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

 

9th July 2020

If you are eligible for or want to apply for Free School Meals please see the information and leaflet below.

The B&NES Free School Meals Eligibility Checking service now has a new Free School Meals web page on the B&NES website with a link to an online benefit related free school meal application form which can be found using the following link:

https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals   and navigate to  

 

If you live out of county and your child is starting at The Mendip School, parents/carers will need to apply to B&NES for a benefit related free school meal, either through the usual route (ie Free School Meal Application Form FSM20) or through the new B&NES free school meals website, even if you had a claim for free school meals at a previous out of county school –  If the B&NES Free School Meals service do not receive an application your child will not automatically appear on our school list as eligible.

 

If your child is in year 6 in a B&NES Primary School going into year 7 in a B&NES Secondary School and they are currently receiving benefit related free school meals, there is no need to reapply as eligibility to a free school meal will transfer to their new B&NES secondary school . The only time you should reapply is if your child previously attended a school from another county – then you would then need to apply through the B&NES Free School Meals website as mentioned above.

 

Below is a list of qualifying benefits for free school meals.

 

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support
  • Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (WITHOUT Working Tax Credit) and have and annual household income (as assessed by HMRC) below £16,190
  • Run-on Working Tax Credit which is only paid for 4 weeks after you STOP qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under PartV1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Please see here for more information about Free School Meals                                FSM Poster (1)

6th July 2020

Great news! Planning permission has been granted to build our swimming pool.

We are hoping to organise a sponsored walk, regulations allowing, on the 27th September. We are hoping to raise a £1.1 million to get our swimming pool built.

If you would like to take part Click Here

Or if you would prefer just to donate Click Here

See below for a downloadable flyer and sponsorship form.

 

Sponsorship FormWalk Flyer

30th June 2020

As you are all aware, Somerset Local Area (Somerset County Council and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group) were inspected between the 9th and 11th March 2020, with Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) finding that the Local Area significant weaknesses.
The Local Area has to draw up a plan, a written statement of action, so they improve on the inspectors findings. They are expected to listen to local families as part of this work. This survey is one way of collecting your views and ensuring these are reflected in the plan.
Please complete the following short survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WSOAsurvey

 

 

Here’s a video about how we communicate with parents.

Here’s a video about the primary side of our school.

Here’s a video about our school uniform

18th June 2020

Have a look at our YouTube channel for lots of videos about transition and teacher introductions.

YouTube 

22nd May 2020

Please see the attached letter from our CEO of the Bath and Mendip Partnership Trust

Trust Letter

15th May 2020

Good morning,
Please can you complete the questionnaire below. We would appreciate if this could be done by Monday 18th May to enable us to plan for extending provision.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=RttM1Br5YU2b5hQNENawE-7vnYrfvJlNvRXRUOAOPl9UOEZVRFZIOEdGS0lFNkdUOENQMjIwV1BYNS4u

If you need any support please contact the school office on 01749838040.

14th May 2020

Please find attached a letter from David Gregory, our Trust CEO regarding the planned changes to school provision for our families.

Latest letter

13th May 2020

The Mendip School are hosting Elklan training on Speech and Language support for 5-11 year olds. This accredited level 3 course is suitable for teachers, SENCO’s, teaching assistants and other professionals working in mainstream and specialist provisions with children who have speech, language and communication needs.
Contact Gill Loftus at The Mendip School for more details.

Elklan Speech and Language Support for 5-11’s – Day 1

12th May 2020

Please have a look at the the attached document outlining some important online safety advice and a home-school agreement.

Online safety

11th May 2020

Dear All,

You will be aware from the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday that from 1 June 2020 schools may be able to move towards a staged re opening, beginning with pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.

The announcement has prompted a number of questions from school leaders, staff and parents.  We are expecting further announcements and details around what the Government recommends.

We know that this uncertainty is unsettling and challenging for families.  Once we have had the opportunity to consider the further detail released over the coming days, we will get in touch with you again regarding what reopening may look like at our school.

In the meantime, there is no change to the pupils currently able to attend school.  Please get in touch if you have any further questions.

Thanks

Nat

 

11th May 2020

***We have now been approved to be part of The Mendip Lottery!***

To support The Mendip School with the Shape Mendip Lottery, click here to buy your ticket https://www.shapemendiplottery.co.uk/support/mendip-school

Thanks and good luck.

28th April 2020

Below is a leaflet offering support for all of our BaNES families

leaflet compassionate communities

27th April 2020

We have a vacancy for a Speech and Language Therapist

Speech and Language Therapist
Salary Range £24,907 – £37,890 pro rata (depending on experience) pay award pending
2 days (8.30-4.30pm) available – (term time only + 2 inset days)
Start Date: ASAP

SaLT Application pack

We are seeking to appoint an inspirational and innovative Speech and Language Therapist to work at The Mendip School, a highly successful 4 -19 special school based in Shepton Mallet. The successful candidate will work alongside teaching staff and other therapists. The appointed therapist will be responsible for providing a high quality and individualised package of care for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and a range of Speech, Language and Communication needs.

Prospective candidates are welcome to call the school to arrange a discussion with our existing team. We would welcome applications from newly qualified therapists as well as experienced therapists. Further details and an application form are available from the vacancies section of the School website.

The Mendip School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Please email all application forms to applications@thebathandmendippartnershiptrust.com . Please note, we are unable to accept CVs.

23rd April 2020

Please see the attached form for the latest information regarding Covid-19 and our actions.

Covid 23 04

20th April 2020

A brilliant Stop Motion animation sent in as part of our daily challenges at Mendip.

19th April 2020

Please see the addition to our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Child protection during the COVID

16th April 2020

Please see the attached flyer for the Educational Psychology Service Telephone Helpline for Parents and Carers

Thanks    EPS

10th April 2020

Happy Easter everyone!

Please follow this link to YouTube to show you what your adults have been getting up to whilst staying safe at home.

We hope it makes you smile

3rd April 2020

If you’ve seen and loved our first three stop motion animations (see below) please have a look at our forth example. This one is cricket based. Absolutely knocked it for 6! Well played.

3rd April 2020

Here’s our third stop motion animation. A real classic!

Click to watch

3rd April 2020

Here is another example of a stop motion animation made by one of our pupils. Striking similarities to Avengers Assemble

2nd April 2020

Each day Subject Leaders are adding daily challenges to dojo for pupils to complete at home, Today’s challenge was to create a stop motion animation using objects found at home.

Here is our first entry from a pupil using Mario, Lugi, Bowser and Princess Peach.

Enjoy!

31st March 2020

Students are studying on the KS4 Asdan Animal Care course.
They visited a local falconry near Bruton, Somerset.

30th March 2020

During this current crisis, we have a young student who is attending the school each day.
She has taken it upon herself to help with the daily checks of the school’s chickens; cleaning, feeding and getting them back into the coop at the end of the school day to make sure they are safe every evening.
Our student, who wants to remain nameless, utilised one of the school iPads to create her movie trailer because she is creating an in house pop up shop to raise money for the school. The chicken movie trailer was put together featuring our own chickens, to use as part of the point of sale of the shop as potential customers ( staff and students) browse.

IMG_0521

27th March 2020

A MESSAGE TO ALL FAMILIES.
please stop any online/BACS payments presently for school camps, school lunches etc until further notice.
Many thanks.
The Mendip Admin Team

27th March 2020

Please find the attached document about supporting children young people with worries about Covid-19COVID19-advice-for-parents-and-carers-20.3-V311

18th march 2020

Dear All
Following the announcement today we will be able to give you a clearer picture of how we will manage the new guidance as soon as possible. At this point we would ask you to continue following the guidance below.

Tomorrow, the school will be open as normal. However, to help control the spread of the virus, children and staff who have the following symptoms are asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
• A high temperature (37.8 degrees or above) AND/OR
• A new, continuous cough
If someone in the household is showing these symptoms the current advice is that, the household will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

If children or staff develop these symptoms at school,we will isolate them and arrange for them to go home as soon as possible. We would appreciate you making someone available to collect your child if requested to do so.

We recognise that this is a confusing and difficult time for families. I respectfully ask all parents to follow the guidance above and also would like to reassure you that we are supportive of whatever decision you make in the best interests of your own circumstances.

Thanks for your patience and continued support.

18th March 2020

Here is a copy of the guidance issued earlier today.

There will be more information on the most recent announcement soon.Coronavirus Update 18.03.20

16th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,
With updated advice from the Department of Public Health England in connection with the Corona Virus having been
received over the past few days, in particular in connection with the need for all persons that display the symptoms
of the corona virus (mainly a fever and/or a continual cough) to self-isolate, it is likely that we may experience
increased staff absence across our schools. We will be doing all that we can to ensure that schools can continue to
operate but, as I am sure you will understand, there may be some changes to the usual in-school arrangements.
Like all schools across the country, those within the Trust are following the guidance received from the Department of
Public Health. Our schools will therefore only be closed in the following circumstances:
– Closure of all schools in line with the national advice
– Individual school as advised by the Department of Public Health due to reasons specific to that setting
– In the event that staff shortages mean that it would not be safe to open the school. In some cases, it may be
possible to open the school to a reduced number of classes.
If it becomes necessary for any school to close or partially close, parents and carers will be notified via the school’s
usual communication channels.
If your child is absent from school due to self-isolation or school closure, and is well, we would ask that you please
support your child in continuing with their learning. Schools across the Trust have plans in place to provide
opportunities for this to take place and your school will share these with you as and when appropriate or necessary.
We are also aware that some schools may utilise on-line platforms, webinars and other internet programmes, but
appreciate that not all families have access to a computer or similar. Schools will therefore try to ensure that
alternative resources are available to those that require them. We are also currently awaiting further advice in relation
to national alternatives to the provision of the usual free school meals.
We recognise that this period is a very difficult time and any school closures will be closely aligned to a public health
emergency, a time when resources are stretched, a time of great stress and anxiety for everyone. We will do all that
we can to support children throughout this period.
Finally, you will find on both the Trust and your school’s websites links to the relevant government updates and
guidance.
With many thanks for your continued support.
Kind regards,
David Gregory CBE
CEO

16th March 2020

NEW UPDATE
Dear All,

Over the next few weeks there will likely be many updates regarding procedures to help protect pupils, their families and staff from Coronavirus. We will continue to communicate and will update you as often as is appropriate. Please read these updates as they are likely to change over time, in response to information received from Public Health England.

At present, the school will be open as normal. However, to help control the spread of the virus, children and staff who have the following symptoms are asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

· A high temperature (37.8 degrees or above) AND/OR

· A new, continuous cough

If someone in the household is showing these symptoms then EVERYONE in the household should self isolate.

If children or staff develop these symptoms at school we will isolate them and arrange for them to go home as soon as possible.

We recognise that this is a confusing and difficult time for families. I respectfully ask all families to follow the guidance above and also would like to reassure you that we are supportive of whatever decision you make in the best interests of your own circumstances. We would appreciate if you were able to inform us as soon as possible to ensure we are able to cover classes appropriately.

Please contact us through dojo, or the main office, if you have any questions.

Many thanks

Natalie Hanna

Head of School

The Mendip School

13th March 2020

Covid-19

All schools within the The Bath and Mendip Partnership Trust are following the advice received from the Department for Public Health and Department for Education.  We are aware that this is a fast moving situation and we are monitoring the regular updates received from both of these bodies.

If it becomes necessary for any of our schools to close then you will be advised through your school’s usual parental communication routes, including the posting of updates on the school’s website.

The below are details of user friendly websites and helplines that you can visit to find out more about the advice that is being given.

DfE Co-vid 19 helpline for staff, parents, setting, young people: Phone: 0800 046 8687 (8am-6pm Monday to Friday)

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

12th March 2020

Here are the updated term dates with the new updated Friday bank holiday Term Dates and Holidays 2019-2020 – Final 1.2

27th February 2020

BOOKING FORM  This is the booking form for the Easter holiday play scheme. Please could these be returned as soon as possible. Many thanks.

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. BeSecureOnline.co.uk 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.

BOLD_Advert

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

THE WETTEST CLASSROOM HAS BEGUN!!

Wettestclassroom logo 01

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 BOOKING FORM 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.

facebookresize001twitterresize001
FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube