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’.
“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, 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
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.
I receive a daily update, directly from the government, that shares any new information and advice about schools and all the latest information can be found here.
This has now been set up and provides key messages and information for schools and parents on the Covid 19 situation.
Key information available includes:
- school closures
- what this means for schools and parents in Devon
- should I send my child to school
- DfE coronavirus helpline
- school resources and information on key workers and messages for parents
LATEST EMAIL (24.03.20)
IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (23.03.20)
– PLEASE READ
Please allow me to start by thanking you all for your patience, understanding, and kind words in relation to all we have been attempting in supporting your children, yourselves, and the staff here at the Academy, who, let us not forget, are also very challenged by these extraordinary times.
I write to be very clear in clarifying the organisation and arrangements undertaken by the Academy now that it is ‘closed’ and providing a very different service to our community.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY ALL THAT IS WRITTEN BELOW, AND
RE-READ IF NECESSARY.
1. Firstly, please remember the key government guideline: “If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.” The whole reason why schools have ‘closed’ is to increase ‘social distancing’. Schools are only operating on a skeleton staff to support key workers’ children and vulnerable children - the bare minimum - to minimise the chances of spreading the virus, easily done in a school environment, of course.
2. Should you wish to register your child to attend the Academy, as a supportive measure, then you must register him/her by 9.00am each Friday, for his/her education in the next week, by emailing the respective Year group attendance email address:
3. Should you not register your child by this date, it will not be possible for us to allow them to attend the Academy in the next week due to Health and Safety requirements, Free School Meals/catering arrangements; and, learning provision planning and support.
4. Home learning arrangements: the children attending the Academy will be studying the same carefully prepared studies that are posted on the Academy website for those children studying at home. It is important all students are attempting and completing the studies set for the reasons outlined below.
All studies can be found under the ‘Curriculum’ tab, above, and by clicking on ‘Home Learning’. Students must complete all of the listed studies under their particular Year groups. The studies already posted on this website (‘Class Charts’, or ‘Google Classrooms’, if directed to these areas) are designed to provide the appropriate education for students until Monday 20th April.
5. The children’s studies will be updated and set by the teachers on a weekly basis, starting from Monday 20th April - the studies presently set (as outlined above) should all be completed by this time.
All students have attended a ‘Studying@Home’ Assembly explaining the importance of them completing their studies, being organised, and how they might gain support and guidance in their work.
All the children’s studies are designed to continue to move them through the National Curriculum, fully preparing them to continue with their normal education and GCSE preparation once this period of school closure is completed. It is vital, therefore, that, as has been suggested to them, they follow their normal school day timetable (or similar personalised arrangements) and complete all of the work that has been set.
Students studying in the Academy at this time are not required to be wearing the Academy uniform. They should, however, bring in sports trainers and socks for a regular PE lesson every day.
Should you or your child have any queries concerning their learning, then the teachers’ direct email addresses are posted on the website, underneath the links to the ‘Home Learning’: the teachers are fully prepared to receive any emails from the students and will be happy to offer appropriate support/guidance where necessary.
6. Parent/carers whose children are in receipt of Free School Meals should follow the guidelines provided in the last email. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any concerns about these arrangements.
7. At this time, the Academy does not have any plans to be open over the already designated Easter Holiday period; however, we recognise the Academy may need to be flexible in this matter when looking to support ‘key workers’ in our community and so we will continue to update you accordingly.
Please note that all the above arrangements will continue to apply through and beyond the Easter Holiday period until otherwise informed. I will, of course, as always, send emails to keep you fully informed to all that is your child’s welfare and education, this includes those arrangements, yet to be confirmed, regarding the ‘GCSE grades’ for our Year 11 students.
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