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Safe and happy - see the results of our student survey “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


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


"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


Download pictures and films from . Loads to look back on and enjoy here


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!


Our beginner groups took the challenging run through the forest this morning at . Watch them in action! Fantastic work everyone...


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


Lots of pictures and films from Crans Montana today at See our beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders in action... We're soooo proud of this group and how well they are doing!


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Students are developing nicely with a push for beginners to move to the intermediate levels tomorrow.


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 Great work everyone!


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 Great work everyone...


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An inflatable challenge.


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


We've arrived safely in , Switzerland, for 2018 snow sports trip. Greeted by heavy snow. Bodes well! Reports and pictures from tomorrow at


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!


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


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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!


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Good afternoon Please can you let your students 16+ know we are recruiting thank you ☺


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

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Posted on October 13th 2017

Students Celebrate Reading for Pleasure

On Tuesday 10 October, the academy welcomed Paul Register, founder of the Excelsior Award for graphic novels, to share his love of reading which is rooted in comics and the power of their story-telling and artwork.

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He met with students from our new and very popular Manga club during DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Time, showed some of his favourite books and had deep discussions with our own experts here.

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Paul then explained what Reading For Pleasure really means in two sessions to the whole of Year 7 and Year 8. It’s all about losing yourself in great writing that triggers your imagination, increases your vocabulary and makes you wonder and ask questions. Non-fiction can do this, fiction can do this and graphic novels especially can do this: “There is no need to be embarrassed about choosing a comic as your way in to reading!” said Paul. Plot complexity, suggestion, character development, philosophy, politics – it’s all there. And the secret to finding the right book is to choose what appeals to you."

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One of our Year 7 classes also had a workshop with Paul in the library in which the students explored the design and impact of comic book covers and created some of their own. Daniel shared his detailed knowledge of superheroes with the class and Diako and Harley showed real skill in creating powerful logo lettering.

Manga Club takes place every Friday in the library from 3 till 4pm. The shortlist for the Excelsior Award 2018 is announced in December and we will be taking part in judging the books again.

Jo Mead, Learning Resources Manager

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