AN OUTSTANDING Harlow school just officially got even better!
The Ofsted-rated outstanding Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, has for the third year running broken its previous GCSE result record.
A total of 76% of students this year gained five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths. That’s a leap of four per cent from last year.
An impressive 84% of students gained A* to C grades in maths (82% in 2012), while 79% of students achieved A* to C grades in English (72% in 2012). Almost all students achieved five or more A* to C grades in all subjects, with a score of 97%.
Headteacher Helena Mills is delighted, although not surprised, by her school’s continuing upward journey.
When she joined Burnt Mill, it had seen a pass rate of just 27%, but her ethos of every child being able to achieve their dreams is seeing students continue to strive for the best.
She said: “I know how hard our students have work this year, coming in on Saturdays and during their holidays to constantly improve their chances of top results.
“At Burnt Mill, we are so lucky to have such a committed staff and such fabulous students.
“I am, once again, over-the-moon with the results.”
Anna Thomas, 16, secured six A* grades, three A grades and two B grades. She is off to Bishops Stortford High School to study A-levels in history, chemistry, biology and maths.
She said: “The A* grades are more than I expected! I am really chuffed.
“My time here at Burnt Mill has been amazing. I know I would not have achieved these results without Miss Mills’ help. She has set up so many clubs and revision sessions which have all really helped me; it completely works. I really wanted to do well for her, so that she was proud of me.”
Becky Mansfield, 16, gained two A* grades, four A grades, one B and a C.
She said: “I had about four hours’ sleep last night and felt sick this morning! I can relax now; I’m really happy.
“I am going to go to Herts and Essex to study A-levels in biology, chemistry, physics and RS. My plan is to become a teacher in future and study for a PHD in biochemistry.
“Miss Mills has brought people in to school from top universities to encourage us to aim for those goals. We have also been on trips to those universities which has made me want to go to Oxbridge.”
Lewis Davis, 16, achieved two A grades and seven B grades, as well as a distinction star in sport. He will study A-levels in ICT, business studies, psychology and sociology at Harlow College. He is also signed up to the Burnt Mill Teachers for Tomorrow teacher training course.
He said: “I am going to be a primary school teacher. I used to want to be a chef until I did my work experience in a primary school and fell in love with teaching.
“I am really excited to start the Teachers for Tomorrow course.”
Emily Ward, 16, gained nine A grades and a B. She is off to do A-level English at Harlow College.
She said: “I was not expecting so many A grades! I have been so nervous this morning; I’m really happy to have received these results.
“My goal is to go to university in future and become a journalist.”
Emily Thorpe, 16, achieved four A grades, two B grades and a C.
She said: “I stayed up really late last night until I knew I would be able to fall asleep as I was so, so nervous! I have got the results I need to go to Herts and Essex to do A-levels in Spanish, history, psychology and RE. That’s what I was most nervous about, getting into college.”
Claire Houghton, 16, gained two A* grades, five A grades, one B and a C.
She said: “I am going to go to sixth form college to do A-levels in maths, physics, geography and drama. I’d like to go on to uni to study physics and use that in my future career.
“I’m sad to be leaving Burnt Mill as it’s a great school.”
Jahangir Alam, 15, achieved an A in maths this year after first taking the exam a year ago and scoring a C.
He said: “I have been going to after school clubs and doing lots of revision to skip over a B grade and achieve this A. The school has helped me such a lot. I am really pleased.”
Andrew Fry, 16, secured four A grades and six B grades. He will study Spanish, chemistry, physics and maths A-levels at Herts and Essex.
He said: “I am so pleased to have got the grades I need to go to college. I want to go on to a big university like Cambridge and to become a zoologist as I’ve always wanted to work with animals.
“Everyone at Burnt Mill has supported me all the way. All of my teachers care and want me to succeed.”
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