This Wednesday 28th January
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….
Mrs Sara Gorrod
Year 9 students at Buckler’s Mead Academy spent the autumn term completing an in-depth investigation of World War One as part of the 100 year centenary of ‘the war to end all wars’. As well as researching the causes of World War One and life in the trenches during History lessons, the study included a series of morning assemblies and a cross-curricular study with the Drama department that included a live performance of a play based in the trenches.
The World War One research culminated with 52 Year 9 students travelling to Ypres, Belgium to further research Trench Warfare. This included an outing to the ‘In Flanders’ Fields’ museum, a poignant trip to the Tyne Cot cemetery, a look at Vimy Ridge and the Wellington Quarry and a moving visit to the ‘Last Post’ ceremony at the Menin Gate, where staff and pupils laid a wreath in memory of the soldiers from Somerset that were killed during the Great War. Staying in the Belgium city of Ypres, the location was ideal for the outings, and the accommodation at Flanders Lodge was perfect for what the trip entailed. The fieldtrip lasted three days and was regarding by everyone involved as being an emotive yet overwhelming success.
Wednesday 3rd December saw the return of the class of 2014. Students were invited back to the academy to be presented with certificates from their tutors to acknowledge their academic success.
The last day of term will be Friday 19th December. As usual, the Academy will close at 1.05pm on this day.
Buckler’s Mead Academy continues its strong charitable ethos and has raised in excess of £1300 for Children in Need.
Fundraising events such as Non school uniform, Cake sale, Karaoke, sports events and Guess the Teacher all contributed to raising such a wonderful amount.
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.