Life and Times BUdmouth academy

Sporting success for Budmouth

By Katie Honebon (Year 13)

January 2020

Christmas half term is over, and Budmouth students and teachers alike are now getting busy preparing for the upcoming mocks and exams. 2020 will certainly be a fresh opportunity for success and growth within the academy, but before we forget about 2019 there are a range of sporting events and successes to be celebrated!

Firstly, back in November, Budmouth had the chance to hold the year 2 Multi-skills Festival, which was hosted by the year 7-13 sport leaders. The event, which was opened with a warm welcome from year 12’s Lauren Holder, aimed to give young children the opportunity to develop the physical skills needed for sports later on in life.

120 year 2’s from St George’s primary and Conifers primary school spent two hours rotating around 15 activities ranging from hopping and running to balancing and catching.

The older members of 6th form acted as superb role models to the younger leaders and represented Budmouth brilliantly to the other schools, with events like this being great for developing confidence, leadership and teamwork.

Then, more recently, Budmouth got to compete in the School Games Area under 13s and under 15s dodgeball competition. The competition was hosted and umpired by the year 12 Btec sport students, who once again proved to be a great example to younger years, and was aimed at students who hadn’t had the chance to represent the school in a sport before.

Budmouth had two year 8 teams and two year 10 teams and were hugely successful. With Tyler Richardson, Casey Bardell, Theo Hawkins and Alex James winning the U15 competition and Callum Churchill, Zac Care, Rhys Carr, Josh Macdonald and Luke Lansink winning the U13 competition!

The other students were also fantastic, with Fred Lexster, Louis Ozaki-Barker, Charlie Seymour and Fraser Whiting (year 8) losing to Atlantic by just 2-1 games, as well as Jake Garland, Seb Galka, Neo Wills, Charlie Hastings and Malik Inglis (year 10) losing by just two games overall!

As we move into the new year there are definitely more sporting achievements to come for Budmouth as the students continue to get involved and enthusiastic.

Senior Prize Giving Evening

With Guest Speaker Josh Frampton (Budmouth Alumnus)

December 2019

Budmouth Academy’s Senior Prize Giving

By Freya Stanger (Year 13)

On the last Thursday before the Christmas holidays parents, students and teachers were welcomed to the Senior Prize Giving event at Budmouth Academy. The purpose of this event was to recognise the array of achievements and talents that students from year 10 to year 13 have and also the students that had left Budmouth to start their first year at universities across the country.

The evening was introduced by the academy’s principal - Mr David Herbert, giving a warm welcome to all. Senior student Joshua Frampton addressed the audience by speaking of his time here at Budmouth, including his involvement in the CCF, receiving the Sam Mico Scholarship from his work in CEIL and being part of the Sixth Form Union team with his role as president. All of this engagement at Budmouth helped him to achieve 3 A*A level grades in Physics, Chemistry and Maths leading him to a place at York university to study Natural Sciences. Josh concluded his talk with gratitude and thanks to the teachers and staff at Budmouth who helped him to achieve the incredible accomplishments that have pushed him to reach his goals.

A number of other students were recognised for their achievements and awards given for each subject throughout the years were given for top academic performers. In year 10, Grayson Kiely received this award for Art, followed by Olivia McCulloch for Business Studies and many more awards were followed. However, achievements that are not academic were also recognised with Michael Bailey receiving an award for Outstanding Achievement outside of school and Imogen Watson being praised for Outstanding Contribution to the academy. These hard working students received trophies, certificates and shields to recognise their hard work and dedication.

Following the year 10 awards, year 11 collected prizes for GCSE’s with Xander Rendall winning a subject award for Business Studies and Owen Biosse for Computer Science. Whilst many students received a variety of awards, Gina Demontis was recognised for multiple subjects such as Chemistry, Geography, Maths, Physics as well as winning the Overall Highest Attainment trophy. Although all the academic subjects had students receiving awards, non-academic achievements were not overlooked with Aimee Hill getting an award for Outstanding Contribution and Sophie Hurrion for Outstanding Achievement in sport.

After applauding the GCSE students, year 12 were next to receive their awards with Jamie Blair up for a subject award for PE and Charlotte Vickory for Religious Studies. Erin Stow, the current president of Sixth Form, received two awards – one for attainment in Business Studies and also Outstanding Contribution for her work as president such as implementing recycling throughout the Academy. The award for Outstanding Achievement was presented to Freya Stanger for her efforts in the Great Britain Biathle Team.

Finally, the evening was concluded with year 13 receiving their subject awards, with Nial Turner for Geology and Jasmine Cardiff for Photography with many more awards given out. However, Joshua Frampton could not go unrecognised for his outstanding achievements, so he received awards for Chemistry, Maths, Outstanding Contribution and finally Highest Attainment Overall. Mollie Densley-Robbins also received Highest Attainment Overall and the CEIL prize was awarded to Amelia Luff for her outstanding work and contribution throughout the CEIL programme.

This awards event praised students who have worked hard to achieve amazing grades or incredible sporting achievements. Similar events will be held later on in the year to acknowledge even more impressive accomplishments that Budmouth students achieve.

Guest Speaker Josh Frampton

Hi everyone, I’m Josh and I studied at Budmouth from September 2012 to June 2019, so not much of an alumnus, but here we are.

Over the past few years there’s been so many amazing speakers at these prize giving events.

We’ve had adventurers, marketing managers, veterans... so to have been asked to come and speak to you all tonight was very daunting.

I’ve certainly not served the country, or started my own business... I can barely just manage to cook a gammon steak without setting the fire alarm off!

However, when I reflect on my experiences whilst being at Budmouth, I’ve actually done some pretty good stuff!

Lets go back to 2012, a time when the HUB was just opened, and the toilets were actually clean; when Sinead Gallagher was only known as the scary IT lady; and when Richard Fortescue probably still didn’t have any hair.

As a Year 7, I was encouraged to seek out as many opportunities as possible by both my family and Sian Bell, who I have to say is up there with Sinead as the two most incredible form tutors ever.

When I say I tried everything, I mean everything!

Year Committee, rugby team, art club, swimming team, even boys break dance... I’m warning you now, if you’re ever with me in a club and Labrinth’s Earthquake comes on, get ready for a show because Kelly Andow taught me well!

Anyway, as the years went on, I had a go at more sports from volleyball to handball to being a sports leader, talent inspiration programme and also progressed from the Year Committee to Vice Chair of the College Council, as well as leading Prom Committee events, such as the original Budmouth lip sync battle.

I can safely say ladies and gentlemen, that that will be the first and last time I pull my trousers down on stage with Sian Bell whilst wearing a monkey mask and dancing to Bruno Mars’ Lazy Song.

The pain I had to go through watching myself, just so I could get this screenshot is unreal, so I hope you enjoy it.

After GCSE exams, I was fortunate enough to expedition in Ecuador for a month with the Dorset Expeditionary Society where we traversed the Andes, explored the Amazon rainforest and got a real taste of South American culture.

This was partially funded by the combined cadet force, of which I was a part of from year nine to eleven, allowing me to be in the remembrance parade, complete a first aid course, achieve my bronze, silver and gold DofE awards, and even fly a plane!

I was very happy to get high enough grades to get into Budmouth’s sixth form, and so I started studying Chemistry, Physics and Maths.

It’s not really a surprise, after the five years in lower school on various committees, that I campaigned and was elected for President of the student union, however unlike the previous roles, I actually had a bit of independence to make a real change in the college.

Alongside rearranging the canteen’s system and menu, I also tackled recycling in the school, which I’d like to pretend was my own idea, but in reality it was Sinead Gallagher’s and I was too scared to say no to her.

I held multiple meetings with students, members of SLT, the previous headmaster and even the Dorset County Council, although unfortunately it never came into effect.

On the plus side, we did orgasnise an absolutely wild Club Tropicana themed leavers ball... you haven’t lived until you’ve seen Kate Sheppard lead a conga line across the whole sailing academy.

Another big part of my sixth form experience was being awarded a Sir Samuel Mico scholarship through my work in CEIL, which led to four weeks of paid work experience at a fish farm on Portland Port.

I’m not going to go into too much detail about the whole process, or the life cycle of the lumpfish that we grow there, because that’ll probably kill you off faster than one of Mark Henman’s assemblies.

However, I can say with extreme confidence, that this was the most beneficial opportunity I received whilst being at Budmouth.

Not only did it look great on my CV, but I learnt some invaluable scientific and business skills that I can apply to both my current studies and my real life.

So where does that leave me?

Currently I’m at the University of York studying Natural Sciences, and no, before you say anything, it has nothing to with Geography or the Earth!

You wouldn’t believe how many people ask me that on a daily basis.

During the course, I take three single subject science degrees at the same time - Maths, Chemistry and Physics.

I know it sounds like a lot, and that’s because it is!

But I am also having the most amazing time at university, and have met some really great people.

I train with and compete for the university swim team, going to Sheffield for BUCS sport and in the summer term is Roses - the annual York vs Lancaster olympics.

Think Cambridge v Oxford, except more sports and less snobbiness.

And I only have the occasional night out partying.

Now you’re probably thinking, what does any of this have to do Budmouth?

All I can see is some eighteen year-old getting off his face in all the York night clubs. And to be honest, while that is true, I didn’t think there’d be much excitement in sharing pictures of my lab report on the synthesis of 4-methylbenzhyrdol, or the full worked solution to the schrodinger equation.

In all seriousness though, the only reason I am having such an amazing time at university is because I have been shaped by the experiences Budmouth has provided.

I wouldn’t have managed to make new friends had I not learnt to work with people and be confident through the Prom Committee, College Council and sixth form union.

I wouldn’t have done well in the swim team if I hadn’t already experienced so many team sports in lower school.

And without getting up on stage and making a fool of myself at both the lip sync battle and leavers assembly, there’s no way in a million years that I’d have ever sang, or should I say performed Its Raining Men, not once but twice at karaoke nights!

Most importantly, without Budmouth’s support in both my academic and extracurricular activities, I wouldn’t even be at York in the first place!

Yes I got good grades, but it’s the adventures I’ve had at Budmouth that really made me stand out during the application process.

The final bit I’ve been asked to talk about, is advice for the Year 11’s, 12’s and 13’s on GCSEs, a levels and uni, so here is my 4 step plan to get you WHIPped into shape for exams.

Number one.

In the wise words of Britney Spears, you better work b.... cause if you don’t, I guarantee you’ll regret it for the rest of your life.

Now clearly I’m preaching to the converted as you’re all here tonight for your incredible efforts in different subjects, however that doesn’t mean to say you can waltz into exams without any revision and just rely on your natural intelligence... you have to make sure you revise revise revise because there’s a difference between knowing the subject and knowing what the examiner wants you to write.

And so what if that makes you a nerd or a sweat?!

Guess who’ll be sweating in the future when they have no GCSEs or A-Levels?

Not you!

Number two.

Make sure you’re getting as much help as possible.

These are your exams, no one else’s, so if you’re unhappy with something on the course, let your teacher know.

The examiners aren’t going to swoop in and say “we’re going to cut out the photosynthesis question for Gladys because her teacher went over it too fast”.

Even if it means teaching yourself some of the content, make sure you fully know everything you can before going into the exam.

Number three.

Get involved!

A blank CV with just your grades will be tossed in the bin without a second look.

Try to participate in as many different experiences as possible, within reason, to both give you some extra qualities and allow you to take your mind off the impending stress of exams.

On top of my exams and extracurricular stuff, I swam for ten hours a week, just to clear my head and ensure I could focus on revision when need be.

And finally number four.

Surround yourself with good friends, family and peers.

I don’t mean the most popular kids in your class, or the most intelligent, but the ones who make you feel most comfortable being yourself.

With one of the biggest obstacles of your life coming up, why should you be stressing about trying to fit in with people who you probably wont see again in a few years time.

If you’re wasting time on people who make you feel that you’re too nerdy, or too fat, or too camp, or too boring, then you aren’t focusing on what’s actually important - your exams!

It took me a few changes in social groups to finally feel comfortable and relaxed being myself, but I fortunately had friends, family and teachers that made me work to the best of my ability, and they are the biggest reason I did so well in my exams.

I’m also very happy to say that all of my Budmouth friends are off succeeding in what ever it is they do, as you will probably see later on tonight.

So overall, I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone at Budmouth, whether that’s staff or students, who have helped me on my way.

I may not have done anything exceptional with my life yet, but I’m enjoying and that’s what matters the most.

To all the students here tonight, firstly a massive well done for your awards, and I would also like to wish you the best of luck in your upcoming education, exams and careers.

And finally, if you ever have any questions about revision techniques, university applications, exams, whatever, please feel free to find me on facebook or something and I’ll always be happy to help.

Unless its anything to do with food tech and cooking, you should probably just steer clear of me for that one.

Thank you, and I hope you enjoy your night.


The Awardees

Achievements - How They Inspire

An interview with David Herbert by Freya Stanger and Katie Honebon (Year 13)

December 2019

Achievement is something we hear about all the time, whether it be academic, sporting endeavours or even something on a personal level, but what actually is it? We asked this question to head teacher David Herbert to see what it meant to him. He defined it as setting realistic goals for yourself that are ‘big and broad’ to avoid disappointment and shouldn’t always be measured in terms of grades, emphasising how important it is to avoid comparing your achievements and goals to others.

On a more personal level, Mr Herbert felt that his best achievements were not necessarily the milestones in his life (first job, learning to drive, etc.) but instead he was most proud of his family and watching his daughters succeed. When looking at his earlier achievements one that stood out the most was his acceptance into Loughborough to study sport and exercise science. From his rugby and cricket centred background, competing at county and regional level, sporting achievement was always something that inspired him. He spoke a lot about redefining goals and achievements to fit your current situation, which is something he has had to do during his journey to become Budmouth’s head teacher.

A more recent achievement of Mr Herbert’s was leading the school through academisation, however he stressed that the current focus is on setting new goals for the future in order to prompt further achievement within the academy, such as…

-The new sixth form centre.

-Better facilities.

-Even better grades within the school.

Achievement can be seen throughout the academy every day, with Mr Herbert reminding us that even getting out of bed in the morning can be an accomplishment! But every day he is inspired by being able to witness pupils being set back on the right path, using every lesson as an opportunity to achieve.


December 2019

The Scholastic Half-Price Book Fair made a return to the HUB Library from the 3rd-10th December, giving students the opportunity to buy a new book for as little as £1.

The book fair, which was run by our Student Library Assistants, was open to students during break and lunchtimes and it was fantastic to see so many keen readers browsing and buying books.

The Resources Centre receives 10% of the total amount sold in free books, the total sold was £300 which gave us £30 worth of free half-price books.

Thank you to all our Student Library Assistants who helped to make the book fair a success and a special thank you to Olivia Sherry and Ellie-May Hiscutt who helped out everyday and oversaw the running of the fair.


November 2019

The 6th Form Union at Budmouth organised a Bake Off in aid of Children in Need on Friday November 15th. Entries poured in from staff and students across the academy, with the winning cake, baked in the shape of a castle, by Tobias Clifton in year 7. Entries were sold after judging, raising almost £100 for Children in Need. ‘We were impressed by the baking ability on show today’, said Trevona Jolliffe, a member of the Union and baking enthusiast herself. ‘It has been great to see the whole school get involved with this event to support Children in Need.’


November 2019

Sixth Form students at Budmouth Academy have taken part in a health day event. All students have attended sessions designed to be relevant and interesting to students of sixth form age. Year 12 students went to the Pavilion for a hard-hitting Safe Drive Stay Alive presentation organised by Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service. Year 13 took part in workshops including cookery, Indian head massage, yoga and healthy relationships. After a brisk healthy walk back to Budmouth year 12 joined year 13 for a session on the effects of drugs and alcohol presented by EDAS.


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