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* Geography Teacher vacancy *MPS/UPS - Full TimeStart date: September 2024Closing date: 9am on Wednesday 22 May 2024


iPads were being utilised in Year 7 maths class to help with revision in preparation for end of year assessments happening this week.


Robert Barclay Academy have a rare and exciting opportunity for someone who wants to help shape the direction of the Maths department.More information can be found by clicking the link


* English Teacher vacancy *MPS/UPS - Full/Part Time Start date: September 2024 Closing date: 9am, Wednesday 22 May 2024


We are looking for a hardworking, ambitious, dynamic teacher to join Us as an Asst. Head of English.You will be an outstanding practitioner with desire, energy & drive to further improve standards of achievement & ensure teaching is of the highest quality across all key stages


Year 7 loved monoprinting for the first time today!


Year 1 have been focusing on our value of the month - tolerance. They made posters all about themselves and discovered we are all different with different hobbies, ideas, beliefs, likes and traditions. We all look different too. Tolerance is respecting these differences.


Huge congratulations to Yr9 student Michael who captained the Herts County Football team to victory in the South East England final on Saturday played at Maidstone Utd. Michael also scored the winning penalty to secure a close victory versus Kent. ⚽️🏆


Our final talented photographers claiming their prizes


We are looking for an enthusiastic and practical person for the role of Site Assistant at Robert Barclay Academy.Come and join our fabulous team by clicking on the link for further information.


An exciting opportunity has recently arisen and we are seeking to appoint a hardworking, ambitious and dynamic teacher to be Head of our increasingly popular 6th Form.Please click on the link for further information


Some amazing students have set up an ‘Unlitter the Planet Club’ - they go out at lunchtime and pick up any stray litter blown onto the school campus to help the environment, and in particular animals, whom the litter harms. Well done!


Join us for the summer session of our Geography network CPD on 13th June. Sign up here:


* Vacancies *Consider Scholars' Education Trust as your next employer for their track record of school improvement, strong values, openness to new ideas, and commitment to providing education that prepares students for the future.


* Vacancy *DEPUTY IT DIRECTORDue to expansion of the Trust, an exciting opportunity has arisen to appoint a Deputy IT Director – IT Support Manager to work alongside our experienced IT Director and his team.To find out more and to apply:


Year 5 had a great Geography lesson this week focused on the process of erosion and weathering, linked to their learning on the formation of The Grand Canyon. 🇺🇸🌏They really enjoyed creating a model and seeing what happened when ‘rainfall’ occurred 💧


Thank you, Mark the science for spending the afternoon w year 4. We have learnt lots about teeth.


Wellies at the ready! It’s geography fieldtrip day for our Y10 geographers in the beautiful Epping Forest


A huge THANK YOU to our Buntingford PTA for providing us with our caterpillars. We have loved watching them transform into butterflies! KS1 & KS2 enjoyed releasing theirs. EYFS are still waiting for a few to emerge ☺️ 🦋


Year 4 and 5 had a fantastic fencing taster session on Wednesday. They thoroughly enjoyed it and loved trying something new. A big thank you to Miss Demain for organising this opportunity


An amazing morning for our Year 4, 5, and 7 students as they participated in a masterclass! En garde for new skills and teamwork!


The mock trial with is well under way and the Year 12 students involved are putting their cases forward and interrogating the witnesses. Some brilliant persuasive arguments as the students brought the courtroom drama to life!


Y5’s Dahl class visited the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Luton today to have a hands on experience witnessing the beautiful religion of Sikhism.


Four lucky winners of a competition run by are preparing their cases for a mock trial taking place later today. The Year 12 students are working hard on their opening statements, identifying evidence, deciphering case themes and case questions. Good Luck!


* Food Technician vacancy *15 hours per week: term-time onlyMonday and Tuesday: 8am - 4pm (working hours can be discussed at interview)Actual Salary: £7,900Start: September 2024

Trust Board Profiles

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

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Geoff Payne - Chair of Trust Board

Geoff Payne became a member of the Trust Board in 2017 and has been Chair of the Board since 2023.

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Joel Bellman - Vice Chair of Trust Board

Joel has lived in Hertfordshire for over a decade, and has children at one of the Trust's schools.  He is passionate about the Trust's vision: to enable its schools to develop young people of whom we can all be proud, who achieve more than they ever believed possible and who are prepared to contribute to society at every level.

Joel's background is in finance, governance and technology.  He is currently a partner at a digital consultancy, specialising in large scale delivery projects using modern web and mobile technology.

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Martin Sidders - Trustee

After qualifying many years ago as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers Martin spent most of his career in the Retail and Construction industries.

He has enjoyed roles in accounting, treasury, company secretarial and taxation that have taken him all over Europe and to the USA. Martin is currently the Finance Director of a housebuilder based in London.

While he takes a particular interest in financial and legal aspects of the school he also has a keen interest in Special Educational Needs and has previously served as a governor in a Specialist SEN school.

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Jocelyn Angrave - Trustee

Having studied French and European studies at University Jocelyn went on to do a master’s course in the United States in Political Science.  She went on to have a career in international marketing and product development and in 2001 set up her own business. 

Jocelyn was first involved in the Trust in 2015 when she helped set up and initially chair the Friends of Sir John Lawes School.  After that she was elected as a parent governor and later appointed as a co-opted governor.  During this time, she has served as the governor link for various areas including curriculum, learning and inclusivity and safeguarding.  She was also the governor representative on the Trust Admissions and Educational Standards committees.

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Paul Burrett - Trustee

Paul recently retired as a Headteacher of an Outstanding School in South Bedfordshire. Before working in a leadership role, he was a Music teacher in secondary and middle schools.

Paul has experience of taking a school into a multi-academy trust and has also served on the Central Bedfordshire School’s Forum and has been a mentor for new Headteachers. Previously he has also enjoyed a role in teacher training.

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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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Victoria Garvin - Trustee

Victoria became a member of the Trust Board in March 2022 and my two daughters currently attend one the Trust’s schools. She is pleased to support the Trust and its schools, and is looking forward to supporting the success of Scholars' Education Trust.

Victoria is dynamic, versatile and commercially focused, with significant and broad knowledge of Governance functions. She is a governance consultant and has worked for many years within the financial services sector overseeing the application of governance practices across businesses. She has also been a Trustee of a large Company Pension Scheme and a school governor. 

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Sean Hegarty - Trustee

Sean became a member of the Trust Board in 2021. He has seen both his children go through one of the Trust schools and is delighted to help the Trust deliver on its vision and values. 

Sean's focus is supporting the Trust in the areas of Finance, Strategy & Governance, having held senior finance leadership roles in the Media, Technology, Travel & Leisure and Education Support Services. He is currently the CFO of a Fintech business in London.

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Bill Rammell - Trustee

With a degree in French Bill spent his early career in Local Government and Higher Education management. He 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, he moved into the private sector at the end of 2019.

He has worked in and around Education all his working life and has an absolute passion for the capacity of education to transform and change lives for the better. Bill is keen to use his experience to help ensure all our students in the academy schools fulfil their potential and as many as possible benefit from going onto University.

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Claire Robins OBE - Trustee

Claire taught at a number of schools in Hertfordshire before becoming head of Sir John Lawes School in 2006. In 2008, Sir John Lawes became a National Support School and Claire was made a National Leader of Education, since when she has led on school to school support work with a number of schools, leading to the setting up of the Scholars’ Education Trust in 2011. In September 2022, she stepped down as head of SJL and became full-time CEO of the Trust.

Claire sat on the Regional Schools’ Commissioner’s Head Teacher Board for the NWLSC region for 8 years and is also a founder director of the Harpenden Secondary Schools’ Trust, which was established to promote wider educational opportunities across the town. She is a Member of the Harpenden Secondary Education Trust, the governing body for Katherine Warington School, a free school which opened in Harpenden in 2019, and also a trustee of the Atlas Academies Trust and The Kemnal Academies Trust. Claire was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 2018 for Services to Education, is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, and an honorary fellow of Worcester College, Oxford University.

David Whiteley - Trustee

David's career has taken himacross most of the ‘built environment’ having studied architecture and worked in private practice before moving to construction, facilities management and facilities maintenance in a number of roles including; business development, sales and marketing, business change and operational roles. His current role is the Head of Sales and Solutions for Integral, a national facilities service provider and forms part the wider Jones Laing Lasalle business.

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