Improved GCSE results at The Bushey Academy

Despite much harder exam content and no coursework, The Bushey Academy recorded improved GCSE results with more students getting higher grades and average attainment improving.  Special mention goes to Science with nearly four times as many students passing as last year, a magnificent improvement and the best result in the school’s history.

Of the many individual success stories, Bhavini Patel scored a record set of results with 8 Grade 9s, an A grade and two Grade 7s.  This gave her a personal Attainment 8 score of 90, which is the joint highest in the whole country.  Bhavini said: ‘Exams can be very stressful but without the great teachers at the academy, I would not have got the grades I did.’

Many of our successful students have enrolled in our 6th Form and we look forward to welcoming them back in September.


Jon Hebblethwaite


Non-Uniform Day

On the 26th of July the school held a non-uniform day to raise money for The Teenage Cancer Trust. There were a number of activities that students could take part in. These included cake sales, hoop shooting and trying to score against our very own Bogdan Marian (see below), goalkeeper for Watford youth team. Lots of money was raised for this very worthy charity.


Key Stage 3 Concert

Yesterday evening saw a range of talent from Key Stage 3 perform some of the work they had collaborated on with students from the Purcell School. Violinists, violist, cellists and pianists all featured, playing a repertoire of music from Purcell to The Cranberries. It was great to see so many talented year 7 and 8 students showing such promise and talent. It will be an interesting time for the academy over the next few years to see how these musicians grow and develop.

Aspirations Speech from Colin Lewis of Lions Watford

Students from Year 8 were treated to a speech from former ISKA World Champion Kick Boxer, ISKA Team England Coach and entrepreneur Colin Lewis of Lions Watford. He talked to the students about why he left a successful career in sales at Apple, to pursue his dream of owning his own gym and training the next generation of world champions. Having just returned from ISKA World Championships in Ukraine with two of his junior fighters winning gold and silver, Colin talked the students about the mindset needed to achieve their goals. Colin has extensive experience working with students at risk of exclusion through the mentoring program Behind Every Kick, and has refereed and judged professionally for some of the best in his sport. He shared his knowledge and experience with the students in what was an inspiring and informative talk.

Careers Speech From Roy Appiah of Clifford Chance LLP

Students in year 8 received a speech from solicitor Roy Appiah of Clifford Chance LLP, a multinational law firm headquartered in London, and a member of the “Magic Circle” of leading British law firms. He talked to the students about his journey to becoming involved in high profile cases! Students hugely enjoyed the experience and the question and answer session was interesting and informative.

Year 11 Prom

This year’s Year 11 Prom was held at the Bushey Metropolitan Police Club. The boys and girls looked fantastic in their spectacular outfits. Congratulations to the prom king and queen who were voted for by the attendees.


My Perfect University

Students from year 10 took part in My Perfect University, part of the Aspire Higher program to encourage students to raise their aspirations for the future. Teams competed in challenges to design their own university campus courses and advertising, with the winners going on to represent the school in the regional finals.

National Youth Choir of Antigua and Barbuda

Year 9 and 10 music students were treated today to the National Youth Choir of Antigua and Barbuda who came to the academy with the ambassador for Antigua and Barbuda in order to thank the students for their efforts, in conjunction with the Purcell School, to raise money for the hurricane relief fund.

The performance was mesmerising with a mixture of steel pans, congas, drums and piano in the rhythm section and soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices blended beautifully. The musicians performed a selection of material from spirituals, calypso, jazz, pop and folk music. The lyrics covered everything from the profound to the hilarious. Everything from the costumes to the choreography was consummately professional. An outstanding performance lapped up by our eager music students.



Congratulations to every every pupil who took part, as they were an absolute credit to the school.
Bushey Academy students were competing against 19 other schools, split the schools into two leagues. Winning the B league meant overcoming teams from Francis Combe, Watford Grammar School, Rickmansworth, St Joan of Arc, Bushey Meads, Reach Free, Westfield and Croxley Danes. There were some great individual success as well, with lots of pupils achieving personal bests.
Students from the academy placed in the following events:
3rd place in the Year 7 girls 200m
3rd place in the Year 8 Girls 1500m
3rd place in the Year 7 girls High Jump
3rd place in the Year 8 Boys 800m
2nd place in the year 10 girls triple jump
2nd place in the year 10 girls 200m
2nd place in the year 8 girls 100m
1st place Year 7 Boys High Jump
1st place Year 8 Boys Hurdles
1st place Year 8 Boys Discus
1st place Year 8 Girls 300m
1st place Year 8 Girls Relay Team

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