Rewards assembly today was the perfect end to a very busy half term! More than sixty recipients - you have gone above and beyond in true Clapham style! Well done!


Delighted to share that we have achieved the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools bronze award!


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We're asking everyone in the borough to get a PCR test this week, whether they have symptoms or not, due to new cases of the Covid-19 variant first identified in South Africa


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Delighted students cashing in their well-earned Clapham credits for a treat!


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Good morning HACL family as a parent I want everyone to know how clean the school is in terms of prevention of COVID19 I feel at ease with my son going to school and coming home each day free from the worry of catching COVID this school is a 5* clean school 💯


So brilliant to have our students back in the academy with us!


Mabel has enjoyed checking in on our critical worker children and visiting some of those who are not able to be in! She joins us all in wishing our staff and students a restful, screen-free half term!


Very proud of our week 2 and week 3 Clapham bake-off winners!


You would be very welcome!


Two of our favourite emails of the week - a student checking in about the welfare of her teachers and a parent praising us for what we are doing. Both very much appreciated!


Wanted posters in Spanish and annotated skeletons in PE! Fabulous creativity!


Our enrichment bake-off challenge had a very colourful start! Well done to all our participants!


One of our key values is for our students to have a global view. Part of this is for them to understand their place in the world. Fantastic work on 'Globalisation and me' to aid this.


Just because it's lockdown, doesn't mean enrichment stops!


Excellent work and exemplary self-regulation in our online Chinese lessons!


Such lovely messages of support from our parents! A few extracts: 'Thank you for the hard work all the staff are doing each and every day for the students. It doesn't go unnoticed.' 'We are truly appreciative of the staff for all your hard work in keeping things running.'


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I would like to praise ( ) for their fantastic leadership & teaching as well as the outstanding home learning provision during this pandemic. Very grateful to the school for their hard work in almost impossible conditions - THANK YOU!


A huge well done to our students! Your teachers are so proud of you. Your level of engagement in your lessons and the quality of your work is simply fabulous! To our parent body - your messages of support, thanks and kindness are very much appreciated! What an academy family!


And last but by no means least, a donation of another three crates of food to the Clapham food bank. Thank you parents, students and staff!

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Supporting literacy at home

Supporting Literacy at Home

It is important, even more so during lockdown that children continue to read and communicate at home to maintain their literacy development and continue to progress. This is an area where parental support can be really beneficial. Small steps can be helpful in developing reading ability, vocabulary and communication skills, all of which are vital for learning.


Although there can be many other distractions, daily reading for enjoyment has a strong positive impact on overall achievement. Here are some simple ways to encourage and support your child to keep reading at home:

  • Daily reading can be part of your lockdown routine, offering escapism and a sense of calm. ​Encourage your child to read for ten minutes a day.
  • Role model and read yourself, when you can, talking to your child about what you are reading.
  • Read together: We often think that older children like to read on their own, but there are many benefits to reading together. It can improve communication and strengthen bonds, as well as exposing them to a greater variety of books. Choose a book with a topic you or your child are interested in and take it in turns to read, stopping to discuss and ask questions.
  • Book talk: use books and digital reading to start conversations with your child. Here are some questions that could help:
  • What do you think the book will be about?
  • Can you tell me what’s happened so far?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • Why do you think the character did…?
  • What do you think the author wants us to think?
  • How did you feel when…?
  • Can you think of a similar experience that you’ve had?
  • Who do you know who is like…?
  • How did the character change in this story?
  • What do you think are the most important things in this chapter/section?
  • Reading can be more than just books! Children can read about their interests online, read online or print magazines and newspapers and even listen to podcasts and audiobooks. Here are some great news sites for children:


Conversations support vocabulary development and communication, which in turn supports overall literacy.  So called ‘back and forth’ conversations, where you model turn taking and really listen to each other and discuss the world around you can be great for developing vocabulary and social skills.

  • Listen: when you can, try to listen carefully and with real interest when your child talks to you. Leave pauses to encourage them to say more.
  • Eat together whenever possible, and chat about everyday things. Let your son or daughter lead the topics of conversation.
  • Collaborate: If you like to cook together or to make things following instructions, discuss the meanings of any unfamiliar words you come across. 
  • Praise your child if they use an interesting or unusual word: ’Great choice of word!’ or ‘You just used a really interesting word’ or ‘I love that word!’
  • Watch TV together and talk about what you’re watching like the families on Gogglebox. Discuss any new words or things that you find interesting.
  • Solve problems together. Discuss and agree on your approach.
  • Play word games together. Pictionary, Taboo or charades can be played easily at home with just a piece of paper.


Bedrock is a brilliant online vocabulary development programme which increases students' engagement with reading, whilst directly teaching them academic vocabulary. Your child has a personal login, but if they have forgotten it, they should contact their English teacher. Encourage your child to undertake at least ten minutes a day.

Resources to Support Literacy

If you have a subscription of Amazon prime, there is a great selection of free books, magazines and comics available.

The Oak Academy has a Virtual School Library with a free book each week:

Other Useful Resources:

BBC Teach

You can use BBC Teach for free. Their website is home to thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age-group and subject. Find them here:

There are video resources linked to all subjects for 11-14 year olds here:

BBC Own It provides advice and guidance on studying from home, including online safety and a wealth of material on mental and physical health during lockdown:

BBC Bitesize has a range of resources for all ages to support online learning:

BBC Grammar for 11-14 Year Olds: