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Students from Burnt Mill Academy have scooped county, regional and national titles. Judo player and Year 7 student Emma Nunn, 11, won her category at the British Minors Championships. After her victory, Emma said: "I feel really happy and excited. I was a bit nervous about all the people watching at the finals. You have to be really good to get there, so I knew it was going to be a hard competition. I felt more relieved as the day went on and my fights went”.


Lois Tappenden, Year 7, has been named Eastern Region trampoline champion after just two


years in the sport. The 11-year-old member of the Harlow-apex based Trampoline Club said: "I feel pretty happy with myself. I have won lots of competitions before, but never this one." Runner Sidnie Ward, a Year 8 student, was Essex School’s Year 7 cross country champion,


Essex and East of England indoor U13 800m champion, Essex outdoor 200m and 800m U13 champion and Essex Schools' U13 800m champion. He also came third in the South East of England Inter-counties Cross Country Championships and is ranked number two in the UK for U13 boys at 1500m and number three for the U13 boys' 800m. Kristina O'Hara, Head of Burnt Mill PE, said: "We have many talented athletes who compete at a


range of levels. We have students who attend our extra-curricular clubs for enjoyment, students who wish to compete against other schools and represent the successful Burnt Mill squads, and also students who take their talents one step further and compete at county and national level - both through the academy and also with their clubs. We offer a range of sports for our students to help promote a healthy, active lifestyle and to encourage students to continue with sport outside of Burnt Mill. These students are exceptionally talented and we are very proud to have such great success and rôle models within the academy." Five Year 11 students from Forest Hall School, in Stansted, and Burnt Mill Academy, in Harlow,


took part in this term’s Junior Chef Academy programme at Hertford Regional College (HRC). The students joined eleven other 14 to 16-year-olds on the ten-week Saturday course working with professional chefs to complete a BTEC catering qualification. The course finale saw the students preparing a three-course graduation meal for their friends and family to demonstrate the skills they had learnt. Donna Walsh, assistant headteacher for the Burnt Mill Co-


operative Academy Trust (BMAT) schools, said: “We have had strong links with the Junior Chef Academy for three years, with students from Burnt Mill taking part each term. Feedback has always been really positive about the course, staff and facilities at HRC - hence I continue to promote and support the programme at Burnt Mill and now at Forest Hall. Students get an opportunity to work out of their comfort zone with a new group of students in a professional kitchen, experiencing college life early. They have achieved highly and it was a pleasure to see them so confident in action.” Students are now being recruited for the spring course”.


The Downs Primary School and Nursery


The Downs Primary School and Nursery has had a very busy and successful Spring Term with the long awaited Ofsted inspection finally taking place on 27th and 28th January. We are very pleased with our overall effectiveness outcome of ‘Good’, with all areas of the school also being judged as ‘Good’. This result comes at the end of two years of very hard work that has brought about the necessary improvements and made it such a successful place for children to learn.


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