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22/08/19

Students and staff were today celebrating at Burnt Mill Academy as the summer’s GCSE results were released. https://t.co/UyTwzBhk0W https://t.co/o6W7oP5bTe

15/08/19

Hi Drew - we’re not fully open during summer but send a DM and I’ll see how I can help - BMAT Media Officer

15/08/19

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HARLOW ROCK SCHOOL

Do you love to sing or play an instrument? We are enrolling now for new band members aged 11-18 Join us for a FREE Taster Sessions Friday 6-8pm Join a band for the new term starting in September

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14/08/19

Starting big school in September is a little less scary now children have had a chance to try it out. Students joining Year 7 at Burnt Mill Academy at the start of the new school year have had the opportunity to sample life at secondary school. https://t.co/ndmBdP4Kh8 https://t.co/2HLefoe6lE

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08/08/19

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An exciting day today as the temp classrooms for are delivered on site at . https://t.co/49HcmhyoeZ

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19/07/19

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How science features in the world around us was demonstrated to young scientists. on Tour brought the subject to students at BMAT STEM Academy. Fellow students from schools also got to experience the Careering Into Science show. https://t.co/z8nwuIM6AL https://t.co/pwsucb0EYE

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19/07/19

Secondary school students have received praise for their work to enrich the experiences of their primary peers. Students from Burnt Mill Academy have been working closely with fellow school https://t.co/QR1QNYeIqv https://t.co/wt6XnLF3fx

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19/07/19

A former Harlow teacher battling a rare disease in Canada is taking a virtual trip down memory lane. https://t.co/cIQgaELuxj https://t.co/5nAnkUHYXB

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17/07/19

West End stars took time away from the big stage to teach students their famous routine. plays the lead role of Jamie in Everybody’s Talking About . Layton visited Burnt Mill along with , who plays Cy in the show. https://t.co/R2jXCaXgmz https://t.co/GK1fX51Lo9

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16/07/19

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Students from three partner schools came together for their first shared trip abroad. BMAT schools , in Epping; and Academy, both in Harlow, gave their students an opportunity to visit Paris together. Full story - https://t.co/yecS598WrJ https://t.co/qtK3nF0Wbo

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11/07/19

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VACANCY: Educational Welfare Officer Based at Designated Academies (across Essex) https://t.co/ZatL1uBbwk https://t.co/H1fXUHoYQa

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09/07/19

Our school’s efforts to raise awareness of men’s health issues has earned it national recognition. The community at Burnt Mill Academy has been named as one of the top 50 UK supporters of https://t.co/UIvgYeMFUx https://t.co/Q1xFVSieln

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08/07/19

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Catrin-First Give

A brilliant(and hot!)final this evening celebrating the passion&hard work of the students of on the programme. Lots of great social action & knowledge. Well done to everyone involved.£1000 for the winning team 👏🏻Thank you https://t.co/lOgL0ObJCN

08/07/19

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Isaac Jones

And a HUUUGE thank you to for funding the programme this year! Another £1,000 to a great cause chosen by students!

08/07/19

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Isaac Jones

I've just been hearing all about how amazing the students were last night at the first ever Final at the Academy! Really inspiring to hear about the they have done to support their chosen charities! Wish I could have been there!

08/07/19

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First Give

were the winners of the £1,000 First Give grant! First Give really was a whole school affair at - they smashed it! Well done all 🌟 https://t.co/L9vMOD3YKj

08/07/19

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Streets2HomesProjectWorker

The presentations were fabulous, it really demonstrated how classes had a real passion to win for their chosen charity !!!! All great causes but super happy won £1000 Well done to all and excellent scheme 👏🏻

08/07/19

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Neela hibbert

It great to hear that youth are getting involve in social inclusion giving vulnerable people hope at challenging times. Well done Burnt Mill Academy. Harlow Ethnic Minority Umbrella.

08/07/19

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Kerrie Eastman

Thank you to all we are overwhelmed at the support shown by pupils.....and thrilled to be awarded £1000 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 https://t.co/5wEDpYKxjF

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01/07/19

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Well done at https://t.co/kn07ON91la

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SEND children thrive through performing arts

SEND children thrive through performing arts

Posted: 7th December 2018

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are turning their lives around through performing arts.

Students at Burnt Mill Academy who find various parts of school life a challenge physically, mentally or emotionally are thriving through music, dance and acting.

Ben Eva, SENDCo and drama teacher, said the school is all about removing any barriers young people may have to achieve their potential.

He said: “It has always been known that children with SEND have hidden talents; to me, they are superheroes. Everyone has something, but it is knowing what works for that person. Children who are disadvantaged because of disability or need should not be limited in their ability to achieve greatness. It’s about smashing through the barriers to learning and that is what we are trying to achieve through a variety of ways.

“Students with SEND could feel different, they could feel their condition is a barrier or it could cause them anxiety. Sometimes, looking different to others could make them feel they are not included in society.

“We use performing arts in a variety of ways, through performance or independent work to build up social skills in rehearsals or learning an instrument, regardless of any barriers. We see improved attention and increased engagement in school, as a result.

“They find something they are praised for and a place they belong. It’s an opportunity to unlock a talent they may not have even known was there. It reduces social anxiety and builds resilience, self-regulation, motivation and independence.”

Success stories include –

  • Dilys Cook, Year 8, who suffers with anxiety. Mr Eva said: “Dilys is really nervous and worries about speaking to people. But, in Year 7 she took on a lead role in panto and in the summer performed in School of Rock. On stage, she has no anxiety – she takes centre stage and she owns it. She is now a performing arts lead and attends drama club and choir. The anxiety is still there, but in the performing arts environment, she is fine.”

 

  • Liza Berry, Year 7, is diagnosed with ADHD. Mr Eva said: “Liza talks a lot and likes to rap, so we are channelling that energy into performing. She turns up every week to practise and is really good at it. Being new to the school, she can find it difficult to manage, but we are confident by focusing on her rap she will continue to improve.”

 

  • Liam Cashman, Year 8, has autism and anxiety. Mr Eva said: “Liam had anxiety around school and sanctions, he was anxious about drama and about getting things wrong. We put him into a performance in drama and he started to like it. He is talented and now likes to show it and is building friendships that way. With autism, expressing your feelings can be a struggle, but he sees the performing arts department as a home and he comes to us if he needs support.”

 

  •  Emma Hua, Year 9, has a hearing impairment. Mr Eva said: “Emma started off nervous and shy, but through music and playing the piano, she has found her way and is quite sassy now. Her impairment has not stopped her ability to understand key features in music and she is on track for top grades in music. The one thing you need to be able to do to play music is hear, but Emma can feel the notes. It is magical.”

 

  • Aleena Ghani, Year 9 has Down’s syndrome. Mr Eva said: “Aleena was very shy in Year 7 and not very verbal. But, when she dances, she’s another woman! She has been in every school show and is studying GCSE dance, whereas she can’t necessarily access some other subjects. She has such a strong passion and can learn and retain a dance routine in no time. The subject has ignited the passion in her and it’s lovely to watch her on stage. It has helped with her social skills and she will now lead a warm-up session, even though she can find that difficult.”

 

  • Yoldas Soytoprak, Year 7, has Bardet Biedl syndrome which affects his liver and vision. Mr Eva said: “Despite worsening vision which means he can only see 6m in front of himself, Yoldas wanted to take up piano. He’s such a bright and happy young man and is just taking it in his stride. We have got him bright keys for the piano to make it more accessible for him as we will never allow a barrier to learning. We are making something that seems impossible, possible.”

Mr Eva said: “For us, it’s about changing the mindset from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’. It builds resilience and will reduce mental health and social emotional issues in the future.

“It feels lovely to see the progress they are making with us. It’s about small steps and looking at the journey from Year 7 to Year 11.”

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