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20/10/21

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

Ready to start your next adventure? Our Open Evening provides a great opportunity for prospective parents and students to tour the school and meet our staff and current Sixth Formers and find out about the wide range of subjects on offer. https://t.co/z0AfuEozzK

20/10/21

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Day 1 of International Week in Tolkien class… we learnt about Asia and designed these beautiful hand fans with Asian influences https://t.co/xKyKEPCYHT

18/10/21

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

To kick start our International Week we had a fantastic assembly all about Asia where we learnt about India and Pakistan. https://t.co/X8gslPZaUK

16/10/21

Agreed. It’s already one of the priorities this year!

16/10/21

Retweeted From MyNewTerm

., situated in , are seeking a well-qualified Teacher of Mathematics to join their dynamic Mathematics department. 📜Permanent | Full-time/Part-time 🗓️Closing Date: Midday, 18th Oct 2021 Apply online⬇️ https://t.co/qP2Pbur8y8

16/10/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Over 120 students from Yr7 and Yr8 out playing Netball on a Friday night. Perfect way to end the week. https://t.co/tpV9CjiEmM

16/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 13 completing river fieldwork today to prepare them for their independent investigation. https://t.co/qj85PmoV7L

16/10/21

Retweeted From SRA Primary

Miss Wallace has created this fabulous book recommendation display in the library in celebration of Black History Month. Why don’t you try some of these suggestions and enjoy some of these amazing stories! https://t.co/gLhUUCgGYH

13/10/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Vacancy: we are seeking a passionate mathematician to join our innovative Mathematics department. Great emphasis on CPD and benefit from the many opportunities for collaborative work that come from our membership of the . Apply now https://t.co/SJNVmdO3tX https://t.co/XQao9mfsFk

08/10/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Thank you to all the families that came along to our open evening and allowed us to share just how proud we are of our school. All our virtual resources are now available on the school website including our school video and speeches https://t.co/lJYx0GGdp1 https://t.co/YkGqHpcxOR

08/10/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Our latest newsletter is out now. Have a lovely weekend! https://t.co/OShYakK2zt https://t.co/zkKr5qDCpD

08/10/21

Congratulations from all at Nathalie! https://t.co/X3P0rAFxuW

08/10/21

Retweeted From Robert Barclay PE

Lots of great play and resilience from Yr 9 girls football team today as they progress to the next round of the County Cup with a 4-2 victory over Goffs School. 2 goals each from Katie and Maria. Maria was also named player of the match. ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ https://t.co/06nGFULlnX

01/10/21

Retweeted From RBA Performing Arts

Year 8's exploring Theatre In Education - amazing use of the iPads too!! https://t.co/VlBMyB5NK6

01/10/21

Retweeted From RBA Performing Arts

Exciting news! National Theatre Connections! RBA have successfully been chosen to produce one of the 10 plays commissioned by the National Theatre this year - incredible opportunity! More info- speak to Mr Skinner! https://t.co/mpGbAOcNep

01/10/21

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Happy World Smile Day from us all At Harpenden Academy 😃#pshe https://t.co/diitqXv9i0

01/10/21

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Excellent manifestos from many of the children in Year Six Team Shakespeare this week in our elections for school councillors, sports councillors and eco councillors values https://t.co/pr84BDVszy

01/10/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

This week's newsletter is out now... https://t.co/kVPVjNE6j4 https://t.co/MZyUjhLFh7

01/10/21

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Dahl class are enjoying speed stacking in PE today! https://t.co/196du2EWJA

01/10/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

We are looking forward to launching our new lunch menu this month, with lots of exciting new ideas. Our first theme day is next week on Thursday 7th October and primary students will have the lunch option of making their own pizza and ice cream - yum yum! https://t.co/iaWTkbzqDv

01/10/21

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

Click on the link to read this week's Issue 3 of the RBA Review. https://t.co/mLec2QDxFW https://t.co/TPXTbjT1K0

01/10/21

Retweeted From Priory Academy

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01/10/21

Retweeted From SRA - English

We enjoyed welcoming prospective families to our Open Eve last night. The new Diversity library was a huge hit as well as the banned books collection & of course Mr Chatterley’s Macbeth witches potion. Thank you for coming to see us. https://t.co/XHEGncg8Fy

01/10/21

Retweeted From SRA_Maths

Thank you to all our wonderful students for their excellent work in the maths department and guiding visitors around our school yesterday evening - we all had a tiring but very happy time showing off our great community. Lovely to see so many of our too!

01/10/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Our latest newsletter is out now. Have a lovely weekend! https://t.co/OShYakK2zt https://t.co/FT2bQtQYWy

01/10/21

Retweeted From RBA Business and IT

Some very cool enterprise ideas from our Year 9s!💡👩🏻‍💼👨🏽‍💼 https://t.co/tRaLN2fPPC

01/10/21

Retweeted From RBA Business and IT

Year 9s working hard today on their independent research task, improving their literacy skills, by reading a fact file of certain entrepreneurs and answering a range of questions. Good work! 👩🏼‍💼👨🏽‍💼👩🏻‍💼👨🏿‍💼#entrepreneur https://t.co/I627WXSrlV

01/10/21

Great to see our schools’ dedication to the environment! https://t.co/DjhKNiDHQY

30/09/21

Retweeted From Ray✨📚 YA Fantasy / Clifi Author

Super excited to re-visit my old secondary school for next year to chat to students about and all things 👩‍🎓📚🌍 https://t.co/JfYq0mJXOl

27/09/21

Retweeted From Andrew Williams

If you can find 10mins, please have a go at our survey - we're keen to understand in across the UK https://t.co/9Ou3gft4Tg

22/09/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Secondary Transfer Open Evening – we can now share full details of our Open Evening event including the safety measures we have put in place and how to reserve your seat in advance for our Headteacher’s talk. Please visit https://t.co/aYsXbqGMep to find out more. https://t.co/LYBGWe8NxT

22/09/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Secondary Transfer open evening tickets are now live! Please see website for full details, tickets must be booked for Open Evening to allow staggered entry. Daytime tours also available. Book now https://t.co/QxpHAymsZK https://t.co/UKFBl1LVcw

17/09/21

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

Thank you for sharing our improvements in attendance and persistent absence. It reflects that our students are happy and that we are a school on the rise.

16/09/21

Great to have our first LGB Chairs’ meeting of the year this evening. Thanks for all your hard work on behalf of our students!

15/09/21

Retweeted From Herts Advertiser

St Albans school adopts new wellbeing app https://t.co/PXAbcpS76f

15/09/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Vacancy: we are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, positive and efficient colleague who enjoys working with and supporting our Sixth Form students in a busy school environment. Apply now https://t.co/QSRgZIhnTe https://t.co/1hFBatTq2Z

09/09/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Today the fantastic T-Cup team are in school sharing their amazing wellbeing app which has been designed to encourage conversations around mental health and wellbeing. We can't wait to launch this exciting app in secondary school from Monday! https://t.co/wO5OqMDt7w

09/09/21

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

Welcome to our Secondary Transfer Open Evening on Wednesday 15th September. To book your place please see our website or click this link: https://t.co/8cJ973MJ9Z https://t.co/NT6c6rB8ft

09/09/21

Vacancies: we are excited to have a number of opportunities to join our trust, with teaching and support vacancies available. Join an expanding inspirational trust, apply now https://t.co/sINtrn3hAj https://t.co/bl6Gv589zS

06/09/21

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

School tours for Reception 2022 now published on school website. Book your tickets on one of our school tours Nov-Dec https://t.co/s4d33e9LZh

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 Payne 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 School 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.  He is a Circuit Judge and sits in the Crown Court dealing with criminal cases.

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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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