Welcome to Braunton Academy
Thank you for your interest in Braunton Academy. I hope that you find the information in this website both interesting and informative. We are a successful 11-16 Academy School with specialist status in Mathematics and Computing. In addition we are holders of the ‘International School Award’ in recognition of the strong, active and growing links we have with schools and colleges around the globe. We are also very proud of our link with RMB Chivenor with 48 Forces students on our roll who benefit from enhanced funding from the Ministry of Defence.
We offer rich learning opportunities in excellent facilities
We take great pride in our record of academic success and the opportunities that we offer our students through our varied curriculum and our extensive range of extracurricular activities. Braunton Academy: extra curricular and GT opportunities
The school continues to perform well with a sustained successful track record of exam results and student progress over the past decade. In our recent OFSTED report they said ' Student behaviour in lessons is good and they behave sensibly around the school'.
Our young people flourish
During the time students spend at Braunton Academy, we see them develop both academically and personally. Many of our students take on roles of responsibility and leadership or represent the school in the wider local, national or international community. The vast majority of our learners progress to further education with a considerable number proceeding onto University or other higher education institutions. OFSTED reported that our 'pastoral care is very good' and that our 'extracurricular opportunities are a strength'.
Students are well prepared for the next stages of their education
In 2014 Careers South West compiled destinations data for the 2013 cohorts in all of the 37 state secondary schools in Devon county. We were immensely proud to be in the top 5 state schools in Devon with 98% of our young people proceeding onto further education or employment with training. OFSTED noted that 'Students are exceptionally well prepared for the next stage of their education, employment or training'.
We know our students personally
As a staff team we demand much of ourselves and have very high expectations of the students in our care. Our relatively small size means that we know our students as individuals. We have an excellent and well qualified teaching team who enjoy the support of a highly effective team of teaching assistants, technical, site and administrative staff. We especially value the supportive collaboration with our parents, ensuring that this partnership is strong and to the benefit of your son or daughter. Our ‘Home-Academy Agreement’ clearly defines our shared commitments to this important relationship to maximise the support for learning.
Success for all in our learning community
Our aim is to build on the school’s many successes and we look forward to working hard with the staff and the young people in our care to continuously improve the Academy to provide a first class education that meets the needs of all of our students in a very fast changing world. We are very ambitious for our learners and we want success for all in our learning community.
Continuous School improvement is at the heart of our forward planning
On January 27th 2013 the Minister of State for Schools, the Rt Hon David Laws MP, sent a letter of congratulations to Braunton Academy for its excellent GCSE performance in 2012. Our data when analysed in fine detail in a document called 'Raise on Line' showed that we were amongst the 100 best improving schools in terms of their academic progress from Y7 to Y11 in English, Maths and three other best GCSEs. OFSTED in 2014 stated that Braunton Academy has 'appropriate plans for improvement' and added that ' disabled students and those who have special educational needs are well supported'. The inspectors added that 'additional funding is used to effectively narrow the gap between rates of progress of different groups of students'. In July 2014, following a two day inspection, we were delighted to learn that we have been recommended to achieve Investors in People at Gold standard.
Come and see our success as we work
Guided tours can be booked to view Braunton Academy while the students and staff are ‘at work’ in their classes. A series of interactive Y6 Family learning evenings to help parents support their child on transition to secondary school will start in January 2015. Please contact my PA, Ms Johnson, to book a tour or find out more about Y6 Family learning evenings.
I look forward to meeting you and working closely with you should you choose to send your child to Braunton Academy.
Mr M Cammack (Principal)