In September 2009 it was announced that a Burntwood man, Terry Herbert, had discovered a hoard of Saxon treasure with a metal detector in a field in the adjoining village of Hammerwich. Known as the Staffordshire Hoard, it is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold yet found.
Burntwood has 7 primary schools, Fulfen Primary School, Holly Grove Primary School, Boney Hay Primary School, Chasetown Primary School, Springhill Primary school, Chase Terrace Primary School and Ridgeway Primary School. And 2 high schools which are Erasmus Darwin Academy (previously Chasetown Specialist Sports College) and Chase Terrace Technology College. Both schools fell victim to arson attacks in 2002 and 2004. Chasetown High School lost its sports gym facility and most of Chase Terrace High School was destroyed. Both have since been rebuilt.