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  • New Year welcome from the Headteacher

    Published 05/01/21

    Happy New Year from The High School Leckhampton!

    I hope that this message finds you well, having enjoyed a happy and healthy festive season.  

    I am sure it goes without saying that 2021 will be a momentous year for The High School Leckhampton and as I write this, on the very first day in my tenure as Headteacher, I am incredibly excited about what lies in store for us all over the coming months.  

    The weight of responsibility, as the inaugural Headteacher of our brand-new school, is certainly not lost on me.  Lin Manuel Miranda’s musical ‘Hamiliton’ has been a favourite of mine over recent years and in a seminal moment George Washington sings, ‘History has its eyes on me.’ Without intending to sound grandiose, his sentiment feels very apposite as I take my seat at the helm.

    In December, after 21 years, I said an emotional farewell to my colleagues and pupils at Prince Henry’s High School, Evesham and have subsequently been very warmly welcomed into the Balcarras Trust.  Indeed, much has happened since my interview and appointment in early October.  Initially, I was fortunate to meet many of our prospective pupils and their families during our Open Mornings and since then I have spent much time with Mr Burke and my new colleagues in the Trust, getting up to speed and putting things in place to build momentum for 2021.  I was delighted to learn that Cheltenham Borough Council granted planning permission for our temporary home at Balcarras on 17th December.  This will be wonderful accommodation and we are expecting building to commence in late January with completion in early July.  Over the coming weeks I intend to start recruiting teachers for September and there are several important meetings in my diary, not least with uniform suppliers and GCC to confirm transport arrangements to our temporary site.  There is no doubt that 2021 is going to be a very busy time and I suspect that our moto Prorum Sempur (Always Forward) is going to seem very apt this year!

    You will see that we are still using our temporary website, but our new and permanent website is currently under construction and I hope to be sharing that with you by the end of the month.  When the new website is launched, I will be able to share with you much more about how our wonderful new school will operate but, in the meantime, please keep a look out for regular updates from me and if you have questions or would like to know more about our school, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

    With the very warmest wishes for 2021.

    Helen Wood

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  • Planning permission granted for our temporary home at Balcarras in September 2021

    Published 18/12/20

    Planning permission granted for our temporary home at Balcarras in September 2021

    We are absolutely delighted to announce that Cheltenham Borough Council have granted planning permission for our new modular building on the site at Balcarras, ready for us to start in 2021. 

    The beautifully designed two storey building with very low environmental impact (zero carbon, A+ rated) will house four classrooms, office space and ancillary services to ensure the children have outstanding accommodation and an excellent experience of their first year of secondary education. 

    We expect the building to commence in January with completion in early July.  The Trust is already in discussion with the Local Authority about a bus service for all pupils to use whilst on the site at Balcarras.

    Expect further details about the commencement of the build project and the proposed transport arrangements for pupils in the new year.

    The High School Leckhampton

    Part of The Balcarras Trust

    17th December 2020

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  • Balcarras wins Sunday Times Award

    Published 27/11/20

    We are delighted to announce that our 'sister' school Balcarras has won the Sunday Times Southwest State School of the Decade Award.

    Balcarras has achieved outstanding results for many years and is quite rightly regarded as one of the best schools in the country.

    For more details see the Balcarras website at this link:


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  • Permission for Judicial Review Refused

    Published 02/11/20

    It was announced on Thursday 29th October that the application for a judicial review of the decision by Gloucestershire County Council to grant planning consent for The High School Leckhampton has been turned down by Judge Jarman QC sitting as a judge of the High Court.

    The Balcarras Trust understands that all interested parties have now been informed so we are free to make this announcement on this website. It goes without saying that we are delighted with the decision and, although we fully expected this to be the outcome, it is nonetheless good to have it on paper.  

    We are committed to working with the local community to make sure that The High School Leckhampton becomes a valued asset for all of those people living nearby.

    Dominic Burke

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  • Section 10 Consultation

    Published 21/10/20

    The section 10 consultation for The High School Leckhampton is open from Wednesday 21st October to Wednesday 9th December. Please click here for more details and to complete the consultation questions.

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  • Headteacher Appointed

    Published 07/10/20

    The Balcarras Trust is delighted to announce that we have appointed Mrs Helen Wood to be the Headteacher of The High School Leckhampton.

    Mrs Wood is currently the Senior Deputy Headteacher at Prince Henry’s High School in Evesham and will take up post in January. The CEO of The Balcarras Trust, Dominic Burke, said, “We are absolutely thrilled that Mrs Wood will be joining us to be the Headteacher of The High School Leckhampton and we are confident that under her leadership the school will provide a first rate education for its young people.”

    Speaking shortly after her appointment Mrs Wood said, “I'm over the moon to have been appointed as the Headteacher of The High School Leckhampton. It's such a tremendous honour and privilege to work alongside the Balcarras Trust, who have already spent many months designing and planning the school, in bringing it into fruition.”

    Mrs Wood is due to take up post in January although she is keen to get involved straight away. "I can’t wait to get started. My first priority will be to share my vision for the school with prospective parents at the open events next week.”

    Speaking about her long term aim Mrs Wood said, “I am absolutely committed to creating a first-class school to serve the local community and it's a wonderful prospect to be leading a school that is already so strongly supported by parents.”

    If you are interested in The High School Leckhampton then please do join us at one of the open events that start next week. Due to high levels of demand we will be scheduling more events shortly.


    The Balcarras Trust 7.10.20

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    Published 23/09/20

    Construction of The High School Leckhampton underway

    On Wednesday 22nd September our Headteacher, Dominic Burke along with Councillor Patrick Molyneux (Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills) officially ‘broke the ground’ on The High School Leckhampton, a brand new state of the art comprehensive school which will open next year.

    Mr Burke represented Balcarras and said afterwards: “It is very exciting that work is getting underway. We are looking forward to seeing the building that we have worked so hard to plan become a reality.”

    Kier Construction now begin their work with handover planned for April 2022. In the first year The High School will be based at Balcarras in a purpose built building.

    For GCC’s press release including some videos see this link:


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  • Headteacher - The High School Leckhamptopn

    Published 14/09/20
    Search for outstanding leader is underway  Today the Balcarras Trust began the process of recruiting a new headteacher for The High School Leckhampton. This will be a crucial moment in the school’s development and we are looking for a s
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  • Admissions - The High School Leckhampton

    Published 03/09/20

    Admissions Arrangements for The High School Leckhampton now determined

    The Balcarras Trust has now published the final admissions arrangements for the High School Leckhampton after a consultation period. Please see the final documents plus the Trust's response to the many submissions we received during the consultation. We would like to thank everyone who engaged with the process. Please click here for more information.

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  • Planning Granted

    Published 24/06/20


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  • We have a Name

    Published 24/06/20

    We are proud to announce The High School Leckhampton as the name for Cheltenham's new secondary school serving pupils in the south of the town.

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