Aspire & Achieve
Welcome to Braunton Academy
Welcome to Braunton Academy's website. We hope it gives you a flavour of all we do in the Academy, as well as providing easy access to any 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’.
“Pupils and staff live out the school's motto, ‘Aspire & Achieve’, well. Pupils fully engage in the day-to-day life of the school. Teachers encourage pupils to experiment and ask questions. Pupils appreciate their teachers' efforts. They enjoy school.” – OFSTED (January 2020)
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 and 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.
Braunton Academy is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, colour, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.
If you are visiting our Academy and require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us on 01271 81221 and we will do all we can to support your visit to our school.
Previous to this role, I was Assistant Principal in another North Devon Secondary School and had been there for 18 years. I have taught P.E., Science and PSHE and have had Pastoral roles for the last 16 years. I have a passion for supporting students' wellbeing, helping them when things go wrong. I am Designated Safeguarding Lead and will ensure that every student is kept safe both in school and beyond, working with external agencies where necessary. I have an interest in Relational Approaches to support students with their behaviour and develop them into the future citizens of our community.
I will be working with students and their families to ensure that our high standards are upheld such as full school uniform, correct equipment and improving punctuality to allow the students to be ready to learn. I am excited for this next chapter in my career and I look forward to meeting more of you over the next few months and years at Braunton Academy.
Assistant Vice Principal
The Aims and Values of Braunton Academy
"Preparation for life - Developing our students' skills and creativity"
21st January 2022
My name is Mrs Woodhead and I was appointed to the role of Assistant Vice Principal with responsibility for Inclusion at the start of the Spring term. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both the staff and pupils, and the few parents that I have spoken to, for the warm welcome to the Academy over the past couple of weeks.
Coronavirus Information for Parents/Carers
Please keep a watchful eye on this page since this is where you will find the latest updates on how coronavirus is affecting the Academy and your son's and daughter's education.
The government has updated guidance on what parents need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19.
Also linked here is a collection of guidance providing information for parents and carers of children attending early years settings, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Braunton Academy Contingency Plan September 2021 - link
The Principal's Update
than one class in Isaac Hall and the Drama Hall on a number of occasions throughout the week and students have been brilliant in responding to the changes.
Although we have managed this week, the level of additional work this has generated is not sustainable over a longer period of time without impacting significantly on the Academy’s ability to manage the site safely. Currently we are expecting the level of staff absence to reduce at the start of next week, however if this were not the case, we will be at a point where we have to move to the contingency plan which includes partial closure to some year groups. I will write to you again at the start of next week if this is the case.
The area of the school that has been impacted the most is the Additional Learning Needs department. Currently the level of absence means that we are unable to provide the normal level of in-class support as usual with core lessons of English, Maths and Science being made the priority. We do currently have vacancies for Teacher Assistants. The advert and application forms can be found on the Academy's website under General Information - Recruitment. If anyone would like more information about the types of roles available, please contact Mrs De Groot for more information.
Cases within the student body remain at the highest they have been since the start of the year with over 60 students currently absent due to Covid. The majority of cases currently are in Years 7 and 8. Please can you continue to support us by ensuring your child tests at least twice a week and daily if they are identified as a close contact.
We are in regular contact with our local public health team who are regularly reviewing our control measures. At this time although the national guidance on face covering has been relaxed, we are being advised to maintain face covering in communal areas and some students and staff are choosing to continue to wear them in classrooms.
Currently the following restrictions to support low transmission rates of Covid-19 are as follows:
Masks to be worn in all communal areas, including public transport.
Students come to school in PE kit on the day they have a PE lesson. This measure will remain in place until further notice.
Students attending an extracurricular PE club should come to school in full school uniform and change into their PE Kit at the end of the school day, as we still have some limited changing room facilities.
No House assemblies with year groups mixing until further notice.
No Year group assemblies until further notice. All assemblies are continuing virtually.
Staff are being encouraged to remain at the front of their classrooms to deliver the lessons where possible.
The majority of staff meetings have returned to virtual.
Staff communal areas, such as the staffroom, have limited use.
Majority of meetings with external visitors have reverted to virtual meetings.
Visitors to the Academy site are requested to evidence a recent negative lateral flow test.
As we are all aware the end of the school day creates a large amount of traffic both on the roads and pavements with so many students leaving both the Academy and Southmead Primary School at the same time. To support this, we ask all students and parents to support us by following the following exit pathways:
Anyone walking in the direction of the village should leave through the top playground gates.
Anyone going to Southmead School, or being collected in the school car park, should leave via the main gates and cross at the Isaac Hall crossing area.
Anyone walking towards Wrafton should leave via the main gates and turn right.
It is very encouraging to see how many of our students already walk or bike to school and it has been fantastic to be able to offer Year 7 and 8 students the opportunity to pass their Level 3 bikeability tests which have started this week.
Can parents that drop their children at the Academy, ensure they are not dropping off in the layby, bus area or turning in front of the school gates as this puts pedestrians and cyclists at increased risk.
Nut Free School
Please can I remind you that, due to some students having severe allergies, we are a nut free school. Please ensure that nut products are not brought in as part of students' packed lunches.
Year 11 Parents Evening
Thank you to all the parents that attended parents' evening this week. It was extremely well attended and members of staff felt it was a highly positive process to be able to give feedback to parents following the first round of pre-public examinations that took place at the end of last term. The messages we are receiving from the Government and Ofqual are that external examinations will take place in the summer and we are expecting further information about their style and content to be released on 7th February.
Mrs F Bowler
28th January 2022
It has been an extremely busy week and I would like to start by thanking all of the staff that have been involved in a herculean effort this week to keep the Academy fully open with at times over 15 members of staff unavailable for work. Both teaching and support staff have rallied round to cover lessons and duties. We have had to resort to mass cover of more