Kirk Balk Academy

A great place to learn

Our Academy

Welcome Message from the Principal

  • Principal
    Mr D Buckley


I am both incredibly proud and profoundly delighted to be able to offer you a warm welcome you to Kirk Balk Academy.

At Kirk Balk, you can expect children to be well taught, and be given the support they need, and to be pushed and challenged when they need to be.

We're a traditional place in many ways, in that we expect students - and staff - to have good manners, to be polite and respectful to one another, to be tolerant and considerate, and to uphold our Academy Rules and Policies. Our academy is business-like and purposeful and students are here to work hard. A strict uniform policy, good attendance and punctuality underpin our success and our philosophy of high expectations.

The staff here are superb! Together, our unwavering vision is for all students to stretch themselves to achieve their full potential, regardless of any barriers to success, and this is encompassed in our academy strapline of 'No Limits'. Whilst we recognise there is much yet to do, we are nevertheless ambitious to be an academy in the top 5% of all schools nationally for progress measures.

In addition to the core business, there are also countless opportunities to learn, develop, make new friends and have fun through extra-curricular activities. We have a strong sporting ethos, and there are many different sports offered throughout the year. In addition to this, we offer extra-curricular opportunities in drama, music, dance, and many other areas. There are countless trips, outings and charity events too, via our well-developed House System.

Believe me when I say that I am really excited about what we are doing here at Kirk Balk Academy! In such a short period of time the progress we have made has been stunning!

More and more Year 11 students each year are now going on to study quality qualifications at college or sixth form with many getting back in touch to share with us their success stories. This is now possible because more young people are gaining the 'gold standard' of passing their full suite of GCSEs, including English and Maths, than ever before.

This really excites me because if this is what we have already achieved, imagine what will be achieved in three years' time. The prospects that we have here at Kirk Balk Academy are endless and there really are 'no limits' to what we can achieve together.

We look forward to working with you all to help to ensure that all our students continue to get the very best deal because of attending our wonderful academy.

Mr D Buckley


Welcome from the Executive Principal

  • Executive

    Ms. J M Nolan

Welcome to Kirk Balk Academy!

We know that the site is the first point of call for many people new to the academy and a regular destination for those who work with us more closely. As a consequence, we want this to be a friendly and informative site which gives visitors detailed information about us in an appealing, interesting and exciting way. We also hope the site keeps you up to date with the latest news and events from the the academy.

In March 2015 we became part of the Northern Education Trust (NET), a multi-academy trust, which provides us with additional resource and expertise. Kirk Balk Academy has come a long way since this conversion. We are thriving and successful academy with over 1100 students on roll and have formed a close working relationship and federation with other NET institutions of which I support as Executive Principal.

You only get one chance in life and it is our responsibility to ensure that at Kirk Balk Academy, each student has the best possible education - whatever their starting point.

We achieve this by having exceptionally high expectations of teaching staff and students as well as focusing on the importance of always striving to do better; to try harder. At the same time we are determined to deliver an all-round educational experience which sets us apart from other schools and makes us amongst the best nationally and internationally.

We want students to wear their uniform with pride; to show an eagerness to learn and enjoy playing their part within the whole academy society. We expect our students to be polite and well behaved at all times, arriving punctually for every lesson and showing consideration for others.

Because there is such a positive atmosphere at Kirk Balk, it is exciting!

By choosing Kirk Balk, parents can be certain they are selecting the best school for their child; one where they will not only succeed academically, but will benefit from a wide range of extracurricular activities and opportunities.

As a student, in choosing Kirk Balk, you will be coming to a school that has a stimulating and exciting environment - where we will not only do our level best to ensure you achieve yours, but one where you will also have the time of your life.

I hope you already share, or will come to share, my belief that Kirk Balk Academy is an exceptional place to attend as a student or to work in as an adult. I feel extremely privileged to be the Executive Principal and hope our website will help you to find out more about us.

Ms J M Nolan

Executive Principal - Northern Education Trust