Aspire & Achieve
Year 6 Open Evening
Thursday, 23rd September 2021
Year 6 students eligible to attend our Open Evening have received an invitation for the evening via their primary school. Each school has an allotted entrance time for the evening:
6:30pm - Southmead Primary School
7:00pm - Caen Primary School
7:30pm - Georgeham, Kingsacre and Marwood Primary Schools
Please bring your letter with you on the evening. Admittance will be by invitation only.
Due to Covid restrictions, please could we ask that only the Year 6 students and two other family members attend. Face masks are required for everyone over the age of 11, that are not exempt.
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
It is an area of education that has always been prioritised by the Academy and one that we are very happy to be able to offer. The current extracurricular activities are published on the website with more beginning in the next couple of weeks.
It is disappointing that the Academy is already at a stage where we have had to reintroduce some additional measures to limit transmission of Covid-19. I wrote to parents/carers on Thursday afternoon to update you following consultation with our local public health team. The additional restrictions at this time are:
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 assemblies for year groups with high levels of cases for the next two weeks - Year 10 and possibly Year 8.
No House assemblies with year groups mixing until further notice.
No singing or activities where students may raise their voice inside for the next two weeks.
The full information can be found on the letter dated 16th September 2021. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
You may be aware that the government has announced a vaccination programme for children between the ages of 12-15. Please direct any questions, concerns or comments regarding this decision directly to the School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS) not the Academy as they are responsible for the role out of this process.
A massive well done to all the Year 7 students that have taken part in Pinkery as part of their induction. Mr Ovey has informed me that it has been a very successful and enjoyable week. The Year 7 students have fully engaged in all the activities and all the staff have commented on what a pleasure the students are to teach. The Year 7’s have also spent time over the past two weeks completing the Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs). This information will be used to support the Academy in providing accurate starting profiles in the absence of the formal Year 6 SAT exams process.
Year 10 'Welcome to KS4 and GCSE's Information Evening'
Year 10 Parents and students are all invited to a short meeting on Wednesday 6th October at 6:30pm in Isaac's Hall. At this meeting we will be sharing key information from the Heads of English, Maths and Science about the outline of their courses over KS4 in addition to our careers programme and key dates for putting in your diaries. An invitation will be put onto ParentMail early next week.
The Academy is holding its Open Evening next week. However, due to current Covid-19 restrictions that are in place at the Academy, we are having to restrict the numbers attending this event to only those families that are currently living or attending primary schools in the catchment area. Each Primary School in our catchment area has been allotted a specific time to attend.
6:30pm - Southmead
7:00pm - Caen
7:30pm - Georgeham, Kingsacre and Marwood
Attendance is limited to the Year 6 child and two other family members. Please ensure that you bring your invitation letter with you to gain access to the event. All visitors over the age of 11 need to wear face masks at all times, unless exempt.
Mrs F Bowler
It has been a very busy but enjoyable first full week of learning at the Academy. As well as the excellent work that has been going on inside the classrooms, it has been fantastic to see our students being able to engage together in extracurricular activities. The turnout to events this week has been brilliant, involvement in extracurricular activities is such an important part in young peoples’ development.
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.