'Words For Work: Women In Leadership' programme helps girls develop the literacy skills, leadership abilities and confidence they need to achieve their potential. Great project! Thank you and for organising. Read more at


Come to our Year 5 open mornings 21st and 28th June and 5th July, 10am. Our staff and students look forward to welcoming you! Full details at


Year 8 develop their skills through the 'Young City Poets' project run with . Girls visited St Paul's and used their experience to inspire fantastic poetry. Read two of the poems and find out more at


Year 9 girls from our after-school club performed at an inter-school sharing event run by the Royal Academy of Dance in April. They worked exceptionally hard preparing for the performance and performed beautifully. Read more


Girls marked Eid with a special event on 6th May. They learned about the origins and significance of henna, got the chance to watch henna artists at work, and have a go themselves too. We also raised money for .


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Our arrived at today! Excited and ready to represent Niger this weekend!!!


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Our presenting their committees' resolution papers at the final General Assembly of conference. Well done for your eloquent speeches! We are so proud for your significant contributions and outstanding performance!


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thank you for inviting me to facilitate a workshop on my artistic practice and mental health journey; the experience was truly cathartic. ~what a fantastic group of young women. excited for next week… 🎨👀✨


A big thank you to tutors and HAB teachers for taking Year 8 students for a fascinating experience trip to Christ's College Cambridge. Students were able to complete a mini–Model United Nation conference and enjoy a tour of the college.


"Seeing a play in person gives you a whole new view of the production." Read an article by Jahnaey, Year 9, on our school trip to see 'Wicked'.


Summer Opportunities For Year 11 HAB Girls With NCS. Read a letter to parents from NCS, who are working with HAB to create summer experiences for our Year 11 students. Find out more


Congratulations to Najma for winning the "Outstanding Delegate" Award, and Amina for winning the "Honourable Commendation" at this weekend's Model United Nations conference. All HAB students demonstrated the HAB ethos throughout the conference. Full story


Well done to our Year 12 delegates for attending the Youth Model United Nations London conference this weekend. The conference focused on several global issues, with girls representing different countries and debating and finalising resolutions. Full story


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Super excited to meet the next generation of at our STEAM 2022 Welcome Evening on Thursday 🧪 📡 🛠🎨🎲 Year 5 are most welcome too ☺


Spot our yr11 GCSE Music students who were invited to take part in this wonderful event!


Very important business to discuss as our Student Government introduce themselves to Lord Harris. Our elected students discussed with Lord Harris the motivation and purpose behind our new HAB student government.


We celebrated with events around the school to raise awareness and start conversations around this year's theme of . Full report and lots more pics at


Year 12s complete their peer mentoring training with Kidscape trainer Danny Dalton, and are ready to begin their mentoring journey at HAB, listening and supporting fellow pupils.


“The National Junior Indoor Championship made me challenge myself to go above and beyond," Deborah, Year 9. Thanks to for their support! Full story


Any guesses who's dressed up as Jurassic Park for ? Clue: it's Dr Hay

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Posted on June 22nd 2017

Hi Habby, Pleased to Meet You!

HABby 1Meet our knitted mascot, Habby. Habby was designed by teacher Karen Harrild and is based on a pattern used to make bears for children in trauma situations, for example in A&E, where cuddling a bear helps them cope with frightening situations.

“My mum makes them for this reason and also sends them to Africa through a charity who make up children’s boxes of paper, books, pencils and other useful items, plus a bear of their own,” says Karen.

"Guess how many stitches"

“I started by making one for my daughter to take to Africa in Tanzania flag colours and that gave me the idea of making a HAB bear in the Academy colours, which we sold at the HAB Summer Fair last year.

“I emailed the pattern to all staff and several teachers made Habbies as did the grandmothers of two of our teachers. My mother also made us some bears. 

“I then decided to make a big Habby bear which people could try and win. People paid 50p to guess how many stitches it took to make one. Sinem in Year 9 won with the closest guess. The total was 59,703 stitches!”

Habby 2Knitting club

Habby has helped to get our girls get knitting too. “Amy Morris, our librarian, organised a knitting club in the library for Key Stage 3, on three nights a week,” says Karen. “Iman in Year 9 proved to be a very skilled knitter and completed a Habby bear for herself. Habby bears were sold at the Summerl Fair last year and many teachers bought them and have them in their classrooms.”

This year we have more Habby bears for sale and another large Habby bear to win. “We can’t do the number of stiches again so maybe we’ll ask people to guess his birthday,” she adds.

We are also making keyrings featuring Habby pictures which will be available at the Summer Fair.  

The HAB Summer Fair is on Saturday 15 July.