B340nIflQh

22/11/19

Retweeted From Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

CEO visits pupils today in Harpenden to present HCT Superstar awards for all their help making an innovative HPV immunisation awareness video - congratulations! https://t.co/bq6dJNZArw

22/11/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

More exciting news of our growing Sports Academy! https://t.co/fFroWoDEh7

21/11/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

So much to see at exhibition https://t.co/qlNZG9bwfx

21/11/19

Congratulations to on a hugely successful conference https://t.co/C70BEzQN4h

21/11/19

Retweeted From Hertfordshire County Council

Thank you for your support of Hertfordshire's campaign, looks like there are loads of great activities happening at the school. More info at https://t.co/bPynjKnngx https://t.co/vhgckbwbV7

21/11/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Students engaging in a variety of activities led by Youth Connexion Student Leaders, thanks to for their facilitation support. Great discussions on mental health, looking at marketing campaigns and impact of social media https://t.co/XoC7AdbDsa

20/11/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

Looking at Post-16 opportunities? Don't miss our Post 16 Open Evening next week! https://t.co/QCKFijoYaE

18/11/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Last few spaces remaining for Thursday's Safetalk Training in association with . Please email emontgomery.herts.sch.uk to secure a place . . Tell Ask Listen KeepSafe https://t.co/5Xt4pNR64a

18/11/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

SJL are hosting their first Wellbeing Conference. The conference will include workshops related to health and wellbeing, parents are invited to come along 11.40am - 12.30pm. Please confirm attendance by end of today Monday 18 November to sjlyounghealth.com https://t.co/4LiOw8uGlU

18/11/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

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16/11/19

Congratulations Simon! https://t.co/gu3JfdSGLP

15/11/19

Our first meeting today. Thanks for the opportunity to hear from inspirational speakers and to get to network with colleagues from &

15/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

URGENT RUGBY ANNOUNCEMENT: After last minute problems with Minibuses and Staffing please can as many Year 7, 8 & 9 players make their own way to Dame Alice Owens tomorrow (9am meet) Please spread the word and offer lifts to those in need, limited bus space (SJL 8.30am meet)

15/11/19

And we’re enjoying listening to you! https://t.co/Xra1E8NVIc

13/11/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

We are delighted to announce the launch of the SRA Football Academy for Post-16 students, in conjunction with Watford Community Sports & Education Trust! ⚽⚽⚽ https://t.co/SIibF2f7AJ

13/11/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

A great turn out for our Sixth Form Open Evening, tonight . A very busy and enjoyable night. Aim high and work hard, this is your future. https://t.co/rzD9XbXBpR https://t.co/0b8vUgynjI

13/11/19

Retweeted From Hertfordshire RTC

Thrilled to be presented with our plaque today at the ADS conference. Great day with lots of ideas to take away ⁦https://t.co/g909iQIa6y

12/11/19

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

That pesky dinosaur is back in our EYFS garden again! https://t.co/rnItCABxvS

12/11/19

Retweeted From SJLtandl

Thought provoking session from about the innovations at at the conference this morning. Good to have the opportunity to think about things being done in different ways!

12/11/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Vacancy alert: do you possess excellent communication and admin skills? We want you! We are seeking an Administration/Data Assistant to join our friendly support team https://t.co/FUrVHs93UN . . . https://t.co/fUwCFa8Xsz

11/11/19

Congratulations on the publication of your first iBook. Great to share creative learning and demonstrating education excellence. Well done. https://t.co/XoT9C1JJZq

11/11/19

Retweeted From Hertfordshire RTC

Great to see us the local newspaper! St Albans school Samuel Ryder Academy named Apple Distinguished School | Education | Herts Advertiser https://t.co/8sGHX4m1qQ

08/11/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

A powerful assembly and a fantastic £100 raised through the sale of charity wristbands for by Yr 11 students https://t.co/kxL9p8AkKl

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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