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.
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.
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’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.
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
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:
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:
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.”