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.
New arrangements for students - All Year groups have benefitted with the Year 11 students leaving last term by quickly settling into the new arrangements for students during this final half-term: whether that be by moving into new tutor rooms, being allowed to go up to Tweedies, or just having a larger area to run-around in at non-teaching times, things are very much less-crowded. We do still miss the Year 11 students, though!
Year 7 – Year 7 students are bringing their summer term Mid -Term Assessments home today: please be sure to read through these very important documents with your child and identify areas of their studies that deserve praise and also areas in which he/she might improve in the future. We will be encouraging and engaging in conversations with the students about what the MTA is telling us all about their studying throughout the next two weeks.
Please don’t forget to sign-up for the Year 7 Parents’ Evening planned for Wednesday 23rd June. We are looking forward to seeing and meeting with you.
Year 10: a busy time ahead – The Year 10 students start their PPEs (Pre-Public Examinations or Mock exams) this coming week, on Monday 14th June. Please be sure to encourage (nag) them into a detailed revision programme as they continue with the exams through the coming weeks: they are very important, as the present Year 11 students will testify!
We have moved the Year 10 Parents’ Evening to the 12th July 2021 to allow for more meaningful conversations to take place between teachers and parents/carers following the marking of the PPEs: more information and arrangements for this event will be provided nearer the time.
Government decisions – The Year 11 Prom, Year 9 Presentation Evening and Year 6 Induction Day and linked Parents’ Evening are all events that will be affected by the government’s decision on how we are allowed to socially gather and whether schools will be allowed to open their doors to parents/carers in the coming months. Again, we will keep you as fully informed as possible, knowing how important it is to all of us in our future planning.
Sports Day 2021 – You will, next week, receive a letter/email from Mr Frickleton informing you about the planned Annual Sports Day. Pklease be sure to read this letter to ensure your child is able to actively participate in this special event. A very big thank you must go to all the staff involved in organising and ensuring the event goes ahead since it will need to be managed under strict government coronavirus guidelines, of course, and this in itself is a very real challenge, I can assure you!
Prefects and Academy Officers – Year 10 students who have volunteered to be Academy Prefects have been briefed and trained in their new responsibilities this week and will start to take up their duties next week. Well done and thank you to all who have stepped forward to take on this important role.
Also, the shortlist for Head Boy and Head Girl for the next academic year has been announced and the candidates will now undergo a very rigorous process to identify who will be appointed to these especially important roles.
House Competitions - The final House Competition of the year will be the annual Welly-Wanging competition – always hotly contested with dates to be confirmed. The points accrued from this event will, of course, go towards the final House Championship totals and the winning House will enjoy a non-uniform day and an afternoon of fun and games over at the Athletic Track on Friday 16th July. Yay!
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.
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