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16/10/18

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Our director of Performing Arts spoke to BBC Essex's Dave Monk about the introduction of DJing lessons at . https://t.co/DMl97XFMsb

15/10/18

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RVHS PE

Massive well done to all the X-country runners who ran at the West Essex X-country championships at yesterday. Superb effort from everyone that ran. 🎽🏅 https://t.co/8Txqo49YQW

15/10/18

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ChangingLives

Please share! ❤️🙌🏼 https://t.co/JUfK3rhNT4

15/10/18

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BMAT

. introduces Future DJs to their curriculum - https://t.co/5geEFixwPD https://t.co/TPDNfrt1xr

15/10/18

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Teenagers took a step into the world of work with a day devoted to careers. Year 11 students at , in Harlow, spent a day dressed in business dress and focused on the next steps in their lives. https://t.co/DpIsEalDYG https://t.co/ZAT75UohCs

06/09/18

Looking forward to welcoming everyone to our 2018 open evening. Head of School speeches at 6:30pm and 7:30pm https://t.co/peNzPFW9hB

09/07/18

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Burnt Mill House

Making our banners for the . We are very excited to take part! https://t.co/mEUDRev7Gl

09/07/18

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Anne Frank Trust

Our East Team are busy today! Our one day pop up 'Take A Stand' exhibition opens at the Hate Crime conference in & our Ambasadors in will also be welcoming visitors to 'Anne Frank: A History for Today'.

09/07/18

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jacqui aslandogdu

What a fantastic show tonight....You really have the best students and teachers..We absolutely loved School of Rock!!...thank you all.

09/07/18

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Claire Bishop

So proud to have seen them all receive their awards last night. Amazing recognition. Thank you for making them all believe they can! https://t.co/3O6zQABSCE

09/07/18

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BMAT

Just read this great article about the fabulous work taking place to develop pupils passion for music. I can’t emphasise enough how important an excellent music department is in a school. HM https://t.co/f8L7941WLo

09/07/18

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BMAT MFLanguages

What an amazing group of MFL teachers we have A great afternoon sharing ideas and good practise. How lucky our students are to have such incredible teachers! Thankyou to MFL BMAT team🇫🇷🇪🇸

09/07/18

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Ms Horner

Invaluable sharing of practice across the Trust today. How lucky are we to have such a wealth of experienced and innovative teachers serving our local communities!?

09/07/18

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St Clare Hospice

Our shop staff getting into the festival spirit in celebration of ClareFest, which is happening this Saturday at our shop at the St James Centre! We'll be selling loads of lovely festival gear, with music from 's Monochroma and ! ✌ https://t.co/78qy9TnzYi

09/07/18

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Jade Nunn

Very Proud of my 2 girls both fought so well 2day at Kent International Judo Comp. Emma just missing out on a Gold but a very well deserved Silver & Jess a Gold & Kent International Champion 2018. https://t.co/YlkeLZ7LVJ

09/07/18

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BMAT

Another student who has gone on to great things. Superb photos. Creativity is so important and starts in school. HM https://t.co/iyVY5gErpA

09/07/18

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BMAT

So very pleased to see awarded a first class degree today. Never doubted that such a brilliant student from would go on to be such a successful adult. Delighted he will use his talents to help others next year. Well done 👏👏👏👏 https://t.co/xcEDtdtwTq

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VIY Project at Burnt Mill

VIY Project at Burnt Mill

Posted: 17th October 2017

A school makeover has given teenage volunteers access to a construction qualification.

Burnt Mill Academy won a national competition earlier this year with Absolute Radio, Wickes and VIY (Volunteer It Yourself).

As part of the win, 40 students spent a week working with VIY to transform an area of the school grounds.

VIY combines volunteering and DIY by challenging young people to learn a trade and building skills, on the job, by committing to fix buildings in need of repair or improvement.

At Burnt Mill, Year 10 and 11 students worked on an outside area to remove a series of old planters to create an outdoor performance or assembly space, as well as building a new raised planter decorated in school house colours.

Mentored by volunteer professional tradespeople, students gained a City & Guilds qualification in an introduction to carpentry.

Sue Johnson, assessor for RM Training, said: “We observed students and questioned them on the knowledge they had learnt during the project to confirm they had fully understood what they had been taught.

“This project has been so good because it’s real-life. Often, students make a work bench out of new wood, but with this they have had to make good and recycle. It really has been a ‘wow’ project.

“Every single one of the students has been absolutely amazing. They have been extremely respectful, worked well as a team, very polite, listened to their mentors and not once stood around. I have delivered this to more than 400 students and these have been among the best.”

Students can use the entry level qualification to work towards a qualification in construction.

Alan Dalton, lead mentor for VIY, said: “To achieve their qualification, they have had to complete a certain number of hours, as well as become competent with the tools. We have taught them how to cut safely and how to use tape measures, set squares, hand saws and drills.

“These students have been ridiculously good. They have listened well to instruction; they have been the best group we’ve worked with in a long while.”

Year 10 Toby May, 14, is keen to pursue a career in carpentry and said: “My dad is an engineer and he had taught me the basics of DIY, but what I have learnt here is more advanced.

“I am looking forward to seeing the outcome of our work.”

Year 11 Tyler Joseph, 15, said: “I have learnt basic DIY skills which will help me in the future if I buy a house and want to put shelves up, for example. Now, I would know how to use the tools to do the job. I have helped the school a little bit and that feels pretty good.”

Photos from the project can be seen in the gallery.

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