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07/07/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Year six printers are experimenting with collagraphy as a medium for sharing key messages from the Oval Heritage project. https://t.co/bBQpck71sJ

06/07/20

Looking for a contract teaching post for September? are seeking a Media Teacher, for maternity cover, to work in their dynamic teaching team https://t.co/dplDXQgSfJ . . . https://t.co/MBg0wuJehm

02/07/20

Have found this so useful to be part of and have shared the outcomes with so many others! https://t.co/ErZLFbTLbA

02/07/20

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

Year 6 into 7 Transition Evening (Thurs 2nd July) – we look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 families to our virtual transition evening tonight. Please log in from 5pm for a prompt 5.15pm start. See letter for log in details.

01/07/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Brilliant performances - well done all! https://t.co/kEvCSMKiAL

30/06/20

Looking to join an educational trust with an excellent IT infrastructure? are seeking a Senior IT Technician to join their IT Support Team, full details can be found on school website https://t.co/ua2ZBIgqdK . . . https://t.co/wfbVzHdCEM

29/06/20

Looking forward to it - we’ve come a long way since we started on this journey together. https://t.co/44FtUWBzBQ

29/06/20

Retweeted From SJLScience

James in 7L sent us this beautiful photo of poppies on Harpenden Common. They are beautiful! https://t.co/1p1cS5aphE

26/06/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Year Six scientists investigating changing states by making ice cream! https://t.co/5cdHIkZCW8

26/06/20

Retweeted From SRA Primary

Year 1 Carnival Day has started well with a wave of colour and excitement. https://t.co/jyRKm39aNc

26/06/20

Retweeted From MyNewTerm

Priory Academy, situated in , are looking for an enthusiastic and creative Site Assistant to join their estates team. 📜Permanent | Full-Time 🗓️Closing Date: 05:00pm, Sunday 28th Jun, 2020 Apply online⬇️ https://t.co/ItQvjOAFh0

25/06/20

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Year 4 have been learning about the density of liquids this afternoon and made lava lamps. https://t.co/eGed5RxPkw

25/06/20

Retweeted From SRA Art

Here is Mr Roe’s impressive digital art entry for this week’s ‘SRA Art Challenge’. The theme is cartoons and he has turned himself and his dog Ralph into cartoon characters, using his iPad app ‘Sketchbook’! Great work Mr Roe! https://t.co/3ugZ34WP4T

24/06/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Congratulations everyone who took part https://t.co/2WFC9VEDeu

23/06/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

SJL Wellbeing Week: Connect Think about connections around you, lots of us have been building stronger relationships with our local communities. Maintain those connections to increase happiness and self-worth https://t.co/DmQtiB1iqL

22/06/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Welcome to what should be Wellbeing Week at SJL. Today we're highlighting GIVE from the Take 5 theme. Use this week to find new ways to give: make that extra phone call; add something to a food bank box... take a moment to think of others, reap the benefits https://t.co/xBWh81DBnu

18/06/20

Thank you for the opportunity to hear such a challenging and powerful range of speakers this morning. As a trust we will take a huge amount away from what we have heard - we can do better.

17/06/20

Always happy to chat to anyone!

17/06/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Watch The Duchess of Cambridge’s assembly live on the Oak National Academy website at 11am on Thursday 18 June and can be accessed here: https://t.co/BrOBaSodFp A recording of the assembly will be available to view on the Oak National Academy website following the event. https://t.co/XZGSb8fA5C

17/06/20

Retweeted From SJLScience

Plant biology gets a bad rep for being “boring”. But who doesn’t love finding a blackberry on a walk! From bud to berry: the spectrum of life on a bramble, found on one plant, all at the same time https://t.co/PnbPQRlbVT

16/06/20

Retweeted From SRATweeting&Learning

Staff reflection of the week – MAST by James Chatterley https://t.co/lveoAHb60J

16/06/20

Thank you to staff and students across the Trust for making the latest transition run smoothly, as schools welcome back Years 10 and 12 this week

16/06/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

SJL welcomed Year 12 through its doors today, with students settling straight into their ‘socially distanced’ work https://t.co/CptP5kIpgM

16/06/20

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

A nice hamper surprise from ⁦⁩ today to say thank you to our staff. Thank you! https://t.co/QdPeejQpn0

15/06/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Thought for the Week: Promoting freedom of thought and opinion Word of the Week: Contra, counter https://t.co/la8IEP79KI

15/06/20

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

The sun is shining and we are only 15 minutes away from welcoming back Year 10s and 12s for their 1 to 1 meetings.

15/06/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Launching . Why not discuss “What is the greatest super power?” Be as creative as you can with your opinions. No need to comment. A weekly oracy challenge will happen every Tuesday https://t.co/ufPZaQver9

15/06/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

Though SJL has never been closed, we are so pleased to see the return of our Year 10 students today, with Year 12 making their return tomorrow. https://t.co/2bgmQwkK0S

15/06/20

Retweeted From SRA Primary

Year 6 enjoying our class book ‘Clockwork’ in the sunshine ☀️ 📚📝 https://t.co/UO7YXGEIpC

15/06/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes

This week's assembly Mr Snaylam reminds students to take a moment to look at ways of coping during lockdown and as we begin to see measures ease, what advise would you give to your pre lockdown self? https://t.co/vdleJOXMTb

15/06/20

Retweeted From SRA Primary

Today we took maths outside in Year 6, we have been looking at multiplication, factors and multiples! 📐📏🔢 https://t.co/8ejb83mGo6

15/06/20

Retweeted From Priory Academy

Monday's puzzle - comment with your answer and the solution will be posted tomorrow morning! https://t.co/yq9QXbrvs9

15/06/20

Retweeted From SRA PE dept

Fantastic to see the students taking part in the Virtual Pentathlon. Let's see your videos! https://t.co/qg1C3bUXrE

15/06/20

Retweeted From SRA Music

Good morning and welcome to another week, today we are delighted to bring you another performance from home - this is Carys singing “Leave a Light On” by Tom Walker https://t.co/IpFQWTUoa1

15/06/20

Good luck - and good luck to all the taking part in this exciting programme! https://t.co/DiOeTyKYEN

11/06/20

Retweeted From Priory Academy

https://t.co/N2iPKCwWVz This site has been designed for schools and was scheduled to go live this summer. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, First aid champions is available earlier, so children and young people can learn vital first aid skills at home and have the confidence to help

11/06/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Enquiry-based learning in Dahl Y5 bubble. https://t.co/k2O78VhG1r

10/06/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Year six start their Doorways transition art project: three symbols of hope for their futures. https://t.co/WUjhq9rbMU

10/06/20

Looking to join an excellent teaching team? Seeking a new opportunity for 2020/2021 academic year? are looking for a Media Teacher (maternity contract) to join them, see website for further information https://t.co/udZ1jvRCZ5 . . . https://t.co/N5btGxIw29

10/06/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Are you looking for a new role in September? We have an exciting opportunity for a teaching assistant - please see more details on our website.https://t.co/ddr8CDlqgW https://t.co/LniOJVEr7p

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.

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 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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