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.
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.
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. There is a form at the back of each student's planner for the appointment times to be recorded.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are unable to book at home, please call into the office where a member of staff will help you.