Our Y9 and Y10 Football Team enjoyed their coaching session at . Thank you so much for an inspiring afternoon!⚽️


The Youth Parliament results are in! A huge congratulations to Maryam and Tasnia who were elected. 👏👏👏👏


🧵Thread on our wonderful accountability assembly last week on A packed house of 500+, meaningful commitments made, relationships built, and dozens leaders developed. Democracy in action. 📸 (1/25)


We shared powerful poetry about the importance of mental health . A privilege to to be part of such an inspirational community 💫#mentalhealthmatters


Our brilliant Mental Health Ambassadors influencing decision makers at to prioritise and resource mental health support. So proud of their active citizenship! 👏


Celebrating Black History Month in our Food department means baking delicious Jamaican patties from scratch! Delicious! 😋


Celebrating World Mental Health Day 'mental health is a universal human right!' Our MH Ambassadors led mindful colouring, treasure hunt, black history month mindful colouring with Ms Thompson, skipping on the field and check in's with Mr Oviri.


Y7 loved their trip to Harry Potter World today. This brought to life the magic of their 'Fantasy' unit in English 🧙‍♂️💫


Our Art students loved their residential to Amsterdam. Highlights included the Rijksmuseum, Anne Franks House, Van Gogh Museum and MOCA the contemporary art gallery as well as an art walking and sketching tour and a canal trip 🎨


Amazing day at Dulwich Picture Gallery for our P16 students. High praise from the gallery director for their research and presentations 👏 Well done!


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Excited to welcome our new students and their families this evening. Our bookshop is open 📖 Sign up for our Open Events here;


Our Y11 gardening club enjoying the fruits of their hard work. Look at this impressive harvest! Hard work pays of!


Supporting our brilliant students running for UK Youth Parliament. The leaders of tomorrow 💫


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Brilliant after school session with Studio Lenca. We are so excited to contribute to the new and exciting exhibition! 💫


Join our brilliant art students who will be sharing their collaboration with Lauren Jenkins at Peckham Festival this Saturday 16th September. Find us in the Community Hub, Bussey Building, Peckham. See you there! 💫


Congratulations to our GCSE Class of 2023 for their exceptional results. We could not be prouder of your achievements! 💫🌟


Huge congratulations to all our exceptional students on their A Level results today. We are beyond proud of you and wish you every success for the future 💫


Our students received their final assignment grades for their dissertations . We are so proud of your hard work! 🌟

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Reading for Pleasure

There is a growing body of evidence which illustrates the importance of reading for pleasure for both educational purposes as well as for personal development.

Reading for pleasure has been defined by the National Literacy Trust as “reading that we do of our own free will, anticipating the satisfaction that we will get from the act of reading. It also refers to reading that, having begun at someone else’s request, we then continue because we are interested in it” (Clark and Rumbold, National Literacy Trust, 2006). All pupils get the opportunity to read a book of their choosing every Friday for 30 minutes during coaching time.

Reading for pleasure has social benefits and can make people feel more connected to the wider community. Reading increases a person's understanding of their own identity, improves empathy and gives them an insight into the world view of others (The Reading Agency, 2015). Further benefits include:

• Improved text comprehension and grammar

• Improved breadth of vocabulary

• More positive reading attitudes

• Greater self-confidence as a reader

• Pleasure in reading in later life

• Improved general knowledge

• A better understanding of other cultures

Recommended reading lists

These can be found on individual subject pages in the curriculum area of the website. They contain reading linked to the curriculum and suggested wider reading too.

Evidence suggests that there is a positive link between positive attitudes towards reading and scoring well on assessments, and that reading enjoyment is more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status or their parents’ level of education.

Download Supporting your daughter’s reading progress: A guide for parents and carers with girls in Year 7. This explains what we do to support reading and how you could support your daughter’s reading progress too.

The School Reading List website is also an excellent source of suggested reading.

The library

Our library is a functional and highly-resourced space for students to access before school, during break and lunch and after school. It has a vast number of books that can be loaned, spanning a range of genres.

It is a quiet space that students can use to complete homework or coursework before and after school. There are ample tables and computers available, as well as our photocopiers for printing work and copying texts.

All students receive a loyalty stamp card and are challenged to read books to gain stamps: they receive one stamp for reading their own book and writing a review of it (handed in to the Librarian, Ms James, or the Head of English, Mr Jackson) and two stamps for reading a book directly linked to the English curriculum and writing a review on it.

A full stamp card is rewarded with places on trips and nominations for the Principal’s breakfast. The library promotes the Lit in Colour publication for schools by the Runnymede trust:

Book groups and societies

Throughout the year, there are many literacy opportunities for both staff and students to participate in. As well as World Book Day, termly reading and writing competitions and creative writing challenges organised by the English department promote reading and literacy across the academy.

The Autumn term poetry challenge was based on the Young Writers theme: The poetry society meet every Wednesday lunchtime and the wider reading book group meets every Thursday lunchtime.

For further information on how literacy development is embedded across the academy, please see the Literacy at HGAED page in the curriculum area of the website.