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Burnt Mill Academy

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BURNT MILL’S performing arts department produced a wonderful adaptation of Bugsy Malone at the Harlow Playhouse on Friday night. Firstly, it was good to see a packed audience pour into the main auditorium. It was also good to see the audience full of pupils, parents…

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A NEW structure will see lessons at Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, extended from the current 60 minutes each to 100 minutes to give students the opportunity to complete GCSE courses in one year. The move will ensure students not only get to focus…

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There’s no better inspiration to pushing a school forward than your own young daughter. Stuart Pope is the new head of school at Cooks Spinney Primary School, in Cooks Spinney, Harlow, where his daughter Jessica is in Year 1. He is on a mission, along…

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THE Year 11 group from Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, Harlow, are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime when they head to Accra, Ghana, later this month. In an effort to build their team and prepare for the active trip, they visited Wales…

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Each school will still have its own leader, with the new title of head of school. Mr Jackson will help the Trust with its mission to bring the primary schools up to and beyond the Ofsted-rated Outstanding standard of Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue.…

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A PE teacher has won a silver medal playing netball for England at the World Championships in South Africa. Kristina O’Hara, head of PE at Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, Harlow, is partway through the championships, where she is part of the INA England…

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WORLD Dance Day was marked with a packed schedule of events, from flash mobs to West End theatre workshops and ballet lessons. The event was celebrated around the school, in First Avenue, Harlow, and saw a number of professional visitors work with students. Zest Dance…

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IT’S not all glamour living in the world of football, students have been learning. Chief scout at Manchester United football club, Jim Lawlor, spoke with GCSE PE students at Burnt Mill Academy to give them an insight into the profession. He told how it takes…

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BURNT Mill Academy officially opened their mutli-religion Prayer and Reflection Room. The Harlow school welcomed leaders of faiths to answer student questions and view the new room. Decorated to accommodate the six major world religions, the Prayer and Reflection Room provides students and teachers with…

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PASSMORES ACADEMY and Burnt Mill Academy have once again topped the poll judging by the number of applications they received for pupils to enter Year 7 in September 2014. Passmores Academy had 706 applications in total for just 210 places. Burnt Mill Academy wasn’t far…

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Anything is possible at Freshwaters Primary Academy. THAT is the new positive ethos which has come with the appointment of acting headteacher Marios Solomonides. Teachers are learning that so long as their ideas benefit the children they are to go ahead, while pupils are being…

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AN after-school club has been saved from closure and offered a new base free of charge. Chillout Kids Club was set up 12 years ago by Tracey Watkins and provides a much-needed childcare service until 6pm each week day. When their previous arrangement came to…

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ESSEX County Council is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Essex Teaching Awards following an awards ceremony hosted at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University. Essex County Councillor Ray Gooding, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I…

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THE COMMUNITY matters to students at Burnt Mill Academy. The school, in Mandela Avenue is working hard to build links and offer help to groups in their neighbourhood who need it. Similar projects have always taken place at the school, but they are now being…

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LAST WEEK, the head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilsher, produced his annual report on education in England. The report made for grim reading for some schools but there at the heart of the report was a great tribute to Burnt Mill Academy. The report said:…

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HARLOW-based artist Julie Johnstone has ambitious plans for a mural at Burnt Mill. In many ways the plans harness the ambition, energy and zeal that the school possesses. We had run a story a few weeks ago but we were keen to find out more…