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.
The 'Braunton Academy 2020-21 Prospectus' has been delivered to all our local Primary Schools and there is a personal virtual tour of the Academy on the 'Transition' tab of this website, alongside virtual presentations by the Academy's Student Leadership Team.
The Aims and Values of Braunton Academy
"Preparation for life - Developing our students' skills and creativity"
The Principal's Update
Coronavirus Information for Parents/Carers
Please keep a watchful eye on this column 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.
I would very much like you to join me in thanking all the staff at the Academy for making the children’s return to school, and to a greater sense of normality, over this past term such a wonderful success: I won’t rehearse all of the lines about just how much schools have had to contend with and manage over the past year, but what I will highlight is the incredibly willing, committed and professional approach all staff have adopted in confronting every challenge we have had to face; their determination in ensuring all has been focused on our children receiving the very best education possible has repeatedly shone through to the benefit of all within our community. THANK YOU.
I would like the Easter break to be seen and used as a period preparing for a re-setting of the high standards at the Academy: I am asking the students to come back into school smartly dressed in the Academy uniform with all the correct equipment and with a greater focus on meeting with our normal expectations of behaviour and learning. Braunton Academy students clearly have both the capacity and the resilience to productively move things positively forward for themselves over the new Summer Term and this they must do, with our help, of course.
Year 6 Update – We will be starting our annual visits to our Primary Schools as soon as we return from the Easter break, meeting with all of those students who will be starting at the Academy in September 2021. Letters, forms, etc, will be arriving with those families very soon. Proper exciting!
The Canteen and no more packed-lunches – The canteen will be open for the students on our return to the Academy (19th April), meaning all students will need to have their Mifare cards and their accounts readily topped up, please. As per your previous email, Year 8 students will be given their Mifare cards in Registration on Monday 19th April.
It is all planned for the new ‘Snack Shack’ to be fully operational from the start of term. Year 7 students will be the first students to be able to access all, but the ‘Pasta Pots’, from the Canteen in this new food outlet and will help in reducing queues and student access to the foods available.
N.B. Year 11 will have the opportunity to visit the Canteen at Breaktime, whilst the other Years groups will attend the Canteen at lunchtime in the following order: Year 10, Year 8, then Year 9. Year 7 will be accessing the ‘Snack Shack’ as noted above.
School Uniform – As you know from previous updates, following the Easter break, we will be returning to the high standards of expectations, particularly focusing on jewellery, piercings, wearing of fashion items and the correct PE kit;
School Equipment – Please see the ‘Student Equipment List’ in either the student Planner or on the Academy website to check that your child(ren) are fully and properly equipped for their return to school.
Year 11 Parents’ Evening Reminder – Looking at your child’s last MTA, you will remember, the following pointers: where students have been awarded a Grade 1 or 2, teachers feel that they are making good or excellent progress with their studies and there is no cause for concern. If they have been awarded a Grade 3 or 4, then there are some issues that we would like to discuss with you. For that reason, we have scheduled an additional remote Year 11 Parents' Evening on Wednesday 28th April to enable us, together, to look at strategies your child could put into place before the end of his/her courses. Please book your appointments as soon as they come through.
Programme of Assessments for Year 11- Year 11 students have been issued with a timetable of assessment opportunities for the remaining six weeks of their GCSE courses after Easter. They should start by highlighting those subjects that they are studying so that they can plan their revision accordingly. If they are unsure of anything as they progress through next half term they should speak to their class teachers or to the Year 11 team who will be there to support them. Please support them in preparing appropriately for these timely opportunities of study.
Year 9 Pathways - We are now getting towards the final stages of the options' process and unless we have been to see your son or daughter to discuss reserve choices, please now presume that they have been allocated to the subjects they chose. A confirmation slip with their subjects for next year will be issued on our return after Easter.
Safeguarding Assemblies – Mrs Davenport and myself will be presenting our annual series of important Safeguarding Assemblies immediately on our return. We are very mindful, like the significant subject areas covered in Personal Development (PSHEE) lessons, that the issues we are covering here are issues that not every family feels comfortable or knowledgeable enough about to discuss at home. Because of the time lost at school we have not been able to follow our usual programme of updating the children, so we will be presenting on the following in the coming weeks: Child Sexual Exploitation, Peer on Peer abuse, and Prevent duty (safeguarding young people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves).
Please immediately contact your child’s Head of Year if you do not wish your child to be engaged in these sessions.
NHS Test and Trace - Your child has brought home his/her own ‘Home Testing Kits’ for the holiday period and you have also received all the information and guidance you need to obtain a Home Testing Kit for yourselves within the family. I would ask and remind you, please, to URGENTLY CONTACT THE ACADEMY on email@example.com
SHOULD THERE BE A POSITIVE TEST within your family: this will allow us to make immediate arrangements within the school.
Positive tests should be immediately reported to both the Academy and NHS. A PCR test should be taken to confirm the result at the nearest available centre.
If a student or a member of the family is found to be Positive, close contacts and members of the household must immediately self-isolate and seek for the result to be confirmed via a standard PCR test. If the PCR test is negative, then this overrides the LFT allowing the student to return to school.
Please remember to record every test taken by your child and his/her result on the back of the leaflet contained within each kit. I am advised that the Academy may be asked to collect the record of each student’s tests and provide a record of student and staff engagement.
As ever, a very big thank you, again, for the kind and thoughtful messages we have been receiving from you. They are all very much appreciated.
I look forward to seeing or catching up with you all on our return to school on Monday 19th April 2021. I will email you before the end of the holiday should there be any further government changes to our planned return.
Please take care of each other, and, of course, any members of our immediate neighbourhoods and beyond who might benefit from a caring hand or thought.
Very best wishes from all at Braunton Academy.
Mr M. Cammack