The Balcarras Trust
The Balcarras Trust is a new Trust which has been established by the Trustees of Balcarras School, Cheltenham. Balcarras is a highly successful 11-18 school situated in the heart of the Charlton Kings area of east Cheltenham. Consistently rated outstanding by Ofsted, it has also been recognised by The Sunday Times as the highest achieving comprehensive school in the South West. Its highly regarded Headteacher, Mr. Dominic Burke, has recently assumed a dual role as he is now also Chief Executive of the Balcarras Trust.
Currently, The High School Leckhampton is the only other school in the Trust, although future expansion is likely. The Balcarras Trust has a very strong ethos, a commitment to inclusivity and is always striving for improvement. We will seek to promote these values in all our schools.
The High School Leckhampton
The High School Leckhampton is an 11-16 comprehensive school which opened its doors in September 2021. The school was commissioned by Gloucestershire County Council to cater for an expansion in pupil numbers at secondary level in the south Cheltenham area. The school is being sponsored and developed by The Balcarras Trust who have been centrally involved in all aspects of the new school's development since 2018. The school opened to Year 7 pupils in September 2021 and is temporarily located at Balcarras School. In September 2022, we will move to our permanent home on Farm Lane, where the school will welcome a new cohort of Year 7 pupils. Eventually we will accommodate 900 pupils. The Farm Lane site is located on the southern edge of Cheltenham, just over 2 miles from Balcarras School. The school will occupy an idyllic setting, a stone's throw from the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and nestled below Devil's Chimney. It is a superb place for a school site.
The Trust believe that school should be a golden time in a young person’s life. We want our children to succeed academically and to achieve the best possible educational outcomes so that doors open beyond school. Few schools nationally can claim to have higher progress figures than Balcarras. Our children make superb progress academically regardless of their starting point and the Trust has set out to create exactly the same expectations at the High School Leckhampton.
We believe that school should be enjoyable and we want children to actively look forward to coming in every day. Lively and engaging teaching is the best way to achieve this but it is also vital that there is a broad and extensive range of extra curricular opportunities and there will be.
Right from the start we want to stress that The High School Leckhampton is a separate school to Balcarras with its own leadership team and uniform etc. Of course the two schools will work closely together as ‘sister’ schools, sharing expertise and supporting one another.
In the first year the school currently exists on the Balcarras site operating out of a purpose built brand new building which itself is a very attractive facility. The school will then relocate to Farm Lane from September 2022.