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:
"Always look on the bright side of life...."
What is undoubtedly keeping us positive here at the Academy is your very kind and thoughtful emails: it is so pleasing and reassuring to hear how well so many of our students are doing and enjoying their learning whilst stuck at home – it’s a joy to be able to see and read some of the excellent ‘work’ the children are managing and producing.
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.
“If at all possible, then you should stay at home.”
Firstly, please remember the key government guideline: “If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.” The whole reason why schools have ‘closed’ is to reduce the number of contacts that all of us have with people in other households. All students are to be fully engaged in learning from home, with the exception of those who are children of critical workers or vulnerable to struggling with their education if at home.
Schools are only operating on a skeleton staff to support key workers’ children and vulnerable children - the bare minimum - to minimise the chances of spreading the virus, easily done in a school environment, of course.
Registering your child for the key workers’ and vulnerable children schooling provision: Should you wish to register your child to attend the Academy as a supportive measure, then you should register him/her for each week ahead, please, by emailing:
with the following information:
Your child’s name:
The dates you wish for him/her to attend:
Your ‘Critical Worker’ role:
You will receive an email in return confirming and explaining all you and your child will need to know in regard to attending the Academy during this time. This process of registering for schooling support will need to be repeated on a weekly basis until the students return to school as ‘normal’.
Please, ideally inform us of your child's attendance by Thursday of the preceding week allowing us to meet with all that is required of us in regard to Health & Safety requirements, Free School Meals, any catering arrangements and learning provision planning and support.
SADLY, IT IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE FOR THE ACADEMY TO PROVIDE FOOD DURING THIS TIME, PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR CHILD WITH A PACKED LUNCH.
Remote learning arrangements: the children attending the Academy will be studying the same carefully prepared studies that are posted on the Academy’s ‘Class Charts’ website for those children studying at home. It is important all students are attempting and completing the studies set for the reasons outlined below.
All studies can be found on ‘Class Charts’ from where students may be directed to other key learning websites: Students must complete all of the listed studies under their particular Year groups. The studies will be posted each Monday allowing the students to plan their learning for the week ahead.
The children’s studies will be updated and set by the teachers on a weekly basis and should all be completed by the following Friday.
All students/parents/carers have received a ‘Remote Learning Handbook’ to help plan, organise and gain support and guidance in their studies.
All the children’s studies are designed to continue to move them through the National Curriculum, fully preparing them to continue with their normal education and GCSE preparation once this period of school closure is completed. It is vital, therefore, that, as has been suggested to them, they complete all of the work that has been set, accordingly: Key Stage 3 students should be following their "HOME LEARNING SCHEDULE", whilst students in KS4 should be following their normal school timetable.
Should you or your child have any queries concerning their learning, then the teachers’ direct email addresses are posted on the website, underneath the links to ‘Curriculum’ > ‘Home Learning’: the teachers are fully prepared to receive any emails from the students and will be happy to offer appropriate support/guidance where necessary.
Parent/carers whose children are in receipt of Free School Meals should have received an earlier email explaining the process from this week. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any concerns about these arrangements.
Y11 GCSE Arrangements
We await the results of the government's consultation on how the GCSEs will be undertaken this year: I will, of course, as always, send emails to keep you fully informed to all that is your child’s welfare and education, this includes those arrangements, yet to be confirmed, regarding the GCSE arrangements for our Year 11 students.
A BIG THANK YOU to Tracey Elliott (as Chair) and her team from the ‘Braunton Academy Parent Partnership’ for organising and managing to raise £7000 through their ‘Just Giving’ page, allowing us to purhase much needed laptops.
The generosity of our community doesn’t just stop there: Fullabrook CIC have supplemented our school funds with so much financial generosity that we have been able to purchase a further number of laptops enabling all of our most vulnerable students to continue their studies from home. And there’s more…..The Rotary Club of Braunton Caen have provided funding for us to purchase a set of earphones and web cameras to help students access the various on-line meetings and studies necessary for them at this time.
To everyone, whatever amount you may have donated, can I say a very, very big thank you for helping us to help your children at this horrid time. Absolutely brilliant and amazing. Thank you so much.
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