Secondary School Entrance Changes

From Monday 14th January our entrance on Wood Lane will be open to students only until 8:55am. Students will also leave via this entrance as usual at the end of the school day. Any students arriving after 8.55am will have to enter via the Du Cane Road entrance and register at the all-through reception, which is located in the Primary. They will then be escorted to their lessons.  

All visitors, parents and guests will arrive and leave via the Du Cane Raod entrance, at all times and also check in to the all-through reception.

The all-through reception is reached by following the pavement around to the left and entering the primary building. 

A Private Tour and Q&A at Downing St

Members of BDA’s prestigious debating team were treated to a tour of Downing Street yesterday, during which they enjoyed a private Q&A with Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

The group, comprising a mix of key stage 3 and sixth form students, asked Mr Osborne about his time at school and how he manages to maintain a relatively normal family life.

The chancellor was open with his answers and also spared a moment to praise Burlington Danes Academy. “You all go to a great school. Everyone here is talking about Burlington Danes all of the time,” he said.

However, Mr Osborne refused to be drawn on what he would do differently if he was prime minister, on the grounds that David Cameron is a close personal friend.

On their way around No 10, the students were shown Moon rocks found during an Apollo mission, Winston Churchill’s favourite leather chair and a collection of famous artwork by the likes of Moore, Hepworth and Turner. They saw photographs of previous prime ministers, walked the gardens, sat on chairs worth £200,000 and stood at the podium used for press briefings. The group also had a chance to sit in the Cabinet Office – with Mr Ribton occupying the PM’s seat, of course.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Mr Osborne and Downing Street, it was an unforgettable morning for all concerned.