Ways in which we communicate with Parents to provide information.
At Birkdale High School, we understand that for each of our boys to be successful we need to work closely with parents and carers towards that common goal. We also understand that boys often communicate differently and that direct lines of communications between home and school are crucial to their success. Finally, as parents ourselves, we also appreciate the importance of being provided with live, relevant and up-to-date information about our children so we can continue these discussions at home.
Throughout the day you will be able to access live information on our two apps about homework, attendance, punctuality, merits, sanctions and attainment.
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.
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 for learning, attitude to learning, work presentation and standard of homework.
If your son is in Years 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 studies.
Once a year, 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.
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:
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. Appointments are made online via a web link on our website.
In Year 7, we also have an early “keep in touch” evening once your son has settled where you can meet the form tutor and your son is invited to take you round the school and show you his learning environment.
In Year 11, we also hold an additional intervention evening after the mock exams, where students whose performance has raised concerns are invited to come in with their parents to discuss strategies aimed at improving their progress before the exam season starts.
Events and times are listed on the parents eventing page
All our staff, including the Headteacher, can be contacted directly by email or phone with any query or concern you may have. Teachers may not be able to answer immediately if they are teaching or in a meeting but will respond within 24 hours. You can ring the school on 01704-577253, email at [email protected] or email any member of staff directly (all the addresses are in your son's school email contact list). You are also welcome at any time to make an appointment and come and speak to a member of staff personally.
Twice a year (in October and June), we hold a Parent/Carer forum where you can meet the Headteacher and Senior Staff. We usually hold short presentations on relevant topics or new development and then have an open discussion or Q&A session about how the school can continue to improve its provision for your son.
Every Wednesday we publish and email a newsletter to highlight students' successes in and out of school, give notice of future events or simply inform parents and carers of any relevant information regarding the school and its community. A copy of past newsletter is also available in the news section.
Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) and the Virtual College teamed up to provide a short, free online course entitled 'Keep Them Safe: Protecting Children from CSE' designed to equip parents and carers with the knowledge to protect children against sexual exploitation.
More Courses in general are available at www.virtual-college.co.uk
As parents we all wonder and worry about our children's digital safety and well-being. The school has registered with a new parental support website called "ParentInfo", which is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents and carers from leading experts and organisations . Visit to register for their news updates.