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  • Balcarras School
    East End Road
    Charlton Kings
    Cheltenham
    Gloucestershire
    GL53 8QF
  • Head: Mr D Burke
  • T 01242 515881
  • F 01242 250620
  • E admin@balcarras.gloucs.sch.uk
  • W www.balcarras.gloucs.sch.uk
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Gloucestershire
  • Pupils: 1,400; sixth formers: 400
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: First week in October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 21st May 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 25th February 2009
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Parents describe the music and drama provision as ‘very impressive’. The school is well represented at the local Cheltenham Music Festival and the chamber choir recently won a national Music for Youth award. Cheery, bright and modern, the school has made the most of its functional appearance. Big classrooms are flooded with natural light and large open views create a healthy sense of space. Primary colours abound (even floors and furniture are painted red) and walls are crammed with examples of work...

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What the school says...

We are proud of the enjoyment and excitement pupils feel about their learning and their life in school. The sixth form continues to be supremely successful.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Russian at an English Comprehensive School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Russian at an English Comprehensive School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Russian at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Additional Science at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Business Studies: Single at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Home Economics: Food at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since September 2016, Dominic Burke, previously deputy head. Degree from York, master's from Sheffield and teacher training qualification from Leeds. First teaching post in Evesham; joined Balcarras in 2007 as head of history. Two young sons; enjoys golf and running and supports Leeds United.

Academic matters

The school’s strategy is to set high expectations for its pupils and then give them the support they need to achieve those expectations. It’s one that is clearly working. Sixty-three per cent of grades were A*-B at A level in 2016, making it one of the best performing state secondaries in the south west. Over 30 subjects on offer - maths is the most popular (further maths also available) and the psychology department has just had to expand to accommodate demand. The sixth form is bearing the brunt of recent...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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