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Live Well

 HOMEPAGE

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak?

Dear parents/carers,

Hang on in there, folks, we’re nearly there….

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.

The Braunton Academy plan for returning to school is as follows:

W/b 1st March - As per the papers you have been sent, students are being invited to attend the Academy’s ‘Test and Trace Centre’ during this week to receive the first of their three tests. This means that all students will be tested by 5th March and meets with the government requirements that all students should be tested before being allowed to attend school and lessons on the 8th March.

Testing is voluntary.

Please be sure to follow the instructions on the papers provided in Registering your child for the test and completing the necessary forms – this is vital to the operation of this huge task. We know some of you will need to travel into the Academy for this quick and simple test, so a special thank you for helping to facilitate this process.

All staff will continue to test themselves at home, twice weekly.

W/b 8th March all children should be attending school from 8:45am and following their normal school timetable from Monday 8th March (Check your Planner, kids!).

Students will be taken from their classes to take their second test, starting with Year 9 on Monday, followed by Year11 on Tuesday, Year 10 on Wednesday, Year 7 on Thursday and Year 8 on Friday.

Students and staff not undergoing testing should attend school in line with the normal return arrangements.

At the start of the first school day back, students will remain in their Tutor groups for Periods 1 and 2, much like their return from the Summer Holidays in September. Students and their Form Tutor will revisit some of the usual school expectations and rules, alongside the new coronavirus ‘rules’, and various other important activities. There will be an extra socialising period of 20 minutes provided from 9.55am to 10.15am.

Normal lessons will begin from Period 3.

Plans are in place to support and manage any overly anxious students, especially Year 11 students as they approach their final assessments.

W/b 15th March – As per the previous week, students will be taken from their classes to take their third test, starting with Year 9 on Monday, followed by Year11 on Tuesday, Year 10 on Wednesday, Year 7 on Thursday and Year 8 on Friday.

Students and staff not undergoing testing should attend school in line with the normal return arrangements.

All details relating to the Track and Trace processes are explained in the papers we have sent to you.

On completing the third test, the students will be given their own home testing kit. Students are expected to test themselves and register their results on the NHS site twice per week: the recommended days would be each Sunday evening and each Wednesday evening. Students should be confident in self testing having being guided and supported in this process during their three tests in school.

Uniform, schoolbag and equipment, no phones, et cetera, et cetera.

So, from the 8th March, all normal expectations and requirements of Braunton Academy students will be firmly introduced: please be sure to discuss and support your students in meeting these expectations which will enable us to engage in normal schooling as soon as possible

Packed Lunches

Please accept our apologies and be understanding of our request that you provide your children with a packed-lunch for the remaining few weeks of the Spring term, up to the Easter Holiday.

Unfortunately, the Canteen is having to be used as out ‘Test and Trace Centre’ and the Canteen staff have very kindly stepped forward to support the testing of the students. On the positive side of things, the Canteen and the brand new ‘Snack Shack’ will both be open for students on our return from the Easter break.

Year 9 Pathways/Options forms – Don’t forget to go onto the Academy website to view the various presentations aimed at supporting students and their families through this process. Go to ‘Curriculum’ and then to ‘Year 9 Pathways’ for all the information you will need. Deadline for the forms to be returned is 15th March!

Parent/carers whose children are in receipt of Free School Meals will soon be receiving an email explaining the process for the Easter break. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any concerns about these arrangements.

Y11 GCSE Arrangements

Whilst our plans to support the students to attain their very best results are already well developed, I will let you know more detail on the bigger, national picture when we have had the chance to study the detail of all that is being asked of both the students and ourselves.

 

We do know that a student’s GCSE grading will be based on the evidence of studies he/she has completed, including work from Year 10, the first term of Year 11 (past PPE papers, Assignments, Assessment pieces, etc) and any other substantial pieces of work completed during lockdown: all of this, along with future studies will be added together to inform the teacher judgement required for the grading.

A BIG THANK YOU to all from the village who have kindly volunteered to support the Academy's 'Test and Trace' Centre - without you all that we have been asked to do would simply be impossible. Thank you.

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
(Principal) 

Aspire & Achieve

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Braunton Academy,
Barton Lane, Braunton,
North Devon, EX33 2BP