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14/06/21

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WE'RE HIRING! 🎉 Forest Hall School in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, have a vacancy for a SEND Specialist Teacher. For more information visit https://t.co/lzZ9TYLu7q https://t.co/nZfHWNici9

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11/06/21

Young people have been given a raft of tools to help them to take care of their mental health. FHS marked Mental Health Awareness Week with a programme of activities, including wilderness walks, mindfulness colouring, meditation and a tea and talk session. https://t.co/mEFeZXKzRs https://t.co/cw9cVbzKWC

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11/06/21

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BMAT recently appointed a director of to help children to reach their full potential. The former headteacher has started his work by bringing together experts from across the Trust to share best practise. https://t.co/dXL7gGTkgX https://t.co/btrvCXMwsv

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11/05/21

Been a great start to our Mental Health Awareness Week. Can’t wait for our Wellbeing Wednesday tomorrow. Please remember that students in Years 7 to 9 need to wear their FHS PE kit tomorrow. https://t.co/mj1gGNj5CZ

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29/04/21

Thank you to for the webinar on peer on peer abuse! https://t.co/78xIPYPGxA

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29/04/21

Environmentally aware children devoted their time in lockdown to earning our school an accreditation. Eco-Schools encourages children to drive change & improve their environmental awareness by taking on tasks for the international Eco-Schools Green Flag. https://t.co/l1QejHICUH https://t.co/eJPUfBxU4H

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28/04/21

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Our SEND director is on twitter so please follow for SEND specific content. You can read more about the role here: https://t.co/jWIcjKLtxl https://t.co/slQON8gLZw

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24/04/21

A big well done to the students who took part in our Bikeability enrichment activity this week. https://t.co/5chSXuyAtD

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06/04/21

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Forest Hall School (Stansted Mountfitchet) have a vacancy for an Estates & Facilities Supervisor. For more information visit: https://t.co/PObhZ7EDVB https://t.co/uA0Np9PXBQ

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28/03/21

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Department of Health and Social Care

There are false reports that lateral flow tests can give you cancer. These rapid tests have been rigorously tested and are safe. The swabs are sterilised with ethylene oxide to ensure they are safe to use. It is one of the most commonly used sterilisation tools. https://t.co/lYWDRluMUh

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27/03/21

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Fantastic last day of term with my lovey year 8 pupils, completing heart dissections . Their lit up faces were a delight to see! https://t.co/k2hyAvS41d

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25/03/21

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BMAT has appointed a director to ensure children with special educational needs and disabilities achieve their full potential. Marios Solomonides takes up post of Director of SEND with a mission to remove all barriers faced by children within BMAT schools. https://t.co/jWIcjKLtxl https://t.co/hsWxgX4m7z

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23/03/21

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Aged 16-19? and are hosting a really exciting event with on Monday 29th March on Mental Health and Wellbeing! Not to be missed. Register here! https://t.co/FYSDX9Xr2Z https://t.co/jb1qYIJ7hS

21/03/21

Our wonderful school PTA have organised a raffle for Easter. Tickets are £1. Tickets can be purchased here - https://t.co/mxvacXKinK Please support the school PTA!

07/03/21

Work for Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th March for all students is now available on our website - https://t.co/CZAtcKh2ub A reminder that there are no live MS Teams lessons.

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04/03/21

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Magna Carta Primary Academy in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, have a vacancy for a SEMH Co-Educator. For more information visit https://t.co/myWM4VTfSs https://t.co/18hsjgECyz

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01/03/21

A teacher who had a stroke in her 20s is walking 1.2 million steps to help rebuild the lives of other survivors. Kayleigh Trainor was just 27 when she was shocked to discover she was experiencing a stroke. https://t.co/Efgp1nixvt https://t.co/MJNfMjx1Et

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17/02/21

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Ren

I entered a competition run by the amazing illustrator Chris Mould to win a copy of a beautiful new version of ‘Animal Farm’. It has just arrived and I can’t wait to show my Year 8s who are studying this book at the moment. https://t.co/yWwkptG0ID

09/02/21

We are looking forward to our training tomorrow! https://t.co/vWsDyfVetx

05/02/21

Very proud of Miss Power! She has been an amazing support to colleagues throughout this whole period. https://t.co/UGsogsxCvn

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Posted: 21st August 2020

Five years ago, Tommy Brown had resigned himself to a menial job with little prospects.

Having struggled with dyslexia since the age of five, he believed his whole life would be a struggle.

That all changed when he joined Forest Hall School and was able to work with the in-house Dyslexia Support Unit (DSU).

Today, he collected a grade 9, a grade 7, a grade 6 and two grade 5 in his GCSEs and is excited to start a film and media production course at West Suffolk College.

He said: “I feel pretty good about my results.

“When I was younger, I was not expected to get any GCSEs. But, when I joined Forest Hall, I met teachers who encouraged me to do better than previously expected of me. They encouraged me to go beyond the ‘normal’ expectations of someone with dyslexia. It was refreshing as it was a new way of supporting my dyslexia and I was doing my reading and writing myself.

“When I was younger, I was the dumb kid. Now, I’m known as the smart kid.”

While Tommy attended the majority of his lessons with his classmates in the mainstream school, he focused on his reading, writing, homework and revision in the DSU.

He said: “All of my teachers at Forest Hall are aware that I’m dyslexic. We have conversations about how I will get around that, especially with textbook heavy subjects such as science. They suggest video alternatives to the reading. It is having those conversations in a comfortable space that really helps.

“I was always encouraged to keep going, even when I said I did not want to. My teachers helped me so much.

“It is odd to look back and realise how much has changed. There was a time when I couldn’t even go to school; I stayed in my room and was really depressed.

“To be in a place where my only real needs are spell checking is great. I will always be dyslexic and have that struggle; there will always be those things I mess up or misspell. But, the fact I can deliver my own work independently is pretty great.”

To younger people struggling to face a life with dyslexia, Tommy said: “Do what is good for you, not what is pleasurable. It is surprising how much effort people are not willing to put in, even if they want something badly. It can be difficult to do the right thing and you have to accept that. It is hard to work hard and do what is good for you.

“I remember when I was really young, someone said my life would always be hard because I’m dyslexic. That made me see it as a no-win scenario. Now, I see it that yes it can be hard, but that allows me to appreciate that what I am doing is working towards something positive.

“I am feeling really, really excited about college. I have gained so much confidence in the last few years. I have a nervous excitement, but the worries are minimal.”

 

Other success stories from Forest Hall School this year…

Beni Bafwa, from Stansted, collected one grade 7 and five grade 6. She is now heading to Long Road Sixth Form College to study psychology, French and textiles.

She said: “I felt a bit shocked when the exams were cancelled as I had wanted to sit them. I was disappointed as I wanted to see what I would have got if I had sat them.

“I was aiming for grades 6 and 7, so I got what I had hoped. It has been nerve-racking waiting to hear, but I am happy with my results.”


Tia Akers, from Hatfield Heath, picked up two grade 8 and four grade 7. She is looking to study art and photography at either Writtle College or Herts and Essex College.

She said: “I am very pleased with these results. They are higher than I was expecting. I was expecting to achieve grade 6s.

“I was a little bit disappointed to not be able to sit the exams, but there was nothing I could do about that.

“I have been keeping busy by doing my own artwork and developing my skills. That has definitely helped me to get through this time.”
 


Amelia Jenkins, from Flitch Green, achieved four grade 9, three grade 8 and a Distinction 2. She is going to study maths, further maths, physics and economics at Herts and Essex College.

She said: “I am elated!

“I was very nervous to get my results as it has been really hard to gauge what was going to happen. Everything was changing a lot. I did not sleep very well last night! Everyone has been so worried about it, but for the majority it seems to have worked out.

“I was a bit disappointed we did not get to sit our exams as it would have been nice to showcase the knowledge we have.

“I feel like I do not have to worry anymore.”

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