‘No Limits’ for new students at Kirk Balk Academy.
Kirk Balk Academy is a thriving and successful academy with over 1100 students on roll and numbers rising significantly each year. Such is the demand for places at Kirk Balk Academy that, despite the pupil capacity being increased from September 2017, the incoming Year 7 cohort was still over-subscribed.
It is our responsibility to ensure that every student has the best possible education. We achieve this by having exceptionally high expectations of teaching staff and students as well as focusing on the importance of always striving to do better.
By choosing 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 have the time of your life.
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 many 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.
The transition process of Year 6 students to Kirk Balk begins more than a year before they make the move to secondary school. Every Year 5 student in our partner primary schools is offered the opportunity to attend a half-day visit in order to familiarise themselves with our facilities and to experience our exceptional learning atmosphere. Some students are also selected by their primary school to attend one or more of our Master Classes which are one day events hosted at Kirk Balk for the most academically able students.
In the Autumn Term our partner primary schools host representatives from Kirk Balk (including students) who meet with Year 6 students to answer questions and to distribute invites to the Kirk Balk Open Evening. We also operate an ‘open door’ policy allowing parents and students to make an appointment and have a tour of the school during a working day. The benefit of this is that parents can see our outstanding students and experience the learning environment for themselves.
During the Transition process we invest time in getting to know the students so they are familiar with the key staff around the school; staff who are always available to offer help or re-assurance where needed. We ensure the most common worries like ‘who do I go to if I have a problem?’, ‘what do I do if I don’t feel well?’, and ‘what if I get lost?’ are answered before students join us. Our aim is that, at the end of Transition process, students feel excited about joining us.
Mrs L. Fell
For more information about your child’s transition to Kirk Balk Academy, please read the two letters below: