I've unfortunately been here since 2013, so I know what it is like before and after the academy trus
I've unfortunately been here since 2013, so I know what it is like before and after the academy trust took over. First of all, the senior leadership team are absolutely shocking. They tend to make their decisions with looking good to the NET (academy trust) and other academy trusts on their minds, over the students welfare. The school only look for maths and English results, not caring about any other subject. I understand maths and English are mandatory these days, but they really need to start taking other subjects seriously. A student may require a subject that's NOT maths or English to get to where they want to be in the future, and the school not taking this seriously is holding them back. And when you try talking to the supposedly 'senior leaders', they do nothing but make the point of 'maths and English takes priority'. Explain why I have 2 lessons of computer science a week, and 9 hours of maths? It needs balancing out. You see massive posters when the year 11s leave boasting about their maths and English results, and never about student satisfaction, or showcasing where students went in the future. This basically invalidates their motto of 'No Limits'. Secondly, the rules them implement are notoriously strict and pointless. A prime example of this is in-between lessons, the students NEED to walk in complete total silence, and failure to do so will result in an hour detention after school. With constant stress and pressure on the year 11s, is it fair that they need to worry about pointless rules like this too? Imagine you're sat in a lesson for complete total silence for the past one or two hours, and you can't even say a word to your friend on the way to next period? And if you have your phone confiscated (which is fair enough), a parent has to collect it for you? How about if peoples parents work shifts, and maybe out saving someone's life? Ridiculous, or so I think it is. Thirdly, the staff here are leaving. The teachers who work at this school don't even like it. That really says a lot about it. It is such a mess, teachers who have worked at Kirk Balk for longer than I have been around are looking for new jobs. I HIGHLY recommend you don't send your child to this school, and you send them elsewhere. This school has to be one of the worst in Barnsley, if not THE worst.