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The Academy launched a scheme on the 18th September to improve our pupils' reading ability. 

As you know, at Hamstead Hall Academy we place a great deal of importance on academic attainment and on all our pupils acheiving 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 18th 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. 

If you have any unwanted books at home which are in good condition and appropriate for school, we would be grateful to receive them to support this strategy. Please send all book donations to Mr Cochrane in the academy library. 

For more ideas on how to support your child's reading please visit the academy library's website.

We look forward to your continued support in ensuring the best education for all our students.