About Us

Who we are and what we do.

Message From The Headteacher

I am delighted to welcome you to the new Birkdale High School website. We hope that it will provide you with all the information you need but also give you an insight into our school and why we are so proud of it.

We are proud of our academic achievements and the examinations success of our boys over many years. This would not happen without talented and dedicated staff who work tirelessly to engage and challenge each and every student and of course without the hard work of the boys and the support of their parents.

We also have a sporting record that is second to none amongst the local schools whether it is on the track, the field or the court. We regularly top the league tables and we will celebrate these achievements on this website as they occur.

We are however most proud of our students and the ethos they embody: Aspire, Thrive, Succeed. I hope that as you browse through this site you start to get an idea of the many different ways in which our students exemplify this motto through our student leadership team, the school council, peer mentors, Sports Leaders, charity fund-raisers and countless other examples.

Should you still have any questions not answered by this website please contact us and we will do our best to answer your query.

Should you want to know more please make an appointment and it will be my privilege to show you round the school.

Best regards,

Gil Bourgade

School Performance

Click here to find out more about our school results.

As the only 11-16 all-boys academy in Sefton, Birkdale High School aims to be a beacon for outstanding practice in the education of boys. The school's motto is "Thrive - Aspire - Succeed" and underpins its ethos and approach.

We aim to engage, support, stretch and challenge all boys by providing them with a range of exciting opportunities; a varied and purposeful curriculum and a strong set of core values, demanding of all its students the highest standards in all they undertake whilst supporting them in the fulfilment of their personal and academic potential.

As an inclusive school we recognise and welcome the contributions of everyone and seek to enable each individual to achieve his potential so that he is equipped to take his place in and contribute to a rapidly evolving world.

Aims and Objectives

We will achieve these aims by:

Encouraging all boys to take responsibility for their own learning and become outstanding learners
Instilling in boys a sense of pride in being part of the school and its community
Building strong relationship with parents, carers and all our stakeholders through regular contact and effective channels of communication
Developing all boys into well rounded young men ready and able to contribute positively to local and global communities
Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of boys through a clear commitment to British values and within a caring, well-disciplined and happy atmosphere
Equipping all boys with the necessary skills to lead and inspire others
Ensuring all boys make positive lifestyle choices by helping them to develop healthy interests and an awareness of the issues surrounding personal safety and well-being
Creating outstanding opportunities for boys to excel in sport, creative and performing arts and develop wide ranging skills and lasting passions in and out of the curriculum
Encouraging all students to undertake personal challenges
Developing partnerships with other schools that will enable all boys to interact with a wide range of peers in a variety of contexts

Key Documents and Policies

Should you require a paper copy of any policy please contact The School Office. These are provided at no charge.

Meet the Team

Teaching staff and non-teaching staff are listed below.

Mr G Bourgade
Role: Strategic running of the school

Mr P Marshall
Assistant Headteacher
Role: Curriculum, Pupil Premium & Day-to-day running of the school

Mr D Pryor
Assistant Headteacher
Role: Pastoral Care

Mrs H Duffy
Assistant Headteacher
Role: Data & Examinations

Mr D Hudson
Assistant Headteacher
Role: Teaching & Learning.

Mrs J Smith
Finance & Business Manager
Role: Management of Resources

English Department

  • Mrs C Follett - Head of English
  • Mrs L Keating - Acting Head of English
  • Ms R Kelly
  • Mrs J Weir - SENDCO
  • Mr J McCarthy
  • Ms S Hunter

Mathematics Department

  • Mrs J Thompson - Head of Mathematics
  • Mrs L McGarry - Deputy Head of Mathematics
  • Mrs C Cassidy
  • Mr J Crossfield
  • Mr P Marshall
  • Mrs D Woodcock
  • Mrs H Duffy

Science Department

  • Mr J Woodley - Head of Science
  • Mrs S Woodley - Deputy Head of Science
  • Mr S Bennett - Head of Year 8
  • Mr S Burcher
  • Miss Z Flood
  • Mr C Spallen

Creative Arts Department

  • Mrs C Carrington - Art, Head of Creative
  • Mrs R Sinclair - Art, Head of Year 11
  • Mrs H Jeffery - Drama
  • Mr J Warring - Music

Design & Technology Department

  • Mr A Milner - Head of DT
  • Mr G Ascough - Food Technology
  • Mr M Jones

Humanities Department

  • Ms E Jackson - Head of Humanities
  • Miss J Bailey - History
  • Mr D Pryor - Geography
  • Mrs A Sinnott - Geography
  • Ms S Hunter - Geography

ICT Department

  • Mr S Moss - Head of ICT
  • Ms L Humphreys
  • Mr M Jones

MFL Department

  • Mrs C Wahdwa - Head of MFL
  • Mrs H Devlin
  • Miss L Preston

PE Department

  • Mr J Quirk - Head of PE
  • Mr M Carter - Head of Year 7
  • Mr S Keary
  • Mr B Thorne - Head of Year 9


  • Mrs P Marshall - Head of RE / PSHCE
  • Mr J Waring

Teaching Assistants & Mentors

  • Mrs A Bradley
  • Mrs A Mulhall
  • Mr B Boyce - ICE Officer
  • Dr E Deeks
  • Mrs J Donker - Child Protection Officer
  • Ms J Musselle
  • Mrs J Sharples
  • Mrs P Stirling
  • Mrs S Nightingale - Learning Mentor / Head of Year 10


  • Ms K Anslow - PA to the Head, Operations Manager
  • Mrs C Ellis - Office Administrator
  • Mrs A Finnigan - Education Welfare and Attendance
  • Mrs B Peacock - Attendance and Office Administrator
  • Ms K Williams - Data & Exams Officer
  • Ms H Bianchi - Data & Exams Administrator
  • Mrs E MacDonald - Finance Administrator
  • Miss K Dunn - Admin Staff
  • Ms J Musselle - Office Administrator

Subject Technicians

  • Mr J Davies - Design Technology Technician
  • Mrs S Mechant - Food Technology & Art Technician
  • Mr B Leece - Science Technician

IT Support

  • Mr M Kenyon - IT Manager
  • Mr J Bennett

Lunchtime Staff

  • Mr G Leighton
  • Mrs J Martin

Site Management

  • Mr P Woodman - Site Manager
  • Mr B Robb - Caretaker
  • Mr D Moth - Caretaker

About Us

Birkdale High School, a limited company registered in England and Wales under Company number 07695504.

Registered address: Windy Harbour Road, Southport PR8 3DT

Headteacher: G Bourgade


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