The Big Bang Competition


For the second year running a Bushey Academy student, Paola, has made it to the finals of the national Big Bang Competition held at the NEC in Birmingham.
After winning a Gold Crest award for the research that Paola carried out at the aerospace engineering department of the University of Hertfordshire, Paola’s report was entered into the National School Science awards annual competition to find the best school research scientist in the UK and we have been informed that she has been shortlisted as a finalist.
The Finals will take place at the NEC in Birmingham on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 March 2020. At the Finals Paola will be judged by leading experts, take part in exciting STEM activities and possibly come away with an amazing prize!
Finalists compete for over £20,000 worth of amazing prizes, including top and runner-up prizes in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories for science and engineering, as well as the coveted titles of GSK UK Young Engineer of the Year and GSK UK Young Scientist.
Well done Paola!

Nuffield Research Placement

During the summer holidays this year Paola, Year 13, undertook a 4 week Nuffield Research Placement at the University Of Hertfordshire.

Working in the Aerospace Engineering department, Paola undertook a research project titled ” high lift and camber aerofoil inspired by the Golden Eagle” which involved investigating the aerodynamics of the Golden Eagle’s wing, designing an aerofoil (artificial wing) using CAD, using a 3D printer to make a physical wing and then investigating its performance in the wind tunnel.

Paola produced a fully referenced research paper reporting the successful outcome of her research and has been awarded a Gold Crest Award as a result.

Paola hopes to read Physics at University next year.

Safety Box and Alison Cope

Last week The Academy were offered a great opportunity to work with local PCSO’s, The Safety Box and Alison Cope to deliver a 4 day programme educating and making students aware of some of the social issues that could potentially affect us all

The week was a huge success, all of the students engaged and participated well in a range of different activities, including role plays, active learning and discussion.

The week ended with a celebration assembly led by our guests and those students who went above and beyond were presented with a certificate.

“I attended three of these sessions- two year eights, and one year seven.   I found the students to be very engaged and all seemed to get something out of the sessions. Personally I found it to be a great activity and believe it was far more of a learning experience for students than a regular assembly/lecture. The people involved were so passionate and energetic and I thoroughly enjoyed watching my students learn in a different context.”

“It was very well presented and engaging for the students. It stimulated discussion and reflection and i believe will be of great help in steering the students away from knife crime.”

We would like to thank both the students and our guests for a fantastic programme and we look forward to working with them in the future.



Rotary Young Chef Competition

During the October half term, Haleema, Shivangi and Hemalvi, all Year 11 students, took part in this year’s Rotary Young Chef Competition at West Herts College.  They all thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working in a professional kitchen,under the pressure of time and they should all be congratulated for the enormous effort they put into this experience.


House Music Competition

This month we produced a “live” performance talent show that did not use any backing tracks or instrumentals; which helped to create an electric atmosphere.  There were a huge amount of rehearsals carried out over the months from September, leading up to the event.  We are lucky to have so many talented musicians here at the academy, and hand selected our High Attaining Band of instrumentalists from our very own pupils.  Their efforts created extra rehearsal time and they are notably dedicated to their musical learning.

The winners were:

Best Instrumentalist                G Bourke (Whittle: Y11)

Best KS3 Soloist                     M Gilbert Babbage: Y9)

Best KS4 Soloist                     C Donald (Marconi: Y11)

Best Composer                        A Banjo (Edison: Y11)

Best House Band                    BABBAGE “I Will Survive/Survivor Mashup” – C Harper and A Bearup Mentor

Overall House Winner            BABBAGE




The Bushey Academy Careers Fair

The Academy held our first Bushey Academy Careers Fair this month. There were representatives from the armed forces, health care, dentistry, civil service, British Airways, Tui, immigration service, Watford Football Club, Watford Community Housing, HR, retail, teaching, the music industry, the construction industry. All year groups got the chance to spend time talking to professionals about their careers.