Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust


Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust


Kirk Balk Academy is a thriving and successful academy with over 1200 students on roll and numbers rising significantly each year. Despite the Academy’s increasing popularity, our staff maintain a relentless focus to ensure that every student has the best possible education. We achieve this by having exceptionally high expectations of our teaching staff and students as well as focusing on the importance of always striving to do better.

By choosing Northern Education Trust Kirk Balk Academy, parents can be certain they are selecting the best school for their child; one where they will not only succeed academically, but will benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular enrichment activities.

As a student, you will be coming to a school that has a stimulating and exciting environment – where you will achieve your potential and make life-long friends.

Kirk Balk Academy is committed to a child centred transition process in which the individual needs of students are identified and supported. In order to achieve this, we work in close collaboration with our partner primary schools to share information and best practice.

The pastoral care offered to students at Kirk Balk is second to none. Our team of pastoral specialists combine a child centred and caring ethos with years of experience supporting young people. Each year group has a Learning Manager; a non-teaching member of staff whose role is dedicated to making sure that children are supported. The pastoral team ensure that students have the best possible transition from Year 6 into Year 7. Moving to secondary school is an exciting time in a child’s life but it can also lead to anxieties for both children and parents. At Kirk Balk we offer a number of support mechanisms so that students can start Year 7 feeling happy and confident about their future.

In these unprecedented times, we are regularly communicating with primary schools to ensure we are fully informed of each young person to help us make the transition process as smooth as possible. We are also in the process of distributing information booklets for all students and parents which will hopefully answer some of the many questions students and parents may have about Kirk Balk.

Please continue to visit the academy website and our twitter feed where you will get an insight into life at our wonderful academy. We will continue to post up to date information regarding our transition process and about how the academy is responding to government guidelines.


Remote Assembly

Please view the latest remote assembly below:


Uniform Updates


Unfortunately, due to restrictions around social distancing, it will no longer be possible for parents to have uniforms delivered to Kirk Balk for collection.

The Vortex showroom will be open to the public from the 29th of June. All uniform orders can now be processed via the website;

If prospective parents and students have any questions about our transition process, please contact the Academy on 01226 742286 or e-mail questions directly to [email protected].


Virtual Presentation


Virtual Tour

Click the cog icon in the top right corner and turn on narration to hear a description of each area.

To support new students who are joining our wonderful academy in September, this virtual tour has been created to help you get to know your way around.


Year 6 Letters



Click here to access the KBA Y6 Subject Activities

Kirk Balk Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust.
We constantly focus on standards as we understand outcomes are paramount. Our decision making is driven entirely by what is best for children. By doing this we enhance the life chances of the children and young people in our care.