Student body providing community support and a voice for students in school issues.
The structure aims to enable students to develop their leadership skills as they progress through their school career. When the roles of Head Boy, Deputy Head Boy and Senior Prefects are chosen, the expectation is that the pupils applying for these roles will already have taken on responsibilities lower down the school e.g. Peer mentor, Form Captain, School Council.
This is a democratically elected body and the Form Captains and Student Council have Mrs Brook as their lead teacher. Form groups vote for form captains who hold a responsibility of communicating information to and from the student council.
This council is the main forum for student voice and focuses on three main areas: teaching and learning, charity work and improvements to school life. Form Captains and School Council meet on a regular basis with Mrs Brook to discuss progression and development of the student voice. The school council are responsible for representing the students of the school in meetings with a set agenda, they have the task of promoting new ideas to the Head Teacher, which they think will improve the school.
The Senior Prefects share many of the expectations and responsibilities of the Head Boy and Deputy Head Boy. They play a key role on Open Evening and in helping with the smooth running of the School. There are many opportunities to develop personal skills and qualities, including leadership, responsibility, sense of service and trust. Their job is to help organise and support each other in tasks that they are given and play a key part in developing the school and supporting other students.
All prefects are expected to lead by example. They are expected, therefore, to be exemplary in their conduct, attitude and uniform. Their roles, responsibilities and privileges include for instance helping staff supervise all students in school during lunch and break times. They must report to the member of staff on duty in their designated area and supervise other students as requested by the member of staff. Prefects have the responsibility to show parents round the school on Open evenings, and also take care of Year 6 students on induction days. Prefects are expected to be ambassadors for the school, demonstrating the correct behaviour and to represent Birkdale high with pride.
The position of Head Boy is granted to a student who exemplifies good behaviour, academic achievement and excellent attendance. As Head Boy, the student is responsible for setting an example for other students at the school and for serving as a leader in a range of school activities. He has the responsibility of being a role model for the younger students, and to be proactive within the school. The Deputy Head Boy holds the role of assisting the head boy, as well as helping members of staff and other prefects; both Head boy and Deputy Head Boy visit primary schools to promote Birkdale High in the best possible way to younger students. It is their role to raise the profile of the school in the community, and to show the high standards expected at Birkdale.
Peer Mentors are older students - usually the year above you.
They have been specially chosen and have received training to help them to offer help, support and give guidance to boys in your year.
Peer Mentors are also Role Models for younger boys.
All our Peer Mentors are approachable, friendly and are always happy to help.
Peer Mentors can help you with lots of things in school, such as:
Birkdale has 12 Peer Mentors, the names and photos of each of the Peer Mentors are displayed on the wall as you enter the Canteen, next to Mrs Nightingale's office (our Learning Mentor).
Each of our Peer Mentors have a Peer Mentor badge on their blazer and they also wear a slightly different tie. Our Prefects also wear a different tie and you can always ask them for help and advise too.