21st February 2018
Thursday 1st March 2018 was World Book Day and, to celebrate this, we held our first ‘D.E.A.R.’ (Drop Everything And Read) day.
From 10am until 11am, all staff and students dropped everything that they would normally be doing and independently read a book for that hour instead. Students in Years 7-10 read a book of their own choice, whilst Year 11 students read texts that had been selected by the English department, to prepare them for their upcoming English GCSEs.
The D.E.A.R. event was a huge success and it was great to see how well the students responded to this new opportunity to independently read their chosen books. The vast majority of students managed to sustain concentration and focus for the hour, and contributed to an incredibly positive experience.
We will now be having a DEAR day every half term, and the next one will be Period 1 on Friday 27th April 2018. Again, it is essential that all students have a reading book with them on this day.