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Transition Days will take place for all pupils on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July (more details will be communicated to all parents shortly).

Transition Days

Students must attend in their primary school uniform and not in Kirk Balk Academy uniform. The students will follow an amended school day which runs from 9.00am until 2.00pm. Students are advised not to attend until 8.45am and not to return to their primary school at the end of the school day.

Students are expected to bring the basic school equipment of a school bag, pen, pencil and ruler; any other equipment required for lessons or activities will be provided at school. On each day of the Transition days, students will be met at the north entrance by members of our pastoral team, senior leadership team and student voice.

Students will have full access to our catering facilities and will not be charged for any food or drinks at break or lunchtime. Students are also welcome to bring a packed lunch if they prefer but they will not be allowed to leave the school site at lunch time.

Whilst students are allowed to bring mobile phones to the academy during Transition days, they must not be used either in lessons or during social times.

Year 6 Parental Information Evening 

We would also like to welcome parents to attend our Year 6 Parent Induction Evening on Thursday 11th July. The school will be open to all prospective parents and students from 4.30-5.30pm and 6.00-7.00pm. During the evening there will be the opportunity to meet staff and attend an induction presentation. Parents / carers and students are welcome to attend whichever presentation is the most convenient. In order to book your place for the presentation, please follow the link below;

Should you be unable to attend the Parent Induction Evening but would like to visit the school, we will gladly arrange a tour at a time that is convenient for you. You can arrange this by contacting Mr Gates at [email protected].

Academy Uniform and New PE Kit

Parents and carers wishing to purchase new uniform for their child should do so directly from our uniform provider Vortex at or Unit 2/3, Grange Lane Industrial Estate, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S71 5AS. For further information and for full guidance on our uniform please visit our Academy website;

Contact Information

Thank you to all parents / carers who have returned the Kirk Balk Academy admission and medical forms. If there have been any changes in your contact details or medical conditions please contact our reception so that we can amend our records.

We will continue to liaise closely with all primary schools to ensure we are fully prepared to meet the needs of each individual student. In the meantime, we look forward to meeting you at the Induction Evening and wish Year 6 students the best of luck for the remainder of their time at primary school.

If you have any queries or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me by emailing: [email protected]


Letters and Presentations
Welcome To Kirk Balk Academy, Class of 2029

On behalf of the Kirk Balk Academy Senior Leadership Team, I would like to invite you to view the Class of 2029 Welcome Presentation in which our Transition lead and Assistant Principal Mr Gates will outline the Kirk Balk Academy Transition Timeline. The video will contain information regarding the dates of our Transition Days for students, our Transition Evening for parents and a whole range of other events and activities that form part of our enhanced transition offer at Kirk Balk Academy.

If you are unable to view our Virtual Welcome Presentation or have any further queries regarding transition please follow the link below to ask any transition related questions:


Choosing Your Child’s Friendship Group

In order to ensure your child’s smooth transition to Kirk Balk in September, we are giving each student the opportunity to choose three friends with whom they would like to be in a tutor group with. We will guarantee that your child will be in a tutor group with at-least ONE of the friends they choose. Please remember that tutor time lasts for only fifteen minutes of each day and we cannot guarantee that your child will be in any other lessons with this person.

Once you have completed this form (the link to which is located below), staff at Kirk Balk will use this data to place your child in their tutor group and they will not be able to change their mind prior to the start of the academic year in September. Please encourage your child to think carefully about who they write down and ensure that they would be happy in a pair with any of three children they have chosen to be placed in a tutor group with.

Please submit your response by accessing the link below by Friday 19th April:

Can I also remind you to continue to connect with the ongoing work of the Academy and its students through our social media account which can be found at: Twitter/X: @KirkBalk

Kind regards,

Mr J Gates



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