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.
OPEN EVENING 2020-21
Very, very sadly, we are unable to have our usual 'Open Evening' and 'Open Day Tours' as advertised: this is a massive loss to all of us since allowing students and their parents/carers to visit the Academy in September provides us all with an opportunity to witness just what a great school we have in our local community.
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:
PLEASE NOTE: ON FRIDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 2020 THE SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED
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.
I continue to be delighted with and very proud of the awe-inspiring manner in which both the students and Academy staff have come together and are managing their ‘work’ and responsibilities within each and every school day.
Hopefully, you are able to see from my 'Weekly Updates' that everyone at the Academy is focused on being as flexible and supportive as possible in making every attempt to provide the very best possible education for our children. However, it is important to remember that all we are doing and achieving with the students relies very much upon them maintaining a high level of respect and cooperation at all times throughout the school day, without this much of what we are doing would not be possible: I commend them for their resilience, willing-nature and commitment to their learning and the Academy.
TERM DATES: Students will be returning to school on Monday 2nd November, studying through until the end of term on Friday 18th December. Please don’t forget the school will be closed on Friday 27th November for the annual ‘occasional’ day for this half-term.
The students and staff have impressively adapted to the changes and restrictions placed upon us by the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic to such an extent that purposeful, effective and progressive teaching and learning is taking place every day in every class. It remains a joy to walk around the classrooms and witness the positive approaches of students and staff, alike; student feedback on their day-to-day experience is extremely positive, and attendance at the Academy is excellent (Even higher than normal at this time of year!): a superb effort - thank you and well done to everyone.
HALF-TERM ATTENDANCE....was 98.1% for the whole school. A truly excellent effort from everyone. This half-term has truly been an example of our Academy community coming together to create a meaningful and productive outcome for our children.Well done, folks!
Students are now regularly receiving and completing their homework, ensuring they are consolidating and building upon their learning from within the classroom. Please ensure your child is consistently checking ‘Class Charts’ and completing all aspects of his/her home studies to avoid falling behind.
All classwork is now been recorded on Google classrooms: this means students are able to access their learning in all subject areas when they are in or absent from school. Please encourage your child to log on to Google classrooms to access their learning (You no longer need to contact the Academy and be requesting work to be sent home).
Opening the Canteen: we are now offering Year 11 students the opportunity to visit the canteen at Breaktime, only, and Year 7 students, only, at Lunchtime. All other Year groups will need to continue bringing a packed-lunch.
It is vital Year 7 and Year 11 parents/carers remember to top up their ‘ParentMail’ account, if they wish their children to access the canteen when they return from half-term.
Students in Years 8, 9 and 10 who are eligible to receive Free School Meal vouchers, will continue to receive these.
A reminder for Year 11 parents/carers: Please go through your child’s PPE (Mock) examination timetable and ensure he/she is clear on the dates and arrangements of their particular examinations. Students are receiving a great deal of support and guidance in preparation for their GCSEs and are already attending sessions advising them on how and what to revise. Please help them to settle to an organised revision programme over the coming weeks – YOUR HELP IS NEEDED. Revision guidance for all is on this Website.
Please, please, please, ensure your child is coming to school with a warm coat (or their thermal underwear!): you will have received the government guidance and their expectations of schools in ensuring classrooms and indoor spaces are thoroughly ventilated in an earlier email. Put simply, we are expected to keep classrooms well-ventilated throughout the winter months whilst trying to maintain a sensible working temperature for all.
Reminder about social distancing – school drop off and pick up: Schools are being asked to remind parents/carers about arrangements for drop off and collection of children, to ensure large gatherings are avoided and to encourage parents/carers to use face coverings if they feel that social distancing is not going to be maintained during drop off and collection times.
Thank you. Thank you for engaging in one of the most important aspects of our lives - helping to nurture and stimulate our children’s growing minds: shaping and determining both their and our futures.
Very best wishes from all at Braunton Academy.
Mr M. Cammack