Balcarras General Information

1 AIMS OF BALCARRAS SCHOOL At Balcarras we provide our pupils with education of the highest quality so that they leave us with the qualifications, skills and personal qualities they need to lead successful lives. To achieve this we will ensure: • • Commitment to the highest academic standards • • A caring and stimulating environment with excellent behaviour and discipline • • A wide range of extra-curricular activities • • Partnerships with parents, business and the local community School Calendar Autumn Term 2018 Begins: Tuesday 4th September Half-term: Monday 22nd October – Friday 26th October Ends: Friday 21st December Spring Term 2019 Begins: Monday 7th January Half-term: Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February Ends: Friday 5th April Summer Term 2019 Begins: Tuesday 23rd April Half-term: Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May Ends: Friday 19th July Administration Balcarras is an 11-18 Academy. Chairperson of the School Governors: Miss Rosi Shepherd C/o Balcarras School Headteacher: Mr Dominic Burke BA Deputy Headteacher: Mr Neil Baxter MA (Cantab) Head of Sixth Form: Mr Darren Leatherbarrow BA Assistant Headteachers: Mrs Rebecca Atkin BSc Mrs Elizabeth Cullis BSc Mr Gary Towers BSc Mr Paul Greenway BA Admissions Criteria for Years 7 – 11 for Balcarras School September 2019 (summary version) The number of intended admissions is 194 in Years 7 to 11. Where applications for admission in Year 7 exceed the number of places available, places will be allocated according to the following criteria, applied in order: 1. Looked after children or children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption child arrangement order or a special guardianship order (iv). 2. Children living in the school’s area of priority who have a sibling attending the school where the sibling is or has been a member of Years 7-12 and who will continue to be on the school roll when the applicant’s child is admitted. This criterion does not apply if the sibling has only attended Years 12-13. 3. Children of full or part time salaried members of staff who have been employed at Balcarras for two years or more at the time of the application for admission, or of a member of staff recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage. 4. Children living in the area of priority, served by the school (see map). If there are more children in the area of priority than places available, those with the strongest geographical claim, measured in a straight line from the ordnance survey address point of the child’s home address (including flats) to the ordnance survey address point of the school, using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority. 5. Children who live outside the area of priority served by the school, who have a sibling attending the school where the sibling is or has been a member of Years 7-12 and who will continue to be on the school roll when the applicant’s child is admitted. This criterion does not apply if the sibling has only attended Years 12-13.) 6. Other children with the strongest geographical claim, measured in a straight line from the ordnance survey address point of the child’s home address (including flats) to the ordnance survey address point of the school, using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority. In the event of the over-subscription of any of the criteria, where there are two or more children living the same distance from the school, then a ‘names in a hat’ process will be undertaken by the Admissions’ Authority, with the first name drawn being successful. If the school is over- subscribed, a waiting list will be held for (at least) the first school term (i.e. until December). The waiting list will be prioritised according to the school’s over-subscription criteria. The school operates an appeals system in the event of over-subscription. Parents will be required to complete an appeals form and will then be invited to attend a hearing held by an independent appeals panel. The school has signed up to the In-Year Fair Access Protocols held by the Local Authority. Should a vulnerable child within these Protocols require a place at the school, they will take precedence over any child on the waiting list. The school is required to admit a child with a statement of Special Educational Needs that names the school, where the attendance of the child would not be incompatible with the efficient education of others, or the efficient use of resources.

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