On Thursday and Friday of this week all academy students will be involved in some crime and drug awareness education. Educational speakers, who have been highly recommended, will be talking to our Year 7 to Year 10 students about the dangers of crime and drugs, the aim is to ensure students have a greater awareness and feel supported with some highly topical issues that young people are presented with.
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.
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.’
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.”.
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.
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.