Outstanding! Amazing exam success for Burnt Mill Academy in GCSE’s

Burnt Mill Academy / Thu 21st Aug 2014 at 10:58am

Burnt Mill GCSEBURNT Mill Academy students have bucked the national trend and smashed all previous records with this summer’s GCSE results.

An astounding total of 86% of students achieved five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths. A quarter (25%) of all students achieved five or more A* and A grades.

Despite a national picture which has seen disappointing results in English and maths, Burnt Mill saw 93% of students achieve C grades and above in English and 91% in maths.

When headteacher Helena Mills took over just a few years ago, the school only saw 27% of students achieve the same.

The school, in First Avenue, Harlow, has seen its results leap year on year since, with an improvement of 10% from last year.

Rated outstanding by Ofsted, the school this year rose to the challenge of a national picture which has seen results take a dip.

A delighted Miss Mills said: “We knew we had a great group of students, but with recent education reforms we had a very slight concern about what the results might be. I had hoped for about 78%, which would have been a small improvement on last year, but I did not expect 86%.

“Our children and staff work incredibly hard. All of my staff are in school at 7am offering extra revision and study opportunities and students come in to Saturday school to strive for their absolute best.

“These figures show if you work hard, you get great results.”
Katarina Sucikova joined the school two years ago from Slovakia, speaking very little English. She picked up five A* grades, one A, two B grades and a C in her GCSEs.

She said: “The teachers have been really kind to me. I struggled to understand in my lessons so got a lot of books to do extra study at home. It was not just the language; I came from a school with just 20 students so there was a lot of change for me.
“I feel great!”

Proud mum Frances Haynes couldn’t stop the tears as she watched daughter Shannon open her results with two A* grades, six A grades, one B, one C and a distinction*.

She said: “I was hoping she would get these results as her teachers had indicated she was very capable.
“I am so, so proud!”

Shannon, who is going to sixth form to study biology, chemistry, maths and English literature, said: “I am so happy about this!”
Jack Brough joined Burnt Mill from Henry Moore Primary School, in Church Langley, before Miss Mills was headteacher. He scored seven B grades, three C grades and a distinction*.

His mum Tracey thanked Miss Mills for her support and said: “When Jack joined, everyone was appealing against coming to Burnt Mill. Then Miss Mills arrived and it got better and better. Whenever Jack’s teachers have noticed him even slightly struggling, they have stepped in and done something about it and given him extra lessons.”

Below are interviews with year 11 student Harrison Spencer and year 10 student Jack Shury plus an interview with headteacher, Helena Mills.

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