Hundreds of Burnt Mill students give up half-term break in a bid to boost their grades.

YEAR 9, 10 and 11 students from Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, Harlow, attended several hours of lessons throughout the week.

Revision and tailored classes in all subjects were put on for those students who would benefit from extra time with their teachers.

While Year 11 students were expected to be in school to prepare for their GCSE exams, the younger year groups chose to take the opportunity for extra study.

John Blaney, associate headteacher, said: “We are looking at exam techniques as we want our students to be very familiar with exams, the types of questions they may be asked and what A* grade answers look like.

“We try to build these things into the curriculum, but you cannot go into as much depth as we can during these sessions.

“This is carefully planned, with every student having a tailor-made timetable for the week. No two students are attending the same sessions as it is down to what each individual student needs to focus on.”
Burnt Mill students are no strangers to attending school in their own time, with Saturday school a regular commitment.

Shawki Bakkar, head of Year 7, said: “Some students might not have the space or facilities at home to do revision, so this is ideal. It’s a more relaxed environment as they are not in uniform and we are in more relaxed clothes. They are here in their own time and so they want to make the most of it and not waste their time.”

Year 11 student Mason Brewis, 16, was in school all week. He said: “This extra revision will help me to get my grades and to achieve what I want. All the things I had been struggling on I am now better at. I have improved and that means I will get better results.”

Classmate Ellie Eastman, 15, said: “I was asked to come in for two days, but I chose to come in for three instead. I have been revising history, sociology and maths.

“To have a three-hour session focusing on the areas you need to improve on is great. We are getting to look over lots of past papers and model answers, whereas in a normal lesson we might only get to look at one example. This way, we can really study what we need to do to get the highest grades.”

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