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'This was extremely useful (it was a hot day) and he was very friendly and polite. I just wanted to let you know we were very grateful for his help on Monday and he is a credit to his school and family. Am sure he’ll go far!'


We think our students are fantastic but it makes us so proud when we hear it from members of the public! 'I was carrying a heavy desk and one of your pupils, noticed us carrying the desk and immediately stopped to help us carry until the end of the road until the junction.'


Some of our Year 7 and 8 Geographers competed in the Harris Federation Geography Quiz competition. Congratulations with your 4th place finish!


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School’s nearly out for the summer! 📚✏️☀️ on the past school year can help us feel a sense of closure before enjoying a well deserved break. We want you to know that however you or your child is feeling about the end of the year is perfectly understandable.


with two girls winning prizes! We are incredibly proud of the girls for their hard work and resilience, it has not been the easiest year but they certainly made the most of their experience and together we have created some amazing memories.


To celebrate, we joined The Girls Network ceremony to recognise their achievements, reflect on their journey and welcome them as Girls Network ambassadors. Sadly, some of our girls could not be there due to isolating but they still managed to join the celebration online


Congratulations to this year’s cohort of the Girls Network! Despite many trials and tribulations to their year due to Covid restrictions, the girls remained dedicated to their mentoring sessions and personal progress.


What a glorious day for some local fieldwork here at HABE. Infiltration rates in this heat are providing us with some interesting results! Superstar geographers at work!


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I think Zain sums up how we all feel. This beautiful letter written especially for and the other England team players. We will be sending this and many more young writer letters to the team!


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As sad as our pupils were about the final, they were devastated to see the ugly, racist abuse that followed. ’s response is brave and dignified. He is and always will be a role model to children in this country, on and off the pitch.


We are so proud of you !


Welcoming our new September colleagues!


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Our year 8 students at the Federation Sports Day today! Come on HABE 🏆🥇🥈🥉🏆


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Well done to Matilda S for placing 1st in the 800m 🥇 fantastic effort!


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Congratulations to Deborah T for placing 2nd in shot putt at the Federation Sports Day 🥈 so proud of you!


Thanks to the incredible generosity of we are now in receipt of refurbished laptops to give to students in need to enhance their study at home.


Our Duke of Edinburgh expedition in action!


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PE Bulletin for w.b Mon 5th July


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Just a reminder of our new texting service, The Signpost! We are available between 9-5pm Monday - Friday. Please share with anyone aged 11-18 you think may benefit from a mental health chat sometime.

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WORD - Writing Like An Expert

Writing Across the Curriculum

All subject areas will plan two-weekly opportunities for extended writing specifically related to their curriculum requirements, so students can hone written expression and collate a portfolio of excellence. This is critically marked and assessed under a success criteria applicable to each subject area. A target and student action is set to be completed in response to the marking. All students are expected to engage with the feedback through their student action. This is to help collate the mastery skill of writing like an expert.

Subject specific extended writing

Students are trained to produce high quality written texts across a range of genres, manipulating language to suit complex purposes, forms and audiences. Teachers have access to high quality models at GCSE through the recall of papers each year, and at KS3 through the sharing of best practice at federation subject strand meetings. Teachers have been trained in the research based strategy of deconstruction and follow a specific process to engage students with modelling and ensure mastery of subject specific writing skills, such as the passive voice in humanities. Extended writing is marked every two weeks using the Academy wide coded marking system and is regularly re-drafted so that students can hone their craft over time. Where there are common spelling misconceptions to be focused on, teachers have been trained in active strategies following the MAD process, employed to ‘Motivate’ students, ‘Activate’ their working and long term memory and enable them to ‘Demonstrate’ their knowledge of spelling over time. Faultless technical accuracy will be expected and teachers adapt their pedagogy to ensure that this is achievable for all students. The emphasis has been on using reading throughout the academy to shape form and purpose of writing in each individual subject area.

What Writing Looks Like in a Lesson

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  • Every lesson across the Academy is expected to begin with a Knowledge Retrieval to test the student’s knowledge and ability to write about certain aspects of their learning within a subject area. This allows an opportunity for teachers to address any misconceptions in not only pupil knowledge but the competence of their writing.
  • There are several opportunities embedded into lessons across the Academy to ensure maximum impact on writing skills. This includes strategies such as Cornell Notes, Word of the Day, Outcome Tasks and Knowledge Summary. Every teacher is trained and devices a plan to teach various aspects of writing within their lessons.
  • At the end of every lesson is an opportunity for students to use their knowledge and understanding of the lesson and produce a piece of writing. This all contributes to the steppingstones on becoming an expert at writing across the Academy.
  • The expectation is uniform throughout all key stages in the Academy

Writing in the Sixth Form

Developing student's reading and writing skills is integral to success at Post-16. Students partake in rigorous extended writing activities which is embedded in each Sixth Form lesson to ensure the development of these vital academic skills.

By placing an emphasis on students’ written ability, students are able to further consolidate the subject content which is established in Lesson Prep. Each lesson incorporates a challenging exam-styled question where students are challenged to develop their subject knowledge and synoptic links between topics.

Our home learning consists of a Lesson Prep tasks, individual research, strengthening tasks focused on prior learning, and exam application. This is set as weekly home learning and displayed on the website under the relevant subject headings. This is further reinforced in class to build on Lesson Prep which allows for further consolidation and improved understanding of written technique.

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