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It was fantastic to welcome back so many former Burnt Millers from across the decades for our reunion. We hope you all enjoyed one last look around the school ahead of the rebuild. pic.twitter.com/hRii7BUpea


Thank you to all the students, parents and staff who have contributed to the Shoebox appeal 🎁The team have been in to collect the boxes, and we're very proud of our BMA community 🙌🗞️ You can read more about the project on https://t.co/cX3Ha2yEqA pic.twitter.com/ituhpARuqT


‼️ Our Big Burnt Miller Reunion event is now fully booked ‼️We can't wait to see you all again 😃📨 If you have any photos, videos or memories you'd like to share, please email them to alumnibma.org.uk pic.twitter.com/EHC7J92DnN

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🍽️ As part of last week's National School Meals Week events, our student leadership team presented our catering staff with a poem. 🙌 Thank you to our catering team for all your hard work through National School Meals Week and every week! 😃 pic.twitter.com/pWUpvsHawT

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Our school came together on Friday for a moving Remembrance event. Students and our headteacher laid wreaths. Cadets from our Combined Cadet Force led the parade. pic.twitter.com/fWEUBwJeZ1

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🪖 We're proud to participate in the / project 🎖️ We'll be hosting a digital collection day at Burnt Mill Academy on Wednesday, 13th December, from 4-7 pm and can't wait to see all your artefacts, objects and stories. pic.twitter.com/hBVbJRqzvc

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🍽️ National School Meals Week was an opportunity for students and staff to 'try something new' at 🧆🥙 pic.twitter.com/69zuFx3dja

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🎃🦇 Our Year 7 Halloween Party was a real Scream!! 💀🧙‍♀️🧛 We had a fangtastic time 👻 pic.twitter.com/rnQrPMI6Lw


🤝 It's been great welcoming so many prospective Burnt Millers and their families to our school 🗓️ We hope you found the open event and tours helpful and would like to remind you the deadline for Sep 2024 intake applications is 31st Oct👉 Apply here: https://t.co/mibi3JZLhw pic.twitter.com/tCf3hxy4cg

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We're supporting and showing Racism The Red Card! 🟥 pic.twitter.com/mULS58Kyyx

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🧱 Great work from our lunchtime club!🤖🚛 Year 7 and 8 students have built a fully functioning Optimus Prime. Transforming lives through play and collaboration.#LEGO pic.twitter.com/5AyioTsMIf

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🎨 Year 10 had a fantastic time at the Henry Moore studios 📸✏️ The students engaged attentively with the tour guides and applied themselves well to the photography and drawing activities. 😄💬 "We are really proud of them all." pic.twitter.com/s0JqLSjxiD

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Students have been taking part in Black History Month assemblies. As part of the awareness campaign, students are making pledges, which will be displayed in school.#blackhistorymonth2023 pic.twitter.com/7uULULLWof

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🤝 Year 11 students had the opportunity to practice their interview skills with experienced interviewers from Harlow and London.😃 Although students were nervous initially, they were delighted with their interviews and took advantage of the opportunity. pic.twitter.com/rPFwP0m00n

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A fantastic Day with YR11 students doing Mock interviews as part of Thank You Mr Cook for the invite and for looking after us. I was totally impressed by the richness in conversation with the students, they are a credit to the school. Well done 👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/fXEfpW9R0J

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📚 Students in Year 11 are studying the Step-Up to English entry-level English course. The current topic is Heroism.🏛️ We visited to deepen our understanding of heroism and link local heroism to the class text "War Horse." 😃 It was an all-round fantastic trip! pic.twitter.com/wvn5kcLVUF

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😃 Year 11 students participated in a ‘Talk about the Future’ workshop.💬 It was terrific to see students begin to understand that they have developed a range of skills throughout the years and how they can use this to thrive once they leave Burnt Mill. pic.twitter.com/tiOTSEDxJR

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👍 Year 9 students had a great time at the Stretch and Challenge conference at St Edmunds College.👮🧑‍🔬 ⭐️ Our students contributed extremely positively and made some outstanding contributions during the day's group discussion and debate sessions. pic.twitter.com/ltljEjtmfF

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🐒🐘🦎 We’ve had a fantastic day at with Year 7 pic.twitter.com/KrDEnoJRkp

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Curriculum in Years 10 & 11

For years 10 and 11 our Curriculum booklets outline the courses and level of qualification offered for each year group, and are downloadable from the menu on the left. The information is also available to view via the subject links in the menu on the left.

Aims of Our Curriculum 

Burnt Mill Academy is committed to providing a broad, balanced, accessible and inclusive curriculum for all our students. It is our aim to provide equally for the needs of all our students and offer support, where necessary, to allow access to the full curriculum. We aim for excellence for all and are committed to ensuring that students can enjoy their studies and achieve success.

We want to make sure that each student has a positive learning experience and we believe that our curriculum will motivate and engage students, challenging them to achieve to the very best of their ability. We ensure that our lessons are contextualised and take pride in the development of our students’ cultural capital knowledge.

We will ensure that, where possible, all students have the opportunity to study their preferred courses and they are provided with the necessary information, guidance and support that will enable them to make these important choices. 

At Burnt Mill Academy, we build upon the prerequisite knowledge learned at KS3 with regular prior knowledge checking and then progressing onto more challenging subject knowledge points. We teach core subjects of Computer Science, PE, RE and PSHE within the Key Stage 4 curriculum.

Curriculum change and how it will affect you

At GCSE, the national curriculum had several changes from September 2015. The courses are assessed by an examination at the end of year 11 (with some subjects testing parts of the course in Year 10). The courses are assessed and graded from a Level 9 (Top grade) to a Level 1 (bottom grade).

The grading system below can help with the 9-1 and Grade A* -G comparisons:



The English Baccalaureate (E-Bacc) was introduced as a performance measure for schools in England in the 2010 performance tables. It is not a qualification. 

E-Bacc is a set of subjects at GCSE that keeps young people’s options open for further study and future careers.

The E-Bacc is:

  • English language and literature
  • Maths
  • The sciences
  • Geography or History
  • Language (Either French or Spanish)


Progress 8 will calculate a students’ progress throughout the GCSE courses regardless of ability. Progress 8 encourages you to have a broad and balanced GCSE portfolio. There is strong governmental advice about the expected spread of subjects needed for all students regardless of what you wish to do, to keep you competitive in the future.

The final GCSE scores from the students’ best 8 are added together and then looked at against the score that you should have achieved.

As seen in the image below, Maths and English are double weighted and count for more than the others. The next three subjects are the best three results of the EBacc. Finally, the open group consists of the next top three subjects from the remaining EBacc and other approved qualifications.


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