Welcome to Braunton Academy
Welcome to Braunton Academy's website. We hope it gives you a flavour of things going on in the Academy, as well as providing easy access to information you may need. Braunton Academy is an increasingly popular and oversubscribed community school where learning and well-being are at the forefront of our ethos for all to ‘Aspire & Achieve’.
“The school’s motto of ‘Aspire & Achieve’ is central to all aspects of the school’s work. Students are well prepared for their future.” – OFSTED
Braunton Academy is a school looking to the future with a strong traditional ethos: we combine this with a firm belief in developing the solid foundations of knowledge, skills and understanding. Our aim is to provide an exciting and nurturing learning environment where students can truly flourish. We are an open and collaborative academy that takes seriously its responsibility to equip its students for the future: openness, trust, honesty and integrity are essential to the way we work. We encourage all within our local community to become involved in school life, seeking to be responsive rather than reactive.
As a progressive school, we are relentless in our focus to keep education moving forward, relevant and up to date for our young people. We know that students learn best when they are fully immersed in the learning process through a relevant, varied curriculum experience. We focus on developing the personal learning and thinking skills that underpin effective learning and future employability. We aim to encourage our young people to develop agile, creative and analytical minds
Our ethos is underpinned by our focus on the key values of 'Character', 'Respect', and 'Community', and a culture for teaching that centres on Trivium 21c approaches where the tradition of grammar and knowledge form the foundations for questioning, reasoning, communicating and learning. Our focus on developing our students as self-regulating and independent learners makes Braunton Academy an exciting and unique place to learn, where all students make excellent progress through a desire to learn and succeed.
I hope that our website reflects our values and principles and provides you with useful information demonstrating that our Academy acts as a resource for enabling students to imagine - and take steps towards building - fulfilling and sustainable futures.
The Aims and Values of Braunton Academy
"Preparation for life - Developing our students' skills and creativity"
The Principal's Update
BRAUNTON ACADEMY - A BUSY PLACE
It seems like we have been back a lot longer than just the two weeks simply because we have been involved in so many different and wonderful activities in such a short time:
The House Assemblies this week, enjoyed by all the students, have underlined the huge variety of opportunities that are available to the students, and for this we must, of course, thank the Braunton Academy staff for their commitment to the extra-curricular programme.
GOVERNORS' TEA (AUTUMN TERM)
It was great to meet up with those students and their parent/carers who were invited to attend this super event - it is always a joy to share in the celebration of our student's success.
Students who are invited to attend the termly “Governors’ Teas” are identified by the outstanding grades they have recorded in the ‘Engagement in Learning’ column of their termly ‘Progress Review Reports’ (Mid Term Assessments), meaning every student has an equal opportunity to be recognised for their commitment to their learning, irrespective of their academic ability. I look forward to seeing you at the next Governors' Tea.
CONGRATULATIONS AND A BIG THANK YOU...
...to the BAPP group for setting-up their new 'Just Giving' page aimed at further supporting Departments in the purchasing of key equipment aimed at enhancing the students' learning. To see the "Classroom Christmas Wish List" and to donate, please follow the link: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/brauntonacademy
YEAR 9 PARENTS' EVENING
Y9 students received their MTAs informing them of their early progress in, this, their final year of study in Key Stage 3, just before the Christmas break. At this very important evening, our students and their parent/carers were able to clarify the levels of progress they have made in their studies, particularly pertinent when one recognises they will be making their Option Choices very soon.
'HEADS UP! - 'YEAR 11 PARENTS' EVENINGS, MOCK INTERVIEWS AND YEAR 9 PATHWAYS EVENING
Y11 Parents' Evening is coming up on 29th January 2020. This is preceded by the Y11 Mock Interview Days this week: a fantastic opportunity for our students to rehearse their personal presentations with the help of the Rotary Club.
Year 9 are beginning to explore their 'Option Choices' over the coming weeks with a series of in-house events, culminating in the "Y9 Pathways Evening" on 12th February at 6.30pm in the Drama Hall. We look forward to meeting up with all parents/carers on these very important evenings.
YEAR 11 MOCK RESULTS DAY
Y11 students having recently completed their GCSE PPEs, were last week, presented with their results in a Mock GCSE Results Day.
"Aaah, it was just like the real thing."
Thank you to PETROC for coming along to support all the good advice our students receive here.
Congratulations to so many of our students and their families on achieving such great success over the past term, whether it be in either the academic or sporting arenas, or, indeed, in both! A fantastic amount of effort and studying has gone on this term - please see the latest edition of 'The Parent Post' for some of the highlights.
MINDFULNESS IN SCHOOLS PROJECT (MiSP): We continue to be part of Oxford University’s International MYRIAD Project, introducing and educating our students in the practices of ‘Mindfulness’. This week, we welcome the University researchers back into the Academy to meet and work with our Year 9 students.
“PLEASE DO JOIN OUR ACADEMY PTA”: better known as “Braunton Academy Parent Partnership (BAPP)”. Please do offer your support and get involved in supporting your child’s school: your help will always be gratefully received. Simply contact us via the website or Main Reception and we will soon be in touch.
Please see our weekly 'Student Bulletin' for all the various extra-curricular activities and 'Clubs' - Link
We should all be very proud of the excellent way our students represent the Academy: both in their uniform and in their behaviour, they are truly showing their respect and assured belief in their school.
Mr M Cammack