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
YEAR 11 PARENTS' EVENING (06.11.19) is here. My, it's already becoming a very busy time for our Year 11 students. We look forward to meeting up with all our Y11 parents and carers, again, this week.
YEAR 11 MID-TERM ASSESSMENTS
Y11 students received their MTAs on Friday 18th October, informing them of their early progress in this, their final Autumn Term before their GCSEs. They will be reviewing their progress within their studies, so far, with their Tutors and noting their next set of targets in their Planners during the coming 'Progress Review week', starting this Monday.
The students also received their PPE (Mock Exams) timetable preparing them for the forthcoming challenges prior to the Christmas break.
Congratulations to all those students who were invited, along with their parents/carers to attend the recent 'Governors' Tea'. It was a delightful and wonderfully supported event, a true celebration of those students who are persistently striving for excellence in their studies .
Students invited to attend this event 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.
ACADEMY SUCCESS IN CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Congratulations, too, to our Academy Cross-Country runners who achieved some fantastic placed positions in the County Championships last week - What a fantastic achievement. Great success lies ahead, I'm sure! A wonderfully wet and challenging experience!
We welcome back all of our students from the Class of 2019 to their GCSE and Awards Presentation Evening on the 14th November, starting at 7.00pm. I can't wait to catch up with them all!
The first Year 7 MTA (Mid-Term Assessment) will be wending its way to homes on 15th November.
PARENT PARTNERSHIP FORUM (YEAR 7) - TUESDAY (19.11.19)
Thank you to all those who joined us for the last Forum gathering:
The focus on "The Teenager - What's going on!" was reported to be a most interesting and informative evening.
Our next Forum meeting is focused on: ‘'The role of ‘The Study’ (The Additional Learning Needs area)"
We intend to start at 6.30pm in the Aspire Library. Whilst the initial invitation is to our Year 7 parent/carers, all parents/carers are more than welcome. Please come along and meet with Mr Cammack and key staff for an informal opportunity to discuss all that is happening in the Academy. Click on the 'Parent' page for more information.
"BREAK A LEG!"
It was a very busy and exciting time after school as the corridors resounded to the very familiar songs and lines of 'Grease'.
Auditions were incredibly popular and busy, evidencing again just how talented our students are in the creative arts. We look forward to the final performances in the coming months.
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