Here at Braunton Academy we recognise that when our students work hard and achieve success, it is important that we recognise their efforts and reward them for their excellence whilst celebrating this with them and the rest of the student body. We therefore have a variety of different systems in place to reward students when and where appropriate.
Students can be awarded merits for a variety of different positive reasons across the Academy in areas such as classroom learning and engagement, volunteering and leadership as well as extra-curricular representation.
When students reach the upper threshold for the bronze, silver, gold or platinum standard, merit badges are awarded.
These badges are awarded to students when they reach the following number of merits in a single academic year:-
Bronze merit badge - 65 merits
Silver merit badge - 130 merits
Gold merit badge - 170 merits
Platinum merit badge - 200 merits
The ‘Scholar Star’ badge is awarded to students who have the best engagement for learning statistics in their year group after each Mid Term Assessment (MTA) progress report.
These badges are awarded to students when they are awarded the ‘Scholar Star’:-
1st time of achieving the Scholar Star in the same academic year.
2nd time of achieving the Scholar Star in the same academic year.
3rd time of achieving the Scholar Star in the same academic year.
Student of the Month
Each month, all departments award a ‘Student of the Month’ as recognition for any number of things which the Head of Department feels is appropriate. This could be for their commitment, contribution, engagement, progress, and/or attainment or for anything that the student is deserving of the recognition and reward for.
The above reward systems are presented to students in their weekly year group assemblies and presented to them either by their Tutor, Head of Year or the Senior Leadership Team.
These badges are awarded to students when they reach the following number of academic, classroom based merits in a single academic year:-
The best house for attendance in the previous week is rewarded with a ‘queue jump’ and is able to join the front of the canteen queue at lunchtime. Students are notified every Monday by Mr Milton and are identified by the prefects in the queue by their house colour tie.
At the end of every term, the best attended tutor group in each year over the past term is awarded a tub of chocolates and a tutor group certificate.
At the end of half term 3, all students with a 100% attendance are given a certificate and sent a letter from the Principal, Mrs Bowler.
End of the Academic Year – Year Group
At the end of the academic year, the best attended year group is awarded the attendance trophy in the end of year assembly
End of the Academic Year – Students
At the end of the academic year, the students who have 100% attendance are rewarded with a gift voucher and certificate presented by the senior leadership team and is awarded to those students who have been at school for every day of the school year.
Year 9 Celebration Evening
At the end of Key Stage 3, all students in year 9 are invited to attend our annual celebration evening. This evening is to celebrate all of our wonderful students where they are presented with their ‘Record of Achievement’ and ‘End of Key Stage 3’ Certificate and Progress Report. Subject awards are also awarded to deserving students as well as the Mark Walker Award for ‘Service to the Community’.
Year 11 Presentation Evening
Following the year 11 exams and results day, all year 11 leavers are invited to attend the ‘Year 11 Presentation Evening’. This evening is to celebrate all of our wonderful year 11 leavers where they are presented with their exam certificates. Subject awards are also presented to the deserving winners as well as the following special awards:-
Outstanding Performance and Achievement in GCSE
Student making the greatest progress
Nias Cup for Endeavour
Sue Anderson Attendance Award
Service to the Community
Service to the School
Contribution to Year 11
Spirit of Devon Award
The above rewards are presented to students at an annual ‘Presentation Evening’ where all students and their parents are invited to attend an ‘all ticket’ event, where all certificates and awards are presented to them either by their Tutors, Head of Year, Head of Departments or the Senior Leadership Team.