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18/04/18

Safe and happy - see the results of our student survey https://t.co/fJuS90wOZl. “I am delighted that our students feel so safe and happy while at school. I am especially pleased with how secure they feel during unstructured time such as break and lunch." Mr Carey https://t.co/94KF5JQGLz

16/04/18

Stuck for ideas on what to read? Wondering what to read after 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'? Check out our recommended reading lists including top 10 for and loads more at https://t.co/M73fZYHs9t https://t.co/cr0AlWcrNv

11/04/18

"Very proud of all our MANY boys who received certificates for outstanding effort, attainment and progress at the end of last term." Mr Ingham Full story and pics at https://t.co/GSiu4haHE1 https://t.co/0e9O6WsxKw

07/04/18

Download pictures and films from . Loads to look back on and enjoy here https://t.co/TkFvpv6ovE https://t.co/3Tuk6LWf3v

07/04/18

A huge THANK YOU to our staff who gave up 9 days of their Easter hols to make happen, to the families who saved up for the trip, and to this fabulous group of students who made friends wherever they went by their exemplary behaviour. Simply unforgettable! https://t.co/GwmyqnlSTj

05/04/18

Our beginner groups took the challenging run through the forest this morning at . Watch them in action! https://t.co/PP8VLP82oK. Fantastic work everyone... https://t.co/V2Y2re6rg4

05/04/18

Boys.... stuck for ideas on what to read??? Check out the Year 7-10 recommended reading lists on our page at https://t.co/SYV3OIzweZ. Loads of compelling suggestions, plus new recommendations for the summer term https://t.co/mYysPIDFh6

04/04/18

Lots of pictures and films from Crans Montana today at https://t.co/a434hrUVPI. See our beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders in action... We're soooo proud of this group and how well they are doing! https://t.co/EjoJhKBD66

04/04/18

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04/04/18

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Students are developing nicely with a push for beginners to move to the intermediate levels tomorrow. https://t.co/2ZL7iWKG9F https://t.co/OYAvW0oVEU

03/04/18

Day 3 of saw blue skies again. See more pics of our snowboarders and skiers as they develop their skills and take on new challenges https://t.co/BPlI1gPj9D. Great work everyone! https://t.co/WzH7iOT5fB

02/04/18

News and pics from Day 2 of with and . Beautiful sunrise, fantastic conditions, amazing progress - and relaxing in a thermal spa at day's end. Heaven! More pics and full report https://t.co/BPlI1gPj9D. Great work everyone... https://t.co/2lUAPVlyIN

02/04/18

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An inflatable challenge. https://t.co/mDrHkr7dX3

01/04/18

Day one on the slopes . A few faces in the snow, bumps and bruises but loads of learning and fun. Novices now snowploughing. Advanced group at 2257 feet! Proud of you all... More pics and full report at https://t.co/BPlI1gPj9D https://t.co/VJgD6Nq2jp

31/03/18

We've arrived safely in , Switzerland, for 2018 snow sports trip. Greeted by heavy snow. Bodes well! Reports and pictures from tomorrow at https://t.co/BPlI1gPj9D

29/03/18

We're so proud of Crispin for his excellent performance in the Speak Out challenge regional final last night . Many congrats to winner Omotola from and all the other fantastic contestants. What a great event! https://t.co/ibK8Urmb3H

28/03/18

Retweetd From Georgia Hewson

"Wotsists for 50p" brilliant speech by Crispin from about the black market in unhealthy snacks on the playground fuelling an unhealthy lifestyle.

28/03/18

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Amazing to have so many Southwark schools represented by impressive young people at tonight’s event - high 5 Teams and SILS!

27/03/18

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Good afternoon Please can you let your students 16+ know we are recruiting thank you ☺ https://t.co/BPdAyAyyCK

27/03/18

Great game indeed and congratulations to the winners too! :-)

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Posted on July 4th 2016

Brixton Bard, Alex Wheatle, Inspires Years 7 & 8

Alex Wheatle

On Wednesday 8 June, the ‘Brixton Bard’, Alex Wheatle, visited Years 7 and 8 and told them the story of his life. It contained some truly shocking and deeply sad events.

From being abandoned as a baby, growing up in care, suffering cruelty and rejection, having to leave school at 14, taking part in the Brixton riots and ending up in prison, Alex is now a prize-winning author, involved with many charities, schools and young people’s groups, sharing the importance of reading and writing in turning his life around.

Empathy and compassion

Alex says: “For me, encouraging young people to read is not simply about them learning good grammar, sentence structure, increasing their vocabulary skills and enjoying a rattling good story. Healthy reading can also promote empathy, compassion, respect of life and understanding of others.”

After an unfinished education, Alex taught himself about life and especially black history from books in the prison library. He showed the students his copy of CLR James’s The Black Jacobins, the story of Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution, which had a powerful impact on him and helped him start to change his life.

Writing skills

Alex is the author of eight novels so far. His first, Brixton Rock, tells a fictionalised account of his own life story. His most recent, Liccle Bit and Crongton Knights are specially written for teenagers and feature instantly recognisable and endearing characters who face problems at home and on the streets.

After speaking to both year groups, Alex met students in the library at lunch time and signed copies of his books for them. He then shared some of his writing skills and ideas with students in two workshops in the afternoon.

One student said, “Reading Liccle Bit is like reading about my life. If I’d known reading could be like this, I’d be reading all the time!” And several others want to be writers now that they have met Alex. Alex had a wonderful day at our school and was really impressed with how well our students listened and the questions they asked. He would like to come back and meet our older students too. So watch out for his return… and his next book!