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20/02/20

A new forest area is taking shape, thanks to a group of environmentally aware students. Members of the environmental team at Burnt Mill Academy joined forces with the community and to plant trees. https://t.co/rv5tO0p5aW https://t.co/FbXEyMfqkd

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17/02/20

Brilliant teenagers have graduated from a project. A group of 12 students were selected to take part in the . Having completed a research project with a PHD tutor, students attended a graduation ceremony at the university. https://t.co/9PoXzqZIUz https://t.co/hQkLhrzuJK

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12/02/20

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Musical students are getting a unique lesson from the best musicians in the world. A group of 35 students from and 48 students from , together took the trip to , to attend a performance by the . https://t.co/0eBVDifHI9 https://t.co/PDq7e9VDya

10/02/20

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Well done to the students from , and attending today's graduation in College!🎉🎓

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06/02/20

A celebratory ball turned into quite a hair-raising experience for some. For the deputy head boy and a classmate it was an opportunity to literally let their hair down – or, have it shaved off! https://t.co/rQyRFzX0kp https://t.co/GfqAwoIJFf

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04/02/20

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Out Now! The new issue of Latitude - The magazine for BMAT Schools, Parents and Communities. Read it online here - https://t.co/VvzQNalzNy https://t.co/ZWJCUwzLjj

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30/01/20

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A massive thanks to Sam from who volunteered at the Essex Primary Swim Finals 12 teams comprising 84 swimmers had the experience of competing at the iconic venue Sam was joined by 16 sports leaders from 👏 https://t.co/NxMyftKPPD

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14/01/20

A young sportswoman has clinched her second national title in a year. Shannon Waterman, from Burnt Mill Academy has been crowned the best in trampolining in Britain after coming first in the National Finals at Derby Arena. https://t.co/Qa0ZDu5XZH https://t.co/nQ16LJC2xP

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09/01/20

Brilliant teenagers from Harlow have been inspired to strive for further education after taking part in a project with . https://t.co/Af4XVOfRBt https://t.co/OtdRTTC1RF

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06/01/20

Brave schoolgirl Molly Rogers hoped she would receive a warm woolly hat for Christmas after having her hair shaved off for charity. The Year 10 student was keen to Brave the Shave to raise money for Support. https://t.co/CHpEtNtEpO https://t.co/IJPET2LHcw

06/01/20

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Congratulations to the three schools from our region to achieve Platinum this term! & - what a great achievement! https://t.co/n5Vy4R1teL

06/01/20

Well done, Lauren. Good luck with the next part of your adventure. Happy New Year!

06/01/20

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A dad is repaying staff who brought his baby back to health by running the London Marathon. 17-mth-old James Gallagher has been three times to PAH in the last year struggling to breathe. Emmett, maths teacher at is raising money for paediatric equipment

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16/12/19

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⁩ pupil Mollie braves the shave for charity https://t.co/vpU9OVUgH0

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05/12/19

Burnt Mill was among the top 50 supporters of the cause last year. This year, they have so far raised a total of £2,220, beating last year’s total, placing them as the 10th highest achieving school in the country. https://t.co/2aAB3VxrJX https://t.co/haZYeriN5A

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05/12/19

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Young musicians from five secondary schools went head to head in this year’s BMAT Battle of the Bands contest. Students from and came together to share their musical talent. https://t.co/JLkJOPUQ5H https://t.co/C9ARppSlW6

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04/12/19

A thankful dad is repaying the emergency team who brought his baby back to health, by taking on the . Seventeen-month-old James Gallagher has been rushed to three times in the last year struggling to breathe. https://t.co/IUsH7il5EG https://t.co/vAg5Xbqxfr

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02/12/19

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Jessica Nunn British National pre-Cadet Champion 2019. Fought so well. Very proud of her. 🥋🥇🥋#BSJK https://t.co/h54pwjKntb

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02/12/19

Don't miss our panto - Aladdin! Tue 10th & Wed 11th December. Tickets available from ParentPay. https://t.co/sQ1smPmzUp

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28/11/19

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Burnt Mill first in Essex to commit to Army course

Burnt Mill first in Essex to commit to Army course

Posted: 30th October 2019

Attention!
One way of getting the attention of teenagers is to put them in front of an Army Regular.

Students at Burnt Mill Academy are opting for a unique course as an alternative to the traditional GCSEs.

A bespoke cadet course has been created for the school as it becomes the first in Essex to commit to it as a core option for students.

The course is now an option for students in Year 9 and above to select and includes Army training in –

  • basic first aid
  • field craft
  • drill
  • weapons

At the end of the one-year course, students achieve a BTEC Level 1. If they choose to take it for a second year, they will receive advanced training and a BTEC Level 2. After a third year, students can go into a senior role in the Army and train younger peers with an ILM Level 3 Award in leadership and management.

PE teachers Kerry Davies and Jamie Daly are now trained by the Army to deliver the course over 360 minutes each week.

School staff instructor John McFarlane, ex Army Regular, has joined Burnt Mill to support the course.

He said: “The students are coming on great. What is most improved is their attitudes. They are really positive, keen to learn and are putting in the effort.

“Each week, we appoint a duty student who has worked the hardest the week before. They are really keen to get that and are gaining confidence in speaking and giving commands in front of their peers. They are the fundamentals of leadership; they do not realise it, but they are starting to pick them up.

“Everybody is looking at this school now because of the commitment they have given to the cadets. What they are offering is so detailed; the course is unique to Burnt Mill. It is the only school in Essex giving this much time to the course.”

Students spend the day wearing their Army uniform and are looking forward to a calendar of events, including camping, visiting a shooting range and parading in front of parents.

A number of students with special educational needs and disabilities and those who need support with behaviour and emotional issues have opted to take the course.

Miss Davies, head of cadets, said: “We are seeing great feedback from teachers. The course has already helped one student with autism to grow in confidence. His mum has been emailing us regularly to say he seems really keen and is enjoying the course and that his behaviour has improved.

“We are seeing all students try really hard. They are arriving for lessons early, having ironed their own uniforms, and are ready to go. Seeing them improve week by week has been amazing; we did not expect to see that happen so quickly.

“It is something really good for the students who prefer practical lessons. We have got some really academic students taking cadets, as well. It is teaching them all life skills, while still getting a BTEC qualification which will help them to get into sixth form or college.”

Conrad, Year 9, was getting detentions every day when he was in Year 7.

He said: “The minute I heard about the cadets, I changed a lot. My dad said I wouldn’t be able to hack it because of my bad behaviour, so I wanted to prove him wrong. It teaches you discipline.

“I realise now it was a waste of time getting those detentions. I finish my homework on time now and spend more time with my family. I did not used to want to go home as I was always in trouble.

“I have been given an award by my form tutor as the most improved student. My mum was so proud, she started crying.”

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