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

Buckler’s Mead Academy get recognition for their excellence in challenging bullying

Buckler’s Mead academy has received an award for their continued work in the field of Anti-Bullying.  They have recently achieved the Bullying Intervention Group Award for 2018, this is a nationally accredited award for excellence, given to schools who demonstrate a strong ethos and proactive approach towards building. 

Val McFarlane, Director of the Bullying Intervention Group said ‘At Bucklers Mead Academy, the emphasis is not only on the academic achievement of students but their welfare too.  The school has a wide range of anti-bullying strategies in place, students themselves are also involved to make them work even more effectively.  They have a robust, up to date, anti-bullying policy, a focus group, regular staff training, a peer support group who are trained by the Diana Award to be Anti-bullying Ambassadors, they monitor and record incidents and conduct surveys to gather the views of all stakeholders and use the data to inform their practice.  Bucklers Mead Academy also have a Pride Group who raise awareness about Equality and Diversity and have been nationally recognised for their work.  I am so pleased to award this school, who deserve.’


Year 11 Presentation Evening

Buckler’s Mead Academy’s class of 2018 returned to collect their GCSE certificates last week. The annual event is a celebration of the achievements of students who have left Year 11.

The evening was an opportunity for students, parents and teachers to join together and celebrate success. Amongst the certificates there were 6 Special Awards that highlight individual success from Academic achievement, Effort, Determination to succeed and contribution to the life of the academy.

Amongst the winners this year were:

Awards and Presenters:

MANDY PERKINS ‘MY LOVELY’ AWARD               Christina Lane

GULLIVER MUSIC AWARD                                     Georgina Rocket

KEITH RICHMOND CUP – Girls’ Contribution          Yazmin Tatchill

LEN KNIGHT CUP – Boys’ Contribution                    Owen Chard

DENNIS BAGNALL CUP – Academic Effort             Uttam Magar

ASHFORD McKENZIE CUP – Determination            Zoe Rafferty John

CHRIS COLLINS CUP – Academic Achievement     Sam Pollard

Mr Barker, Class of 2018 Year Coordinator, led a fantastic evening together with the Tutors, reminiscing the highs of the 5 years the students spent within the Academy.  Tutors commented on how rewarding it is to welcome students back to the academy and hear about the next phase of their lives beyond Buckler’s Mead.

Mark Lawrence, Assistant Headteacher (Deputy Headteacher) said  “This is always a fantastic evening, it is great to see the students return to collect their certificates and awards and to have the opportunity to once again wish them well for the future. It is special for the teachers to hear the stories of what the students have moved onto next.”.


Investor in Careers Reassessment

Buckler’s Mead was awarded the much sought after “Investors in Careers” award back in 2015, demonstrating our commitment to the teaching and promotion of careers across the academy both within lessons and by a varied and extensive extra-curricular programme. We are now working towards our reassessment by publicly restating that commitment and demonstrating how we continually strive to improve the careers and opportunities available to our students. For more information, please contact Mrs Rachael Howe.

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Children in Need Week

Here’s what’s happening over the next few days at bucklers mead….

Pudsey Penny –  Every tutor group will have a Pudsey bear poster, and a collection pot for pennies, loose change etc. The tutor group that collects the most by end of AM registration on Friday will win a prize. This will start from Wednesday Morning.

Guess the sweets in the jar –  During registration on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, students and staff can guess how many sweets in the jar. It will be 20p a go, and the winner gets the jar of sweets!!

Pudsey Cake Raffle – On Friday the student voice reps will be selling raffle tickets to win a Pudsey cake. Tickets will be 50p each or 3 for £1. The raffle will be drawn at the beginning of lunch break on Friday

Non School Uniform –  *****FRIDAY IS A NON SCHOOL UNIFORM DAY***** students can come to school in non-uniform, for a £1 donation to Children in Need.

Lockdown Practice

At Buckler’s Mead Academy we take safeguarding and safety very seriously. It is important that we continue to practise our procedures, even those events that are very unlikely to occur. As part of this process, we have a procedure called “lockdown”.

We will be practising this procedure on Friday 14th September 2018.

Click here for more information about the BMA Lockdown practice


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