Birkenhead High School Academy
Wirral, United Kingdom
About Birkenhead High School Academy
Birkenhead High School Academy was founded in 1901. It is situated in a pleasant conservation area of Birkenhead and the entire academy is accommodated on one extensive campus. Students are drawn from socially diverse areas across the Wirral. In September 2009, Birkenhead High School Academy became a girls’ 3-19 Academy, sponsored by the Girls’ Day School Trust.
The Academy is a lively, friendly community which extends beyond students and staff to include an active Parents’ Association, an Old Girls’ Society and a variety of community lets.
There are 858 students aged from 3 to 19; BHSA Junior School is an integral part of Birkenhead High School Academy, with 278 full time pupils in F2 to Y6 and 26 on roll in Nursery. We operate a 2 form entry from Reception. We offer a wide reaching curriculum, with specialist teachers in PE and Music. Our pupils make full use of the fantastic onsite facilities, including the swimming pool, with lessons from Y3 upwards. We have recently undergone a massive building and refurbishment programme giving an enhanced learning environment. We pride ourselves on providing stimulating learning experiences, encouraging independence in an outstanding environment. The behaviour of our pupils is second to none; we place high expectations on each and every one of them, both pastorally and academically, and they consistently rise to the challenge. We have a talented, dedicated and hard-working staff team who are committed to fostering high expectations and improving the outcomes for every pupil.
Sixth Form students make an important contribution to the academy’s community, undertaking administrative duties, running clubs and societies for younger students and organising a number of school committees. Nearly all Sixth Form students move on into higher education.
The academy has a deserved reputation for academic excellence and public examination success. The ‘A’ Level pass rate in 2012 was 99% and 32% were at an A* - A grade. At GCSE, the overall pass rate was 91% and of these passes 58% were at an A* - B grade. 80% pupils achieved Level 4 or above in both English and Maths at Key Stage 2.
Throughout the academy, heed is paid to the requirements of the National Curriculum but GCSE options extend beyond it. At Key Stage 4, students take a core of English, Mathematics, and either Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Science. Students then choose additional subjects from Religious Education, Drama, Information Systems, Technology, Art, Music, French, Spanish, English Literature, Physical Education and Business Studies. Students may also choose to study a second Modern Language or Classics. There is an equally wide range of subjects offered in the Sixth Form at both AS and A2 Level.
The academy has an excellent library and enjoys the services of a full-time professional librarian. There is an ongoing programme of development in the provision of ICT to support teaching and learning.
The academic progress and general welfare of students are monitored through the pastoral care system, which is based on the form teacher. In the Senior School, form teacher teams are supported by Progress Leaders for each year, and a vertical house system exists to promote competition and charitable efforts. The school has a full-time Health and Well-being Mentor who is also a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse who deals with all school medical matters and contributes to the PSHE programme.
Whilst emphasis is placed on intellectual development, students’ skills and abilities in all fields are developed through a wide range of activities. Drama is a popular curriculum subject and extra-curricular activity, and there is a major production each year. Speech and drama, ballet and Spanish are available in the Junior School as extra-curricular activities.
Students enjoy the use of the excellent sporting facilities, which include an indoor swimming pool, sports hall and an all weather pitch. They excel at a wide range of sporting activities including hockey, lacrosse, netball, volley ball, gymnastics, aerobics, archery, trampolining, tennis, swimming, athletics and badminton.
Our first specialism Music, along with Mathematics, is an equally popular activity in addition to concerts, in and out of school. A major academy event is the Music Festival when about 200 students achieve a high standard in over 300 individual and group entries.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is very strong in school and over 3000 awards have now been presented.
There is an annual charity fund-raising week and students undertake a wide range of community service, often as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Scheme commitment.
BHSA is a young academy in its fourth year and enjoying a completely refurbished site. It places a high value on CPD and supports all staff in accessing top quality training.
Mrs C Mann
Striving for excellence in all we do-