Balcarras

2022 Sixth Form Admissions

GCSE Results 

GCSE results will be published on Thursday 25th August.  You will need to check your school’s website for what your specific arrangements. If you have met the entry criteria for conditional offer to join Balcarras, and are happy with your courses, your place will be confirmed. Mr Leatherbarrow, Mr Constance, Mrs Derrick, and Ms Crowley will be able to advise you on admissions and options from 9:30am – 4:00pm at Balcarras. We will also be available on Friday 26th, 9:30am – 12:30pm should there be a need to discuss your options for the academic year ahead. If you no longer wish to take up your conditional offer at Balcarras, and pursuing other post-16 options, please do notify us as soon as possible by emailing Mrs Crowley: cc@balcarras.gloucs.sch.uk

To see information on last year's results, please see here. 

GCSE Results Day - Balcarras Students
 

Balcarras Students: If you have met the entry criteria for your conditional offer, brilliant! If you don’t wish to change your subjects you can go home, but please confirm with us in person or by email that you intend to accept your place.  We will see you in September! However, if you do wish to change a subject, or your results means you have not met the admission criteria for your chosen courses and you have been asked to meet with us, then please speak to Mr Leatherbarrow, Mr Constance or Mrs Derrick. Don’t go home until you have sorted it out! We will be in school until 3:30pm.

GCSE Results - Non Balcarras Students 

If you have met the entry criteria for your conditional offer, brilliant! If you don’t wish to change your subjects, please confirm with us in person or by email that you intend to accept your place. You will need to complete the Results Summary Sheet and bring it to us in person, or attach it to your e-mail. However, if you do wish to change a subject, or your results means you have not met the admission criteria for your chosen courses and you have been asked to meet with us, then please speak to Mr Leatherbarrow, Mr Constance or Mrs Derrick. Most importantly, please confirm that are definitely intending to accept your place (or have decided not to), in person or by email midday on Friday 26th August!

Changing Subjects 

If you have any subject-specific questions, please do email either:

Mr Leatherbarrow: dl@balcarras.gloucs.sch.uk

Or

Mrs Crowley: cc@balcarras.gloucs.sch.uk

We will look at every enquiry.  Any changes to subject options will be dependent on availability (in terms of timetable availability and subject capacity) and you meeting the relevant GCSE entry criteria.

Mr Leatherbarrow, Mr Constance, Mrs Derrick, and Mrs Crowley will able to advise you on admissions and options on Thursday 25th from 9:30am – 4:00pm at Balcarras.

We will also be available on Friday 26th, 9:30am – 12:30pm should there be a need to discuss your options for the academic year ahead.

Results - Not Meeting The Criteria 

Once you have received your GCSE exam results, if you have missed the entry criteria in one or more subjects, do contact us:

Mr Leatherbarrow: dl@Balcarras.gloucs.sch.uk

Or

Mrs Crowley: cc@Balcarras.gloucs.sch.uk

Mr Leatherbarrow, Mr Constance, Mrs Derrick, and Mrs Crowley will able to advise you on admissions and options on Thursday 25th from 9:30am – 4:00pm at Balcarras.

We will also be available on Friday 26th, 9:30am – 12:30pm should there be a need to discuss your options for the academic year ahead.

Any changes to subject options will be dependent on availability (in terms of timetable availability and subject capacity) and you meeting the relevant GCSE entry criteria.

First Day of Sixth Form/Tutor Groups 

Y12's begin their Sixth Form journey on Friday 2nd September, 2022. Please arrive at 8.45am and come to the Balcarras Sixth Form Entrance where you will find your name and tutor group on the noticeboard. Staff will be available to help point you in the right direction of your tutor/tutor group and there will be maps available for those that would like.

All the tutor groups will be fully integrated and comprise a mixture of students from all the Houses at Balcarras, along with students who are joining Balcarras from other schools.

Following your tutor time, there will be a Y12 assembly at 9am.

On your first day you will receive your timetable.  In addition to the 36 subject lessons over the two-week timetable, you will also find others on your timetable:

EPQ

Futures

Sixth Form Games

Sixth Form Speaker

Study

If you are studying French, Russian or Spanish, you will also have an MFL speaker session which will need to be arranged in one of your allocated Study lessons.

Students who are new to the school will also receive their log-ins for the school network, email and virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in the first week, and newly enrolled students will receive their cashless catering cards and log-in details for Scopay.

Over the course of the first two weeks of term, all the students who are new to the school will be invited to join Mr Leatherbarrow, Mr Constance and tutors for a break time breakfast where any other f.a.q.’s can be addressed.

Induction Day Presentation - Key Next Steps:

Thank you to everyone that attended our induction day on Monday 4th July. We had a wonderful day meeting all of you and we hope you enjoyed your subject taster lessons. If you missed the induction, please click here to review the presentation from Mr Leatherbarrow. The presentation also includes important next steps for the summer/results day and the start of Sixth Form. 

Pre-Admission Form:

Please ensure you have filled in and returned the pre-admissions form prior to the induction day. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Crowley on 01242 545118 or cc@balcarras.gloucs.sch.uk. 

Prospectus 

Prospectus 2022  (PDF document)

If you have questions there are some Frequently Asked Questions here 
 

Entry Requirements 

The minimum requirement for entry to the sixth form is 2 grade 6s and 3 grade 5s in full GCSE courses. These must include a grade 5 or above in both mathematics and English language or literature. In addition, many A-level subjects will require a specific grade in that particular subject at GCSE. Details can be found on the relevant subject page in the prospectus.

Entry requirements 2022-23

Application Form 

The deadline for 2022 applications has passed, however if you would like to discuss a place at Balcarras Sixth Form for this academic year, please do contact Mrs Crowley on 01242 545118 or cc@balcarras.gloucs.sch.uk if you have any questions. For 2023 applications, please check back here for more information. 

Consultations Meetings 

Course consultation meetings will take place from March to April with Mr Darren Leatherbarrow, the Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Elen Derrick Head of Year 12, Mr Mark Constance, Head of Year 13 and members of the Senior Management Team. This gives students and parents the opportunity to discuss any questions they might have with regards to Sixth Form. Your application form will be used as the basis for your course consultation meeting. In particular, we will discuss whether your choices are consistent with your career or academic intentions, as well as with your estimated grades. We will also contact your current school for a reference. 

Offers of Places  

Conditional offers to the Sixth Form are made to students based on their GCSE results. Letters giving a decision on your application will be issued by the end of April.

Choosing Courses  

Please click here for details of the courses we offer and the entry requirements for each subject. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. All students choose FOUR courses. Our prospectus gives guidance on combining courses. It is important that you try and be as sure as you can be, about the courses you choose. You will be spending up to two years studying them, so please take the time to talk to your teachers, parents and career advisers about them! If you are really unsure, you can ask to change your course(s) later on. However, your initial choice does have two important influences on our planning. Firstly, choosing a course makes it more likely to run. Decisions on courses will be made in April. Secondly, we will try to make sure that your chosen combination of courses is possible, ie. that they are not time-tabled at the same time. This will be more difficult to arrange if you change your mind later on. The supporting letter is an important part of the application process and you should talk to your tutor and your parents as you write it. No decisions will be made on the basis of the letter alone, but it will form the basis for discussion at the course consultation meeting.

“Joining Balcarras 6th Form from Winchombe School was quite daunting with new subjects, new teachers and new classmates, but the school was really welcoming right from the start … Balcarras was my first choice for sixth form and I have no regrets with my decision. It has lived up to its positive reputation and has allowed me to experience a wide range of activities whilst pushing me to achieve my academic goals.” Aidan Cheale, former Winchcombe student

"The sixth form ... has standards that are among the highest in the country". Ofsted