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….

Sgorrod

Mrs Sara Gorrod

— Welcome

Sad News UPDATE

Mandy’s funeral will take place on Thursday 10th August at Yeovil Crematorium at 2pm.All are welcome to attend.

With deep regret we have to inform you of the loss of a valued member of staff, Mrs Mandy Perkins, who died at home yesterday.

Our sincere condolences go to her family and friends at this difficult time.

We ask that you respect their privacy. We will mark her life and contribution to the academy in the new term.

Mrs S Gorrod Headteacher

 

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.

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/06/23/police-issue-child-safety-warning-snapchat-maps-update-reveals/amp/

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.

Year 11 Photography

Year 11 Photography pupil’s have been responding to their chosen theme from the GCSE Photography exam paper. These images show their experiments and investigations so far – which they will develop to produce a final outcome during the 10 hour exam. Their chosen themes are:

Eleanor Batson, Jamie Evans – Creative Landscapes

Will Witham, Blake Walker – Motion

Meghan Kirk – Shelter

Annalise Guppy – Out of Place

Scott Harris – Detail

 

Will Witham

Will Witham

Scott Harris

Scott Harris

Meghan Kirk

Meghan Kirk

Jamie Evans

Jamie Evans

Eleanor Baston

Eleanor Batson

Eleanor Baston

Eleanor Batson

Eleanor Baston

Eleanor Batson

Eleanor Baston

Eleanor Batson

Blake Walker

Blake Walker

Annalise Guppy

Annalise Guppy

Annalise Guppy

Annalise Guppy

Year 9 painting challenge

Yr9 GCSE: the Big Still life Painting Challenge. Inspired by the current BBC series, y9 students have challenged themselves to produce their own still life study in just 2 hours this term. All students were asked to link their work to the style of one of three famous Still Life artists: Morandi, Thiebaud or Matisse

Michaela Lock

Michaela Lock

Naomi Miles

Naomi Miles

Chantellle Wilsher

Chantellle Wilsher

Jess Miles

Jess Miles

Lucy Gale

Lucy Gale

Evie Callaghan

Evie Callaghan

Hannah Mara

Hannah Mara

 

Year 10 English students Talk the Talk

On 24th February, Year 10 students at Buckler’s Mead  Academy worked with expert trainers from the education charity Talk The Talk.

Talk The Talk’s mission is to improve students’ communication skills to enable positive interaction in all life situations.

Talk The Talk has trained over 10,000 students in the past twelve months in England and Wales and nearly 50,000 since we first started – using a programme developed over the past five years.

This exciting and engaging master-class in essential speaking and listening skills within a creative classroom environment teaches students how to use persuasive language techniques to get ‘their message’ across. The day highlighted and nurtured employability skills, interview techniques and key presentation skills.  Via numerous speaking opportunities, students were coached and supported throughout the day to deliver a structured two-minute presentation, on a topic for which they have a genuine passion, to their peers.

Head of English, Stephen Howe said ‘There is no doubt that grades open the door to opportunity for our students. But when they walk through that door – it is a completely different set of skills. We are striving to ensure that all young people are suitably equipped with the essential tools and skills to communicate confidently in a variety of situations – both within school and in their lives beyond.’