Education minister Gove gives high praise to Burnt Mill and pledges to look into Sixth Form needs in Harlow

EDUCATION Secretary, Michael Gove has praised the achievements of Burnt Mill Academy during a visit today with Harlow MP Robert Halfon.

Mr Gove met students and staff and was given a tour of the school by headteacher Helena Mills.

He visited English, music and computing classes, a maths session, held a question and answer session with students and visited an after-school dance club.

Mr Gove said: “I think Miss Mills has done a wonderful job and the children spoke for themselves really.

“They are enthusiastic about the school, they volunteer to come in on school holidays because they enjoy the teaching so much and they were incredibly articulate and compelling young people.”

He added: “You should judge a school always by what students say and what the students said here was that they wouldn’t change a thing.

“It’s an outstanding school doing a great job for them. It exemplifies the very, very best of comprehensive schools and academies.”

Mr Halfon said: “I pay tribute to Helena Mills, and her staff and the students of the school.

“The results achieved by students at Burnt Mill speak for themselves – 25 per cent to 75 per cent in just a few years, in grades A to C in maths and English.”

He added: “We’ve met some incredible students and to have the Secretary of State come here to see one of the real top schools is a really good day for Harlow.”

YH spoke to Mr Gove, just before he went on a tour of the school and asked him what he thought was the key ingredients to an “Outstanding” school.

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