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10th June 2024
North Devon Schools' Swim Gala

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Congratulations to our Academy Swimming Team who today competed and WON at the annual North Devon Schools' Swim Gala at Tarka Leisure Centre.  

16 students competed brilliantly throughout the gala and were a credit to Braunton Academy once again. 

Well done and congratulations to you all.  A big thank you to Mrs Craig for expertly team managing once again and to Mr Richardson from Pilton for organising a brilliant Gala.

10th June 2024
Devon Athletics Championships

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Congratulations to all the Braunton Academy athletes who represented North Devon Schools at the Devon Athletics championships in Exeter Arena.

The results were:-


Carys - 1st in the 800m and 1st in the 200m
Maddie - 1st in the 300m
Amber - 1st in the 800m 
Perrin - 1st in the 200m
Tyler - 1st in the Discus

All of the above students now automatically qualify to represent Devon at the South West Schools' Championships next weekend.  The students below will also join them if they meet the qualifying standard and they will find out on Monday. 

Isla - 2nd in the Javelin
Isla - 2nd in the 100m
Freya - 2nd in the 800m

Lyra - 2nd in the 300m and 4th in the 800m

Calib - 3rd in the Javelin
Tom - 4th in the1500m
Billy - 8th in the100m and 6th in the 200m
Will - 5th in the 100m heat, 5th in the Shot and 3rd in the High Jump
Emily - 6th in the Javelin
Harry - 8th in the 800m
Amelie - 5th in the100m and 5th in the Long Jump
Tyler - 6th in the 200m

Massive well done to you all and congratulations for representing North Devon.

8th June 2024
2024 Surf Lifesaving World Championships

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Congratulations to Farli who has been re-selected to represent Great Britain at the 2024 Surf Lifesaving World Championships.  

Well done Farli.  Everyone at Braunton Academy is very proud of her.  Good luck at the Championships.  

4th June 2024
Surf Life Saving World Championships 2024 Trials

The Surf Life Saving World Championships 2024 are being held in Australia this summer.  The trials for the GB team selection were held in Bournemouth last weekend on Branksome Chine beach.  There were several students from Braunton Academy who are of a high enough standard that they were able to compete in this National trial. They all put in amazing performances, competing against all of the best athletes in Great Britain (and some from Australia!).

 

The GB team will be announced on Friday 7th June.  

Well done to Farli, Zaiph, Issy and Izzy Roome and former students Ella, Annalise, Jim and Alice.

4th June 2024
Ocean Explorers

A number of our students have been selected to take part in the Ocean Explorer program in conjunction with Plastic Free North Devon.  

The Ocean Explorer mission is to deliver an engaging and informative education programme.  The main aims are to:-

  • improve students' understanding of the natural ocean environment and its importance, encouraging a life-long love of nature.

  • introduce them to the main impacts of human activity on the planet.

  • inspire further self-learning abut nature, including pursuing educational qualifications and careers in natural sciences, conservation and exploration.

  • introduce students to making more sustainable lifestyle choices.

  • Encourage volunteering in a citizen science and other conservation and environmental activities in Northern Devon and beyond.

  • Having mindful, fun time in nature.

Today they visited Chapel Woods and in the near future they will also be visiting Lee Bay, North Hole Farm and Croyde beach.

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30th May 2024
National Inter Regional Volleyball Championships

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Congratulations to former students Heidi, Katy & Harry and current student Max who all represented the South West of England at the National Inter Regional Volleyball Championships in Kettering. 

The girls team finished 2nd and the boys finished strongly winning all their games on the 2nd day.

Well done to you all.

22nd May 2024
Under 15s Atlantic Racquet Centre Summer Open

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Massive well done to the sixteen strong tennis team who competed in the annual Under 15s Atlantic Racquet Centre Summer open today.

We took four mixed teams of four players with our B team losing in the final to The Park School. Big well done to all who took part and, for some, their first time representing Braunton Academy in sport. 

A big thank you to Lottie and Marian from the centre for organising the event on at a spectacular facility. 

22nd May 2024
North Devon Schools Year 9 Rounders Tournament

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Congratulations to the year 9 girls rounders team who competed and won the annual North Devon Schools Year 9s Rounders Tournament today on home turf.

May 2024
Lunchtime Clubs

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Both the lunchtime Quiet Club and Christian Union have grown a lot over the past few months. We have a broad range of young people attending both, from lots of different backgrounds and year groups as well. It's encouraging to see all the students engaging with each other.

We have been busy in Quiet Club making a Spring display board for the classroom filled with things we are grateful for (see picture), and we designed our own stickers too. Students wrote encouraging messages for the board and drew great artistic designs.

At Christian Union, we have been focusing on the themes of the week, having discussions and thinking about what we can learn from them. There have been some great discussions about the environment, mental health, and lots more. Many thanks to ex-student Chloe, for continuing to give her time each week to support our students.

May 2024
Key Stage 3 Computer Programming

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Otis, Millie and Agatha in Year 7 have created a game of Rock Paper Scissors as part of their programming lessons. 

The BBC Micro:bit is a great way to introduce our students to practical programming; it is a computer with a variety of inputs and a simple LED display. While primary schools used the Micro:bit with block code, we are using it to introduce our students to the Python programming language. We learnt about coding strings, integers, setting up our own image, creating a lists and picking a random element from a list.

It is a fun and practical first step into more robust programs. Our Year 7 and 9 have designed a toothbrush 

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timer to make sure that younger children are brushing their teeth for long enough. I was really impressed by the creativity showed by numerous students and there were so many different solutions provided.

May 2024
Senior Prefect Team 2024 - 2025

I am pleased to introduce  the new Senior Prefect Team for the 24/25 academic year. As a team they strongly value inclusivity, kindness, and positivity; these will always be at the root of the decisions they make.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m Emily, and I’m a Principal Student.

 

My aspirations for the future include being an economist, but during my time as a Principal Student I hope to create opportunities at lunch times for groups of like-minded students. I was in Year 7 too once and know just how intimidating it can seem for students, which is why I think these clubs are a good idea, as they will be an opportunity for new students to bond and create new friendships.

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I’m Charlie, and I can’t wait to bring all my ideas to my new role.

 

I am striving to fulfil my dream of becoming an engineer. Loving the outdoors, one of my top priorities as Senior Prefect is to increase green spaces around the Academy, which I believe will drastically improve academic attainment and student wellbeing.

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My name is Issi, a Deputy Senior Prefect.

 

I am in the U17 Lionesses, and so I am very passionate about football and hope to make it professional one day. Due to my footballing successes, I know just how hard it can be for a young girl making her way through sport, and so in the next year, I am going to endeavour to introduce as many sporting opportunities for girls as I can.

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I’m Tom. I’m the other Deputy Principal Student and the leader of Student Induction. As head of Student Induction, my role is to make sure that new students coming into the school have a smooth and comfortable transition wherever they come from, and don’t feel left behind academically or in other ways. In the coming twelve months, I want to focus on supporting students if they have any worries or concerns, alongside promoting kindness in the Braunton community.

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20th May 2024
Under 17 Lioness

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Congratulations to Issi who represented England U17s Women at the U17 European Championships in Sweden earlier this month.

 

The young Lionesses played Norway, winning 3-0, Sweden, winning 5-1, with Issi making her U17s full debut having previously represented England at U15s where she and her team won 1-0. Having qualified for the semi finals, they then went on to beat Poland

2-0 before losing in the final against Spain 4-0. As a result of their massive success, the team now qualify for the U17s Womens’ World Cup.

 

This was an amazing experience for Issi, everyone at Braunton Academy is so very proud of her and we are looking forward to seeing the progress she and her team make in the near future.

20th May 2024
Schools' Showjumping League

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Congratulations to our show jumping team who competed yesterday in the third round of the Schools' Showjumping League with all riders and horses on form once again with some great placings.  

In the 50cm height, the team came 1st and the individual placings were 2nd for Olive and 6th for Isla.  In the 60cm height, the team placed 4th overall.  

A really successful weekend and a big thank you to Jane for team managing for us once again.  

18th May 2024
English Schools Track & Field Cup Finals

We have this morning found out that our athletics teams have all qualified for the English Schools Track & Field Cup finals.  The Regional A final takes place on the 12th June at Millfield (intermediate boys - years 9 and 10) and the Regional B final (junior girls - years 7 and 8, junior boys - years 7 and 8 and intermediate girls - years 9 and 10) on 18th June in Exeter.  

A clean sweep for all our teams.  Well done and congratulations.  What an achievement!

Special mention to the intermediate boys.  This is the first time that we have ever made the Regional A finals which is an absolutely enormous achievement, especially with a school with just over 800 students.  They will now get to compete against some of the biggest and best schools and athletes in the South West.  

As usual, Braunton Academy continues to be punching well above our weight!

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May 2024
Year 9 Beliefs & Values Good & Evil Competition

Our year 9 students recently took part in a Beliefs & Values competition around 'Good & Evil'.  There was some amazing artwork which is shown below.  The winners were:-

9T and overall winner - Romilly. Well done.

9I - Marcie 1st, Tallulah 2nd, Beatrix 3rd and runners up Dylan, Summer, Albie, Daisy, Elsie and Ruben.

9T - Grace 1st, Emilia-Mae and Eva 2nd, Zoe 3rd and runners up Myles, Molly, Louis, Isabella, Elsa and Amy.

9F - Poppy and Maddie 1st, Thomas 2nd, runners up Arthur, Mohammad, Lean, Suki and Eben.

9R - Jolie and Scarlett 1st, Alisha 2nd, Lilly and Niamh 3rd, runners up Lyra, Annalise, Amber, Sarah, Finley and Harry.

9S - Kiara and Helena 1st, Leonee 2nd, Martha 3rd, runners up Milo, Martha, Theo, Elvie, Thea and Lucy.

13th May 2024
Ten Tors

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The Saunton Surf Lifesaving team (Tom, Tommy, Charlie, Archie, Jamie and Oli) did absolutely brilliantly this weekend, finishing an amazing second in their group of 16 teams. 

 

They hiked 40km across Dartmoor yesterday, making it to the furthest camp. 2,400 teenagers took part in the two-day event and to finish so early is a huge feat of fitness, teamwork and endurance - especially in hot weather. Weeks of training and coaching from Simon and Adam have paid off and we're extremely proud of the group's achievement. 

 

Needless to say, they might be a bit tired today! 

10th May 2024
National Gymnastics Championships

Everyone at Braunton Academy is sending best wishes to Rosie who is representing the South West of England in gymnastics this Sunday at the National Championships.  

Rosie is competing in five pieces of equipment; floor, bars, beam, vault and range.  

Good luck Rosie and the South West Team.  Go smash it!

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8th May 2024
Lionesses - European Championships

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Everyone here at Braunton Academy are sending their best wishes today Issi who is part of the Under 17s Team who are competing today against Sweden at the European Championships.  

You can watch it at:-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0c4fdgx

Good luck Issi and the lionesses.  

7th May 2024
English Schools' Track & Field Cup

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We had a great day today at Exeter Arena, home of Exeter Harriers Athletics' Club, where 58 of our students across 4 teams competed in the first round of the English Schools' Track & Field Cup.  The provisional results are:-

Junior boys (years 7 and 8) - 2nd

Junior girls (years 7 and 8) - 1st

Intermediate boys (years 9 and 10) - 1st

Intermediate girls (years 9 and 10) - 1st

3 out of the 4 teams automatically qualify for the regional finals later this term.  1 team will have to wait to see if their points total is high enough to join the other 3 at the finals.  

Well done to all who took part.  Fantastic results!!

6th May 2024
World Pilot Gig Championships

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Just after Christmas Mr Liversedge was lucky enough to be selected to row for Ilfracombe Pilot Gig Club at the World Pilot Gig Championships held in the Isles of Scilly over the May bank holiday weekend. Over 400 teams entered the Championships and, after a weekend of hard racing, the team placed 24 in the Veterans category. Ilfracombe Pilot Gig Club also had crews in the Men’s and Women’s Open with the Men’s A crew coming 15th out of 128 gigs, Men’s B 43 out of 128, Women’s A coming 11th out or 132, Women’s B 68 out of 132 and Ladies Supervets placed 13th. Cornish pilot gig racing is a rapidly-growing sport, and Ilfracombe also has a highly successful youth section so if you or your youngsters are interested in giving it a go do not hesitate to contact Mr Liversedge for further information.

May 2024
Under 17 England Squad for UEFA Championships

We are all so proud of Issi H on her unbelievable achievement of being selected to represent England in the 2024 UEFA European Under-17 Championships in Sweden this summer.  We will be so excited to follow her progress at the Euros over the next few weeks.

Good luck to Issi and the whole of the England Under 17 squad.  

2nd May
UKMT Junior Maths Challenge

We have had fantastic success on the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge for year 7 and 8.

 

Altogether students won 8 Golds, 12 Silvers and 17 Bronze certificates making 38 out of 58 receiving an award.

 

Furthermore 1,500 invitations are given out worldwide for the Olympiad and Archie (year 8) has received an invite to take part in June.  

 

Also 4 more students passed so high that they have been invited to take part in the next round called the Grey Kangaroo. This invitation only goes to the top 3-4%, so again a fantastic result. Those students are; Jackson, Judah, Edward and Hugo.  Congratulations to them.  

 

This is the best KS3 ( Year 7/8) result that we have had and we are already getting numerous enquiries from the students as to when they can have another go.

29th April
Football Experience Trip

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46 of our students travelled to London this weekend for a Tottenham Hotspur experience.  

On day one of the trip the students visited the Natural History Museum, Buckingham Palace and Convent Garden.  

Day two they had a behind the scenes tour of the Emirates Stadium and watched the football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, with Tottenham winning 2-3.  

The weekend proved to be a fantastic experience for everybody and an experience to remember.  

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23rd April 2024
North Devon Schools' Show Jumping League

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Congratulations to our three school show jumping teams who this weekend competed in the North Devon Schools' Show jumping League.  

The team made up of Olive, Hermione, Florence, Isla, Mia, Sienna and Daniel were superb placing 2nd and 3rd in the 60cm height with Sienna coming 2nd in the 50cm and 6th in the 60cm.

Well done to you all.  

23rd April 2024
Year 10 St Ives Art Trip

Our year 10 GCSE art students are currently in St Ives furthering their knowledge and skills in art and helping inspire their GCSE project "Nature".  

On Day 1 the students will visit the Tate and Barbara Hepworth Galleries.  Day 2 will include a visit to the Eden Project for a drawing day, taking inspiration from the natural shapes and forms within the biodomes.  

Below are some photos we have received from the first day of the trip.  

A great time is being had by all.