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



GCSE Results 2018

Staff and students at Buckler’s Mead Academy are once again celebrating a strong set of GCSE results

Staff and students at Buckler’s Mead Academy are once again celebrating a strong set of GCSE results. With the recent introduction of many new GCSE courses, graded at 9-1 for the first time, in almost every subject it has been a tough year for students, staff and parents, providing new challenges for all involved.

This success builds on the very positive visit from Ofsted in June, where Buckler’s Mead Academy retained its overall rating of Good in all areas. The report praised the way staff are  ‘Always looking to improve the outcomes for pupils’, noting the passion and confidence of the academy’s leadership, as well as making reference to the hard work of staff to ensure an inclusive ethos which provides students with the support and opportunities they require. The improvements in teaching, friendly atmosphere, and how students at the academy feel safe and well cared for were also recognised.

Once again exam results have brought much to celebrate. Top performers in the Academy in terms of their attainment are:

Sam Pollard

Georgina Rockett

Finn Ementon

Uttam Magar

Aimee Attwell

Christina Lane

Jak Howes

All of whom secured a range of fantastic grades, including a number of GCSEs at the new Grade 8 and 9.

With the Department for Education putting a strong emphasis on the progress a student makes from Primary School to the end of Secondary School, the students who made the most progress over this period of time are:

Oskar Papaj,

Uttam Magar

Tyla Kotze

Jakub Chweidz

Enya Lackie

Finn Ementon

Keiron Colley

Josh Wiltshire

All of whom achieved an average of at least one GCSE grade higher in each subject than they were expected to achieve based on their KS2 results.

Buckler’s Mead Academy is an inclusive academy which constantly seeks to give every student the best opportunities to fulfil their potential and achieve, both academically and personally. Students, staff and parents have worked hard over the five years and in particular in the last few months of exams to achieve these fantastic results. We all know teenage years are not easy and include a number of challenges, so these successes should be celebrated as far and wide as possible.

The Headteacher, Mrs Sara Gorrod, commented: “Students face increasing demands under the new exams requirements, not only with a new grading system but in taking more exams with more content that has been made harder. Many subjects now only have one tier of entry, meaning Grade 9 – 1 students have to read and tackle the same exam material and questions. This all potentially puts everyone under more pressure, including parents who are supporting their sons/daughters. At Buckler’s Mead Academy we are extremely proud of the combined efforts that have gone in to give the students the best chance of success in these exams and their life chances moving forward.

We wish our students but also all young people in the area the very best for the future and hope that their exam results are the next step towards a happy and successful future.”

Start of Term arrangements

Start of autumn term arrangements are as follows:

GCSE results will come out on Thursday 23 August, certificates can be collected from 11am

Monday 3 September 2018    INSET Day

Tuesday 4 September 2018   First day of term for students:

P1        Year 7 students arrive at assembly hall              Year 7 in tutor groups

P2        Year 8 – Year 11 students arrive                            All Year groups in tutor groups


P3        Lessons start                                                           All Year groups

OFSTED 2018 Press Release

Buckler’s Mead Academy finishes the year on a high with another OFSTED grading of good.

Buckler’s Mead Academy breaks up for the summer on the crest of a wave, with an OFSTED judgement of good. A team of experienced Ofsted Inspectors visited the academy in June.
Within the report, the inspectors have praised leadership and management, identifying that leaders have clear responsibilities, aligned closely with the school’s improvement priorities. A key theme throughout the report is how thoroughly the staff know the academy and focus on key developments. The report identified that staff are passionate about the school and are always looking to improve the outcomes for pupils.

The governing body of the academy were also recognised, saying: “School Directors (Governors) are well informed and provide the support and challenge that has allowed the school to implement the necessary changes to improve.”
Inspectors remarked that the quality of teaching has improved, with particular reference to the use of verbal and written feedback and how pupils act upon it purposefully.
Safeguarding within the school is effective: “Staff record anything and everything and concerns are dealt with appropriately”. Inspectors recognised that the school has a friendly atmosphere, pupils feel safe and are cared for well.
Other inspection findings showed that there is a focus on the needs of disadvantaged pupils and that the school continue to diminish the difference in progress between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils. Pupils with SEN and/or disabilities are supported well and are making good progress because of their attitudes to learning.
Overall, the school has made some significant changes since the last inspection and Head Teacher Mrs Sara Gorrod is delighted with the outcome, she said :”It is well known that OFSTED has become more challenging in recent years, with changing criteria and more focus on areas for development. We are proud of our work with and for our students. It is a real pleasure to see this recognised. I would especially like to thank our staff, who so often go that extra mile for students.”

Changes to data protection law

You may be aware that from May, the rules around data protection are changing. The ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ (GDPR) will change how we can use your personal data and keep it safe, and will also strengthen your rights over your own data.

The point of this is to make sure sensitive or private information about yourselves and your children stays safe. Whilst it is similar to the current Data Protection Act in many ways, there are a few differences, so we need to make a few changes at the school in order to ensure we remain compliant.

One of these changes is that we have updated our privacy notice. You will find it on the Academy website under ‘Policies’ within the ‘Our Academy’ menu.

Here is a direct link:

If you have any questions about how the GDPR affects you, or how our school is preparing, please contact Ian Gover, School Development Officer, Somerset LA –

Sims Parent Lite App

Invitation emails for the Sims Parent Lite App have now been sent out to Year 10 and 11 parents. If you are the parent of a Year 10 or 11 student but have not yet received an invitation please contact the Academy Office on 01935 424454 to update your contact email address. Invitations for the parents of other year groups will be sent out next week.