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.


Further statement from the trustees regarding David Meller

David Meller has resigned from all roles within the Trust and associated schools. Trustees have elected Andrew Sheach as interim Chair, and are discussing the legal and governance implications with the Department for Education . The Trustees remain committed to the success of the schools within the Trust, and will continue to support the academies and their staff and students. The Trustees wish to acknowledge, with gratitude, the enormous contribution that David has made to the building, development and inspiration of the Trust’s academies over the last fifteen years.

Statement from trustees regarding David Meller

The Trust is absolutely committed to equality of opportunity and respect for all members of society.  We are appalled to hear reports of what happened at the President’s Club dinner.  We, as trustees, wish to express our sympathy to those women who have been so badly treated.   David Meller is taking leave of absence as a trustee with immediate effect.  The trustees will continue to support the academies within the Trust.

Department for Work and Pensions

The Bushey Academy partnership with Job Centre Plus and the DWP to raise employability among year 10 students was featured in their latest newsletter. The organisation was involved in delivering mock interviews and CV writing workshops to provide year 10 students with the skills they need for the world of work.


Newsletter Jan 18

Year 10 Revision Information Evening

The Academy hosted a successful revision evening tonight where year 10 parents gained essential information on supporting their children with English Maths and Science GCSE exams.

Christmas Jumper Day

Thanks to all the students and staff who wore their Christmas jumper to school and paid £1 for charity. All proceeds will go to the academy’s current charity, Cancer Research UK.