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22/08/19

Retweeted From Rav

Well done to our very own Polly on your fantastic results - grade 9’s and 8’s in English, maths, history and Spanish - to name a few! is so proud of your hard work! https://t.co/cVbo4ywo7r

22/08/19

Retweeted From Rav

GCSE Results Day today. Some very happy students . Well done for all of the hard work you put in. https://t.co/BzL4929OWE

22/08/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Great to see so many smiling faces this morning! Congratulations to all our students, we’re so proud of you all! https://t.co/gJzujTx2r5

15/08/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay

Fantastic atmosphere today. Highlights include Holly who received A*A*A*A* and is off to university! Congratulations everyone! https://t.co/4LGDbqs0Pf

15/08/19

Congratulations to all the year 13 students at and on their A level results. We wish them all good luck for the future!

15/08/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Congratulations to all our year 13s on an impressive set of A level results - we wish you every success for the future! https://t.co/ubWc7O3WCT

19/07/19

Retweeted From Rav

We say goodbye to our very own today, after 19 years of service and 43 years service to the profession. A standing-ovation this afternoon, to the wonderful lady we called Val! https://t.co/s8xLn33V6a

19/07/19

Wishing all our students, families and staff a wonderful summer . . . https://t.co/qiO41YBtx4

19/07/19

HertsCam Teacher Led Development Work across the Scholars’ Education Trust Developing reflective learning strategies https://t.co/CBq4cG2TwY

19/07/19

HertsCam Teacher Led Development Work across the Scholars’ Education Trust Developing a handbook for new staff https://t.co/CcstIcQPFi

18/07/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

End of year Summer Newscast is out now https://t.co/EHXoAYz7fx

18/07/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Calling student alumni... challenge you to get your squad and get your game on! As part of the 80th Celebrations we are hosting a SJL Almuni 7-a-side Football Tournament. See Facebook event for more details https://t.co/qVmPD568SI https://t.co/0OSiNbmfCy

18/07/19

HertsCam Teacher Led Development Work across the Scholars’ Education Trust Developing strategies to address misconceptions in mathematics https://t.co/esYnbx3bRU

18/07/19

HertsCam Teacher Led Development Work across the Scholars’ Education Trust Developing a programme for more able students in a primary setting https://t.co/Jsu3kA6zLG

18/07/19

HertsCam Teacher Led Development Work across the Scholars’ Education Trust Developing problem solving skills for low ability mathematics students https://t.co/gUZiNtPwXw

17/07/19

HertsCam Teacher Led Development Work across the Scholars’ Education Trust Developing a robust and challenging primary music curriculum for an all-through educational environment https://t.co/dNSQDTwczH

17/07/19

HertsCam Teacher Led Development Work across the Scholars’ Education Trust Developing ways to teach Textiles in the Art curriculum https://t.co/BqibEPbK6A

17/07/19

Retweeted From SRA Primary

This week is Cycling Proficiency for Year 6! Lots for our cyclists to learn about staying safe on the roads! 🚴🚴🚴 https://t.co/CH1GseKWC2

17/07/19

HertsCam Teacher Led Development Work across the Scholars’ Education Trust Improving boys' engagement https://t.co/E587nzyJpH

16/07/19

Retweeted From Stanborough School

LEADERSHIP & THE IMPACT. It was a pleasure to meet with Claire Robins (OBE) Head of Sir John Lawes School & CEO of Scholars’ Education trust. It was good to discuss how leadership is key to the success of a school & how our students are at the centre of everything we strive for. https://t.co/T2D1m7W40a

15/07/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay

Year 7 parents and carers congratulating their children following the celebration assembly this morning https://t.co/OZ9vtFcVIn

12/07/19

Retweeted From SJLtandl

Delighted to have so many staff past and present celebrating 20 years of at tonight! https://t.co/JhwEwdb90o

12/07/19

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Thank you for a lovely visit to your allotment Mr Barnard and Olivia, a real inspirational visit, we now have lots of great ideas! https://t.co/2aswIp7tZB

12/07/19

HertsCam Teacher Led Development Work across the Scholars’ Education Trust Developing students’ bouncebackability https://t.co/Il10C9YXH0

12/07/19

HertsCam Teacher Led Development Work across the Scholars’ Education Trust Developing strategies to ensure tracking systems enable academic GAPS https://t.co/P8RDxOCyQP

11/07/19

HertsCam Teacher Led Development Work across the Scholars’ Education Trust Developing strategies to Improve participation in PE https://t.co/56wZ1RYBP0

11/07/19

HertsCam Teacher Led Development Work across the Scholars’ Education Trust Developing strategies to help students make progress, regardless of background, starting points or needs. https://t.co/F6jZdihd8H

10/07/19

Retweeted From Priory Academy

Mikey only went and won the ‘most enterprising boy at KS3 award’. Wow - Congratulations Mikey!!!! https://t.co/vlTDIpVfIy

10/07/19

Retweeted From HertsCam

Enhancing teacher professionality is at the core of the MEd in Leading Teaching and Learning. Join us. Be the teacher you want to be. https://t.co/ZBjaCrMVtq

10/07/19

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Stunning and thought provoking art linked to the concept of conflict. https://t.co/wpu1rODY40

10/07/19

HertsCam Teacher Led Development Work across the Scholars’ Education Trust. Developing strategies to improve engagement with extra-curricular subjects through cross curricular collaboration. https://t.co/orVaSGuqKE

10/07/19

Retweeted From Priory Academy

Team Priory has arrived at Wembley Stadium for the Grand Finals of the National Enterprise Challenge! Let’s get Willow the Whale trending. https://t.co/dOns4PGykW

10/07/19

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Year Six Conflict artist workshop at the stunning Dulwich Picture Gallery- getting used to our materials and experimenting with texture and line. https://t.co/0JyMg1gAju

10/07/19

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

The garden has may uses - Yr 10 Promenade Showcase , small mixed ensemble! https://t.co/yyBacAcMDq

10/07/19

HertsCam Teacher Led Development Work across the Scholars’ Education Trust https://t.co/Y8NcA8klAL

09/07/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay

Our headteacher met today with and to discuss the crisis in school funding, alongside headteachers from and The government simply *must* invest more in the education of the next generation. https://t.co/eGmv8UkEcH

09/07/19

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

A big thank you to all the year 7 students who have as part of a rota watered the garden every day this term - well done! https://t.co/FI4lVSYFZu

08/07/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Do not miss the celebrations! With so many exciting activities planned, this is one date you want to attend https://t.co/DBS8kkMGQE Don't forget to share memories/photos via email 80thCelebrations.herts.sch.uk https://t.co/95f676Jq5p

08/07/19

HertsCam Teacher Led Development Work across the Scholars’ Education Trust https://t.co/IMYqMaKhIc

08/07/19

HertsCam Teacher Led Development Work across the Scholars’ Education Trust https://t.co/pHJjwphP72

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 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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