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:
http://smartfuse.s3.amazonaws.com/cc0204066b67e4768cc5e1f36c857e51/uploads/2018/05/BMA-Privacy-Notice-V3.pdf

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.

 

Students and Staff present a fundraising cheque to South Somerset MIND

In honour of much loved and respected Buckler’s Mead Academy staff member Mandy Perkins, who sadly passed away in the summer 2017 students and staff at the academy have been raising money for South Somerset Mind, a charity aimed to promote good mental health and wellbeing to encourage greater understanding of mental health issues.

On 23rd January students, staff, and members of Mandy’s family presented a cheque for £1284.06 to David Fields, Community Fundraising Manager for South Somerset MIND.

Since September Buckler’s Mead Academy has hosted a variety of fundraising events in memory of Mandy and to raise awareness of mental health, supporting the South Somerset MIND charity. Events have included a Wear it Bright Day, Soak the Teacher, Welly Wanging, Cake sales, Non-school uniform days, Christmas Raffles, Craft Sales, Nail Salon, Tinsel the Teacher, I’m a Student get me out of here (Bush Tucker Trial) and a Charity Christmas Card.

Money has also been raised to refurbish the pond area at the academy to create a garden in memory of Mandy. Work will start on this in the near future, with staff and students involved. Students will be able to buy a ‘memory stone’ to decorate and have it included within the garden.

Headteacher, Mrs Sara Gorrod said ‘Fundraising will not stop there we have a number of events planned to continue raising awareness, keeping Mandy’s memory alive and supporting such an incredible charity’