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.
‘Only three-weeks to go for Year 11’ – Year 11 students continue to access the assessment opportunities we are providing for them as they build their ‘evidence portfolios’ during these last weeks of their GCSE courses. We all know how challenging this is for them (and very much for their teachers, too!) and continue to support and encourage them as best we can in preparing them to perform to the very best of their ability. Please encourage them to speak to their class teachers or to the Year 11 team if they are unsure of anything as they progress through the last three weeks.
Year 11 Leaving date - Friday 28th May 2021 - The last day of formal attendance for Year 11 students will be on Friday 28th May (Half-term). All North Devon Year 11 students will be leaving on this day. All Year 11 students should, however, ensure they are available to come into the Academy during the week beginning 7th June 2021, following the half-term break, if requested. PROM REMINDER: Year 11 students will need to purchase their tickets for the proposed Prom (16th July)to ensure we have enough attendees to cover the cost of the venue, catering, etc….hurry, hurry.
Year 10 Summer Exams: 14th June – We are now starting preparations for the programme of PPE (Pre-Public Examinations) for Year 10. This exam series will run over a 3-week period with a detailed revision programme in operation from w/b 7th June….just letting you know!!
Year 6 Transition – All parents/carers of Year 6 children should watch the “Welcome” video presentation that is now on the Braunton Academy website (Click on the header ‘Transition’ and scroll down) to gain an insight into the philosophy and method behind the workings of the Academy.
Monday 7th June 2021 - School Closed for staff INSET Day – Staff are required to ensure all is assessed, recorded and managed in-line with Ofqual and government GCSE expectations. The Academy will be open for all students to return to their studies, following on from the half-term break, on Tuesday 8th June 2021 at the usual time of 8.45am.
Face coverings/social distancing/LFT testing – All need to continue, please, with the wearing of face-coverings when we are both in buildings and in classrooms, maintain all social-distancing and sanitising rules, and continuing with the LFT testing programme. Thank you.
Safeguarding Assemblies – Mrs Davenport and myself have been presenting our annual series of important Safeguarding Assemblies to Year 11 this week. 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. This week we have been discussing 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.
Taking Care of Property – It’s fantastic to see so many students are now cycling into school, however, this also brings with it some concerns: firstly, students must be wearing a cycling helmet when cycling into school. This is particularly important at the beginning and end of the school-day because of the very busy roads and the ‘accidently careless’ driving that I regularly see occurring at these times. Secondly, most students are leaving their cycles unlocked (Only 2 out of 15 bikes inspected earlier today were locked in the Year 9 area!) and therefore most are being left open to theft.
School Sports facilities – Whilst we are keen as a community school to be seen to be sharing our fantastic facilities with local people can I please ask you to inform others that the Academy grounds are Private and are not open to access without given permission and especially not during the school day! We are experiencing more and more people encroaching onto the Academy grounds during the day and abusing the facilities in that they are not respecting the space and/or not using the correct equipment, thereby ruining the surfaces for future use.
“The Big Ask” - Last month the Children’s Commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza, launched ‘The Big Ask’– the largest ever survey of children in England. It asks all children about their priorities and concerns for the future, so that we can put children at the heart of the national recovery post-COVID-19.
Have your children had their say about what matters to them? If not, then please consider supporting them in completing this survey and make their voice heard. Every single child’s voice is important. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday 28 May.
(Click here The Big Ask to go ahead and complete the questionnaire.
School Uniform – Thank you for your support and success in helping us to return to the high standards and expectations, particularly focusing on the eradication of jewellery, piercings, wearing of fashion items and the incorrect PE kit;
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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