New teachers achieve higher results at Mark Hall Academy
Education / Tue 6th Sep 2022 at 07:37am
THE arrival of new teachers resulted in students achieving higher GCSE grades than they thought possible.
As Year 11 students returned to Mark Hall Academy, in Harlow, to collect their results, they were quick to praise the work that has taken place at the school since it joined the BMAT family in January 2021.
The first major impact from the academy Trust was to make it possible for all students to work remotely from home for the first time since the start of the pandemic a year before.
Other changes included a focus on the core subjects of English, maths and science and work by a welfare officer to help students who were struggling to attend school.
Among those who felt the improvements was Bebe Jackson, from Harlow, who said she was “off the rails” before BMAT took responsibility for the school.
She said: “I was just a rebellious teenager in Year 10. I had attitude. Nothing caused it, I just went off the rails.
“I felt the change from BMAT, especially. I got back on track and focused on my GCSEs in Year 11. The change of teachers helped.”
This week, she surpassed her expectations of getting grade 4 in her core subjects, instead picking up grade 5 in English, maths and science. She also achieved a grade 4, a grade 3 and a Distinction*.
She is now heading to fellow BMAT school BMAT STEM Academy to study biology and applied science.
Headline should read "Students Achieve Higher Results than they expected" and perhaps it's the arrival of a welfare support officer that made the difference, the headline is simply a BMAT manipulating publicity to try to take credit for what students feel the have achieved and pushing their own interests and a party polical central government agenda to promote BMATs to push out local education authority schools and undermine teacher's pay. BMATs generally fail as frequently as LEA schools and many of them would have been more successful if they hadn't been deprived of adequate funding for maintenance and development. Congratulations to the students, really well done.
Has the parachuting in of new teachers affected other schools in BMAT? Particularly Burnt Mill? I've heard some very negative things about the quality of teaching over the past few years. Expanding too quickly, perhaps?
The implication that the dedicated and skilled staff at Mark Hall before the school became a BMAT were rubbish is disgraceful. The expansion and money thrown at Mark Hall that came with the change to the BMAT most likely funded more staff and certainly better facilities but don't smear the teachers.
Mark hall is a awful school, do not recommend your child going there. More interested in the school’s appearance than your education. Ridiculous school rules students have been made to feel depressed by the school rules