Balcarraslearning.com is the school's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and it uses the web based software called Moodle. The VLE can be accessed through any up-to-date web browser, however, it is recommended that you use either Firefox, Safari, Chrome or Internet Explorer. You can access the VLE from anywhere on any device which has access to the internet and an up-to-date web browser.
There are many devices which can offer this such as smart phones, tablets, laptops and PCs each of which have their own merit. When deciding what sort of device to purchase for you child to compliment their education, you will need to weigh up advantages and disadvantages of each, but all should offer the same experience on the VLE provided the browser is kept up-to-date.
Click here for Balcarras' virtual learning environment.
BYOD Bring Your Own Device
Pupils may be asked to use a device that can access the internet whilst in lessons. This can either be a smartphone or a handheld device. The school has strict guidelines on when and how these should be used in lessons. The following rules are to ensure the safety and well being of pupils at school:
- Only use your device when permitted
- Never use social media at school
- Only use the school WiFi
- Never share your device
- Never share your log in details
- Ensure your device screen is always fully visible
- Don’t print unnecessarily
- Charge device before school
- Never publish offensive or embarrassing material
- Never take photos
- Use technology responsibly
- Never mirror your device
Reports and Interim Reports
Click here to view Parental Guidance on Reports
All pupils are expected to attend school during term times, the school calendar can be seen here. If your pupils is ill or unable to attend school you can let us know by phoning in and leaving a message on the attendance phone (Option 1 on the phone menu), or you can email the school attendance technician directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Balcarras Policy on Photographs
At Balcarras School, we regularly use photographs of pupils on the school website and in various publications. Pupils love to see themselves in photographs and we are keen for all of our pupils, from Year 7 all the way up to Year 13, to be seen on the website, in the school magazine, in the local press and in various other educational journals.
*If for any reason you do not wish your son’s or daughter’s image to appear in school photographs, please contact the school.
Click here for subject information for Year 7 parents.
Click here for subject information for Year 8 parents.
Click here for subject information for Year 9 parents.
Click here for Timetables and exam information
Click here for Information about the GCSE mentoring scheme.
Information on Options
Click here for Information for Year 9 students on choosing their options.