Rainbow nation celebrated at St Marks

STUDENTS, parents and the community were invited to wear their national dress to or clothing in the colour of their national flag to the show. The evening students presented an eclectic programme of song, music and dance to an enthusiastic audience of family and friends to welcome their wonderful cultural in to the school.

Community matters to Burnt Mill

HANNAH Jones, responsible for community cohesion, said: “Our mission is to carry out different acts in the community at least once a month. We are already doing these things during lunchtimes and after school to enrich our students’ education, but this brings it all together and really highlights our commitment.

Burnt Mill head delighted at namecheck in major education report

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: “The headteacher of Burnt Mill Academy in Essex provides exceptionally strong and effective leadership, which is driving the significant improvements seen in the academy.

Charity at heart of Stewards Academy

STEWARDS Academy has excelled itself in recent weeks with the money it has raised for charity. Over £1000 was raised for Children in Need by having a non-uniform day and staff dressing as fictional book characters. Poppies were sold around school for Remembrance Day as usual.

Stewards Academy students book their places in “Reading Week”

The week’s activities ran alongside the other reading schemes that are in operation at Stewards and were intended to highlight the benefits of reading to students of all ages and at all stages of school life. Activities included students completing a reading booklet with book related quizzes, word searches and crosswords, a write a book review competition, and staff departmental readings in the library at lunchtime, which were very well attended by students.

Burnt Mill: The “Outstanding” school where no child is left behind

FOR A long time, Burnt Mill had a reputation as the school that battled with Mark Hall for top spot in the town. Both schools saw a decline in their fortunes. In 2009, Burnt Mill’s nadir was the fact that only 27% of all pupils gained 5 or more GCSE’s at A* to C (inc. English and Maths). And so, that is where Helena Mills came to take charge. Since then, the school has seen a remarkable transformation in its fortunes. In 2013, the school recorded a record 76% with 5 A* to C (inc English and Maths).

Stewards Academy praised for Shakespeare performances

STEWARDS Academy excelled itself this year with a sensational double bill at the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival. A cast of 40 pupils brought Macbeth and Julius Caesar to life. Directors Di Johnson, Karen Batterham and Sam Ramsey were delighted with the manner in which pupils threw themselves into these roles and brought their characters to life on stage at Broxbourne Civic Hall.

Sky is the limit for Burnt Mill students at careers fair

YOUNG people in Harlow are setting their sights on careers as bankers, microbiologists and vets. Year 8 students at Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, enjoyed learning about various professions during their careers day. They spent a morning hearing from local professionals before posing probing questions about their roles and the paths they took to success.

Secondary places time to apply

PARENTS and carers of Year 6 children yet to apply must do so by 31 October 2013 to secure a year seven secondary school place. Applications can be made via the website at www.essex.gov.uk/admissions. The website also enables parents to search for school information, read Ofsted reports, check admissions criteria and catchment areas, and submit applications.

MP praises Burnt Mill in House of Commons

“THANK you Mr Speaker. Is my Honourable Friend aware that under the leadership of Helena Mills at Burnt Mill School in Harlow, they have achieved this year 76% in Maths & English A to C GCSE, compared to just 27% a few years ago, by doing many of the measures the Honourable Gentleman set out and having the relentless focus on Maths & English? Will my Honourable Friend look at schools like Burnt Mill to see examples of good practice and to see how the new accountability system works?

Welcome to Burnt Mill TV!

A NEWS team has been formed at Burnt Mill Academy, with students filming reports to broadcast online and around school. The first special report, which is available on YouTube, was put together during the recent open evening by Year 8 students Sophie Gander and Cat Norris.

Burnt Mill set to quiz councillors

STUDENTS from Burnt Mill will be quizzing a panel of county councillors during a Members Question Time session as part of Local Democracy Week (Monday 14 October to Friday 18 October). Primary and secondary school students will be getting to grips with local democracy at two full-day events being held by Essex County Council to help young people understand and learn more about the importance of democracy and how local government works.