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Online parent meeting with the DfE, Baroness Barran, Robert Halfon MP and BMAT CEO Helena Mills.The meeting tonight (30th November) at 7pm can be viewed here: https://t.co/AvnOGp8PNY

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Year 10&11 Historians visited the Houses of Parliament. We had a great time and learnt a lot. For example, the New Dawn commemorates women’s suffrage. It's colours change with the tide of the Thames. pic.twitter.com/ZX7pq4H7KR

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Thank you to Stephen Addison and Anthony Yarde at for inviting us. We had a great time. #TeamSFG 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/ZuNa0FUKap

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Year 9 BiologyWe are exploring living organisms.💙💛#Biology#Science pic.twitter.com/V8ROQtBvFV

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Year 8 Physics ExperimentsWe just started learning about conductors and insulators and willbe moving ontomore complicated circuits. Can't wait!!!💙💛#Physics#Science#BusinessAsUsual pic.twitter.com/hAdIINvEZl

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Scholastic Book Fair comes to SFG till end of term.Visit before, during and after school in the hall.See you there 👍#BusinessAsUsual 💙💛Books#TeamSFG pic.twitter.com/US1xOP5xSr

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Jack Petchey workshops with Year 10 this week. 💙💛#BusinessAsUsual pic.twitter.com/Tdlz6fdeE0

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And an exciting Science experiment.Refraction!Physics is the best Science alongside Biology and Chemistry 🤗⚛️🔬🔭🧪#BusinessAsUsual#TeamSFG pic.twitter.com/QYGl9hKERg

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Oh what fun we had today and yes Matilda you're right:Even if we're little we can do a lot, we mustn't let a little thing like 'little' stop us. 💙💛#TeamSFG pic.twitter.com/xrfxWA5NaL

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Sixth Form Information MorningThank you for joining us on a wet and windy Saturday morning.We hope you found it useful.To apply for a place in Year 12 for September 2024, please visit:https://t.co/MGCiVVw19v pic.twitter.com/lyaBgebnzU

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Mr Turner's Japanese Culture enrichment prep worked really hard to write their letters which will be sent to Hokkaido, Japan this weekend!#TeamSFG 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/X5NOewp3FJ

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With all the colours of the light,The world shines on Gibberdians,The most beautiful tiny humans in the universe!#TeamSFG💙💛 pic.twitter.com/qf6jgeM9Ni

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SFG Year 11 PE at Harlow Leisurezone#TeamSFG 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/KdMB0Zb0Xy

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#OddSocksDay pic.twitter.com/tJcKwTSCCQ

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World record attempt at longest conga line...If you fail at first, try and try again...#TeamSFG 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/wE60P4ZhjZ

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Well done to our Year 7 football team for their 3-0 win 👏👏👏#TeamSFG 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/UQXnOyKSaH

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What an excellent Year 7 Welcome Evening.Thank you to all our parents/carers for attending. Thank you for your unwavering support. Thank you for our gifts. And last but not least, thank you for our beautiful Gibberdians.#TeamSFG 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/Wh2YOxUUZI

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📢 SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENT THIS SATURDAY ‼️🕤 9:30am - 11:30amHeadteacher presentations at 10am and 11am📍 Taking place at Burnt Mill Academy, Harlow CM20 2NR pic.twitter.com/vGptqGUiK3

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One proud mum as my daughter was parading in the Lord Mayors Show, it was an amazing day and she even appeared on tv 😍 pic.twitter.com/ucD6XGoM8e

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Thank you to all Year 11 students and parents for attending our Year 11 Now & Next Evening.Hope you found it useful.A special thank you to for the venue.#BmatFamily#TeamSFG#BusinessAsUsual pic.twitter.com/03tBnGy9t3

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We are passionate about books at SFG. Pupils of all ages are expected to read widely and diversely to broaden their horizons and to improve their literacy. All pupils are expected to have a reading book with them at all times.

Research has shown that reading for pleasure makes a huge difference to children’s educational performance. Children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures and the world around them. In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.

We devote time to reading at SFG. Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what’s printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read.

Research on the impact of reading:

UCL - Children who read books daily score higher in school tests, vast new study states

DFE - Research evidence on reading for pleasure

GL Assessment - The importance of reading to the whole school curriculum


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Discovering Children's Books at the British Library


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Year 6 Summer Reading List

  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • Boy X by Dan Smith
  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • Demolition Dad by Phil Earle
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • How to Capture an Invisible Cat by Paul Tobin
  • Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
  • My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara
  • Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Perijee and Me by Ross Montgomery
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  • Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
  • She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
  • Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans
  • The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainini
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Year 7 Summer Reading List

  • Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian
  • Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Skellig by David Almond
  • Stormbreaker (Alex Rider) by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Owl Service by Alan Garner
  • Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
  • The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  • The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  • I Know Why The Cages Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Charlie and the Chocolotate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
  • Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • Spies by Michael Frayn
  • Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman
  • Litttle Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Coral Island by R M Ballantyne
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles

Year 8 Summer Reading List

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Gone Series by Michael Grant
  • The Godmother by Carrie Adams
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
  • Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis
  • Looking Glass Girl by Cathy Cassidy
  • The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Love, Aubrey by Suzanna LaFleur
  • Angelic by L P Swalheim
  • Dark Secrets series by Elizabeth Chandler
  • The Host by Stephanie Mayer
  • Confessions of a Murder Suspect series by James Patterson
  • The Selection series by Kiera Cass
  • The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
  • The Hobbit by J R Tolkien
  • Marley and Me by John Grogan

Year 9 Summer Reading List

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Infernal Devices series and Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
  • When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan
  • The Universe v. Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  • The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Year 10 Summer Reading List


Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

1984 by George Orwell

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré



Young, Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson

Questions I Am Asked About the Holocaust by Hedi Fried

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Secret Footballer by Anonymous

Unbelievable by Jessica Ennis

The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Born a Crime: Stories form a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah


Year 11 Summer Reading List


Looking for Alaska by John Green

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger

The Time Machine by H G Wells

Remembrance by Theresa Breslin

Vanity Fair by William Thackeray

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

As Long As The Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh

The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Atonement by Ian McEwan



A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Yes She Can by Molly Dillon

Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Flowers in the Gutter: The True Story of The Edelweiss Pirates, Teenagers Who Resisted The Nazis by K. R. Gaddy

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