Welcome to The Mendip School, part of The Bath and Mendip Partnership Trust.
Welcome to The Mendip School website.
We are a school for pupils aged 4 to 19 with a primary diagnosis of autism (ASD) and speech language and communication needs. Our staff and governors are focused on supporting pupils and families to achieve the best possible outcomes. We work with a range of other professionals to ensure the needs of each child can be correctly identified and we can support each individual and prepare them for adulthood.
There is a happy and positive atmosphere in which children can fulfil their potential and grow in self-confidence and develop the resilience and perseverance to overcome individual challenges. The Mendip School is a great place to be and we are proud of the pupils and staff who have cultivated an ethos of respect, trust and enjoying life and learning. Students are taught in small groups, usually with more than one member of staff in attendance where we aim to provide a high quality, relevant and balanced education for all our pupils.
We are incredibly proud of our school and we hope our website provides you with a greater understanding of what life is like in The Mendip School. If would like more information, please get in touch with us. Details can be found on our contact us page.
22nd October 2020
Please see Parent Helpline Sep 20 about a parent Helpline from Somerset Educational Phycology Service
21 October 2020
2 x Teaching Assistants
Fixed term ending 31/08/2021
32 hours per week
1 post is based at The Mendip School and the other post is based at Ansford Secondary School
Grade 4 £19,554 per annum pro rata
Actual Salary £14,465.14
Term time only plus inset days
Start Date – ASAP
We are seeking to appoint 2 Teaching Assistants to work for The Mendip School (one post is based at Ansford Secondary School), a school for children aged 4-19 with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Speech Language and Communication Needs.
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 fulfil their potential and grow in self-confidence with respect for the people and environment around them.
We are looking for people who have high expectations for all students with additional needs and believe in supporting them to achieve their goals.
Previous experience of working in a special school is an advantage although training will be provided.
The Bath and Mendip Partnership Trust 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 and satisfactory references.
All applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, we cannot accept CVs. Please specify which post you are applying for.
Closing Date: Tuesday 3rd November 2020@ 12pm
Interview Date: w/c 16th November 2020
5th October 2020
29th September 2020
We would usually be able to share the GCSE art work at out school community events, but as this can’t happen at the moment, here are just a few images from the pupils’ portfolios. We hope you enjoy looking at the amazing range of work that our pupils have created.
28th September 2020
#HelloYellow We will be supporting the HelloYellow campaign again this year supporting the YoungMinds Charity – focussing on mental health of all young people. We invite you to come into school on the 9th October wearing something Yellow!
23rd September 2020
Please see the attached letter about our fundraising through Bath Half Marathon March 2021
11th September 2020
Due to new Covid restrictions we will be running our fundraiser walk virtually. Virtual Fundraiser flyer is the new flyer to explain it all.
9th September 2020
8th September 2020
Pease see Management of COVID-19 in school-age children – actions for parents and carers for our latest advice if your child has Covid-19 symptoms in or out of school
3rd September 2020
****COVID TRANSPORT UPDATE***
Please see the latest advice from Somerset council regarding school travel.
1st September 2020
Here’s our letter to parents about the forth coming term
Message from The Bath and Mendip Partnership Trust:
Over the course of the summer break, schools across the Trust have been preparing to reopen to all pupils at the start of the new academic year.
As part of the in-depth planning process, all schools have carried out a comprehensive risk assessment in line with Government Guidance. Those risk assessments and the procedures related to them will be reviewed regularly and in line with guidance. You can find out more about Government Guidance on the reopening of schools here. Should you wish to see the risk assessment for your child’s school, please contact the school or Trust office who will be able to provide you with a copy.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming back all pupils and all schools will endeavour to make the environment as familiar as possible whilst adhering to Government Guidance.
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 Form||Walk 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:
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.
22nd May 2020
Please see the attached letter from our CEO of the Bath and Mendip Partnership Trust
15th May 2020
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.
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.
13th May 2020
12th May 2020
Please have a look at the the attached document outlining some important online safety advice and a home-school agreement.
11th May 2020
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.
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
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
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 email@example.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.
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
16th April 2020
Please see the attached flyer for the Educational Psychology Service Telephone Helpline for Parents and Carers
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.
31st March 2020
30th March 2020
27th March 2020
A MESSAGE TO ALL FAMILIES.
please stop any online/BACS payments presently for school camps, school lunches etc until further notice.
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
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
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
With many thanks for your continued support.
David Gregory CBE
16th March 2020
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.
Head of School
The Mendip School
13th March 2020
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)
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
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
22nd January 2020
21st January 2020
11th December 2019
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
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
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
Below is our summer newsletter
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
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
THE WETTEST CLASSROOM HAS BEGUN!!
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.
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.