Welcome to Buckler’s Mead Academy

It is my privilege, as Headteacher of Buckler’s Mead Academy, to welcome you to our academy and tell you a little more about us

Buckler’s Mead is for students aged 11-16, co-educational, and converted to an academy on 1 August 2011. We very much believe in serving our local community and the vast majority of our students live within walking distance.

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


Mrs Sara Gorrod

— Welcome

More events for our Literacy Group

Several lucky Buckler’s Mead students had the opportunity to listen to the lively Cressida Cowell talk at the Yeovil Literary festival, about her new book ‘The Wizard of Once’. Cressida spoke about her childhood and described writing as “telling a great big lie”. Miss Wadham, High Achiever Co-ordinator said, “Cressida is a very talented woman who not only writes witty and engaging books, but illustrates them too. She was a pleasure to meet and certainly enthused our students!” Students are pictured with the Literary Festival Organiser Liz Pike and an accompanying fairy artist.

Best-selling American author Kate DiCamillo visits Buckler’s Mead Academy

On Friday 29th September, best-selling American author Kate DiCamillo visited Buckler’s Mead Academy to enthuse Year 7 and 100 students from Milford Primary about reading, writing, and resilience. Both students and staff alike were absorbed by Kate’s story. Kate’s persistence in pursuing her dream, even after 473 rejections before she was published, gave students a clear message to never give up.


After an inspirational talk and a student led question session, students were able to purchase books from the fantastic Yeovil Waterstones team and have them personally signed by Kate.


Kate certainly gave Buckler’s a buzz and we feel incredibly lucky and grateful to have welcomed her to our Academy. Thank you Kate, Rosie, Milford Primary and the Waterstones team for an inspiring afternoon.

‘Super Mums’

Pupils at Buckler’s Mead Academy rose to the challenge when asked to celebrate the special women in their lives. Writing memories, personal anecdotes and hopes for the futures, pupils were delighted to discover they had been chosen for publication in an anthology entitled ’. Kara Wadham, High Achievers’ Co-ordinator at Buckler’s Mead explained, ‘The competition requested that students write about any special mother figure in their lives and as a result, a collection of touching literature has been created.’ Once again, Buckler’s Mead Academy is paving the way for the next generation of writers.

Raffle in aid of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Erin Finlayson (Year 11) will be selling raffle tickets to staff and pupils during the week beginning Monday 25 September for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)

Ticket sold at break time and lunch time this week outside reception.

Prizes are:

A family ticket for @Bristol

Afternoon tea for two at Lanes Hotel

2 tickets to a home league game at YTFC

Voucher for a family portrait worth £160 with Barrett+Coe photography


Buckler’s Mead Academy are once again celebrating fantastic GCSE results. This has been a year of extreme volatility in results across the country as new harder GCSEs have been introduced, with English and Maths now graded at 9-1 rather than A*-G. Students and staff met this challenge with a huge amount of hard work and dedication, which has paid off in the results achieved.

Top performing students include Rachael Toogood, who secured a Grade 9 in English and an 8 in Maths, along with 5 A*s, 2 Starred Distinctions and 1 A. Sian Dennett heads off to Kings College Taunton, with a Grade 9 in Maths and an 8 in English along with 6 Grade A*s and 1 Starred Distinction, Bradley Bartlett gained an 8 in both English and Maths accompanied by 2 A*s, 2 Starred Distinctions and 4 As. Heather Walford gained a 9 in Maths along with 1 A*, Starred Distinctions and 2 A grades. Chloe Syme gained the top Grade 9 in English and James Bosley achieved the top grade 9 in Maths.

In addition to these outstanding attainment grades, Elizabeth Kemble, Mikolaj Kuskowski, and Izzy Gynn all achieved at least 2 grades in each subject above the government’s expectation, with Rachael Toogood, Adam Nicholson and Joseph Kirkpatrick all achieving at least one and a half grades above the government’s expectations.

Headteacher Sara Gorrod commented ‘Once again Buckler’s Mead Academy students continue to do brilliant things, aspirations continue to rise and so too are the high class grades. Many students have done incredibly well both in terms of attainment or the progress they have made. This is an extremely tough time for both students and staff with the many government changes but once again all those associated with Buckler’s Mead Academy have risen to the challenge.’

E-Safety Update

You may be aware that the most recent Snapchat update may be a threat to child safety.

There is a new feature in which any photos/videos you take can be made public on a map for ANYONE to see including people who are not your friends.

Students will need to turn their app to ‘ghost mode’ so that strangers cannot see their pictures.

It seems the update has not been clear on how their pictures will be used but there are concerns that it can be as accurate as showing the stranger the location of the house as well as the pictures.

The link below outlines more detail about the update and how to change the settings.


GCSE Exam Results

Students can collect their results on Thursday 24th August between 11.00-13.00

GCSE results not what you expected? 

If you did better than you thought or didn’t get the grades you had hoped for, don’t panic! There are still lots of options available to you.

  • Contact the College or 6th Form you have applied to as soon as possible, inform them of your results and they will advise you of what they can offer.
  • If you are unsure of your next steps and want to discuss your options, I am available on results day, Thursday 17th August and will be in school from 10.45am to 1pm and available on my mobile or via email until 5pm (see contact below)
  • Alternatively, please contact CSW Group through our Adviser Online service, available Monday to Friday 12.00pm – 6.00pm https://cswgroup.co.uk/contact/ and follow the information for Adviser Online.

Career and Personal Adviser, CSW Group (Careers South West)

07810 884052 or jackie.martin@cswgroup.co.uk

Buckler’s Mead Academy’s talented writers have done it again.

Buckler’s Mead Academy’s talented writers have done it again. Pictured are a selection of  thirty three talented writers who have been selected to be featured in a book called ‘Welcome to Wonderland’ published by ‘Young Writers’. Miss Wadham, who ran the competition said, ‘Once again, I am delighted that Buckler’s Mead has been selected to appear in this prestigious publication, reflecting our pupils’ many story writing talents.’

LED Leisure Management Ltd to manage Buckler’s Mead Leisure Centre

LED Leisure Management Ltd to manage Buckler’s Mead Leisure Centre in Yeovil

LED Leisure Management Ltd, who already manage Goldenstones Leisure Centre and Westlands Sports and Fitness Centre in Yeovil, are delighted to have been selected as the preferred partner to manage the Buckler’s Mead Leisure Centre.

The centre has a fantastic range of facilities, including a gym, sports hall and activity halls, and a superb, newly re-surfaced 4G all-weather pitch along with tennis and netball courts.

LED’s Unlimited members in South Somerset will soon be able to take advantage of the full range of facilities and activities on offer at all three of LED’s Yeovil sites, as well as at Wincanton Sports Centre and all of LED’s facilities across East Devon.

Peter Gilpin, LED’s CEO said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Buckler’s Mead Academy to take over the management of the Leisure Centre.  I believe that it will provide wider opportunities for customers and staff of both organisations, and the people of Yeovil as a whole.”

Sara Gorrod, Buckler’s Mead Academy Headteacher, said “It is a great pleasure to announce that we are entering into a partnership with LED for the management of the Buckler’s Mead Academy Leisure Centre.  Their range of venues will add value for our existing members.  We have carefully chosen LED for their experience, expertise and approach to leisure.”

It is intended that LED will take over the management of the centre from September.