Welcome to The Mendip School, part of The 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 fulfil 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.
Parent Forum – Every Tuesday 10-11am
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.
Urgent Update – 11th July 2019
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
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
10th June 2019
Please find the consultation letter and feedback form below.
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.