Kirk Balk Academy
Barnsley, United Kingdom
About Kirk Balk Academy
Welcome from the Principal
I am both incredibly proud and profoundly delighted to be able to offer you a warm welcome to Northern Education Trust, Kirk Balk Academy.
We know that the site is the first point of call for many people new to the academy and a regular destination for those who work with us more closely. As a consequence, we want this to be a friendly and informative site which gives visitors detailed information about us in an appealing, interesting and exciting way. We also hope the site keeps you up to date with the latest news and events from the academy.
We are unashamedly focused on the educational outcomes of our students and deem that our students deserve to achieve the very best grades that they are capable of. We believe that this is the whole point of running a great school and we are exceedingly proud that we achieve this by taking a truly child centred approach. Our students are the most important people in our building!
We are keen for everyone to understand our vision:
“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.”
In addition to the core business, there are also countless opportunities to learn, develop, make new friends and have fun through extra-curricular activities. We have a strong sporting ethos, and there are many different sports offered throughout the year. In addition to this, we offer extra-curricular opportunities in drama, music, dance, and many other areas. There are countless trips, outings and charity events too, via our well-developed House System.
I hope you already share or will come to share, my belief that Kirk Balk is an exceptional place to attend as a student or to work in as an adult. I feel extremely privileged to be the Principal here and hope our website will help you to find out more about us.
Principal at Kirk Balk Academy
On behalf of the Northern Education Trust Board, welcome to Northern Education Trust Kirk Balk Academy.
We are unswerving in our commitment to ensure that the outcomes our young people secure prepare them fully for life beyond school. Our Academies are happy and thriving communities where children both achieve and feel safe and cared for. As an inclusive Trust, we strive to help young people overcome any barrier to learning.
We are a caring employer and invest heavily in professional development, allowing our staff opportunities to take the next steps in their career. We hope you find our website holds all the information you need to believe that whether you are a parent or prospective employee, your next steps should be taken with us.
Effectiveness of leadership and management is good- OFSTED - November 2017
The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils demonstrate positive attitudes towards their learning. They take pride in their written work and follow the whole-school presentation policy, ‘PROUD’.- OFSTED - November 2017
The school’s motto of ‘No limits’ underpins leaders’ improvement planning and actions. Actions taken to address weaknesses are having a positive impact on improving the quality of teaching and learning across the school and raising outcomes. Staff are clear about the vision for improvement. One new member of staff said, ‘The drive and strive for improvement at this school is quite impressive.'- OFSTED - November 2017
Academy senior leaders are supportive and committed to improvements in all provision; this is leading to significant and rapid improvements.- Mr D Brown - NET Director of Governance, Standards & Safeguarding