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.
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.
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.
STEWARDS AND Passmores students are being offered the opportunity to gain first-hand experience working in a laboratory testing chemicals in just one of the education and industry projects set up to help encourage young people to consider careers in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) sectors.
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 from Julie. So we popped down to the art room at the Mandela Avenue school to find out more.
A DRIVER who died following a road crash at Hatfield Heath has been named as former Mark Hall student Connor Ashmore, who was 19 and lived in Sheering.
The crash happened at Pond Lane at about 11.10pm on Friday November 29 when Mr Ashmore’s green Vauxhall Corsa left the road and collided with a tree stump.
ARTY students are giving the outside of their school a colourful makeover. The project at Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, Harlow, will see the road side of the building transformed to reflect the creativity from within the school.
PASSMORES ACADEMY is starting to look like New York City in that it appears to be the school that never sleeps! From the break of day to last lights, it is a hive of activity.
LAST WEEK, YH went down to Passmores Academy to interview the principal, Vic Goddard. Mr Goddard is an inspirational leader who has transformed the educational map in Harlow and changed how many see education in the town.
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.
THE POWER of Shakespeare saw schoolchildren take part in a countrywide festival. Helena Mills, headteacher at Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, Harlow, held an assembly on the relevance of his work, telling students he is her favourite writer.
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.
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 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.
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.
STUDENTS from Year 7, 8 and 9 at Burnt Mill Academy, will see their work published in A Twist In The Tale – Essex after putting together 100-word stories with a twist in the storyline.
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.
STEWARDS Academy celebrated the re-validation of the prestigious Inclusion Quality Mark Award at a glittering award ceremony held in Pall Mall, London.
Stewards went through a rigorous two-day evaluation of ten aspects of the school’s inclusive practice as linked to high quality teaching and learning opportunities.
“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?
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.
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.
A week dedicated to languages has been enjoyed at Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, to celebrate the diversity of the school. Students at the school from countries including Italy, Turkey, Poland, Portugal and India took the opportunity to teach their peers about their first language.
AWARDS which will recognise young people’s educational progress in Harlow have been launched today by Harlow Council. Educational progression is vital for young people to fulfil their aspirations and improve their life chances.
THE GRAND finale of SoapSense – the drama competition for schools about mental illness took place at the Trust’s Annual Public Meeting recently. Over 300 people attended the event which was organised by North Essex Partnership at the Latton Bush Conference Centre in Harlow.