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News Archive - November 2016

Braunton is an NCS Champion School

Posted: 30th November 2016
Braunton Academy was recently awarded Champion status by the National Citizen Service in recognition of the school's service towards promoting the NCS Experience to young people aged 15 to 17. "Your school has been instrumental in supporting our regional recruitment team in the following areas," said NCS Manager, Natalie Archer, "Involving NCS in assemblies; reinforcing the NCS message; identifying and supporting students who might benefit; briefing staff; facilitating NCS hosted activities; communicating the message to parents and pupils; supporting participating students and celebrating their successes". In a ceremony involving representatives of the National Citizen Service, a plaque and certificate were presented to Mr Cammack, Mr Parsons and the student leadership team.   

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Year 7 Footie Champions

Posted: 23rd November 2016
Our Year 7 boys' Football team has triumphed in the North Devon Schools Football Championship. They faced Park School in a very tough final which went to extra time and then penalties. The Braunton team won by the narrowest margins in the penalty shoot-out to take the trophy. Well done to all the boys involved, and to their coach, Mr Ovey. We are all very proud of you!

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Celebrating Achievements

Posted: 22nd November 2016
The annual Prizegiving Ceremony recently took place at Barnstaple Hotel. Former pupils, their parents and Academy staff came together to celebrate the many achievements of those who left us in July. As well as awards in all subject areas, other prizes were also given to recognise service to the school and community, excellent attendance, endeavour in the face of adversity, and more. It's always a pleasure to meet the year 12s again, and see how much they have matured in the months since they took their GCSEs. Guest Speaker for the evening was former pupil, Dan Shapland, who was with us from 2004 until 2009. Dan, having completed his law degree, is now working in Westminster in the parliamentary office of our local MP, Peter Heaton-Jones. He gave pupils some really good advice on getting through the next five years in education or employment, then handed out the cups and trophies to the lucky recipients. Pictured are Lee Oliver and Charlie Edge who were joint winners of the Physical Education Cup.

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A tree for Dave Butt

Posted: 7th November 2016
Dave Butt, a former long-serving teacher and Assistant Head at the school, sadly died earlier this year. He was instrumental in setting up the Amigos Kira Farm educational trip, along with Phil Pugsley (Amigos), Simon Barnes (Pilton Academy) and Nick Langmead (Braunton Academy), which has been such a great success over these past 7 years or so, giving North Devon students a true taste of how we in the west can best help development in Uganda, one of the poorest countries in the world. Dave was also a fully committed member of his community, having sat on the council for several years, been on the organising committee of the Green Man Festival, worked tirelessly to raise funds for the Children's Hospice Southwest, and served as Chairman of his beloved Barnstaple Rugby Club up until his sad demise. On the recent visit to Kira Farm by a group of Braunton and Barnstaple students, a coffee tree was planted in Dave's honour, as he was an enthusiastic coffee drinker. His tree now stands alongside the cocoa t...

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Students experience Ugandan life

Posted: 7th November 2016
Four year eleven students have just returned from a life-changing trip to Uganda. Over half-term, and a couple of days either side, intrepid adventurers Harriet, Olisha, Mia and Archie spent 12 days experiencing real life in Uganda, including the incredible work of Amigos Worldwide, a charity based just up the road in Barnstaple. They joined 16 other students from Pilton Academy and Petroc for this chance in a lifetime. All the students had to raise almost £2,000 for the trip; this was done in a variety of ways including sponsored runs and walks, and cake baking. In Uganda, students were based at Kira Farm, just north of Kampala, a training centre where 40 young people from all over Uganda have the opportunity to learn sustainable farming, building, carpentry, tailoring and hairdressing during their one year stay. At the end of the year, trainees are hopefully well prepared and equipped to set up their own business, seek gainful employment or share their new knowledge with others in their villages. Nort...

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