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.
The Aims and Values of Braunton Academy
"Preparation for life - Developing our students' skills and creativity"
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
few additional changes for students at this time.
The Academy numbers among students has dropped back after the slight increase we had after half term and are running at about 15-20 cases per week. Rates amongst staff are fluctuating unfortunately. Due to the absence of supply teachers in the area, even small increases within the staffing population has a considerable impact on the Academy’s ability to run effectively with all lessons. With concerns about the spread of infection in the local area and the new variant, it is not advisable that we regularly collapse classes in Isaac Hall, which has increased the possibility that, if cases increase further, we will have to start rotating year groups on remote learning.
If this does become the case, students previously classed as vulnerable in the previous lockdowns will still have provision provided at the Academy on a day that their year group is accessing remote learning. If we have to make this decision, we would start initially with Year 10 to give parents with younger children more warning to arrange childcare if needed. We appreciate that any move to remote learning is considerably disruptive to students and families and will only be taken as a last resort.
The Government has announced that currently close contacts of the new variant will have to self isolate for 10 days regardless of their vaccine status. It is difficult to know at this time whether this new restriction will impact further on the Academy’s ability to provide our usual provision. We will keep you updated on any further developments.
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 continuing virtually.
Staff are being encouraged to remain at the front of their classrooms to deliver the lessons where possible.
Staff meetings have returned to virtual.
Staff communal areas such as the staffroom have limited use.
Please continue to support us by making sure your child does a Lateral Flow Test twice a week and more often if your child is displaying symptoms that could be Covid related, unless your child has had a positive case of Covid-19 in the past 90 days.
To support the school in keeping track of infections, please can we request that parents email the Covid-19 email address email@example.com to report positive LFT or PCR tests.
Students entitled to free school meals that have to isolate will receive weekly vouchers during the time they have to self-isolate.
Covid Testing in January
In response to the new variant, the Government has also asked all secondary schools to Lateral Flow Test all their students on their return to the Academy in January. Due to a number of students being bused in and family holidays having been booked, we are not able to test everyone on the Inset Day. Instead we will be testing all students on Wednesday 5th January, with students arriving for lessons at staggered times during the morning. There will be a separate letter sent to parents/carers next week explaining the process and the allotted time for your child to attend the Academy. Please note that, due to the testing taking place in Isaac Hall, the canteen will not be open on the first day and students will need to bring a packed lunch. The Snack Shack will have a limited service for students in receipt of free school meals.
With the dark mornings and nights, please can parents/carers ensure that students cycling to school come wearing helmets and with lights on their bicycles. The road becomes very busy at the start and the end of the day. We need to ensure students are protected and highly visible to motorists.
Mobile Phone Policy
Please can I remind parents that the Academy does not allow students to use their phones in school. If they are found doing so, the phone is confiscated and only returned when a family member collects it from Reception. This policy is to support students learning throughout the school day.
Mrs F Bowler
3rd December 2021
The main update today focuses on Covid-19 and the information provided by the Government about the new variant. Due to the fact that the cases in North Devon have been very high since the beginning of term in September, the Academy has already been subject to higher restrictions of mask wearing in corridors and on public transport so there are very