Recent Letters and Communications
- Memorial Garden Service 26th November 2018
- Remembrance Service St Andrew's Church
- Balshaw's Annual Charity Event - Children In Need
- Students cycling to school MUST wear a helmet from October 29th 2018
- Prayer Guide for Anxiety
- Online Safety January 2018
- Safe Cycling Letter - November 2017
- ParentScope Guide for Parents (to view your child’s purchases from the school canteen on-line) - see the School Lunch webpage for full details.
- Privacy Notice - students in school
- Privacy Notice - children in need or children looked after
- Privacy Notice - children and young people - information held by local authorities
- Update to PMX (ParentMail's latest platform) 2016
- Mobile Phone Zero Tolerance 2016
- Students who bring bikes to School 2016
Balshaw's Association PTFA
You can find information about the Balshaw's Association PTFA here.
From October 29th 2018, all those travelling to school on a bike MUST wear a helmet. For more information, please see here
We regularly remind all of our students who come to school on a bike to ensure that they stay safe. You can see a poster that appears each day on our information screens.
On Monday 22 January 2018, one of our Year 11 students was knocked off his bike by a car pulling out of a junction who did not see him. Fortunately he is not seriously injured, but without a helmet or high visibility clothing, our students are at putting themselves at much greater risk of accident and injury.
Riding a bike is a great, environmentally friendly way to get to school which we encourage. However, please get your child to wear a helmet when riding to school which they can keep in their school locker during the day. We would also recommend wearing some reflective/high visibility clothing. It may not look 'cool' but it is better than having a head injury, permanent disability or worse as a consequence of being hit by a vehicle.
Mr Steven Haycocks
Child Online Safety
Some of you may have seen or heard about the Channel 4 programme ‘Hunting the Paedophiles: Inside the NCA’ which was aired on Monday 7th December.
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s online safety there is an excellent site at https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/. This contains information and advice both on the issues raised by the programme and other aspects of online safety.
We are going to be giving our students the advice that they should spend some time over the Christmas holidays checking their social media sites. So that parents and students can review their privacy settings and contacts e.g. removing contacts that are not known on a face to face basis.
We think that the programme mentioned above is an excellent resource that we are considering using in our PSHE lessons.
Child Sexual Exploitation
Monday 9th November 2015 saw the beginning of this year’s Child Sexual Exploitation awareness week within Lancashire.
Please read the information below for guidance and support:
GCSE Exam Information
As you are probably aware, GCSE examinations are changing significantly. Most of these changes are affecting current Year 10 students, but the changes in Maths and English are already in effect for Year 11.
There are two helpful documents below to assist you in understanding what is required in the new Maths and English papers. I urge you strongly to read these.
Key basic issues to be aware of are that:
- There are no longer letter grades for GCSEs. They are graded 1 - 9 (9 being the highest grade which is higher than the existing A* grade)
- Any student not getting a 4 or above will be required to resit Maths and English until the age of 18 or until they achieve a 4 or above.
- Although grade 4 is considered to be an 'awarding pass', grade 5 will be classed as a 'good pass'. In other words, grade 5 is likely to become the new 'C grade' standard.
There is a lot more subject specific detail below. It may be useful to discuss these with your son/daughter.
Mr Steven Haycocks HEADTEACHER
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