Welcome to Buckler’s Mead Academy

It is my privilege, as Headteacher of Buckler’s Mead Academy, to welcome you to our academy and tell you a little more about us

Buckler’s Mead is for students aged 11-16, co-educational, and converted to an academy on 1 August 2011. We very much believe in serving our local community and the vast majority of our students live within walking distance.

We have high aspirations for our students and high expectations. Click here to read more….


Mrs Sara Gorrod

— Welcome

Open Day 10th October 2019

We are delighted to invite you to join us for our Open Day and Evening on Thursday 10 October where you will be able to see the academy in action as well as see student work and demonstrations from department staff.

Buckler’s Mead Academy is an excellent, caring, community academy where we all want the very best for every student and we constantly strive to improve. All staff here, whether teaching or non-teaching, work extremely hard to ensure that all students regardless of their background have high expectations and are supported to achieve the very best they can. We recognise young people develop at different rates, have differing hopes and ambitions, and will go onto a range of career paths.

We aim to ensure that young people are exposed to a wealth of opportunities both within and beyond the classroom in an academy that places a strong emphasis on the development of well-rounded individuals of whom the staff and parents can feel justifiably proud. Visitors regularly comment on the warm, friendly and positive relationships between staff and students and within the student body itself, which are immediately apparent and a hallmark of Buckler’s Mead.  Young people learn in an environment where creative and engaging lessons are delivered by a dedicated team of staff. Our expectations extend beyond the classroom to include attendance, punctuality, uniform and attitude to learning, to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

Ofsted visited us in June 2018 and we were delighted to receive good judgments across every category. Positive comments included, ‘the school has a friendly atmosphere’, ‘pupils feel safe and cared for’, and ‘leaders are passionate about the school and provide confident leadership’.

There is a wide range of opportunities available for students to develop outside of the classroom including blacksmithing, drama, the arts, sport, technology, languages, raising money for charity, being a student receptionist or prefect. Many of our students are also involved in community projects such as leading sports events in the area, hosting visiting groups and entering local competitions.

We would love you to visit our Academy to see what we are so proud of and look forward to meeting you!

Maths Half Term Revison

Dear Student, Parent or Guardian

Here are lists of topics that you might find useful to guide your revision for Maths over the half term break. The spreadsheets show which topics have been assessed so far, as well as Maths watch Clip numbers for those topics not yet examined.

AQA Revision Guidance

Edexcel Revision Guidance

This should only be used as a guide as we cannot predict exactly which topics will appear on any of the exam papers.

I hope the revision goes well and have a good break.

R Atkin
Head of Maths

Buckler’s Mead Academy appoint new Headteacher

Following the recent interviews for a new Headteacher of the Academy the Directors are delighted to announce that for the 2019-20 academic year Buckler’s Mead Academy will be led by Mark Lawrence, as Acting Headteacher.

Mark has worked at Buckler’s Mead Academy since 2002 and is a very experienced and highly respected Senior Leader.  He has been Deputy Headteacher for the last 2 years following several years as Assistant Headteacher.  In addition Chris Hunt, will join on a part time basis, as Associate Headteacher. Chris Hunt has nine years of headship experience as the former Headteacher of Westfield Academy. The experience of both Mark and Chris will be vital in shaping the future of the academy moving forward.

In response to his appointment, Mark Lawrence has said ‘I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead Buckler’s Mead Academy into its next phase.  I am extremely proud of  the students, staff and community of Buckler’s Mead and will use my 17 years’ experience of working within the school to drive the Academy forward with passion and integrity as I believe that every student should have the full opportunity to reach their very best.’

MP Marcus Fysh visits Buckler’s Mead Academy

Local MP Marcus Fysh MP visited Buckler’s Mead Academy  to see History Teaching Assistant Will. Will was a History Teacher when he was involved in a serious car crash 3 years ago which left him in a coma. Since then he has worked very hard, showing amazing determination, his aim to get back into teaching and work within education.
Marcus had a chat with Will, watched and joined in with some students that Will was working with and had a tour of the school with Mrs Gorrod, Headteacher.

Headteacher’s announcement

Headteacher’s announcement

I would like you all to know I have informed the Directors and staff of my decision to resign as Headteacher of Buckler’s Mead Academy. I will be leaving at the end of the summer term. This has not been an easy decision to make but for personal reasons my husband and I have decided this is the right time to move back to be with my family in Cheltenham.

An advertisement will soon be placed in the Times Educational Supplement for my replacement and it is anticipated interviews will be held the final week of this term. The new Headteacher will take up their post on 1st September 2019.

It has been an honour and a privilege to lead the academy. I am incredibly proud of the staff and students and all we have been able to achieve. There are many strengths to the academy, including the individuals within it.   Thank you for your commitment, loyalty and support since my appointment 8 years ago.


Sara Gorrod