Meningitis Advice Letter

Following the recent news Buckler’s Mead academy would like to offer the following statement.

The Director of Public Health at Somerset County Council, Trudi Grant, said: “We have been made aware that one pupil who attends Buckler’s Mead Academy has been admitted to hospital with probable bacterial meningitis.

“We would like to reassure parents that there is no reason to make any change in the school routine and no reason for children to be kept at home.

“Meningococcal bacteria are carried in the back of the throat of about one in ten people at any one time, but only very rarely cause illness. Most people who carry the bacteria become immune to them. The bacteria do not spread easily and only those who have had prolonged, close contact with the person are at a slightly greater risk of getting ill. The people who have been in close contact have been identified by the Public Health England.  Others who attend the school have a very low risk of developing meningococcal disease and no further wider action is necessary at the present time.

“The best advice still remains for parents to be aware of and alert to the signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease such as vomiting, severe headache, unexplained temperature rise, dislike of bright lights, neck stiffness, a non-blanching rash, drowsiness, and altered levels of consciousness.

“If anyone is feeling unusually unwell, and displaying the symptoms they should contact their GP immediately or call 111.

“If you want further information please visit


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Show My Homework Launch


From September we will be launching an online programme called Show My Homework. The programme will allow parents/guardians to view all homework being set for their son/daughter at Buckler’s Mead Academy. The information provided will show you what homework has been set, how long students should spend completing the homework and will give information relating to whether homework has been completed on time and to what standard.

For further information please select the parent or student option on our website

BUCKLER’S BOOST: Buckler’s Mead Academy’s Business Manager Matt Wood outside the school with students on the verge of £500,000 worth of improvements.


BMA is to get half a million pounds summer improvements boost

£500k Investment

Buckler’s Mead Academy will get a massive £500,000 of investment in the site over the summer for the benefit of students after successful bids for building improvements and from the Academy’s capital funding.

The school, which was the most improved school in Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire from 2010 to 2013, has already got some of the best facilities in South Somerset after over £2 million of improvements in recent years.

Now it also wants to be one of the best schools in the country in terms of the development of its buildings.

The £500,000 investment will be made on upgrading the corridors and hall, a new roof, refurbishment of an IT suite and enhanced study areas.

Matt Wood, the Academy’s new Business Manager, said: “We are a fast improving Academy with big ambitions and this £500,000 will be a massive help to make our facilities for the students even better.”

Western Gazette features 12 years at Bucklers Mead

Did you go to Buckler’s between 1998 and 2010? If so, you may find yourself (and perhaps some old friends) in this picture gallery over at the Western Gazette’s website.


Looking smart…




Yes, that is a computer – how times have changed

Click here to view the full gallery of over 80 pictures taken from between 1998 and 2010 here at Buckler’s Mead Academy.


Class of 2014

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.

Year 11 2014
Special awards were also presented to Milena Sadej, Beth Watson, Robyn Grimes, Matt Darby, Tamina Pain and Megan Hallgate

Children in Need (Friday 14th November)

Children in Need took place on Friday 14th November

Children in Need took place on Friday 14th November

Buckler’s Mead Academy continues its strong charitable ethos and has raised in excess of £1300 for Children in Need.

Cake sales helped us raise money for the event

A cake sale was just one of the ways we raised money

Fundraising events such as Non school uniform, Cake sale, Karaoke, sports events and Guess the Teacher all contributed to raising such a wonderful amount.

Student's paid to come to school in non uniform, further contributing to the charity

Students paying to wear non-uniform contributed to the final amount

Ofsted Result

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.

Ofsted Inspection


Buckler’s Mead Academy was Inspected by HMI Inspectors Ofsted on 16th and 17th September. A report of this inspection will be published shortly.