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15/11/19

More young people than ever before are taking part in their school pantomime. An original script is being created by the school’s teachers to ensure as many students as possible can get involved. https://t.co/V3JdVqFLsz https://t.co/Sak4nvOYmL

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15/11/19

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Massive congratulations to K1, Janice, Cooper & Ryan - winners of our first competition judged by & - check the video to hear their tracks 🥇🎉📈 https://t.co/bFerxxl9nx

15/11/19

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Well done bubs 😊😘😘 and thankyou for always supporting Harvey 😊 https://t.co/87zTwzWfoA

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15/11/19

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So proud to receive my Special Accolade Award for Music. Thank you so much for all the support over the years (sorry for all the emails 🤦🏻‍♂️😂) I’ve loved it all and continue my music in A-Levels so thanks again 😁🎺🎸🎼 https://t.co/FII0NiCnHr

14/11/19

Working with on this trip helped provide a brilliant opportunity for our students. We're looking forward to working together on future projects. https://t.co/ZAzfdep774

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11/11/19

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Current Vacancies - We have a variety of teaching and non teaching roles available across our trust - https://t.co/UCU0OUBsP0 https://t.co/NVv0yhJHSn

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11/11/19

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One day to go! Join us at School on Tuesday 12th November to continue ! Register your interest online at https://t.co/Mp11JwgekH https://t.co/GlXdFMUMmv

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04/11/19

Burnt Mill Academy is the only secondary school in Essex to achieve the country’s highest accolade for arts education. The school has been awarded the prestigious Platinum Award. https://t.co/JHYBZ6J7Tq https://t.co/PLHDtdIwSB

04/11/19

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It is part of the Adopt A Sculpture trail. Work by 16 other schools including & be found in & Harlow Central Library. Work on display until 4 November. https://t.co/lbBqTf6258

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04/11/19

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Wonderful to see so many past and present students of our schools performing for and at ’s brilliant fireworks display this evening 🎇 https://t.co/NYpbHvI6tD

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30/10/19

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Young footballers got to experience a professional match, thanks to free tickets secured by their schools. Families from BMAT primary and secondary schools were invited to experience a women’s football match at the London Stadium at the Olympic Park. https://t.co/5U8hpDRRGr https://t.co/B89XbafKke

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30/10/19

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. https://t.co/ZmVH2oYBll https://t.co/lYKc1NrvzG

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25/10/19

A new rugby kit has been designed by young players at . Four keen rugby players from Burnt Mill Academy spent the day at the home of . The new rugby top design has been produced and gifted to the school. https://t.co/v55ysH0Kzd https://t.co/Jm6JIhAiS2

24/10/19

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We are at this afternoon for their Post-16 Careers fair. We are delighted to be invited to speak about the opportunities we offer at the F2 Academy!

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23/10/19

Children who may lack confidence in taking part in sporting competitions are thriving at their own clubs. Students who attend nurture classes at Burnt Mill Academy are finding their feet at the newly launched sport clubs. https://t.co/IpaDbps1cX https://t.co/rPuxq6rCXG

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23/10/19

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BMAT sixth forms launch unique curriculum packages.https://t.co/aJVaVxd65P https://t.co/NxlJO5niPL

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23/10/19

PTA AGM - Thursday 24th October - Parents are being urged to join our school’s relaunched PTA. Burnt Mill Academy is looking to involve as many parents as possible in the future of the school. https://t.co/b4xEYA6YZA https://t.co/wTTOR6xmMi

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23/10/19

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Our Sixth Form information evening is today! Come along from 4pm - 7pm to find out more about what we offer in this state of the art facility in the centre of town. You can register your interest online at https://t.co/8N1ScSnes1 https://t.co/S8jG8MtCR5

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23/10/19

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Our specialist academy is launching a Sixth Form. Come and find out all about at their information evening this Wednesday! Right next to Harlow College - find out more and register your interest at https://t.co/8ZMxCYuRLD https://t.co/UCQIFW6qLz

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21/10/19

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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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