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21/04/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Failure is not the end, it is the First Attempt In Learning https://t.co/DIy6y3jQZ6

21/04/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Samuel Ryder Academy is rapidly expanding and we are looking to appoint a Teacher of DT (Resistant Materials). NQT applications welcome. To find out more and apply, please visit https://t.co/dugkLeAo4U https://t.co/esEhzRQopI

20/04/21

And a chance to work with an inspirational headteacher ! https://t.co/GtCYZOKnuz

20/04/21

Retweeted From SRA Art

Observational drawing at its very best! By Skye M https://t.co/EVSXMiuHPh

19/04/21

We are hiring! Leadership and teaching opportunities across the Trust, including new vacancy Assistant Headteacher. Join a trust with excellent CPD opportunities, Apply now https://t.co/MBt1xAIuKO https://t.co/ocOP7xK2pc

16/04/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

We can’t wait to hear who will be joining the SRA school community in September and we look forward to meeting new families/pupils over the coming months! https://t.co/PCENNf38pS

15/04/21

Good luck to all those families awaiting to find out school allocations tomorrow, we look forward to welcoming the reception classes of 2021. https://t.co/SQQp5HOywI

12/04/21

We are excited to have opportunities across the Trust for the new academic year. To join Scholars' in September 2021, apply now https://t.co/MBt1xAqTTg https://t.co/sqUFv3XthB

09/04/21

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. https://t.co/el6mYhPyb6

27/03/21

Retweeted From MyNewTerm

., situated in , have a fantastic opportunity for a Teacher of Spanish/French to join their successful team. 📜Maternity Cover | Full-Time 🗓️Closing Date: Midday, Friday 16th April, 2021 Apply online⬇️ https://t.co/9vZMFKJAps

26/03/21

Immensely proud of the Scholars’ community, to our volunteers supporting student testing, staff for making the return to face to face lessons a smooth and supportive transition, and to our students for making us proud every day with their positive approach to learning. Thank you! https://t.co/6FAetCqrfh

26/03/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Marking the end of term with the Lawes Lowdown https://t.co/rbkFkMGFek

25/03/21

Retweeted From RBA_RE

My class have just gone to lunch, but... what a lovely experience of mixed learning using iPads to enhance RE ! Looking at symbolism & Martin Luther King. https://t.co/ZBDzI4QhE2

25/03/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Samuel Ryder Academy is looking to appoint a Teaching Assistant to support both the primary and secondary phase of the school. For more information and to apply, please visit https://t.co/mkQIdcnULv https://t.co/DniFDuw65m

25/03/21

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Beautifully presented and informative knowledge organisers from Dr Seuss class! https://t.co/hb7nFpx4GL

25/03/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Vacancy: we are seeking a talented and effective Teacher of Spanish and French to join our successful MFL team for maternity cover. Apply now https://t.co/cYXZJEDHY2 https://t.co/j4Wdp6637a

22/03/21

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Year six cyclists starting their cyclability training - very excited! https://t.co/CzNOMEhuyD

22/03/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Sports Academy

Bryn our tenacious Blindside Flanker uses his strength and endurance to bolster defence. Highlight since joining-scoring his first academy try. Bryn is studying BTEC Media and lists his sporting heroes as Usain Bolt and Mr Pike! https://t.co/RtsI7DvXlR

18/03/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Vacancy: Teacher of Computing maternity cover required to join our dynamic Computing Faculty. Apply now! Early applications encouraged https://t.co/TcSCMpHp2g https://t.co/kSLmcLqc3J

17/03/21

Retweeted From Rav

It was great to be able to hand out the iPads this morning to Year 8! Enhancing T&L through the use of technology is going to be exciting! https://t.co/KmSN0gSzoc

17/03/21

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

Our journey to becoming an school continues, with Year 8 receiving their iPads this morning. Mr Draine and Mr Hehir helping to lead a session on how to set up core apps, on the ipad. https://t.co/mUngYa0FBC

17/03/21

Headship Innovation Day underway with our Trust Heads. Focussing on how we can develop our staff most effectively - lots of thought-provoking discussion!

16/03/21

Retweeted From TiH Teaching

New job at Samuel Ryder Academy (SRA): Art Teacher in St Albans, Herts. Closing date: 12/04/2021 https://t.co/kCTEECSVfn https://t.co/h8pQ2Z5kIp

16/03/21

Retweeted From TiH Teaching

New job at Samuel Ryder Academy (SRA): Teacher of Design & Technology (Resistance Materials) in St Albans, Herts. Closing date: 12/04/2021 https://t.co/smd2pEGEnd https://t.co/Jw31sy9110

16/03/21

Retweeted From TiH Teaching

New job at Samuel Ryder Academy (SRA): Teacher of Religion & Society/PHSE in St Albans, Herts. Closing date: 12/04/2021 https://t.co/6UWXjRxUqY https://t.co/HED5fIyd1H

16/03/21

Retweeted From TiH Teaching

New job at Samuel Ryder Academy (SRA): Teacher Of History in St Albans, Herts. Closing date: 12/04/2021 https://t.co/JY1Nh81OUE https://t.co/fpxfUyGAgp

15/03/21

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

Year 7s this morning enjoying being back at school and learning with their new iPads. https://t.co/Jvru5l8cPN

12/03/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Thought provoking discussion from “Celebrate the equity we are investing in to achieve equality”.

12/03/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Engaging opening to this year’s staff conference from “Children need to see everyone is included in life and in society”

12/03/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

"Strength through Diversity" SJL Conference 2021, engaging staff in this valuable opportunity to come together as a community. Opening address from Ms Robins, Head of SJL and CEO . Delighted to welcome keynote speakers and https://t.co/Ab8bxcfJ8V

11/03/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

How lovely it is to see these happy faces again! https://t.co/17X2PfhMhT

11/03/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Sports Academy

Great to have our academy students back today for their first sessions post lockdown. A great fitness session followed by a recovery session in the pool.

11/03/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

We are delighted that our annual Higher Apprenticeship Event will be going ahead next week as planned, in a virtual capacity, with keynote from of More details to follow in due course https://t.co/jRApeY4Nqh

10/03/21

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

So glad Team Shakespeare made the most of the sunshine yesterday with a sunshine meditation https://t.co/H8mBbyoSy9

10/03/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Sports Academy

Registration is now open to trial for a 2021/2022 place at our post-16 Football Academy. For more information and to book your spot, please visit: https://t.co/6PhPQA8VzU https://t.co/N3Qd7Usgez

09/03/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Samuel Ryder Academy is looking to appoint a Learning Support Officer for Key Stage 1. Working with the Head of Inclusion, you will be a practitioner with high expectations of pupil achievement and progress. ➡️ For more information, please visit https://t.co/YnmqoRxHJU https://t.co/OV9QQEjkqF

08/03/21

An amazing first day back for our schools - great to see so many happy faces!

05/03/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

And that’s a wrap! 7 year groups tested in 2 1/2 days, ready to return to lessons on Monday. Thanks to our amazing team of testers! https://t.co/ejz8Xz8Eo0

05/03/21

Retweeted From Kate Jones

“Some students have thrived in lockdown becoming more resourceful & independent so let’s tap into that!” at conference!

05/03/21

Retweeted From Carmel Bones

Huge thanks 🙏 to all never mind ⏰ work classroom will be a clockwork 🏫! Thoroughly enjoyed the keynote today & to virtually be with the brilliant Good luck next week and thanks so much for all the kind comments. X

Trust Board Profiles

A list of the relevant business and pecuniary interests for our Governing Body can be found here

M Sidders

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.

G payne

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.

B rammell

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.

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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