Managing for @ School of Success

Branston Junior Academy

Branston Junior Academy is a Community Junior School for 7 – 11 year olds. We are located in the village of Branston, which is 4 miles south east of the cathedral city of Lincoln. Branston Junior Academy is a caring and friendly village school which welcomes children for admission in the September following their seventh birthday. Our motto is "learning is a habit for life" and we provide a learning organisation where pupils and staff are able to develop to their full potential.
The school is set in spacious grounds which includes two playgrounds, a quiet area, an adventure playground and an environmental area. The children have ready access to a wide range of exciting learning materials in their classrooms and there are several spaces within the school where small groups can work.
We are very proud of our academic successes, but we also enjoy sharing news on all the other exciting events and activities that happen at Branston Juniors:

Sport has become a major focus in our school and we ensure that pupils are aware of the importance of exercise in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.We were awarded Active Mark in 2009 and have continued to develop. We offer a wide range of extra-curricular sports such as basketball, netball, tag rugby, football, street dance and athletics. We also have strong links with other sports clubs in the community. We compete in Local football and netball leagues as well as taking part in a number of competitions and tournaments which the children have had continuous success.

Our Creative Arts activities have involved the children in a range of competitive and non-competitive events. Every year some of our pupils enter the Lincoln Music and Drama Festival as part of a band, a choir or a drama group; and we have several trophies and certificates to show how well we have done! We regularly hold concerts so that parents/carers can see just how talented we are. All children learn how to use animation software and every year we enter into the LAFTAs, (Lincolnshire School Films Award as ‘Blue Jelly Studios’. In 2010, one of our films won an award for ‘best in category’ and ‘best film overall’. In 2011 three of our films were nominated and two of them won awards! In 2013, the school was nominated for 3 categories, winning the ‘the Best Film’ in a Foreign Language’ which was presented by Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent. In 2014, 2 films (including a staff film) won nominations. They are available to view on Youtube as ‘Blue Jelly Studios’ In March 2015, Mr Simpson’s Drama Team won the award for best Primary Drama at the Lincoln Drama Festival for their original adaptation of ‘The Christmas Truce’ achieving an outstanding score of 90%.

As a culmination of many activities and events over the years, the Academy has been awarded the Healthy Schools Award in 2009, the ‘Food for Life’ Bronze Award in 2011 and the Eco Schools Bronze Award in 2010.

The children love to support the community, be it locally - with school and community events; or nationally – by supporting national charities etc. Many activities take place within the school, to promote the children’s awareness of the international community, of which they are a valuable member. The school was awarded the Full International School’s Award in 2011 and was subsequently reaccredited in Summer 2014. We are currently working with a partner school in Bangladesh, linked to healthy living; a separate writing project working with schools in Guadeloupe, Sicily and Poland and this exciting ‘Leadership and Management’ project entitled ‘Managing for @ School of Success’ project.

If you would like to find out more about Branston Junior Academy, please look at our website: and/or follow us on twitter @BranstonJunior

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