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

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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Year 11 Photography

Year 11 Photography pupil’s have been responding to their chosen theme from the GCSE Photography exam paper. These images show their experiments and investigations so far – which they will develop to produce a final outcome during the 10 hour exam. Their chosen themes are:

Eleanor Batson, Jamie Evans – Creative Landscapes

Will Witham, Blake Walker – Motion

Meghan Kirk – Shelter

Annalise Guppy – Out of Place

Scott Harris – Detail


Will Witham

Will Witham

Scott Harris

Scott Harris

Meghan Kirk

Meghan Kirk

Jamie Evans

Jamie Evans

Eleanor Baston

Eleanor Batson

Eleanor Baston

Eleanor Batson

Eleanor Baston

Eleanor Batson

Eleanor Baston

Eleanor Batson

Blake Walker

Blake Walker

Annalise Guppy

Annalise Guppy

Annalise Guppy

Annalise Guppy