Engaging in Learning
All members of the Academy community, both students and staff, have the right to work and learn in an environment that is calm, safe and free from any disruption or unkindness.
We have a behaviour for learning code which is informed by our values and beliefs that will enable you to enjoy your learning free from any unhelpful distractions. The code provides a very clear framework to shape your learning behaviours so that you stand the best chance of getting the success you deserve.
Braunton Academy Classroom Code (The 5 Bs).
Research shows that simple codes work best and we have developed a straightforward 5 point code using student voice. The code is in your student planner in the first section. The Braunton Academy Classroom code is on display in every teaching space and we call it the 5 Bs:
Be respectful….respect yourself , others and your environment.
Be on time…for registration and lessons and aim for 100% attendance.
Be smart…follow the uniform code and take pride in your appearance.
Be organised…make sure that you have the right equipment and kit you need and stick to deadlines.
Be co-operative…follow instructions, actively listen and focus on your learning.
Achieving well is the ultimate reward for excellent engaging in learning.
You will be praised and rewarded for good behaviour for learning, making a positive contribution to the school community, achievement and good attendance. Our achievement lunches are one way in which we celebrate success and hard work. However, the success you gain for playing by the rules is a reward in itself and you will always enjoy and achieve.
“Braunton Academy Governors’ Teas”
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”- Vince Lombardi
We talk a lot about ‘Excellence’ in the Academy: introducing our new Year 6 students to our expectations, to all of our students about the need for all of us to be the very best that we can be: Why? Why is ‘excellence’ so important?
Will Durant (The Story of Philosophy, 1961), in summing up some of Aristotle’s thoughts, penned “...we are what we repeatedly do: Excellence, then is not an act but a habit.” With this thought prominent in all our thoughts, in attempting to be the very best that we can be and recognising that it has to be: “Excellence. Always”, we have a very important Academy celebration in recognition of our students' high level of engagement in their learning and achievements: “A Governors’ Tea”.
Students who are persistently striving for excellence in their studies are formally recognised for their efforts and invited, along with their parents/carers, to celebrate their achievements at a “Governors’ Tea”. Students invited to attend a “Governors’ Tea” are identified by the outstanding grades they have recorded in the ‘Engagement in Learning’ column of their termly ‘Progress Review Reports’ (Mid Term Assessments), meaning every student has an equal opportunity to be recognised for their commitment to their learning, irrespective of their academic ability. Each year, those students meeting the agreed standard in each term will receive:
a Bronze badge in the Autumn term
a Silver badge in the Spring term
a Gold badge in the Summer term
The challenge to every student is to achieve the ‘Gold standard’ in every Year group they attend.
A presentation by the Chair of Governors, supported by the Principal and the respective Head of Year, of a Certificate and Badge, takes place during this time.
I hope to meet with you at a “Governors’ Tea” very soon.
If you choose to break the code there will be consequences.
However, if a student chooses to persist in challenging the code there is a hierarchy of sanctions that staff will issue and follow through with.
Clearly we offer help, support and guidance to those who choose to break the codes. We routinely offer a restorative justice approach as part of our behaviour improvement strategy and to 'mend' any relationships that may have been harmed by inappropriate behaviours. You may also be referred to our 'skills' centre that offer a range of programmes to help you to get your behaviour back on track.
Finally, it should be noted that persistent disruptive, defiant and aggressive behaviour can, regrettably, lead to a permanent exclusion.