Welcome to Simon Balle School. This is indeed a special place and we believe it is quite different to many other local secondary schools. Everyone who knows us or visits our school speaks of our distinct ethos with its strong sense of mutual support and loyalty.

We have a clear vision – all students will be set challenging academic and personal targets and given the support and encouragement to succeed. An outstanding education experience is the greatest gift that we can give our young people who will be the leaders of future generations. As the world is rapidly changing we need to ensure that all of our students go out into the globally competitive world with the skills, attributes and behaviours for twenty-first century living.

We are a learning community and therefore teaching and learning is at the heart of all we do. Academic results are incredibly important. Our curriculum is fairly traditional with a great emphasis upon additional out of hours learning, clubs and visits. Our values drive all we do; creativity, hard work, mutual respect and honesty are constantly reinforced. However, we are forward looking and innovative. Students really enjoy school and are extremely committed as they understand the relevance of what they are doing.

We are a nurturing community at Simon Balle. Ofsted awarded us outstanding grades for all aspects of our work; behaviour, attendance, safe practices, health and cultural development. Relationships at Simon Balle are exceptionally good, newcomers are welcomed and the feeling of an ‘effective family’ is often commented upon. Guidance and support are key aspects of our work. Students know that they are listened to and that together we work for improvement.

Our values and sense of moral purpose drives all we do. We are a responsible and responsive community. Our students think deeply about others, care for the environment and are passionate about how they can make a difference to others.

Alison Saunders, Headteacher