Hamstead Hall Academy

Hamstead Hall Academy
Part of the Hamstead Hall Academy Trust Hamstead Hall Sixth Form

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"Success for All through Hard Work and Harmony"

At Hamstead Hall Academy we place a great deal of importance on academic attainment and on all our pupils achieving their best.

Reading and the development of reading skills is crucial to success both within and beyond school.

In order to encourage good reading habits, the academy will be running a Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) activity every week from Monday 17th September.

This involves each student stopping what they are doing for fifteen minutes in order to read a book of their choosing for pleasure. All pupils will, therefore, need to bring a reading book to school every day. 

Please support your child by making sure (s)he has a reading book to bring to school. Books can be brought from home or borrowed for the school or local library. You can also support your child by talking about books and sharing your favourite reads. 

When is this going to happen?

Form Time - 15 minutes: One of your form times per week will now be devoted to D.E.A.R.

Lesson Time - 15 minutes: In one of your lessons, the last fifteen minutes will be devoted to D.E.A.R. per week.

Each DEAR session takes place on a different period each week to avoid affecting one lesson frequently.

The timetable for each session is available below.

Tuesday 14 January

Period 1, 9.05-9.20

Tuesday 21 January

Period 2, 10.05-10.20

Wednesday 29 January

Period 1, 9.05-9.20

Tuesday 4 February

Period 3, 11.25-11.40

Tuesday 11 February 

Period 4, 12.25-12.40

Half Term

Tuesday 25 February

Period 5, 14.15-14.30

Thursday 5 March

World Book Day

Period 1, 9.05-9.20

(With optional extended time. Please use this lesson to focus on reading.)

Thursday 12 March

Period 2, 10.05-10.20

Wednesday 18 March

Period 1, 9.05-9.20

Wednesday 25 March

Period 2, 10.05-10.20

Wednesday 1 April

Period 3, 11.25-11.40

For more ideas on how to support your child's reading please visit:

The Academy Library Homepage 


Contact Details

Hamstead Hall Academy
Craythorne Avenue, Handsworth Wood
Birmingham, B20 1HL

Tel: 0121 386 7510