OFSTED 2018 Press Release

Buckler’s Mead Academy finishes the year on a high with another OFSTED grading of good.

Buckler’s Mead Academy breaks up for the summer on the crest of a wave, with an OFSTED judgement of good. A team of experienced Ofsted Inspectors visited the academy in June.
Within the report, the inspectors have praised leadership and management, identifying that leaders have clear responsibilities, aligned closely with the school’s improvement priorities. A key theme throughout the report is how thoroughly the staff know the academy and focus on key developments. The report identified that staff are passionate about the school and are always looking to improve the outcomes for pupils.

The governing body of the academy were also recognised, saying: “School Directors (Governors) are well informed and provide the support and challenge that has allowed the school to implement the necessary changes to improve.”
Inspectors remarked that the quality of teaching has improved, with particular reference to the use of verbal and written feedback and how pupils act upon it purposefully.
Safeguarding within the school is effective: “Staff record anything and everything and concerns are dealt with appropriately”. Inspectors recognised that the school has a friendly atmosphere, pupils feel safe and are cared for well.
Other inspection findings showed that there is a focus on the needs of disadvantaged pupils and that the school continue to diminish the difference in progress between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils. Pupils with SEN and/or disabilities are supported well and are making good progress because of their attitudes to learning.
Overall, the school has made some significant changes since the last inspection and Head Teacher Mrs Sara Gorrod is delighted with the outcome, she said :”It is well known that OFSTED has become more challenging in recent years, with changing criteria and more focus on areas for development. We are proud of our work with and for our students. It is a real pleasure to see this recognised. I would especially like to thank our staff, who so often go that extra mile for students.”

Changes to data protection law

You may be aware that from May, the rules around data protection are changing. The ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ (GDPR) will change how we can use your personal data and keep it safe, and will also strengthen your rights over your own data.

The point of this is to make sure sensitive or private information about yourselves and your children stays safe. Whilst it is similar to the current Data Protection Act in many ways, there are a few differences, so we need to make a few changes at the school in order to ensure we remain compliant.

One of these changes is that we have updated our privacy notice. You will find it on the Academy website under ‘Policies’ within the ‘Our Academy’ menu.

Here is a direct link:

If you have any questions about how the GDPR affects you, or how our school is preparing, please contact Ian Gover, School Development Officer, Somerset LA – dposchools@somerset.gov.uk

Sims Parent Lite App

Invitation emails for the Sims Parent Lite App have now been sent out to Year 10 and 11 parents. If you are the parent of a Year 10 or 11 student but have not yet received an invitation please contact the Academy Office on 01935 424454 to update your contact email address. Invitations for the parents of other year groups will be sent out next week.

Buckler’s Brainiacs

Respected ex-pupil Liz Pike came to talk to ‘Buckler’s Brainiacs’ – a gifted and talented literacy group run by High Achievers Co-ordinator Miss Wadham about her work with the Yeovil literary festival. Her accounts of the authors she has met captured the attention of the pupils and she inspired both pupils and staff with her book recommendations.

Pupils pictured are Molly Rousell, Amber Woodbury, Maya Lenkiewicz, Elizabeth Faulkner, Jamie Lucas, Charlotte Galliott, Aaron Cox.