Parental Engagement

Ways in which we communicate with Parents to provide information.

Throughout the school year, we set dates for parents and teachers to have a two way discussion about the progress your son is making. This is in addition to termly attainment information and a written report. We also provide access to an app which keeps you up to date with your son's attainment and conduct in school.


Attainment reports

Once a term, a tracking report is produced for your son for your information. This details your son's attainment for each of his subjects, along with grades for his behaviour, attitude to learning and standard of homework.

If your son is in year 10 or 11, you will see a projected grade so that you know what our professional judgement is on the path your son is taking based on his current approach to his learning.

During one of these terms, a full report is produced for your son. This written report contains individual subject feedback from subject teachers in addition to the tracking information. This serves to inform discussions between parents and teachers.


Student Information App

Birkdale has an exciting new service which is now available for parents to ensure communication between the school and yourselves is easier and more effective. Xpressions is a new service created by the award-winning school communication company Groupcall Limited. The app is completely free of charge to you and can be installed on your mobile phone or tablet. It currently supports both Apple iOS and Android devices (with Windows mobile to follow) and you'll be able to see information for your children.

Please ensure we have your correct mobile number and email address on our school database to ensure you can use the new app as soon as it is available. Forms are available from the school office to check and update your details or simply email them to the school. You'll need to make sure you keep these details up to date in future to maintain access to the service.

Once your son is enrolled on the system, we will let you know how to install the app and login in order to get access to his information. Once installed and set up you will be able to see some or all of the following information:

  • ree messages sent by the school delivered directly to the app
  • Attendance and punctuality record
  • Merits records
  • Sanctions records
  • Your son's timetable
  • School calendar
  • Key assessment data (later on in the year)

Parents' Evenings

Throughout the year, evenings are set aside for parents to meet with their son's subject teachers. These dates follow shortly after a report is generated, so discussions between parent, teacher and student can take place with that information at hand. There is a form at the back of each student's planner for the appointment times to be recorded.

Meeting Dates with Subject Teachers

  • Year 7 Parents' Evening - 23rd March 2017, 1600-1830
  • Year 8 Parents' Evening - 15th December 2016, 1600-1830
  • Year 9 Parents' Evening - 30th March 2017, 1600-1830
  • Year 10 Parents' Evening - 8th December 2016, 9th March 2017, 1600-1830
  • Year 11 Parents' Evening - 20th October 2016, 9th March 2017, 1600-1830

Options Evening - 27th April 2017

Options Evening (for Year 9) is on Thursday 27th April 2017. This is an opportunity to hear and talk about the subjects available for your son to chose for study to GCSE level.


Consultation Days

Comments about our school are always welcome as we strive to always give students the best possible support to reach their potential. We welcome feedback all year round, but we also set aside two days every year as consultation days.

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Parents are invited into our school on these days to meet with senior leaders to discuss the academic year to date. We welcome open discussions with parents on this day as we reflect upon what we do and how to continue to drive standards forward.

Xpressions for iOS

Xpresssion app for your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad.

Xpressions for Android

Xpressions App for your Android smart-phone or Tablet.

Transition Guide

Guide to our school for new Year 7 students.

Parents Evening

www.parents-booking.co.uk/birkdale

To login to see which appointments are available and select one that is convenient for you You will need:

The system will be open to take your bookings until 30th March at 12.00.

Once you have logged in, we suggest you use the 'Automated Booking' wizard to make your appointments. You will be asked to enter your availability and choose which teachers you want to see before being shown the most efficient order for visiting those teachers on the night. In some subjects ie Drama you don't need to make an appointment unless your son is planning on taking the topic for his GCSE.

Troubleshooting Tips - please read before booking!

  1. To log in you need to enter the details we have on record for you and your child. If you have recently changed your title or surname, for example, and not informed us, we will be expecting you to log in with the details we have on record
  2. The email address you enter is only used to receive a confirmation of your appointment. If the system gives you an error when you log in, it will not be the email address that is the problem
  3. If you have several children to make bookings for, use the 'Change Child' button on the blue bar (above the school's name) in the very top left corner of the Parent's Booking Page to swap between your children. This does not apply to the Booking Wizard, where your children are tabbed above the teacher names

If you are unable to book at home, please call into the office where a member of staff will help you.

We would welcome your feedback on the new online booking system, please email comments to , please add "Booking System" in the Subject line.

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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

Intranet

School Email School email via outlook portal.
Remote Access School desktop via Remote Access.

External Links

SMHW Show My Homework, school homework diary.
ParentPay Secure school online payment system.
Parents Booking Parents evening booking system.

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