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Thank you so much to our brilliant young artists for sharing their Digital Futures exhibition with the SLT. Their presentation generated so many interesting conversations about the future of technology. Thank you so much!


Winners of the London Debate Mate Cup! Huge congratulations to our debating team - you are incredible!


Our future lawyers loved their day . Thank you for the opportunity.


Thanks to supporting year 11 students' well being. A great session today with NASYouth helping students prepare for exams.


You’re very welcome - thanks for continuing to invite me! Your brilliant school has a special place in my heart.


You’re very welcome - thanks for continuing to invite me! Your brilliant school has a special place in my heart.


Not everyday you have your GCSE Text signed by the author


Our Y11s loved their creative writing workshop with . The next generation of authors here 👏


Almost a decade of studying 's brilliant 'Pigeon English' at HGAED. The highlight of every Y11's year in English is the Q&A with the author himself! Thank you so much for being so generous with your time. 📙


Our brilliant Ms Noah being recognised for all her work to promote good mental health in our communities. A inspiration to our students! 👏


Our brilliant choir performing with 6,000 young people . We could not be prouder of your passion, resilience and confidence. A proud day for HGAED!


Our Art History Society visited the Courtauld Gallery to learn more about significant figures in art including Edouard Manet.


Inspiring trip to Dulwich Picture Gallery for our Y10 GCSE Photography students.


Wonderful Shibori creations by our Y10 Art Textiles students 💙


Great day for year 10 students. Visit to with and thanks to the staff and students making us welcome. Interesting Q&A and debate.


ASME Clinic guided our students through the process of creating and marketing a skincare product for


A huge thank you to ASME Clinic for their brilliant careers event. Our students loved making their own skincare! 💜


Great day for year 10 students. Visit to with and thanks to the staff and students making us welcome. Interesting Q&A and debate.


A huge thank you to for celebrating with us. Our students loved learning about all the protective equipment officers use and were delighted to have the opportunity to try the shields!


Capturing 💜

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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.