Deputy Mayor of Yeovil David Recardo was invited to talk to a group of gifted and talented pupils at Buckler’s Mead Academy about his favourite book.

David captivated the students with his re-telling of a novel by local author Jackie Gingell.

‘Buckler’s Bards’ co-ordinator Kara Wadham said “David certainly entered into the spirit of Buckler’s Mead’s own version of a literary festival.  He was entertaining, humorous and re-told the tale well.  This was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to meet with a figure in the public eye and understand that reading for enjoyment occurs at any age”.

The Deputy Mayor was presented with a commemorative ‘Buckler’s Bards’ trophy by Ellie Lister in Year 9, with which he was delighted.


group David an Ellie

Children in Need

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Alongside the usual Non-school uniform Buckler’s Mead academy students once again have got into the fundraising spirit.  This year the Academy’s student voice were involved in planning a number of fundraising events to support Children In Need.  From cake sales to sports events, Guess the sweets on the cake to a giant Pudsey full of pennies, the students got involved to raise well over £1000.

The art department even got involved with Teachers competing in a still life art competition, although they will not be the next Monet, the teachers were well supported in their efforts by a cheering crowd of interested students.

Literary festival welcome the brightest from Buckler’s Mead Academy


Gifted and Talented Year 9 pupils from Buckler’s Mead Academy attended Yeovil’s Literary Festival and met authors Emma Carroll and Kiran Milwood-Hargrave. The authors spoke about their recent novels, ’Strange Star’ and ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’.  Jacob Stafford from Buckler’s Mead Academy found the author’s early life stories ‘inspiring and relatable’.  Evie Callaghan read the book ’The Girl of Ink and Stars’ and stated ‘I really loved the book and hope she writes more.’ Kara Wadham, Gifted and Talented Coordinator and English teacher at Buckler’s Mead Academy said, ’ We would like to thank Liz Pike and Marcus Bishop from Waterstones. This was a wonderful opportunity for the pupils to meet published authors and gain a valuable insight into the writing process.’

Pictured:Jacob Stafford, Rory Jennings, Henry Wadham, Drew Verhoest and Evie Callaghan with The Literary Festival Organiser Liz Pike.

Directors Academy Awards 2016

On Tuesday 20th September the academy held its annual Directors Academy Awards.  An evening where students, parents, staff and directors gather to celebrate the fantastic achievements of students throughout the academy and across all subjects.  High achievers and most improved students in all subjects were presented with awards from the academy’s devoted team of directors.  Kind donations were given by local business that have joined in partnership with Buckler’s Mead in order to recognise the great achievements of its students.  The academy were grateful to have an ex student speak to the audience of students and parents.  Steve Lawes was a student in the academy in the 1970’s and is now the Consulting Director for International company Deloitte’s.  Headteacher Sara Gorrod said ‘It was fascinating to learn of the great success from a former student and we hope that this can raise the aspirations of our students and enable them to open doors for the future.  To acknowledge their achievements on such a wonderful evening was fantastic’.

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GCSE results at Buckler’s Mead Academy 2016.


The Academy continues to go from strength to strength, with success across the board for both students and departments.

The English and Maths departments achieved results to be proud of as more than 10% of students gained the highest possible A* or A grades, in each of these subjects. 73% of students gained a C or above in English. The academy is also celebrating significant success in the amount of students that have achieved the highest A*-A grades in 5 or more subjects which has doubled in the last 2 years.

Other subjects with significant success included ICT, German, Applied Science, Politics, Polish, Music, Drama, Textiles and Art.

In recent years the Academy has been in the top 2% of the Most Improved state schools in England and identified as the Most Improved in Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire for 2011-13. Buckler’s Mead Academy are once again proud of their achievements and truly believe that they are ahead of the game in preparing students for what is a fast and ever changing educational landscape.

Overall the academy has seen the number of students achieving 5 or more A* and A grades more than double this year. Top achievers included, Samuel Court, with 11 A* or A grades, Lauren Rousell, with 9 A* or A grades, Tim Batty, Rebecca Crane, Katie Mountford, and Luke Miles all achieving 8 A* or A grades.

Headteacher Sara Gorrod said: “We are so proud of all our students. Their hard work has paid off. The entire staff within the academy must also be congratulated for their relentless support and inspiring teaching which has enabled every student to succeed. Well done to all.”

Full and final results will be available in a few weeks’ time on the academy website.

Bucklers Mead Academy students get help to ‘change their brains’ from visiting fiction and self-help writer

Buckler’s Mead Academy Year 9 students were treated to a visit from thought-provoking fiction and adolescent self-help writer Nicola Morgan.

The famous author began the assembly by telling the year group she was going to change their brains, which the students soon found out was no lie!

Nicola explained in a very factual yet comprehensible manner about the causes and effects of stress on the mind and body, and the students can now use a host of useful tips in this year’s exams.

Each of the students were given little black stickers called ‘stress dots’ which changed colour according to the students’ skin temperature in order to give an idea of their stress levels.

One student Marnie Athersuch said “This was a brilliant assembly. I will definitely be buying one of Nicola’s books!”

Nicola’s books are available to borrow from the school’s innovative study centre and more tips can be seen on her website

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Student Journalism Team



SEVEN budding journalists now part of Buckler’s Mead Academy ‘News Club’ to get hundreds of success stories out of their inspirational Academy and to the community

SEVEN budding journalists are now part of Buckler’s Mead Academy’s innovative ‘News Club’.

The team of enthusiastic students aim to share the hundreds of success stories from their inspirational academy with the community.

Year 9 students Enya Lackie and Christina Lane, both aged 13, are joined by Matt Sullivan, Marnie Athersuch, Finn Emmenton, Georgina Rockett and Academy Photographer Tom Kajdana.

The students plan will involve teams of journalists across the four houses gathering new stories for local media outlets on the Academy newsletter to go home to parents.

Headteacher Sara Gorrod said “These students have tremendous enthusiasm and are already at work finding good news stories from across the school.”