Year 7 King's Scholars and the King's Ambassadors


From the Exam Hall to rooftops with Ms Hall! Congratulations to the Class of 2022; after their last GCSE exam the Norton Rose Fulbright mentees took a workplace visit to the firms' riverside office to present their career aspirations. Thanks for hosting us


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Graduate Teaching Assistant in Apply here:


Congratulations to Yasin, Year 7 for being a winner of the MFL LinguaChef competition


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🙌🏾On we're celebrating the amazing young musicians behind Multi-Story! 🎼 Here they are devising a brand new banger for The Endz 🤩🔥 This show is once-in-a-lifetime. Don't miss out! July 7 + 8, in partnership with


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Wonderful to be asked to judge students from who were asked to create project based solutions to climate issues. Welldone for the Prospering Peckham program aimed at creating ‘green leaders’ and inspire students for STEM careers 👏🏽👏🏽


Congratulations to all the Year 9 and 10 performers who took part in the fantastic 'These are Rituals' performance!


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Fabulous families of Peckham! The amazing is generously collecting any books your children have grown out of on our behalf. Pop in & drop off your pre-loved books or simply for a chat & a browse - they are booksellers & therefore fabulous!


Principal's breakfast winners! Poets, writers and scholars! Congratulations!


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What a brilliant opportunity


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All levels of experience are welcome in our free online Yoga group running every Wednesday. Learn the gentle practice of Yin yoga with guided meditations at the end of each session. Book now:


Science students building a greenhouse


Year 10 students investigating insulation with different materials


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Southwark Festival of Words returns from 18 - 26 June celebrating poetry, literature, story-telling, spoken word and much, much more


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Audition for Scroogelicious: our Christmas production for 2022, Peckham's take on A Christmas Carol! for 7-17 yr olds will take place at Theatre Peckham in groups where auditionees will be required to act, sing and dance. Sign up here:


Excellent historical knowledge on the impact of the printing press on the authority of the Church used by Year 10 Favour in her English work, taken from her GCSE studies of the History of Medicine. An amazing cross-curricular moment!


Year 8 students took part in an Able Linguist workshop with Southampton university. They learned a lot and designed their own wearable technology products - all in French!


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Are you a Spanish or Portuguese Speaker looking to improve your English? At 's Conversation Café you can enjoy an informal chat, learn about your community and get support with some life admin. Join us at 11am every Saturday from 11 June:


Principal's breakfast superstars at Harris Academy Peckham! Congratulations to you all!


Some of HAP’s beautiful smiling boys. Our Year 9 and 10 boys thoroughly enjoyed working with on the brilliant S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys project

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Posted on March 16th 2022

The Science of Sunscreen - For When The Sun Screams!

Ever wondered what is in sunscreen and how it actually works? Our Year 10 students were taken through a fact-finding mission recently, to understand more about sunscreens and the science behind them.

The day started with an introduction to the topic of radiation where students learnt about ultraviolet rays, and the other types of waves which make up the spectrum of light. The impact of prolonged skin exposure to UV radiation was thoroughly examined.

Science (2)The rest of the day was divided between two experiments. There are compounds in sunscreens that function to absorb UV radiation thereby protecting your skin. For the first experiment, students had to determine which of two samples of sunscreen had a greater sun protection factor (SPF). The ability of sunscreen covered beads to absorb and emit radiation was described as “fascinating.” This investigation informed them about the importance of the SPF when selecting sunscreens. By the end, one student confirmed that, “some sunscreen lotions absorb more UV light.”

Making new molecules

During the second experiment, students had an opportunity to synthesise compounds that can be used in sunscreens. They were amazed that they could actually make new molecules. This was “exciting”, in the words of one student,  because “it was something we have never done before.”

The derivatives created were then analysed to determine which had the highest SPF. As some of the UV active beads covered in a solution of the new compound glowed under UV light, there was a sparkle in their eyes.

The subsequent analysis of the results led students to conclude that the quality of sunscreens is determined by their SPF. The higher the SPF, the more UV radiation is absorbed and the longer the protection. Next time you pick up a bottle of sunscreen, be sure to check the SPF.

The culminating activity was for groups of students to create a marketing campaign to highlight the benefits of sunscreen.

Astor Tate

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