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18/10/19

Congratulations from all at too! https://t.co/nrrsExmYKb

18/10/19

Thanks to the team who carried out our first peer review of the year at this week. Great to be sharing insight and advice across the schools.

17/10/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

As the school continues to celebrate Black History Month, today our Headteacher welcomed , who took time out from filming EastEnders to specifically come and talk to our students about his career. Fascinating talk. Happy 80th Birthday too! https://t.co/Q5lAsgsjk2

16/10/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

First Deloitte mentoring session of 2019 for Year 12! https://t.co/yS2BwxBX18

16/10/19

Congratulations to all the students that took part in the championships. winning the UK Go Challenge School Champions title and winning the primary school category https://t.co/Am2Vh3PIJa

15/10/19

Congratulations , well done to all the pupils involved. https://t.co/7CRtecjwJI

14/10/19

Vacancy: looking to join a dynamic teaching team, committed to their students? are seeking an English Teacher for the remainder of the academic year. See website for further details https://t.co/Pl1Ly6zZbD . . https://t.co/fikuiKfsLz

14/10/19

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

An inspirational assembly from one of our brave year 5 children celebrating National organ donation day after a liver transplant saved her life. https://t.co/iEu73sZWtL

12/10/19

Great to see so ⁦⁩ so well represented at the ⁦⁩ recruitment fair this morning! ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/LZEE5kZUln

11/10/19

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

SJLs big soup share amazing pumpkin and squash soup made from produce from our eco garden ⁦ https://t.co/u3nlgvg1m9

10/10/19

Retweeted From YC Hertfordshire STA

Great Session with young health Champions in planning the It's going to be a great event please get in touch if you would like to be involved! https://t.co/fHAMtWNAKA

08/10/19

Retweeted From Mrs Schillaci

Fantastic presentation on the new EIF from Al Mistrano HMI, hosted by this evening. Lots of deep thinking ahead!

08/10/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Vacancy alert: do you work in facilities and looking for the next step? SJL and are seeking a Site Manager to oversea both schools. See website for more information https://t.co/CpZ4tLZ0Zf . . https://t.co/s7L6XSni8r

07/10/19

Massive thanks to all our wonderful governors and trustees who braved a miserable evening for an excellent update!

03/10/19

Vacancy alert: do you have estate management experience? Looking to make a difference in the education sector? Scholars' are seeking an Estates Manager to oversee their school portfolio. See website for details https://t.co/77AOkcgyrX . . https://t.co/Ue4SVqUDP6

01/10/19

Vacancy alert: are you a middle leader looking for the next step? are seeking KS2 Assistant Headteacher to join their Senior Team. See website for further information https://t.co/TeA0DXNFde . . https://t.co/A9QMMsKMPq

01/10/19

Vacancy alert: looking to join a dynamic teaching team? are seeking a English Teacher for a contract posting. NQT's welcome to apply. See website for further details https://t.co/Aqc5ktQljf . . https://t.co/p1v26z8gP6

26/09/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Our immense thanks to our wonderful alumni who came along to celebrate the school's 80th Celebrations. Photo highlights: https://t.co/En92esvh2R https://t.co/z6rZsVPNjj

26/09/19

This evening throw open their doors to welcome prospective students to their annual Open Evening. We wish them a success event https://t.co/BaGFFI5llw

25/09/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Delighted to announce that SJL has just had our International School Award renewed again. Amazing to consider all we have achieved since we first received the award in 2006!

23/09/19

Retweeted From SRA Primary

Are you looking for a new part-time role? A fab opportunity has opened up at Scholars' Education Trust, based at Samuel RyderAcademy! https://t.co/2hKq0ed06Q

23/09/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

We’ve had so many visitors this afternoon! Lovely to see so many familiar faces. https://t.co/PiyK2JJXad

22/09/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Barbara Hastings (nee Leaking) one of the very first Manland Secondary students in 1939 has joined us today! https://t.co/E1BAHfjbIR

21/09/19

Retweeted From Sandringham School

Opening to the Alban TSA conference delivered by Claire Robbins OBE - an exciting day of professional development for primary and secondary teachers across the district. https://t.co/lVgoe1INxK

19/09/19

Vacancy alert: do you possess excellent numeracy skills? Looking for a career in education? Scholars' are seeking a Payroll Assistant to join their friendly team. See website for further information https://t.co/M6RqPmrhXW . . https://t.co/g67neMHVr4

18/09/19

Retweeted From SJLtandl

Going through materials in preparations for our school’s 80th anniversary and quite enjoying this eg of planning from the 1960s....#teacherworkload https://t.co/u8iYPGbD92

17/09/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Thought for the Week allows students to engage in thinking beyond the everyday matters to ideas of local, national or global concern, and often asks students to focus on issues relating to citizenship and relationships. Look out for the weekly Thought and Word of the Week. https://t.co/bNB7Aq4Pmu

16/09/19

Vacancies: Are you interested in working for Scholars' Education Trust? We offer excellent staff training and development opportunities. See website for latest vacancies https://t.co/BtZ4F72Vlo . . https://t.co/UlFPWIgW1O

16/09/19

Huge thank you to , Ingleton Wood and the site team for completion of upgrades to the site security at we feel blue fencing to upgrade the security really compliments the tennis courts. https://t.co/bTTqI5H92e

12/09/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

It’s getting busy - already 500 people waiting to get for Open Evening! https://t.co/zSYoQNGwfE

12/09/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

Our Headteacher welcoming our prospective parents this evening for our Open Evening. A busy and fantastic night! https://t.co/2PyFL7VA8q

12/09/19

Fabulous buzz at tonight’s Open Evening! Great to see so many smiling faces!

12/09/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

They have passed the interview and now they have completed the training - time for RBAs new Year 11 Prefects to lead https://t.co/xLhSC9TCc6

12/09/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

We are looking forward to supporting another superb community event with https://t.co/fNFVoSWUn5

12/09/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

We look forward to welcoming prospective students to the Sir John Lawes Open Evening, Wednesday 2 October 2019. Headteacher talks 6.05pm, 7pm and 8pm (tickets for talks allocated on arrival). Daytime tours will be available to book on the evening https://t.co/nJjsOKSSd8

10/09/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

We are hiring! Seeking an exciting managerial opportunity within education? SJL are seeking an experienced Office Manager to join their dedicated admin team https://t.co/mXi7FLEsCY . . https://t.co/mdvpNVdc0J

09/09/19

Retweeted From Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

Did you know the HPV vaccine is now available for boys in . Help protect girls and boys from the burden of cancer and genital warts. https://t.co/gRpreG36FC

08/09/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

We look forward to meeting prospective students on Thursday 12th September at our Open Evening. Come and join us - doors open from 5.30pm. Headteacher's speeches at 5.45pm & 6.45pm. https://t.co/f2hV2a9uQO

08/09/19

Retweeted From RBA Recruitment

Vacancy for a full or part time teacher of English Are you looking for a supportive & creative team to work with? Come and join our English department . Follow the link below for more details! https://t.co/YpRldUx1FZ https://t.co/yQaprXFz8t

05/09/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

All staff are having Safeguarding Training this evening . It’s good to hear about the updated framework ‘Keeping children safe in education 2019’ https://t.co/KREFn0cM6i

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.

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

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.

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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 also chair the trust's 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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