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.
The Principal's Update
process. Mr Twohig is an experienced Assistant Headteacher with current responsibility for curriculum, KS4/KS5 progress/exams and whole school teaching and learning. He has a wealth of experience in developing leadership training, teaching and learning, cognitive science, coaching and CPD development with clear impact in all key performance measures. Mr Twohig also currently delivers the NPQ leadership qualifications nationally; we know he will be a brilliant addition to the Academy.
I am also able to share with you that, having reviewed the current capacity at a senior level, the Governors and I have concluded that additional support is required and for this reason Mrs Craig will be seconded to the role of Acting Assistant Vice Principal with a portfolio of responsibilities related to curriculum development. The two appointments bring exciting opportunities for further development of the Academy. I trust you will join me in welcoming and supporting
Mr Twohig and Mrs Craig in their new roles over the coming month.
Year 10 Information Evening
It was fantastic to see so many Year 10 parents/carers in school last Wednesday for the ‘Welcome to GCSE’ evening. Over 60% of parents/carers attended. All the presentations that were shared are now on the school website and the revision materials that were discussed are available on ParentMail.
Year 11 Virtual Parents Evening
Our first parents' evening of the year will take place on Wednesday 20th October. due to the current restrictions and the capacity in Isaac Hall, all parent’s evenings will remain virtual at this time. We will conduct parent voice on the current arrangements at the end of each parents' evening and review the current process at the end of each half term. The booking system is now open and Year 11 parents/carers will receive a separate communication on how to book the appointments.
‘Chance to Shine Girls Cricket Programme!’
We’re delighted to inform you that the Braunton Academy Physical Education department and its students have been shortlisted for Secondary School of the Year on the ‘Chance to Shine Girls Cricket Programme!’ As a result of this, the charity is visiting us on Thursday 21st October 2021 between 9.00am-11.00am to film a girls' cricket session here at the Academy led by Women & Girls Devon County Cricket coaches Anne-Marie Presswell & James Kemp. The journalists will also be interviewing myself and Miss Lane, as well as some of our students, so that they are able to create our shortlisting video for the awards ceremony to be held in London.
Families to Receive Free School Meal Holiday Vouchers for October Half Term
During October half term Devon County Council will be supporting the families who currently receive free school meals, in the form of supermarket vouchers. If your income has recently reduced or stopped, your child could qualify for free school meals. The quickest and easiest way for your eligibility to be assessed is through the Devon County Council website or, alternatively, contacting the education helpline on 0345 155 1019.
More detailed information about the free school meals holiday voucher scheme is available on the Free School Meals section of the Devon County Council website.
Letter from the Secretaries of State for Education and Health
The Secretary of State for Education and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care have written a joint letter to parents about the vaccination of children aged 12 to 15 and the importance of continuing with twice-weekly COVID-19 testing and reporting. Alongside the letter are some frequently answered questions for parents from Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation. A copy of the letter has been sent out separately to all families.
We still have only a small number of cases in the Academy however, this has led to some staff absences that has increased the level of cover lessons and the need to bring supply into school on a couple of days. We are monitoring the situation closely. At this stage, we are not at a level that calls for any further measures to be put in place. We will continue to update families if there is a significant change. The following additional restrictions remain in place at this time:
Masks to be worn in all communal areas.
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.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep you updated. Please can I ask all families to support the Academy by ensuring your child attends everyday with an appropriate face mask and continue with the lateral flow testing twice a week, unless your child has had a positive case of Covid-19 in the past 90 days.
To support the school on keeping track of infections, please can we request that parents email the Covid-19 email address email@example.com to report positive LTD 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.
We are aware that the delay in the completion of the Academy's astro pitch has caused significant issues for both staff and parents with parking. This will be resolved in the next couple of weeks but it is essential to the safety of our students and those attending Southmead Primary School that parents do not park on the road or in the bus stop outside the two schools. The Williams Arms have kindly offered their car park as an overflow. Members of the public that live in the vicinity of the school have rightfully raised their concerns with the Academy and the local police about parents parking on double yellow lines putting students and members of the local community at risk. The police did respond by attending the Academy on Friday to monitor traffic at the beginning and end of the school day. Please can I urge parents to support the safe exit of our community at the end of the school day by complying with the signage not to park on the road outside of our building.
Wishing you all an enjoyable week,
Mrs F Bowler
Due to the Vice Principal Interviews at the end of last week, I was unable to complete the weekly update. I am delighted to inform you that we appointed Gavin Twohig as Vice Principal and he will be joining the Academy at the beginning of the spring term. We had an extremely strong field of candidates and Mr Twohig was consistently outstanding in his performance over the two day