Advice for Parents of Year 7 2023
This page contains information for the parents of pupils due to start at Balcarras in September 2023.
Letters have been posted to the Year 7 September intake.
Please fill in the following pre-admission form:
We would be grateful if this form could be completed by Friday 28th April.
If you have any questions or queries about the form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Taster Day for Year 6 pupils - Wednesday 5th July 2023
Please can all parents/guardians complete this form once their child has been visited at their primary school by a member of the transition team by Friday 23rd June.
Timings for the day will be 8.50am - 3.20pm.
Important dates for the diary
Taster day for Year 6 pupils - Wednesday 5th July 2023
Parents Evening - Thursday 6th July 2023 - 6-8pm
If you have any questions about the Year 6 to Year 7 transition please email Mrs Cathryn Saunders on email@example.com
All Primary Schools and Year 6 pupils will be visited at their school.
Helping your child become secondary ready
If you were looking for information on how to help settle your child into Year 7, we have put together some resources to support and guide you. The presentations that follow are in four parts which can be watched with your child at your own convenience. There is also a useful BBC Bitesize quiz below.
Secondary Ready Meeting Information
Part 1 - Introduction – outlining relationship skills, making friends, meeting new people and being an inclusive school
Part 2 - The importance of sleep and social media use
Part 3 - Sharing ideas to develop resilience skills in our child
Part 4 - The role of the tutor and supporting your child at home
Part 5 - What parents can do next to support their child
School Uniform Update & Knowing which House your child is in
Your child will receive a letter at the end of June / early July which will inform them which tutor group and house they are in. At the moment the only part of the uniform that will need to be in House colours, is the school badge. These are not only available from our uniform suppliers but are also available directly from Balcarras School (through reception).
Click here for a full school uniform list.
Pupils joining Balcarras from September 2023 will now have to wear the new Tartan pleated skirt.
We have two uniform suppliers:
Monkhouse (formerly School Togs)
252 High Street, opposite Wilkinsons
For further information click here.
The Schoolwear Company
Universal Uniform Ltd, Unit V1 Kingsville Road, Kingsditch Trade Park
***Please note this store will cease trading on 26th May - more information to follow on a new uniform supplier.
Click here for information on PE Kit including instructions on ordering a named Polo shirt. This is the one item of PE kit that has a deadline. The deadline for ordering this is Wednesday 12th July.
Any items ordered via scopay will be given to pupils in their PE lesson in September.
Click here for information about Music Tuition for the upcoming academic year. All starter forms need to be completed, signed and returned with payment to Mrs S Davis in the Finance Office by Monday 10th July. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr Dan Armstrong, Head of Music will be available at the new parents evening on Thursday 6th July.
Maths Kit, Lockers, Ties and Badges
Click here for information about ordering a Maths Kit, a Locker, Ties and Badges.
ONLINE ordering needs to be completed by 9.00am Tuesday 4th July as these items will be given to pupils on Taster Day.
Any order made after this time will need to be collected before the end of term.
All information regarding pupils with can be found here.
Balcarras PTFA is a committee whose purpose is to raise money to support the School. The committee organises a number of events during the school year to raise the funds requires. We use these funds towards equipment and materials for departments and extracurricular clubs. In the past we have been lucky enough to provide every request made. In addition, we also each year provide financial assistance towards the Year 11 & Year 13 annual prom and the Year 11 leavers book.
The PTFA is a necessary & essential part of enabling the school to function at its current level.
We welcome further support and assistance from parents either as a member of the committee or just helping for an hour or longer at one or more of the numerous events we hold to raise funds. All meetings are held in the staff room from 7pm on the following dates. We welcome all.
2023-2024 dates coming soon....