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Over 100 of our boys have been rewarded for their consistently good conduct at special breakfasts with Principal Mr Groves this week. Our boys' conduct has remained excellent this term, with 25,836 points awarded by staff. Well done boys! Find out more


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Year 11... don't miss this one!


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Dear students, we hope you have a restful half term from Fri. If you have any emotional concerns or worries over the holiday, remember you can get support from . It’s free, safe and easy to use. Watch the video below to find out more


We're continuing our tradition of Principal’s Breakfasts as part of our programme this year, even though this year they must be in year group bubbles and socially distanced, of course. Find out more at


6th Form Virtual Open Evening, Weds 14th Oct, 5.30pm. Find out how our Sixth Form can help you take the next step towards university, apprenticeships or work. Sign up for this LIVE online event at


"I’m happy that our school has taken the time to talk about this week in lessons and that we can wear stickers today too." Daniils


This comment from one of our former Year 11 boys has brought a tear to the eye... "Thank you so much for everything the school did to support me and my classmates. The school was like a family to me and I will really miss it."


"As boys, I feel that it’s important to talk about ," says Che. All this week we've been raising awareness of the struggles and sometimes hidden issues surrounding . Our teachers and boys are proud to support and .


This made us happy🙂 . A comment sent to us by a local resident: "I just wanted to say how nice it is to see the boys back. It is nice to see them around, chatting and laughing to each other and giving off a nice positive energy around them."


Music industry executive gave an inpiring talk to Year 10 today on the importance of and in helping to realise your ambitions. A big to Mr Lyn from all our boys! Find out more


To kick off , 30 of our students interviewed Baroness Wheatcroft of . They asked a range of probing questions around equality & diversity, raising achievement, global warming, the police and gender. Very proud of our boys' professionalism...


Visit our Virtual Open Day to learn more about our academy and meet Principal Peter Groves. We look forward to welcoming you!


Our boys are excited about meeting Baroness Wheatcroft of today for a two-way online conversation about democracy and role of the House. Thank you to “Learn with the Lords Online” programme ( for organising.


Our Poetry Table is proving popular... why not try a verse novel for ? A great story that gets to the point and doesn't waste time...


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On , we're thinking about all of the amazing verse novels that are out at the moment! Here's the brilliant reading from Long Way Down - head this way to find out why he thinks poetry is so powerful:

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Posted on June 18th 2019

Exploring Careers in the Arts at the Barbican Centre

Year 9 BTEC Performing Arts students took part in a Creative Careers Day at the Barbican Centre this week, as part of HBAED Careers Week.

The day started with students touring the impressive 1970s brutalist concrete building to get a feel of the variety of spaces on offer, including theatres, concert halls, cinemas, art galleries and gardens.

They then visited the current Interactive Artificial Intelligence exhibition, which explored AI from classical golem characters to today’s development of facial recognition data and robots which can copy your every move. Aibo, the robotic dog (pictured), was a big hit with our students and Jordy would definitely have liked to take him home.

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Meeting Barbican employees

Students then met with a panel of young Barbican Arts Centre employees (including Patrick O'Sullivan, Technical Apprentice, below centre) who discussed their roles within the organisation ranging from creative learning assistant, involved with leading tours and helping to run workshops, to technical support, marketing and theatre assistants.


Their message was to be determined and follow your dream, especially if you want to act or perform yourself. Working in an inspirational and well-connected arts environment can be an invaluable stepping stone as well as a career in its own right, they said.


“I was impressed to learn that the UK arts industry is one of the fastest growing in our economy today and there are good opportunities," said Joshuah, Year 9.

Job shadowing

Two departments, Theatre and Audience Experience, then hosted our students for the remainder of the day. The boys shadowed members of staff within the departments, asking questions and producing video bites explaining the work of each department, the variety of roles within them, and the skills and possible training needed for different jobs. These will be used by the Barbican Marketing department.


For Peter the highlight of his day was being shown around the theatre and seeing the set being built. “It was amazing!”, he said.

The Audience Experience Department ensures that all visitors to the centre have a safe and enjoyable visit. Our students interviewed the Box Office Manager, security team, premises staff and even saw the resident gardener and bee keeper in her protective suit!

“I learnt about so many different jobs, rather than just the usual ones,” said Shakquone.

If you’d like to see what the Barbican Arts Centre has to offer, sign up online for the free Young Barbican scheme which gives 14–25 year olds discounted access to fantastic art and entertainment as well as exclusive events and creative opportunities.

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