Sir John Lawes School

Sir John Lawes School

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street = Manland Way
city = Harpenden
county = Hertfordshire
country = England
postcode = AL5 4QP
LEA = Hertfordshire
ofsted = 117511
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enrollment = 1194
gender = Coeducational
lower_age = 11
upper_age = 18
houses = Lawes, Newton, Britten, Hepworth, Ryder, Austen, King
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Sir John Lawes School (a.k.a SJL) is a secondary school located in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom (UK). It is a state-run school for both males and females between the ages of 11 and 18. The school has close links to two other local secondary schools - Roundwood Park School and St George's School - as well as the neighbouring Manland Primary School and is active in the community and abroad.


Sir John Lawes holds specialist Arts College status [] .

The senior football team won the St Albans district cup in 2007.

Their Science Organic Vegetable Garden has won Second Prize in Harpenden in Bloom. [ [ SJL Newsletter 331]

In 2008, a team of students participating in the Engineering Education Scheme were selected by a panel of judges to represent The Eastern Region in the February 2009 National level of the British Association for the Advancement of Science Crest Awards, with their work on the Eurofighter Typhoon in partnership with SELEX Galileo. [ [ SJL Newsletter 331]


Thanks to the effort of, and largely at the expense of, John Bennett Lawes, work began to start education of Harpenden's youth in 1847. This culminated in a school being maintained and enlarged with Sir Lawes' funds and on ground adjoining to his until 1920, when land was obtained by Harpenden County Council from the Manland Common. This is now the site for the Sir John Lawes and Manland Primary schools. Originally, SJL was called Manland Secondary School, but was renamed in recognition of the efforts of their namesake.

In 1939, the main buildings for both schools were completed, just in time for the Second World War, when the then 'Manland School' had to accommodate evacuees of London from [ Hugh Myddleton School] [ [] School History]

External links

* [ School website]



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