Mendip@Ansford Academy

Welcome to the Mendip@Ansford Academy page.

We now have two base provisions at Ansford Academy, one for KS3 and the other for KS4. We are a provision for supporting students through a mainstream secondary education with our focus on qualifications and independence. Some students have come from The Mendip School and others have come to use from other schools around the local area. Each student receives a personalised support package, timetable and reduced timetable. The bases are safe quiet and calm spaces to come back to after a stimulating and thought provoking mainstream lesson. We have the ability to sit down, have a cup of team and a good catch up.

We have YouTube videos to explain what we do and what the base looks like. Click here   and  here   to view them.

We also have a pamphlet that we show potential students and families which can be viewed Here.

Our Staff

Jake Godfrey

Jake has worked at the Mendip School for 5 years now after working in a primary school in inner London. Jake has worked across the key stages and is Computing and Online Safety lead for the school. Jake now leads TMS provisions at Ansford Academy as well as working twice a week at TMS. When not working Jake is spending time with his family, cooking, being out in the garden or riding his bike.

Jane Rossiter

Jane has worked at Ansford Academy for 18 years, before this she worked at another local Somerset Secondary school for 2 years as a Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages: French and German and was also a Head of Year. For the first part of her time at Ansford Academy, she was Head of Department of Modern Foreign Languages, then moved into a pastoral role of Assistant Head of Upper school, leading Restorative Justice practices across the Academy. Her real passion for inclusion in a mainstream setting led her to be co- opted into the Special Educational Needs department in 2017 at Ansford and to subsequently train as a SENCO. Jane currently manages the TMS provision in the additional second base on site at Ansford Academy. When she is not at school, Jane loves spending time with her family and 2 cats and rabbit- trying out new recipes and catching up on the latest foreign dramas and films.


Amy Sloman

Amy worked in a Somerset primary school as an LSA for two years before moving onto the Mendip School. Amy worked with various key stages and post 16 pupils for 2 years before coming to Ansford to help support Jake when he was setting up TMS provision. When not working Amy is spending time with family, walking her dog, reading and enjoying films.

Victoria Knight

Victoria has worked at the Mendip School for 2 years.  She previously worked in PR in New York and London before training as a primary teacher and working in schools in Somerset.  Since joining the Mendip School Victoria has worked across all key stages and joined the provision at Ansford Academy a year ago.  When not at school Victoria enjoys baking, gardening, walking and recently took up paddle boarding.

Debbie Pattenden

Debbie has worked at the Mendip School for 5 years. She has experience in both EYFS and Key stage 3/4. She has a degree in Early years education and a Bsc (Hons) in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Debbie’s passion is for for wellbeing and supporting young people to manage anxiety and understanding to work with their emotions. Outside of school, Debbie loves reading, writing stories and poetry and walking her dog. She also does respite care outside of school and am interested in expanding my current role by making links with Ansford.


Niamh Leggett

Niamh joined The Mendip School in July after working in an Early Years nursery for a year. Niamh has a degree in Psychology from Reading University. She enjoys swimming, walks cooking and spending time with familiy friends.


Daniella McCorkell

Dani has always worked within the care industry, she is new to teaching but has a passion for helping people. Outside of work she has recently started her own beauty business and has recently started her own family. Dani likes to spend time with her friends and family and going on days out. She is passionate about beauty, her little boy and her main goal is to be happy.

Philippa Reynolds

Philippa started at the Mendip School in 2016 in Purple Class and has worked in both primary and is currently working in upper secondary. Philippa is a qualified Chef and previously worked in a bakery for 12 years. Outside of school she enjoys spending time with her family and her dog and loves watching rugby. 

Safer internet videos

Last term some of our pupils were filmed whilst taking part in an online safety activity. They were then filmed 1:1...

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Skill Up Somerset

On Wednesday 9th February Nikki Blackwell from SkillUp Somerset who is an Apprenticeship and Skills Advisor and Kim Love...

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Bold and Brave

Bold and Brave

A lovely visit to the Bold and Brave Shop in Taunton today where they are selling our school made coasters.  Here is the...

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We are recruiting!

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Grace, one of our Duke of Edinburgh students, handcrafted an advent calendar and generously donated it to the Mendip School...

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Enterprise Day

Enterprise Day

         On the 24th November 2021 we were fortunate enough to have REL Field marketing come into school to run one of our...

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