Recent Letters and Communications
- Snow Closure - Thursday 8th March 2018
- Online Safety January 2018
- January Newsletter 2018
- November Newsletter 2017
- 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
- July Newsletter 2017
- Family Fun Day and Spring Fair 2017
- Christmas Newsletter 2016
- Advent Memorial Garden Service Invitation - Monday 28th November 2016
- July Newsletter 2016
- Update to PMX (ParentMail's latest platform) 2016
- Mobile Phone Zero Tolerance 2016
- Students who bring bikes to School 2016
- January Newsletter 2016
- Christmas Newsletter 2015
- September Newsletter 2015
Balshaw's Association PTFA
You can find information about the Balshaw's Association PTFA 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:
KS4 Information Evening
As you are no doubt aware, we are about to start our subject choice procedure in preparation for Year 10 courses of study. As one of the phases of this procedure, we will be holding our subject information evening on Wednesday 31st January at 6.00 pm in the hall. It is intended that the meeting will last approximately one hour. Students are welcome to attend but they will receive all the necessary information within school.
The evening will provide an opportunity to cover aspects of the selection process, the various courses available and hopefully answer any queries. One of the most important features of the evening will be that each subject area will be represented and staff will be available to consult about their subject. They will not be making comments on your child’s progress/potential since the opportunity for those discussions will be available at the parents’ evening on Thursday 8th March following the issue of the tracking reports prior to this date.
We look forward to seeing you on the evening.
Mr S C Haycocks ( Headteacher) and Mr J S Morgan (Deputy Headteacher)
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
Year 11 Parents' Evening is on Thursday 8th February starting at 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm. Your son/daughter has a page in their School Planner to make appointments and teachers will be looking to make these appointments over the coming days in the lead up to Parents' Evening. Parental attendance is encouraged as it helps to give you an indication as to how your child is doing at Balshaw's. Can we ask you please to encourage your child to make appointments and we look forward to seeing you on the evening. Some of our Year 11’s will be away on the Iceland Trip on that date but parents should still attend even if their son/daughter cannot. Feedback from the three science teachers who are supervising the trip will be provided to parents of Year 11 students in their class.
Mr J S Morgan