Student Support

Ways in which we help.

We pride ourselves on providing substantial pastoral support so that your time at Birkdale High School is happy and productive. Students are placed into a form and the form tutor meets with the students on a daily basis. The form tutors are therefore the first port of call for students and parents should they have any concerns or issues. Likewise, the form tutor is also in a position to notice any change in demeanour of the students in their care and provide any support that may be required.

Pastoral team

Each Year Group has a Head of Year. They provide support for students as well as making sure that students are gaining the most from their time at Birkdale High School. Attendance, punctuality and behaviour are all monitored very closely so that any early signs that a student may not be working effectively can be identified and amended quickly.

The Pastoral Team seek to reinforce the positives and a comprehensive rewards system is in place to promote high standards. The Pastoral Team is led and managed by an Assistant Headteacher who has septic responsibility for this aspect of the school to ensure that the school provides the best Pastoral Care for the students at Birkdale High School.

For those students who need specific assistance and support, we have learning mentors who help students with issues such as self esteem and motivation. In addition to this the school also works closely with a number of external agencies to provide more bespoke care if and when required.

Learning Mentor Support

At Birkdale High School, we have a Mentoring Base which is dedicated to supporting and encouraging young people to aim high and achieve their life goals.

Our Mentor is passionate about this role and provides encouragement, support and care for all young people. The Mentoring Base offers a warm and supportive environment which aims to build confidence and self-esteem, as well as equipping students with the skills they need to achieve their potential. We use a wide range of Educational Therapeutic resources to enhance social skills and provide strategies for Anger Management and relaxation. All sessions are tailored to meet the needs of individual students.

Through one-to-one mentoring sessions as well as group sessions, the Learning Mentor help students develop strategies to overcome barriers to learning and improve social interaction.

Please contact Mrs Nightingale, our Learning Mentor, if you have any questions.

The Hub

The Hub is our personalised learning centre which is used to support the learning of groups and individual students. Our aim is to help you to reach your potential and achieve success in your learning. Our Teaching Assistants are based here and provide specific and individual support to a number of students, inside and outside of the classroom.

The Hub is open daily before and after school for support with classwork or homework.

Individual Needs

Students are treated as individuals at Birkdale High School and we aim to support each young man to achieve his best.

SEND Support

Our Teaching Assistants, based in The Hub, play a huge role in providing students support, particularly those with Special Educational Needs.

We have a team of dedicated staff who provide:

  • In class support
  • 1:1 and small group tuition
  • Specialist programmes for literacy and numeracy
  • Support for EAL students
  • Paired reading
  • Homework club
  • Reading club
  • Guidance with study skills and organisation

We also run an enhanced transition programme for those who may need extra support during their transition to High School.

Gifted & Able Support

At Birkdale High School we believe that every pupil has the right to be challenged and engaged by their curriculum. This most defiantly applies to the more able students in our school.

Pupils are monitored when they start in year 7 and once they have settled into school life, departments are asked to nominate who they feel are "gifted or talented" in their area. This generates the gifted and talented list for each subject. This list is reviewed and updated regularly as attainment and performance fluctuate. Class teachers are aware of this list and adapt their teaching to ensure lessons are differentiated to allow these pupils to reach their potential.

There are also range of activities done both inside and outside the classroom to inspire our more able pupils to achieve at Birkdale High.

EAL Support

At Birkdale High School we are proud to have many students who have English as an Additional Language (EAL). We currently have around 40 EAL students, whose first languages include Turkish, Polish, Thai, Portuguese, Spanish, Latvian, Arabic, Bengali and Chinese. The EAL Department is based in the HUB and aims to support students in the following ways:

  • On arrival the new students are introduced to the Mrs. Sarah Drela, the EAL co-ordinator. The students have a brief assessment of their English, Maths and Science skills so that we can decide how best to support them. We try to place the students according to their academic potential and previous educational experience.
  • New students are introduced to a buddy in their form group. The buddy looks after them while they settle in. The buddy shows their new friend around the school and takes care of them during breaks and lunchtimes.
  • The home languages of EAL students are valued and where possible, the students are encouraged to sit GCSE examinations in their mother tongue.
  • EAL students may be eligible for support in exams. If the student has been in England for less than two years they may be allowed to have 25% extra time in their exams, and to use a bilingual dictionary (for most subjects). They can have access to a supported small room, rather than sit in the main exam hall.
  • Bilingual dictionaries are available in the HUB for students to borrow.
  • Support is offered at a range of levels, and individual needs are taken into account. Depending on their level of English, students may receive weekly individual, or small group lessons to develop fluency in reading, writing or speaking, whereas more advanced EAL learners are usually supported in mainstream lessons such as English, Maths and Science.
  • The HUB is usually open to students before school, at lunchtime, and after school, and all students can receive support with homework.

Please contact Mrs Drela, our EAL co-ordinator, if you have any questions.


The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It was allocated for students from low-income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals, and students who had been looked after by a local authority continuously for more than six months. Eligibility for the Pupil Premium for 2012–13 was extended to students who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever6 Free School Meals measure). Schools also receive a smaller amount of funding for students whose parents/carers are classed as services personnel. From September 2016 the term Pupil premium was replaced by the government and students who receive funding are now categorized as "Disadvantaged students".

What Is The Rationale Behind It?

According to the Department for Education

The Government believes that "Disadvantaged" funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. In most cases the disadvantaged funding is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the disadvantaged funding, allocated to schools per FSM pupil is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

How Much Does Birkdale High School Receive for Disadvantaged Pupils?

For the academic year 2016-17 the disadvantaged entitlement is £935 for each eligible student. The Looked After Child (LAC) entitlement is £1900 and the Services personnel entitlement is £300.

For this year we will receive funding for 25.5% of our students, totalling £123,420.

What Is Birkdale High School Doing?

The provision allows Birkdale to be completely flexible in ensuring that the most suitable and pertinent interventions are put in place to help narrow the gap between disadvantaged students and their counterparts. It is our intention to ensure that pupils will be able to benefit from the widest choice of opportunities and support to ensure that they develop academically and personally and that these interventions are individualised to best suit the needs of every eligible student. At Birkdale High School we have introduced and developed a variety of intervention strategies to help support students who qualify for disadvantaged funding. We have studied the "Sutton Trust Report" which is a teaching and Learning toolkit which provides guidance for schools on how best to impact on disadvantaged students attainment and have appointed a senior teacher to oversee this crucial area.

What Impact Has The Funding Had?

We have been commended by the Rt Honorable David Laws MP (Mister of State for Schools) for our effective use of Pupil Premium funding.

Funding Commendation

Recognition of our effective use of additional funding by the Minister of State for Schools.

Additionally, you can see the previous year’s plan and its impact on the school website as well as this year’s plan.

How can I find out more about Disadvantaged at Birkdale?

Contact Mr Marshall

Please contact Mr Marshall via email using this link or P: 01704 577253

How do I apply for free school meals?

Food infomation

Please see our page on food provision.

New Student Guide

A booklet containing information for new students & what to expect on their first day.

SEN Provision

Document with further information on general SEN provision at Birkdale High School.

Sefton's Local Offer

Website with everything you need to know about young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND).

IDL Software

Students using the IDL software for dyslexia support can find it here. Use online or download software.

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


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