Welcome to The Mendip School, part of The Bath and Mendip Partnership Trust.

We are committed to and passionate about the learning and progress of our pupils. Staff and governors have high aspirations for our children and we aim to provide a high quality, relevant and balanced education for all. There is a happy and positive atmosphere in which children can fulfill their potential and grow in self-confidence with respect for the people and environment around them. Our aim is for our young people to be successful, happy and prepared for their lives beyond school.

Executive Principal – Emily Massey

Head of School – Natalie Hanna

Parent Forum – Every Tuesday 9:30 – 10:30am 

3rd February 2020

Our SALT is running ELKAN training. Here is the link to book your place Here 


27th January 2020

Sensory Shine provides an environment for music, movement and relaxation in simple practical ways that can be easily repeated in class. It uses a combination of songs and rhymes to develop speech and language skills, and sensory signing activities to help with communication.  Sensory Shine provides a huge range of sensory equipment that includes: fibre optic lights, musical instruments, textured materials and sensory toys. Whilst being aware of the benefits of repetition and structure, each week also introduces a new sensory development activity supported by useful information to help us interact pupils and discover what they can achieve. There’s always something new and exciting to look forward to!
Sensory Shine is delivered by  Siân Tucker who was a Primary School teacher for 17 years; during the last 12 years she taught at a special school for pupils aged 3-19. Based upon extensive experience and research, Siân created Sensory Shine to enhance childhood learning opportunities and development for young people with learning difficulties and additional sensory needs.

24th January 2020

Here are a selection of pictures of our children and the newest members of The Mendip School and their new home… the Guinea Pigs!

We would like to thank St James’s Place Foundation  for their donation towards the purchase of the Guinea pigs and theri enclosure.

23rd January 2020


The launch of our Virtual Reality and swimming pool consultation was a great success!

Another big thank you to FOMS, The Horse and Jockey, BAGS, Cathy Davis, David Simms, Mark Huntington, 18 anonymous donations and BAGS for helping our school to raise so much money!

If you’d like to learn more please visit the FOMS FaceBook page here 

Here are the architects plans for The Mendip School swimming pool, Thanks to DKA architects for the images and design involvement.

Presentation Boards for Swimming pool

22nd January 2020

Here are some photos following our animal care week
Greg the Vet came to lead an assembly to help us understand what animals need to keep them healthy and happy and how we can help. He also spoke about the role of a vet and how he helps animals. The pupils asked some amazing questions and some enjoyed dressing up and having a paw bandaged.
Following this Charlotte from BHWT visited to work with a group of pupils. These pupils are now our ‘Chicken experts’ and during the workshop learnt how to care for the chickens, how to correctly hold the chickens and what to do if one looks unwell.

Join us Tuesday 21st January 2020 for the launch of our swimming pool plans and consulation and the launch of our new VR and 360 camera equipment.

There will be a chance to view the plans and ask questions. You will also have to opportunity to have a go at the VR equipment and experience the wonders and possibilities the technology allows.

Refreshments will be available too!

21st January 2020

On Tuesday the 21st of January, some children from the Mendip school went to Taunton Cricket ground for a table cricket tournament with other schools.
Our players rotated their positions throughout the games and all played extremely well. Our students represented our school wonderfully and we won! We brought home the trophy and the students met Jack Brooks who plays for Somerset himself. Excellent day all round!

11th December 2019

Here is some information about our brilliant Christmas Fair this Saturday, run by our wonderful PTA.

5th December 2019

*******Parent’s Online Safety Talk****************

Wednesday 11th December 2019     9-10am

An expert talker will  be holding a parent’s Q+A session as well as running through the online safety world for you and your family.

It is highly recommended that you attend as this will be the only opportunity to speak to a real industry expert.


Please see the site for more information about Graham

2nd December 2019

A massive thanks to Mole Valley Farmers who donated a Christmas tree to us this year.

They are holding an event on the 18th December (6-8pm) to see Father Christmas’s Reindeer.

25th November 2019

As you are all increasingly aware the environment is becoming more and more polluted with our materials and packaging. Christmas is a huge contributor to this. That is why this year our Christmas cards and decorations will be made using bio-glitter and lots of our materials are scrap/donated materials from friends and family to be reduced in cards and decorations. It’s only small but we must try and do what we can. Keep watching this space for more eco-news!

13th November 2019

Purple, Blue and Orange class went to look at the Carnival floats today.

24th October 2019

On the 24th of October we had a visit from 9 volunteers from Lloyds Banking Group. They assisted us with maintenance of the school grounds and erecting new animal pens. Lloyds banking Group give their employees one volunteering day known as ‘a day to make a difference’ and this year they chose The Mendip School. We are really grateful for all their hard work. Thank you to everyone from the Finance Value Stream from LBG in Bristol.

15th October 2019

On the 14th of November Fosse Way School, Three Ways School and Bath College will be running our annual transitions fair. This year due to the size of the Fair it will be held at Bath College. This is an excellent opportunity for parents and staff alike to find out about next steps after school.

Please find the flyer below.

save the date PDF 2019

23rd September 2019

We are going to be celebrating World Mental Health Day on 10th October by taking part in #HelloYellow campaign organised by Young Minds charity. To make the day special pupils can come to school on 10th October wearing something yellow. It can be something small, e.g. a bow tie, or a pair of yellow sunglasses, or pupils can come dressed in yellow from head to toes! We are going to be raising money for Young Minds on the day and we would really appreciate a £1 donation. 

Thank you for your support,                                                  You can find out more here

Bea Makin 

Below is our summer newsletter

Newsletter-Summer PDF

Tuesday 16th July 2019

The University of Oxford are recruiting 10-15 year olds who have experienced difficulties with language (e.g. dyslexia, developmental language disorder) to take part in a study to know how the brain helps children learn to speak and understand using MRI brain scans to look at differences in children’s brains. They’re looking for volunteers and may be able to make a 3D printed model of your own brain

Get in touch!

Call 01865 271429

Email bold.study@psy.ox.ac.uk

Web boldstudy.wordpress.com  

Please see that attached leafelt below for further information.


Urgent Update – 12th July 2019

Dear parents and carers,

Thank you for your understanding regarding the closure of The Mendip School today, 12th July 2019.  We appreciate your support around this and fully recognise how difficult and upsetting the situation is for our families.  It is not a decision we take lightly and we really appreciate that this has been recognised through comments on our social media pages.  Thank you.

Today we have met with representatives from The Bath and West Showground, Vision 9 who organise the festival, security teams and the police.  However, we have also continued to experience people accessing the school site and exposure to concerning and inappropriate behaviour.

These organisations have made efforts to reassure us for Monday, however, we still have significant concerns around the behaviour of some of the 30,000 festival goers which was unacceptable on Thursday and remains beyond our control. To ensure no trespassing on site there would need to be a large security and police presence from 7:30 on Monday, and even with this in place, there are no guarantees that pupils will not see things that we feel are not appropriate for them.  As a result, we have made the decision to remain closed on Monday.

In addition, the festival have reviewed peak timings for traffic congestion on Monday and have advised that it is possible that pupil collection timing of 14:20 – 15:20 will coincide with peak traffic flow.

Please see below a statement from the organisers of the event:

‘We are aware of disruption as children were being picked up from Mendip School yesterday.  We sincerely apologise to parents, pupils and the teachers of the school for the disruption.  We are in touch directly with The Mendip School and are offering additional support as required during the NASS Festival.  We will review under full consultation with the school and Bath and West Showground to evaluate the use of the adjacent land to create a sustainable co-existence between all parties, including the reassessment of the way in which the land is used to ensure we provide the appropriate resources and management required by the school in all future plans.’

Please get in contact if you would like to come in and discuss this further.

Many thanks.

Natalie Hanna

Urgent Update – 11th July 2019

Dear Parents,

It is with some regret that we feel the need to close the school on Friday 12th July. In previous years we have remained open while the NASS festival has taken place on the Bath and West Showground. This year the population of the event has significantly increased and as a result the organisation has been less effective than we have seen in previous years, despite working closely with the organisers and the Bath and West Showground and being assured that there would be no disruption to the school. There is a significant impact on traffic and we are seeing a high number of young people crossing the school grounds to access the entrance. Because of the demographic of the people attending the event we feel it would be better to shut the school for the day as we would be unable to ensure that the environment was appropriate and protective for the pupils. We recognise that this causes disruption for families and we apologise for this but strongly feel that the situation is beyond our control and in the best interests of the pupils. We anticipate being able to avoid this next year by ensuring that organisers work with us to improve the security of the event. We will contact school transport but may not be able to contact individual taxis before the morning and would appreciate you letting them know if you have contact numbers.

Many thanks for your understanding

Natalie Hanna

Head of School

11th July 2019

There is a large amount of traffic building through Shepton/Evercreech this afternoon due to the NASS festival. Please leave additional time for your journey to school this afternoon.


2nd July 2019

This morning one of our very own students took to the skies and flew above the school. We were all waiting below and were not disappointed to see the plane come into view and circle the school. It was such an amazing experience. The sky’s the limit for all of our students at The Mendip School!

25th June 2019

If you have any concerns or would like to discuss the consultation to change and cap The Mendip School numbers to 144 pupils please attend parent forum on Thursday 27th June at 10am. You can find the original consulation letter below.


25th June 2019

Tours are fully booked until the end of the school year. Please get in touch in September if you would still like a tour


18th June 2019



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Keep up to date with what is happening aboard the ship here.


14th June 2019


Please find the attached booking form for our summer holiday play scheme below


10th June 2019


                                                        Please find the consultation letter and feedback form below.

                                                       Consultation letter



24th May 2019


Updated term dates for 18/19 and 19/20 now available here.


10th May 2019

On Thursday 9th May 2019, we had Robert Mitchell visit the school. Robert is a professional high jumper from Wells, who has competed at the commonwealth games.

Robert was here to help promote healthy living to the pupils and to encourage the pupils to participate in sports. As part of this the pupils participated in a sponsored circuit session with Robert which raise a fantastic £472.5 which was split and the school receiving 60% of this. The pupils had a great time completing the circuit session and enjoyed the question and answer session with Robert later in the morning.

1st April 2019


Here is the link to BBC Click – where our pupils demonstrated using VR to support them in their work experience!



The Mendip School is now recognised as a disability confident employer.

Through Disability Confident, we are supporting disabled people and those with long term health conditions, ensuring they have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.



25th November 2018


We are now crowdfunding to help our KS4 and Sixth Form pupils take part in The Wettest Classroom.  Read all about it and support our pupils by clicking here!!

The Wettest Classroom project will be an inspirational journey on two sailing ships around the coast of Great Britain. The voyage takes place in July 2019 and the students will work as a part of a team to sail the ship, living and working on board for seven days and nights. This will be the experience of a lifetime and our students need your support to make it happen.


The students wrote a letter of application detailing why they should be selected for the journey. The applications were accepted and so they were invited to attend an assessment in Snowdonia. They participated in swimming, kayaking, orienteering, camping and paddle-boarding activities alongside other students from across the country. Pupils displayed a number of different skills across the week such as resilience, teamwork, social skills, determination and following instructions. They were then selected to join the final crew for a leg of the journey around Great Britain.

We believe that all our students are special and deserve a chance to be challenged and achieve more than anyone, including themselves thought possible.