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Coastal Project Funded by Ormiston Trust

A group of 26 talented Year 7’s are involved in a cross curricular coastal video project in partnership with Ormiston Trust, the Crouch Coastal Community Team and organisations such as Maldon District Council, Chelmsford County Council, Rochford District Council and Burnham Harbour Authority.

The assignment is an initiative promoted and managed in school by Head of Humanities, Miss Judge and her enthusiastic team of History and Geography teachers. The Academy has also enlisted Garden Project volunteer, Mrs Milton along with filmmaker, Alex Thraves to help with the project.
Miss Judge, was keen to develop a strong understanding of the Academy’s local environment. She said, “Within the Humanities Department, our talented staff come from a variety of locations and have deep knowledge of many regions. By undertaking this project, staff gained a detailed understanding of significant local historical and geographical points of interest delivered by local
agencies who are experts in their field.”

The Academy has been successful in obtaining funding for this project from Ormiston Trust in the amount of £1,500.
This project aims to enhance students’ local knowledge of history and geography, and enable them to gain some new skills. It will also produce a new video for local tourism. We are extremely hopeful that this will really showcase the Academy over the summer months and into September as we are the only local school to get involved in the project.
For the past month, all 26 students have been attending an after school session each Tuesday to work on this enormous task – 100% attendance each, and every week. The group have
undertaken research into various tourist attractions and locations of interest in the local area to go alongside the re-launch of a new tourism brochure produced by the Crouch Coastal Community Team. Students are designing, scripting, filming, and editing their work to produce the brand new tourism video for the Crouch Valley area.

The group divided into specialist teams to visit interesting historical and geographical locations such as:
• The Royal Horticultural Society’s Hyde Hall
• Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
• Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park
• Burnham-on-Crouch and District Museum
• The RSPB Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project
• Battlesbridge village
• River Crouch boat trip

At each location, the students directed the trip, speaking with ease to the owners and representatives of each location. These important visits helped build their interpersonal skills, increased their confidence levels, and enabled them to use their knowledge of the localities to create amazing video footage for the project.
From that point onwards, the team worked on their editing skills with ORA staff and professional filmmaker and videographer Alex Thraves from Absorb Films. The film was shown at the Academy’s Prize Giving Evening on 11th July and is available to watch on our YouTube channel.

Miss Judge commented: “We are looking forward to continuing our amazing journey – this exciting opportunity has developed the skills of our students, created a brilliant video resource for the community, and the film will be utilised as a teaching tool within Year 7 history and geography lessons from September. ORA has made excellent partnership links with local organisations, which could lead to further developments in the future. One such example would be a fieldtrip to Wallasea Island once the ferry crossing is available from Burnham. On behalf of the Academy, I would like to thank all who have given their time and expertise to develop this project.”