Burnt Mill Academy Trust

BMAT tops national league tables

BMAT is the top performing Trust nationally for primary outcomes.

The Trust – Burnt Mill Academy Trust – topped the national league tables this week for its results at Little Parndon, Freshwaters, Cooks Spinney and Roydon primary schools, in and near Harlow.

Its progress scores in reading, writing and maths were all considered well above average on the Government performance chart.

Little Parndon Primary Academy comes top of the Essex primary school league table, with well above average scores in reading and maths and above average in writing.

The Trust is also hitting the right notes with its secondary schools, with Burnt Mill Academy seventh best in Essex, putting it in the top 12 per cent nationally for its well above average Progress 8 score.

Allan Osborne, executive principal and leader of the west Essex hub of BMAT, said: “I am absolutely delighted BMAT has become the top Trust nationally for progress in our west Essex hub in terms of primary outcomes. Little Parndon, Freshwaters, Cooks Spinney and Roydon staff and students deserve this amazing recognition of their sheer hard work and determination.

“Yet again, we are smashing through barriers and demonstrating that anything can be achieved with high expectations and the will to succeed.

“Burnt Mill Academy has yet again shown itself to be an outstanding school with Progress 8 scores which put it in the top 12 per cent nationally and well above national average.

“The consistent year on year out outstanding outcomes show what talented student and staff BMAT has.”

Both Epping St John’s School, in Epping, and Forest Hall School, in Stansted, achieved average scores, having turned around their fortunes in recent years.

Stephen Hehir, executive head for the north Essex hub, said: “For the third year in a row, Forest Hall School has achieved well above national standards. This is a testimony to the hard work and determination of our wonderful staff who go above and beyond each day. Our drive to ensure that every child in the north Essex hub has the chance to achieve highly continues as we see the growth of Magna Carta Primary Academy.

“Over the last three years, BMAT north Essex hub has given the children in Stansted Mountfitchet and the surrounding areas the opportunity to experience outstanding teaching and an unforgettable enrichment programme."

Mr Osborne, also executive headteacher at Epping St John’s, said: “Epping St John’s has overturned a well below average Progress 8 score to a very positive one, in just one year. It puts the school in the top half of the league tables and clearly is the one of the most improved schools in Essex and nationally.

“It has been an exceptional year for BMAT and the league table demonstrates only half the story. It doesn’t show the exceptional care and guidance we give our students. We are not an exams factory, we strive to create global citizens who have the skills and adaptability to take part in a world market. We strive for our students to celebrate diversity and to love learning and want to achieve their full potential.”

Helena Mills CBE, BMAT CEO, said: “These results are a testament to the high expectations of our staff and pupils across our schools and show that hard work pays.”