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.
I receive a daily update, directly from the government, that keeps me fully updated with all we need to know about education settings during the coronavirus outbreak. The most up to date information can be found here:
HAPPY NEW YEAR and WELCOME BACK TO THE NEW TERM....
As ever, thank you so very much for your continued support – it makes a huge difference to know that we are working together to support our children’s learning now and for the future.
“If at all possible, then you should stay at home.”
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 reduce the number of contacts that all of us have with people in other households. All students are to be fully engaged in learning from home, with the exception of those who are children of critical workers or vulnerable to struggling with their education if at home.
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.
Registering your child for the key workers’ and vulnerable children schooling provision: Should you wish to register your child to attend the Academy for the period of 6th – 15th January, as a supportive measure, then you should have registered him/her by now by emailing:
with the following information:
Your child’s name:
The dates you wish for him/her to attend:
Your ‘Critical Worker’ role:
You will receive an email in return confirming and explaining all you and your child will need to know in regard to attending the Academy during this time.
For the week beginning 18th January, you will need to (re-)register your child with us by midday on Thursday 14th January. This process of registering for schooling support will need to be repeated on a weekly basis until the students return to school as ‘normal’.
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.
SADLY, IT IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE FOR THE ACADEMY TO PROVIDE FOOD DURING THIS TIME, PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR CHILD WITH A PACKED LUNCH.
Remote learning arrangements: the children attending the Academy will be studying the same carefully prepared studies that are posted on the Academy’s ‘Class Charts’ 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 on ‘Class Charts’ from where students may be directed to other key learning websites: Students must complete all of the listed studies under their particular Year groups. The studies will be posted on a Monday allowing the students to plan their learning for the week ahead.
The children’s studies will be updated and set by the teachers on a weekly basis, starting from Monday 11th January and should all be completed by the following Friday. Studies for 6th,7th and 8th January are already posted on ‘Class Charts’ for all students.
All students/parents/carers have received a ‘Remote Learning Handbook’ to help plan, organise and gain support and guidance in their studies.
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 complete all of the work that has been set, accordingly: Key Stage 3 students should be following their "HOME LEARNING SCHEDULE", whilst students in KS4 should be following their normal school timetable, starting from tomorrow (Wednesday) it's Week A!
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 ‘Curriculum’ > ‘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.
Parent/carers whose children are in receipt of Free School Meals should have received an earlier email explaining the process from this week. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any concerns about these arrangements.
Collecting Vital Learning Resources
Because of the sudden nature of the announced ‘lockdown, it may be necessary for students/parents/carers to come into school to collect important learning and study resources: your child will be notified by his/her individual teachers if a visit to the Academy is required.
KS3 students should report to the Main Reception to collect their resources during normal morning school times on Thursday 7th January, and KS4 students on Friday 8th January.
Y11 GCSE Arrangements
Please note that all the above arrangements will continue to apply through to the February Half-Term 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 arrangements for our Year 11 students. Those students who are taking vocational examinations in January have been contacted to confirm these examinations will continue as planned.
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