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 10 MID-TERM ASSESSMENTS
Y10 students received their MTAs on Friday 22nd November, informing them of their early progress in, this, the first Term of their GCSEs. They will be reviewing the progress they have made 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 (25th).
YEAR 10 PARENTS' EVENING (04.12.19) is next week. This is a very important opportunity for our Year 10 students and their parent/carers to clarify the levels of progress they have made on their new GCSE studies. We look forward to meeting up with all our Y10 parents/carers on this very important evening.
GCSE and AWARDS PRESENTATION EVENING 2019
We welcomed back all of our students and parent/carers from the Class of 2019 to this special evening and, boy, what a super night it turned out to be - thoroughly enjoyed by all! A particular highlight was Holly and Ben's Leavers' Speech. A big congratulations to all. And, remember, keep in touch.
ACADEMY SUCCESS IN Y7 and Y8 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Congratulations to our Year 7 and Year 8 Boys' Football teams who became North Devon Champions and Runners-up, respectively, in the North Devon Finals last week. A fantastic effort and achievement for both teams. Well done! Great success lies ahead, I'm sure!
BRAUNTON ACADEMY CHOIR SETTING THE WORLD ALIGHT... well Barnstaple , anyway! Congratulations to the Academy Choir in being asked to perform at the switching-on of the Barnstaple's Christmas Lights Ceremony. A real honour and a first for Braunton Academy. Congratulations to Mr Street and all involved in the Choir. The Choir will be performing the new record release, "Decorate the Darkness", along with Jim Jones.
Please watch out, this week, for your opportunity to purchase this brilliant song, with all proceeds going to the 'AskJake' charity.
Please support the BAPP 'Christmas Quiz held at Braunton Cricket Club, starting at 7.30pm on Thursday 28th November: great prizes and great fun to be had by all!
The Academy's Winter Concert will soon be upon us on Tuesday 17th December. Don't miss it. Tickets on sale soon.
THE FIRST YEAR 7 PARENTS' EVENING
It was a truly enjoyable occasion to meet so many of our Year 7 parents and carers last week at their children's first formal Parents' Evening. It was wonderful to hear just how well our children are progressing both socially and academically; also, incredibly rewarding for us as a staff, to receive such kind and warm messages in thanking us for all we are doing here. Thank you!
"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