It is with great sadness I write to confirm the arrangements with you following the death of Olaf Rinvolucri:
A most enthusiastic, respected and highly motivated teacher, Olaf will be sorely missed by both students and staff, alike. His exciting and inspirational teaching engaged all with whom he worked in their desire to meet with his high expectations and our memories will always be of the passion and love he held for engaging children in and with all aspects of technology.
Lucy, Olaf's wife, has asked to inform all of those who knew him and those who would wish to pay their respects, that Olaf's funeral will be at 11:00am on Saturday 14th March at Georgeham Church, and afterwards at Isaac Hall, Braunton Academy - from approx. 12.30 onwards. No dress code is required, just come in whatever you wish.
There will be donation boxes, instead of flowers, for Amigos, Encephalitis Society, and The Meningitis Research Foundation at the church and in Isaac Hall.
I know Lucy is hoping to see as many of you as would wish to and can attend at either or both venues, so do, please, feel welcome to come and pass on your thoughts.
Welcome to Braunton Academy
Thank you for your interest in Braunton Academy. I hope you and your child are as excited as I am about the prospect of coming to our school.
We are here for your child.
Braunton Academy is very happy to report that students at the Academy have enjoyed real success in this year's GCSEs and we would like to congratulate them on their achievements. Headline results show a significant improvement this year and we are particularly pleased with our English Language results which are the best ever, with almost 80% of our students achieving grades A*-C. Other 'headline' figures are:
- 60% of our students achieved 5 A*-C, inc English and Maths...
- 98% of our students achieved 5 A*-G...
- 25% of our students achieved a minimum of 5 A*/A grades...
- The top 25 (just under 20%) students achieved 218 A*/A grades between them - an average of nearly 9A*/A GCSE grades each...
- And 49% of our students were awarded at least 1 A*/A grade...
All of this, placing us in a very strong academic position for educating every child within our community - whilst nationally, grades are decreasing; at Braunton they are increasing!
Our young people flourish
The mission for all within our school is to provide a rigorous, academic programme through which a committed and well quallified staff provides students with the knowledge and skills fully equipping them to keep learning throughout life, providing a sensible balance of competition and cooperation.
Access to our rich and diverse culture to our history and to our place in the world, must unite with advances in science and technology to provide insights into the very best that the world has to offer. Today's young people, our children, are the New Europeans. They have broader horizons, will be more adventurous and travel more widely than any generation before them. Our status as an academy strengthens the partnership with parents/carers and the home, extending to the wider community our total commitment to high expectations, academic excellence, achievement and success for all.
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.
Come and see our success as we work
Please ring 01271 812221 to book a meeting with the Principal, Mr Cammack and a tour of the Academy.
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)