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’.
“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, 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
Coronavirus Information for Parents - Link
We had an OFSTED Inspection!
It is always a pleasure to welcome visitors into our Academy and welcoming Ofsted Inspectors is no different: Braunton Academy has much to be proud of in terms of its students, staff and the opportunities it provides, and facilitating others to witness all we have to offer is most enjoyable. Thank you to all who contributed to the various questionnaires and 'played their part' in the inspection.
The outcome of the Inspection, confirming Braunton Academy as a "Good" school, (which can be seen by clicking on the 'Ofsted' tab above) is seen very much as an endorsement of all we are doing here: the Inspectors reported our 'Trivium' and 'metacognitive' approaches to be both exciting and progressive aspects of all we are doing here. CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU to all concerned on their fantastic contribution in making Braunton Academy such a great school.
"'GREASE' IS THE WORD"
WOW! Just, WOW! If you didn't manage to see this fabulous production, then you really did miss out on a series of very special performances.
"One of the very best shows at Braunton. Ever!"
"A wonderful evening of entertainment."
"So many super-talented young people. Brilliant."
Congratulations to all involved. We are all so very proud of your achievements through this very famous musical. Well done!
CONGRATULATIONS AND A BIG THANK YOU...
...to the BAPP group for setting-up their new 'Just Giving' page and purchasing a wide variety of key equipment that will enhance the students' learning across all departments. To see the "Classroom Wish List" and to donate, please follow the link: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/brauntonacademy
YEAR 9 PARENTS' PATHWAYS EVENING
Thank you for your fantastic attendance and the very positive comments received at this very important evening: our Year 9 students and their parent/carers heard advice and guidance from the Academy's Senior Team before entering into the 'Curriculum Market Place' to discuss the various options open to them for their GCSE studies. Exciting times. "The Journey starts here!"
The Year 11 students thoroughly enjoyed their recent Mock Interview Days: all reported it was a fantastic opportunity for them to rehearse their personal presentations with the help of the Rotary Club. Well done to all involved.
A number of our Computing and Maths students had a fantastic time visiting Bletchley Park, once the top-secret home of the World War Two Codebreakers, now a vibrant heritage attraction in Milton Keynes, on Friday 14th February. A super time was had by all.
- YEAR 11 PPEs: our Year 11 students continue to engage in the second round of their 'Mock exams' over the next three weeks, continually cementing their knowledge in the various subjects studied.
- YEAR 8 PARENTS' EVENING: Wednesday, 18 March 2020 at 4:00pm – 7:00pm
And not forgetting, folks, this is a very short half-term with the Academy breaking up for the Easter holidays on 27th March, and returning on 14th April 2020 - lots of studying to squeeze into these five weeks, of course.
Congratulations to so many of our students and their families on achieving such great success over the past term, whether it be in either the academic or sporting arenas, or, indeed, in both! A fantastic amount of effort and studying has gone on this term - please see the latest edition of 'The Parent Post' for some of the highlights.
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