Extra Curricular Activities

Activities outside of normal timetabled lessons.

Instrument Lessons

We have an excellent team of visiting peripatetic staff who can supply instrumental lessons for a small charge. The cost is heavily subsidised by the school.

Further information available on request from the school reception or from your music teacher.

Jazz Band

Various ensembles run throughout the year but our Jazz Band is a permanent feature. They are held in high esteem throughout the area and new players are always welcome. Our band recently played at the Southport College Open Evening. We are proud to showcase such talent and it is a credit to our students that they seek to widen their experiences beyond the school curriculum.


Junior Badminton practice for Year 7 takes place every Tuesday evening from 3:10pm until 4.15pm, and involves coached sessions for squad players.

Senior Badminton practice takes place on Tuesday lunchtime from 12.25 pm to 13.05 pm and involves coached sessions for all team players from years 8 to 11.

Open Badminton club for all ages takes place on Friday lunchtime from 12.25 pm to 13.05 pm.

Cooking Club

‘Monday Night Cooking Club’ is open to students of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend. Whether you are carrying out skills for your Duke of Edinburgh, practising dishes for your catering exams or just want to learn a few new dishes to cook for yourself and your family, you will be welcome.

Come along 3.10 pm to 5.00 pm (Monday night, in case you were wondering.)

- Mr Ascough

Chill Out Club

This very popular club is open every Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime in the Mentoring Base.

Come over and make new friends! Everyone including Year 7 welcome. We look forward to seeing you.

- Mrs Nightingale

Jazz Band Practice

The Jazz Band always welcome new members. If you are learning an instrument and would like to join ask your instrumental teacher or Mr Waring.

Open Wednesday lunchtime 12.35 pm to 1.05 pm

- Mr Waring

ICT Club

All boys are welcome to in U6 every lunchtime to use ICT equipment.

The aim is to allow boys to complete homework or research their interests during their lunch time. Homework will take priority during busy periods.

- Miss Humphreys

Christian Club

The 'Deeper' Christian Club welcomes all. You don't have to be a Christian to come along. Discussions, Games, Music and more.

On at Wednesday lunchtime.

- Mrs A Bradley

Hardware Club

Learn about Arduino, Rapberry Pis, Micro:bit, Sensors, electronics and using the web to tie everything together.

- Mr Bennett

Reading Club

For a quiet place to read and to share with others the joy of reading.

On Wednesday after school 3.15 pm to 4.00 pm.

- Mrs P Stirling & Mrs A Bradley

Garden & Wildlife Club

The club benefits a lot of students for different reasons. It creates an environment where students can develop their social skills, practical skills and science skills. Most importantly it does it in a way that they enjoy and gives them a safe venue to pursue their hobby and meet with others that share their enthusiasm.

We get involved with maintaining the pond, the science garden and the chickens we have. Alternatively you may have an interest in caring for Gerbils, Rats, Degus or Stick Insects which we also keep.

The club is open every lunch time Monday to Friday 12.40 pm to 1.05 pm and Monday, Tuesday and Friday after school at 3.15 pm to 4.00 pm.

- Mr Leece


Our Physical Education Department offers an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities and our goal is that everyone takes part.

The PE Department is committed towards providing competitive sporting opportunities to every student in the school. We pride ourselves on the fantastic participation rates that have been achieved.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays the Department runs a rolling programme of inter-form competitions during lunch periods throughout the year. Activities are modified to enhance the number of students involved in each game. In most cases, tournaments are designed around whole class involvement (even the form teacher!)

Sports Teams

At Birkdale, all our sports teams receive high quality coaching and achieve major successes regionally and nationally and dominate sporting competitions on a local level.

We have a number of sports teams for students to take part in and a training programme to support those students.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

2015 has been, yet again, a very positive year for those students taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Demand for places is always high and its fantastic to see so many of our pupils undertake a range of activities for their volunteering, skill and physical recreation sections. Volunteering activities this year have included working with local community projects, caring for the elderly, disabled and young children as well as being peer mentors and prefects within school. We currently have 30 Silver participants and 58 Bronze participants hopefully completing this year.

The final component of the Award is the expedition section, completed within school with the Youth and Community Partnership (YCP). All of those taking part in the award attended 2 days of training prior to the practice expeditions. Bronze practice expeditions were held locally in the Chorley area and the qualifying expeditions were held in Silverdale. Silver expeditions took place within the Forest of Bowland and Yorkshire.

Participants were a credit to themselves, their parents and the school and demonstrated excellent team work and problem solving skills. Congratulations to all those who have worked so hard this year!

Please remember to update all evidence to your eDofE accounts for verification and approval with Sefton MBC. Any advice and/or support is always available from Mr Milner and practical support (accessing account/uploading evidence etc) is available each Monday evening 3.10-4.10pm in B4.

The Youth and Community Partnership CIC - YCP

The Youth and Community Partnership CIC is a local not-for-profit organisation based at Meols Cop Youth & Community Centre, Meols Cop Road Southport PR8 6JU.

The Youth and Community Partnership are an Expedition AAP (Approved Activity Provider) for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels working with local Academies, Schools and Colleges to provide expedition training and experiences appropriate to the needs, abilities and levels relevant to the young people involved. We strive to support young people through the demanding requirements of the Expedition section at each level whilst expecting and appreciating the involvement of parents and carers.

As qualified Youth & Community Workers the YCP Team have over 30 years’ experience within the field of youth work and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award holding ML / BEL and D.ofE. Assessors qualifications, are pleased to be offering the Expedition section once again to the Birkdale High School students having developed positive relationships with students over the years.

A Parent & Student meeting will be held on Tuesday 7th November at 7pm in the Media Hall at BHS for those interested in registering onto the 2018 Duke of Edinburgh’s Group.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the Expedition experience with us then please contact us: Patrice, Danny or Patricia Subject Heading: BHS Bronze or Silver 2018

[email protected]

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Registered address: Windy Harbour Road, Southport PR8 3DT

Headteacher: G Bourgade


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