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16/07/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Our final newsletter of the school year is out now. Wishing our students, staff and families a wonderful summer break! https://t.co/JNbDMEWFCY https://t.co/Bcdo3c0Qj6

16/07/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Thank you to our students and staff for working incredibly hard over this past academic year, working with the enthusiasm and passion that we have at SJL. Wishing the SJL community a safe and enjoyable summer. https://t.co/xppang5COP

16/07/21

As a trust we could not be prouder of the dedication shown by all our students and staff over this academic year. Thank you! We wish you all a safe and relaxing summer. https://t.co/TbeQKhLJ8O

15/07/21

Retweeted From Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Helen Grant, the Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Girls' Education, visited school to hear from students why global education is so important to them. The UK and Kenya will co-host the Global Education Summit in London on 28-29 July. https://t.co/jMpYoQ5T9o

13/07/21

Retweeted From Alban Teaching School Hub

Can teaching learn anything from elite sports coaching? Read on in this blog post from Richard Morton https://t.co/5dR3aplmj5 https://t.co/uCMuYbl9Rh

13/07/21

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

Day 1 of 2 of new photos for school website and prospectus with ⁦ https://t.co/YvxvuKoGE6

12/07/21

Welcome aboard! https://t.co/sZN2xLW5Zu

09/07/21

Retweeted From Herts Advertiser

PM's special envoy visits Harpenden school as part of global education campaign https://t.co/l7LZ5VPAOj

08/07/21

Great to see - hopefully growing future SET leaders! https://t.co/ZLOMZdtt3g

07/07/21

Retweeted From Helen Grant

A fantastic day at school, Harpenden, with . I’ve met inspiring young people and teachers, all passionate about ensuring every boy and girl has access to 12 years of quality education. Their drive and determination on this vital cause is clear 📚 https://t.co/wNERISrt6a

07/07/21

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Reception buddies sing a farewell song go their Year six buddies …so special https://t.co/X5XfrbMluh

07/07/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

SJL played host to in connection with and campaign. SJL campaign champions put their questions to Helen , sharing their passionate views on every girl's right to an education https://t.co/v6Hf5XQUWM

01/07/21

We are hiring! are seeking a professional and well organised Clerk to the Local Governing Body of Harpenden Academy. Apply now https://t.co/cGqeKTh0A4 https://t.co/RJ42iHsLR4

28/06/21

A vision which in underpinned by The ACE. Our students and staff have shown over these past 15 months, how each member of our community embodies The ACE through their commitment and contribution to the education of the 4,000 children within our schools.

28/06/21

Today colleagues from across the Scholars’ Education Trust have the opportunity to come together with thanks and praise led by CEO Claire Robins OBE. A chance to reflect and refocus on the vision of the Trust “produce responsible young people of whom we can all be proud” ... https://t.co/oMYNoAn9ly

23/06/21

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Dr Seuss class had such an amazing experience in the Explorer Dome this morning, learning about how the Earth was formed as well as volcanoes and earthquakes. Some real awe and wonder moments https://t.co/zJBQKzljJy

23/06/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative individual to join our site estates team as Senior Site Assistant. See website for full details https://t.co/OdKY4tTmtS https://t.co/5MxVZyUHuA

18/06/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Buzz of excitement thanks to , refreshing school photography. We cannot wait for the results, don’t forget to keep an eye on our website in the new academic year as we share the results. https://t.co/gWBUvicsY3

18/06/21

Retweeted From Delphis Eco

: Today, we're celebrating the future generation who are raising their voices and striving to make a difference for our planet – including students at and who shared their amazing sustainable plans with CEO Mark Jankovich this week! https://t.co/9fPr2kMkqZ

18/06/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

The school hall is ahum with the most glorious sounds as our Year 6 students rehearse for a very special production. We can't wait for you to 'be our guest!' In the meantime, here's a sneak peek of them hard at work... 🌹📖🎭🕯️ https://t.co/qymVvajGUz

16/06/21

Retweeted From Rav

Our last (mini group) Literature for Learning session this evening , led by the Professional Development Team. Sharing good practice and ideas on how classroom practice has been adapted - learning from one another is so important! https://t.co/Q1Npju91eB

16/06/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Career News: with are hosting a virtual work experience this July. Deadline to register 1 July 2021. Leaflet can also be found on Career news section of school website https://t.co/oTrMP6zWea https://t.co/o0R9z0yeou

16/06/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

We are looking for someone to join our friendly support team, an applicant who puts the experience of the child at the heart of their practice, someone eager to extend children’s learning and make it fun. Apply now https://t.co/HnLfsg0cTV https://t.co/QVQmMIMs0b

16/06/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Join our friendly and professional support team at Samuel Ryder Academy. We have two new administration vacancies available: ✅ PA/Administration Assistant ✅ Administration Assistant (Inclusion) For more information and to apply, please visit https://t.co/9QcfWqbXVM https://t.co/8q0nzmqfpH

16/06/21

Retweeted From Hertfordshire RTC

in light of the recent government briefing, we've changed our event to exclusively online. ➡️There's still time to register to gain full access to a range of exciting (available after 21st June). 🔗Register for free here https://t.co/rfmuCsxMZ8 https://t.co/dBpvUUgUEa

16/06/21

Thank you to all the SET governors who turned out for our last training session of the year last night. Brilliant engagement even in such heat!

15/06/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Huge thanks to Mark Jankovick from along with coming in to talk to our Climate Action students about a sustainable future. Empowering the student generation, making small changes can enable huge impacts on our world today https://t.co/zXJ6Wdco11

15/06/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Great to see our Year 7 & 8 students thoroughly engaged during our talk with this morning as we celebrate . Thanks to the Delphis Eco team for a fantastic talk and answering all our questions. https://t.co/NcsxBEtXkW

15/06/21

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Yr 6 artists have been enjoying some time today to reflect upon their growth and development through their primary years, by starting their ‘Doorways’ project: A doorway symbolises the transition and passageway from one place to another. # PSHE # Art # Transition https://t.co/VcrGC4P4YD

14/06/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

NEW VACANCY. Join our professional, friendly and supportive team at SRA, an Apple Distinguished School. ➡️Reprographics Assistant ➡️Part Time Role (20 hours term time plus INSET) ➡️Starting September 2021 For more info and to apply, please visit https://t.co/MoBb7rFhux https://t.co/exnDkZfI0m

10/06/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

We are seeking an enthusiastic and practical person for the role of Site Assistant at SRA. For more info about the role and our friendly well-established site team, please visit https://t.co/GMvDlNoczb https://t.co/srL2BZUfAe

10/06/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

We are recruiting! Come and join our wonderful support team, as a Library Assistant in our vibrant school library. Apply now: https://t.co/d8CaZT9vfM https://t.co/cQBBO0csa8

08/06/21

Retweeted From Hertfordshire RTC

you can now book a place at our next EVENT - Connecting creativity and technology in the classroom. 🗓️ 21st June 2021, 3:45pm-5:45pm Sign up for free: https://t.co/Q4zKuYqzNt https://t.co/0llqf69nPw

07/06/21

Join an inspirational multi academy trust, offering excellent staff training and development opportunities. Vacancies closing this week: Maths Teacher Learning Support Assistants Student Services Manager Apply now https://t.co/ZzXCyouUxt https://t.co/5Rnkn6Od6F

27/05/21

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

WW2 art inspired by Henry Moore. Dr Seuss class got rather messy! https://t.co/7glU5K1qLW

27/05/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Year 11 Leavers' Ceremony Today we said goodbye to our Year 11, their Leavers' Ceremony was a celebration of 5 years hardwork with high praise from Ms Robins and Mr Howard. "From here you can go anywhere you choose" Ms Robins Year 11 do yourselves proud. https://t.co/UANd90XeeY

27/05/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Mr Walker together the Year 11 form tutors led a very moving leavers' assembly today. Lots of smiles and some tears were shed as students and staff shared stories from over the years. We wish all of our Year 11 students an amazing summer break! https://t.co/12nKVfSjcd

25/05/21

Retweeted From SRA - English

It was brilliant to have in today to deliver a careers talk to year 9 and then a travel writing workshop to some of our budding writers! https://t.co/oIwHJXRsLt

24/05/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

What better way to start book week than with a scavenger hunt in our primary playground! 📖 📚🌲🔍 https://t.co/KAlB2ekEMm

24/05/21

Retweeted From Alban Teaching School Hub

You can register now to work with Alban Teaching School Hub for both Early Career Framework and Appropriate Body Services (as well as NPQs, CPD and lots more) email: enquiries.co.uk https://t.co/0xQJR2pLgY

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.

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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