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
This half term, 21 year 7 students travelled to London’s prestigious Royal Institute, for an engineering workshop. The Royal Institute is where the annual science Christmas lectures are broadcast and students were given some time to spend looking at the lecture theatre and the science museum
In the workshop students built and crash tested a vehicle on a specially designed rig. They redesigned and built their own model car with the aim to produce a weaker crumple zone and stronger passenger cell, the aim being to keep their egg passenger alive! Students then analysed the results of their efforts using high speed photography and accelerometers fitted to the test vehicle. During the workshop students also learned about vehicle safety and forces in a very practical way, therefore supporting their future science GCSE studies.
Mrs Fields and Mr Lea
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
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.”
TWO talented Buckler’s Mead students have been offered places at a prestigious centre of excellence in maths.
Year 11 students Ruairi Fox and Thomas Sullivan, both aged 16, have been offered places at the sixth-form Exeter Maths school – which is one of the best in Britain.
They are two of only 60 students in the whole of the South West to achieve the places.
To secure the places, the students recently impressed the course leaders at Exeter University with an online application and a presentation in person during an Open Day. They also passed a gruelling entrance exam and impressed during an interview.
It is the latest success story at Buckler’s Mead which was the most improved school in the south west in 2013 and one of the best in Britain.
Head Teacher Sara Gorrod said: “Well done to both! We are incredibly proud of them and their wonderful achievement.”
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.