Welcome to Balby Carr Community Sports College
Welcome to Balby Carr Sixth Form. Being a student is one of the most exciting times of your life and we hope above all that you will decide to continue in education and choose the right courses for you. This prospectus is designed to help you in making the important choices about your future. Good training and qualifications are more important today than they have ever been and at Balby Carr we will provide you with the right skills and knowledge to face the next important stage of your life, whether it is to find a job, train for a career or prepare for University.
Balby Carr Community Sports College - Committed to Excellence
It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to Balby Carr Community Sports College. We see educating young people as a partnership between home and school, with everyone working towards the same goal of delivering the best possible education for every pupil. We promise to do our utmost to develop every child as much as we can, and we value all children equally. Our aim is to help all pupils evolve into positive, successful, well-balanced and caring young adults. The college is concerned with developing the academic and creative potential of pupils to enable them to succeed in the wider world.
The school has been designated as a Specialist Sports College, which means there are many opportunities for our pupils in all areas of college life. Our highly-qualified and committed staff encourage high standards in everything we do, in our well ordered and caring environment. We are looking confidently to the future and would be delighted to welcome you into our school community.
The SPIRIT qualities we seek to develop in all our pupils are: Self-confidence a Positive attitude the ability and willingness to become Independent learners and to take responsibility for themselves and their own learning Respect for themselves and others, showing consideration for others in school including staff and other pupils the skills to make mature and Informed decisions that will enable them to achieve the ability to set clear Targets and goals to work towards. Achievement for all Balby Carr has high standards and expectations. The college is superbly equipped for educating young people in the 21st century. In addition to attractive classrooms, many of which have interactive whiteboards, we have an exceptional range of specialist accommodation for every subject, as well as ICT suites in all curriculum areas and superb sporting facilities. Our City Learning Centre (CLC) offers the latest in learning technologies. We are continually adding to these first-class facilities to ensure we offer the best possible opportunities for all our pupils. Working with the Community We pride ourselves on being a community school. We work with and for the community and have extensive links with local companies and organisations. We run numerous charitable events and offer a wide-ranging adult education programme at the CLC. Many local groups use our sports and other facilities. Beyond the curriculum At Balby Carr, we are committed to providing a whole variety of opportunities for pupils to learn and develop a wide range of skills outside the classroom. There is an extensive and varied programme of activities, through which pupils can develop confidence, problem-solving and team-working skills. These activities give them the opportunity to excel in new and challenging areas and to cultivate interests that may stay with them for life. Opportunities include a wide range of sporting disciplines, from football and hockey to volleyball and weight training, as well as challenging outdoor pursuits and activities. In creative arts, pupils can get involved in our musical groups and bands, orchestra or choir, or take part in musical or dramatic productions. We run Art and ceramics workshops, while pupils with an interest in Technology can get involved in design drawing, metalwork and woodwork, or join our computer club. We organise an annual adventure week and ski trip, as well as exciting trips to the theatre, museums, galleries and many other places of interest. Pupils can get involved in our Art club, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, and take part in a whole host of special interest clubs in all areas of the school.
We have recently invested in the facilities for our sixth form students because we want you to be a part of a vibrant and caring community with access to the best teaching and facilities.
We are aiming to extend the current study facilities available in the Sixth form. We currently have facilities in the library, Technology area, PE, Sixth Form Block and City Learning Centre. Private study is an essential element within the sixth form. It is expected that students will take responsibility to organise their study time and meet deadlines. Progress will be monitored termly, with targets being set to ensure students strive towards their potential. The School Careers Library is open throughout the school day and may be used by students at all times. It contains an extensive range of information about careers and higher education. A wide range of reference books together with university and college prospectuses can be accessed. Throughout Years 12 and 13, students can request an interview with the school’s career advisers
Students are provided with information which will help them to make decisions about their future. A variety of external organisations and staff within school will assist with this process.
These are important positions of responsibility that Year 12 are able to apply for. Students holding this position will carry out varying responsibilities throughout school. The nature of the job may vary, but most ambassadors will also be assisting a Year 7 Form Tutor during registration. A position of responsibility does not only benefit the school but is also a useful experience when applying for a job or to go on to higher education. It will demonstrate that you have the ability to work independently and have shown a commitment towards the learning of others.
Specialist support for learning
A team of committed staff and external agencies provide dedicated support for pupils, either within the classroom or in our Learning Support Centre. Some pupils attend our early-morning breakfast club and after-school homework club, or extend their studies during the evening at the City Learning Centre. Homework is an essential part of our learning programme and pupils are encouraged to attend the homework club to access the ICT resources and additional help from staff.
Our experienced team of learning mentors work alongside individual pupils who, for a variety of reasons, need additional guidance to enable them to progress. We have an extensive mentoring programme, which involves a range of partners including local universities.
Pupils with particular talents and abilities are also given opportunities to develop these within their lessons and through an exciting range of enrichment activities.
Realistic and challenging targets are regularly set for all pupils, to encourage them to aim high. These targets and pupil's progress towards them are regularly reviewed and discussed with parents and the pupils themselves.
Post- 16 progress
Balby Carr's Sixth Form provides a lively and stimulating environment for Post- 16 studies. Our Sixth Form belongs to a partnership with other local providers, enabling us to offer a much broader range of vocational courses, as well as AS and A2-Level programmes. Courses are available for students of all abilities and interests, and our students have a very good record of obtaining places in Higher Education and employment.
Our recent Ofsted inspection recognised the “improving effectiveness of the Sixth Form” in which students make “good progress” with “good teaching encouraging mature discussion by well informed students. The Sixth Form students at Balby Carr receive good careers education and guidance” and the number of students going on to higher education is increasing every year.
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How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Balby Carr Community Sports College directly.