Course at Watford Fire Station

We are very pleased to announce that three of our pupils have successfully completed a course at Watford Fire Station. They spent the week learning how to work exactly like the firemen do; running out hoses to put out a mock fire, rescuing people from the first floor of a “burning” building using breathing apparatus and parading in the correct manner. Also during the week they used cutting gear to remove the top from a “crashed” car to rescue the occupants, were blindfolded to walk through a smoke filled room and practised basic first aid.  Our students took on board valuable life skills; team work, communication skills and time keeping.  The course helped to improve their self -esteem and confidence in themselves and others that nothing is beyond their reach if they put the effort in to reach their goal.


Rotary Club Technology Tournament 2018

The Rotary Club Technology Tournament was held in the Grand Hall of the academy this week. Bushey Academy hosts this competition annually with teams from Queens, Bushey Meads, St Helens, Merchant Taylors, Parmiters and St Michaels. 92 students competed to solve STEM based problems, designing solutions to a brief about rockets. There were three age categories with trophies and prizes to be won.


Speakers4Schools – Terri Duhon

Today saw a visiting speaker Terri Duhon, the Non-Executive Chair of the Board of Morgan Stanley Investment Management for Europe to the school. After graduating with a math degree from MIT in 1994, Terri Duhon joined JPMorgan and spent 10 years working as a derivative trader. In 2004 she became an entrepreneur and in 2016 sold her main business to a partner in New York. She has been on the board of CHAPS Co, the board of Operation Smile, the board of the American Overseas School in Rome and was a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Group for the Prince’s Trust. She is the author of How the Trading Floor Really Works. She came to the academy to speak to the year 8 students about careers in the financial and business sectors and to speak on the importance of high aspirations.

Science Week 2018

This week is British Science Week, which saw a number of activities at the academy for students to celebrate all things Science!

Year 8 Options Evening

This year’s Options Evening for Year 8 was exceptionally well attended with parents and students braving the cold conditions to quiz subject teachers about the courses on offer at the academy. There was plenty interest in the new subjects on offer as well as more established courses.

The Purcell School

Over the last few weeks key stage three students from the academy have been working with year 11 students from The Purcell School. The Purcell School for Young Musicians is the oldest specialist music school in the UK and our students have been benefiting from some coaching and collaboration with some of the most talented students in the country. The project will culminate in a performance on the 14th of March at the Purcell schools’ recital hall. Below are some of the coaches comments:

“We are working on a piece that jumps around in time, made up of fragments from well-known pieces. We will start with a very contemporary piece by Ed Sheeran, then there will be the William Tell Overture, then Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, then Shostakovich Cello Concerto, then finally some Bach.”

“It was great meeting you and I look forward to unlocking your huge ability. Looking forward to next week.”

“You are making wonderful progress and I’m really proud of youSee you later on today! Well done so far!”

House Drama 2018

House Drama 2018 was a combination of murder, magic and tragic star-crossed lovers as students adapted Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Nights Dream and Macbeth.  What made it all the more amazing was that the leaders for each group were 6th former students who wrote and directed each piece. The theatre was packed and everyone who came to watch left delighted.

Awards went to:

Best Supporting Actor: Josh Twaites (Babbage)
Best Supporting Actress: Rhiannon Buckingham (Babbage)
Best Actor: Adam Beattie (Edison)
Best Actress: Alice Banjo (Edison)

Best Scriptwriters: Sophie Barton, Max Dimond, Halime Fistikci, Yasmin Schmid (Whittle)

Best Directors: Jordan Bartley, Maanav Bhudia, Teresa De Almedia, Harry Griffiths (Babbage)

Best Overall House Play: Edison for Macbeth

A big thanks to the the Drama Department their hard work and effort.

Work Experience 2018

From the 29th of January students in year 10 spent five days undertaking work experience at a range of businesses from law firms to pet shops. Below are some of the students testimonials about their experiences.

Gleiselle Cachero W3

I worked at the Metro Pharmacy during work experience. I had to stock shelves, process invoices, verify customer IDs and prescriptions. I enjoyed dealing with difficult customers as it was a challenging experience. I am interested in studying pharmacy in the future and the business has offered me part time work.

Amari Stowe B8

I went to Cedars Manor Primary School as a classroom assistant. On the first day I was in Reception class helping the students with their vocabulary and sounding out letters. We did some guided reading as well. The following day I was in Year 1 helping with maths, English and science. The younger years were a lot calmer than I remembered and the school was quite strict. I enjoyed playing basketball with the Year 6 students at break.

Lucy Lawson E5

I completed my work experience week at Uria Menendez, the largest law firm in Spain. Their offices are in central London near Bank underground station. I took part in conference calls to Beijing, New York, Madrid and Portugal. I was given a case file to read through by one of the solicitors and then had to investigate and research a company involved. I have decided to study law at university in the future based on my experience.

Cindy Chen W9

I completed work experience at The Café In The Park in Rickmansworth. I had to do some taste testing, cleaning dishes and mopping floors as well as serving on the tills. I enjoyed working on the tills the most as I enjoyed interacting with the customers. They offered me some further paid work in the holidays based on my work experience week.

Shira Lang E7

I worked at Baxters Medical Devices for my work experience. I gained experience in many of the different departments of the business from finance and manufacturing to quality assurance. I learned that the production of medical devices requires a lot of safety testing and quality assurance before they enter the market. I helped produce artificial bones for surgery using the 3D printing device. Having completed work experience I would like to study medicine at university.

Deniss Hortopan M9

I was working at Subway during work experience week preparing sandwiches, dealing with customers and using the till. I had to remember the entire menu off-by-heart to advise the customers on their food choices and allergies. By the end of my time there I was offered a job on Saturdays.

Joseph Downie and Nathan Carvalho also helped out in the music department to gain experience in instrumental tuition.

Year 7 Rocket Car Competition

On Tuesday 23rd January Year 7 participated in a drag race with rocket cars they had been building in science for the previous two weeks. This science, technology, engineering and maths project was aimed at challenging students to design, build and race an aerodynamic polystyrene car which would travel fifteen metres. Students needed to incorporate many scientific principles into the design of their car, particularly focusing on the types of forces which would be acting on the car and how the shape could reduce these forces. The event was run in alliance with four representatives from RAF Northolt, who supervised the priming of the rocket cars before the students detonated them. Competition was fierce with over fifty entries. The winning group was from Ms Moore’s 7 Tripod class with a time of 70.9 milliseconds. This group will represent The Bushey Academy at national finals later this year, where they will compete against other schools. Well done to all Year 7 students and staff for supporting this project and designing some brilliant cars.