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’

More events for our Literacy Group

Several lucky Buckler’s Mead students had the opportunity to listen to the lively Cressida Cowell talk at the Yeovil Literary festival, about her new book ‘The Wizard of Once’. Cressida spoke about her childhood and described writing as “telling a great big lie”. Miss Wadham, High Achiever Co-ordinator said, “Cressida is a very talented woman who not only writes witty and engaging books, but illustrates them too. She was a pleasure to meet and certainly enthused our students!” Students are pictured with the Literary Festival Organiser Liz Pike and an accompanying fairy artist.

Best-selling American author Kate DiCamillo visits Buckler’s Mead Academy

On Friday 29th September, best-selling American author Kate DiCamillo visited Buckler’s Mead Academy to enthuse Year 7 and 100 students from Milford Primary about reading, writing, and resilience. Both students and staff alike were absorbed by Kate’s story. Kate’s persistence in pursuing her dream, even after 473 rejections before she was published, gave students a clear message to never give up.


After an inspirational talk and a student led question session, students were able to purchase books from the fantastic Yeovil Waterstones team and have them personally signed by Kate.


Kate certainly gave Buckler’s a buzz and we feel incredibly lucky and grateful to have welcomed her to our Academy. Thank you Kate, Rosie, Milford Primary and the Waterstones team for an inspiring afternoon.

Raffle in aid of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Erin Finlayson (Year 11) will be selling raffle tickets to staff and pupils during the week beginning Monday 25 September for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)

Ticket sold at break time and lunch time this week outside reception.

Prizes are:

A family ticket for @Bristol

Afternoon tea for two at Lanes Hotel

2 tickets to a home league game at YTFC

Voucher for a family portrait worth £160 with Barrett+Coe photography

Figurative Sculptures by year 9

Year 9 Art students have been exploring how to create human form sculptures using wire and mache techniques. These little figures are designed to show correct proportions, movement and a personal meaning in their pose.

Hannah Bailey

Jay Evans

Jess Miles

Krissi Skaba

Lucy Gale

Naomi Miles

Stephanie Doye

Amy Bowden

Ellie Lister

Evie callaghan

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.

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 and follow the information for Adviser Online.

Career and Personal Adviser, CSW Group (Careers South West)

07810 884052 or