Sports Awards Evening Thursday 27th September 2018.

Our annual Sports Awards Evening takes place on Thursday 27th September 2018. Invites have been posted to students who have represented the Academy in a variety of sports this year. We will be looking back at students’ sporting successes 2017 -18 and will be celebrating their achievements. This year we are fortunate to have a former student of Buckler’s and now a successful sports woman, Marlie Packer, Saracens and England rugby player, as our guest speaker. We look forward to seeing you all there! #BMASportsAwards

 

 

GCSE Results 2018

Staff and students at Buckler’s Mead Academy are once again celebrating a strong set of GCSE results

Staff and students at Buckler’s Mead Academy are once again celebrating a strong set of GCSE results. With the recent introduction of many new GCSE courses, graded at 9-1 for the first time, in almost every subject it has been a tough year for students, staff and parents, providing new challenges for all involved.

This success builds on the very positive visit from Ofsted in June, where Buckler’s Mead Academy retained its overall rating of Good in all areas. The report praised the way staff are  ‘Always looking to improve the outcomes for pupils’, noting the passion and confidence of the academy’s leadership, as well as making reference to the hard work of staff to ensure an inclusive ethos which provides students with the support and opportunities they require. The improvements in teaching, friendly atmosphere, and how students at the academy feel safe and well cared for were also recognised.

Once again exam results have brought much to celebrate. Top performers in the Academy in terms of their attainment are:

Sam Pollard

Georgina Rockett

Finn Ementon

Uttam Magar

Aimee Attwell

Christina Lane

Jak Howes

All of whom secured a range of fantastic grades, including a number of GCSEs at the new Grade 8 and 9.

With the Department for Education putting a strong emphasis on the progress a student makes from Primary School to the end of Secondary School, the students who made the most progress over this period of time are:

Oskar Papaj,

Uttam Magar

Tyla Kotze

Jakub Chweidz

Enya Lackie

Finn Ementon

Keiron Colley

Josh Wiltshire

All of whom achieved an average of at least one GCSE grade higher in each subject than they were expected to achieve based on their KS2 results.

Buckler’s Mead Academy is an inclusive academy which constantly seeks to give every student the best opportunities to fulfil their potential and achieve, both academically and personally. Students, staff and parents have worked hard over the five years and in particular in the last few months of exams to achieve these fantastic results. We all know teenage years are not easy and include a number of challenges, so these successes should be celebrated as far and wide as possible.

The Headteacher, Mrs Sara Gorrod, commented: “Students face increasing demands under the new exams requirements, not only with a new grading system but in taking more exams with more content that has been made harder. Many subjects now only have one tier of entry, meaning Grade 9 – 1 students have to read and tackle the same exam material and questions. This all potentially puts everyone under more pressure, including parents who are supporting their sons/daughters. At Buckler’s Mead Academy we are extremely proud of the combined efforts that have gone in to give the students the best chance of success in these exams and their life chances moving forward.

We wish our students but also all young people in the area the very best for the future and hope that their exam results are the next step towards a happy and successful future.”

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’