Buckler’s Mead students and staff have hosted various fundraising events within the academy to raise funds for our chosen charity South Somerset MIND. Mrs Redington, fundraising co-ordinator, presented them with a cheque for the amount £436.45.
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.’
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.
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.
Year 8 student Cameron Trim was featured on BBC Somerset yesterday evening doing a live interview on Archery with Charlie Taylor.
Listen to it here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p070frp9
On Thursday 24th January Westfield, Holyrood and King Arthurs attended Buckler’s Mead Academy for a girls rugby tournament. A great afternoon of rugby with some great performances from all the schools, however Buckler’s were triumphant winning 2 games and drawing 1 game overall! We have some talented girls here at Buckler’s with a love of rugby. It would great if these girls started playing rugby for their local club Yeovil RFC and take their talent further! #bucklersgirlscan
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.’