Welcome to Buckler’s Mead Academy

It is my privilege, as Headteacher of Buckler’s Mead, to welcome you to our academy. Buckler’s Mead is for students aged 11-16, co-educational, and converted to an academy on 1st August 2011. We are committed to working together with pupils, parents, directors and the Community, to realise the full potential of every child.

We have high aspirations for our students and high expectations. Click here to read more….

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Mrs Sara Gorrod

— Welcome

An Inspiring Story

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HIGH-ACHIEVING: Returning inspirational student Chris Ashford pictured with students and his former teacher Stuart Lambert.


Yeovil Academy unveil plans to celebrate 30 years of student success stories as Iron Man success returns to inspire others

A HIGH-ASPIRATION Yeovil Academy is inviting ex-students from the last 30 years to get in touch with their success stories, as one high-achieving Iron Man former student who left 10 years ago visits to inspire others.

Buckler’s Mead Academy is now looking for hundreds of students who have achieved success to get in touch as it builds an alumni.

The plans came as Chris Ashford who left the school 10 years ago, this week inspired students with his Ironman triathlete achievements.

Next week (10th October) he will be competing in the Hawaii GoPro Iron Man World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

The 26-year-old is also a highflying Lance Corporal in the Parachute Regiment – after working at Westlands helicopters for four years.

He said: “I have to thank my parents and Buckler’s Mead for this – they always knew how to motivate me. Their support has been amazing”.

“It is also fantastic to be back at the school to see it going from strength to strength.”

Chris said part of his determination to do well in life came from when his best friend, Joshua Willis sadly past away in Year 11.

He added: “It opened my eyes to the fact you get one chance in life, you never know when that might be taken from you, therefore you have to strive for everything you want from it.”

Earlier this year Chris competed at the German Ironman, which qualified him for the Hawaii event.

He also won a silver medal in June at the world ITU championships in Sweden where he was representing GB in age group 25-29 and is now keen to get a solid sponsor.


Any previous students of the school are asked to get in touch with their success stories via office@bucklersmeadacademy.com

Show My Homework Launch


From September we will be launching an online programme called Show My Homework. The programme will allow parents/guardians to view all homework being set for their son/daughter at Buckler’s Mead Academy. The information provided will show you what homework has been set, how long students should spend completing the homework and will give information relating to whether homework has been completed on time and to what standard.

For further information please select the parent or student option on our website

BUCKLER’S BOOST: Buckler’s Mead Academy’s Business Manager Matt Wood outside the school with students on the verge of £500,000 worth of improvements.


BMA is to get half a million pounds summer improvements boost

£500k Investment

Buckler’s Mead Academy will get a massive £500,000 of investment in the site over the summer for the benefit of students after successful bids for building improvements and from the Academy’s capital funding.

The school, which was the most improved school in Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire from 2010 to 2013, has already got some of the best facilities in South Somerset after over £2 million of improvements in recent years.

Now it also wants to be one of the best schools in the country in terms of the development of its buildings.

The £500,000 investment will be made on upgrading the corridors and hall, a new roof, refurbishment of an IT suite and enhanced study areas.

Matt Wood, the Academy’s new Business Manager, said: “We are a fast improving Academy with big ambitions and this £500,000 will be a massive help to make our facilities for the students even better.”

Ofsted Result

We are pleased to share with you the result of our recent Ofsted Inspection. It’s official – Buckler’s Mead Academy is Good!

Some key points from the report:

  • The academy has implemented the priorities for improvement identified at the last inspection well. There have been notable improvements in teaching in English and Mathematics. The progress of students with identified special educational needs has improved
  • The headteacher and senior leaders are successfully driving the improvement in teaching and achievement with the full support of the staff
  • The academy’s records of the academic progress of students show an improving trend. That improvement has led to a rise in attainment
  • Teachers insist on high standards of behaviour and the students respond well to their guidance. As a result, students have a positive attitude to learning. When there are incidents of poor behaviour they are dealt with well
  • There has been effective work to keep students safe, and to promote values that are appropriate for modern British life
  • The academy is using resources well to improve the progress of disadvantaged students
  • The academy directors know the academy well. They provide a good level of support and challenge that contributes to the academy’s improvement.


Please click here to view the new Ofsted Report.