Welcome to Birkenhead High School Academy
Message from Principal
BHSA is a school where every child matters, where expectations of all members of its community are high and where personal achievement and fulfillment are valued and sought after. The staff of BHSA are committed, hard working and inspirational – students will get the very best if they come to us, but in return we expect our students to be committed and hardworking. Homework is set routinely, students are expected to take responsibility for their learning, putting in extra time and effort to reach their potential, they are required to attend a variety of enrichment activities to ensure a rounded education, and because we are a community, well more like a family really, students are expected to help each other out, to serve the community and to support the family through their general courtesy, acts of kindness towards others and through active citizenship.
We seek to work with you to create successful learners, confident and aspiring individuals, and responsible citizens who have an awareness of and an interest in contributing to life locally, nationally and globally. The curriculum we offer is designed not only to prepare students for all aspects of life, but it is designed to stretch them, to widen their horizons with a view to HE.
BHSA is becoming a vital and effective member of the family of schools on the Wirral, enjoying partnerships with a whole range of education providers from nurseries, through primaries, secondaries, tertiaries and universities, as well as taking full advantage of links with businesses and industry locally, regionally, nationally and even globally.
We have a significant role to play in the community through our specialisms – Music and Maths - through our extended services, lettings and outreach work. Schools are in the prime position to serve their communities whether through access to facilities and expertise or simply the capacity to bring people together for sport, music, drama. We hope that in addition to allowing us to educate your daughter, you will enjoy some other benefits of an association with BHSA – a flourishing Parents’ Association and wonderful facilities available for community use.
My vision for our academy is that it will be at the heart of an expanding included community, influencing and affecting improving outcomes in the short, medium and long term. In fact it will be the heart that pumps energy, innovation and inspirationaround the body of an aspiring community
Ofsted say …. ..
“This academy provides a good education. From their earliest days in the junior school, the girls grow in confidence to become articulate, keen learners who enjoy participating in all that the academy offers.”
“Throughout a period of considerable change and growth, the academy has successfully managed to sustain a highly positive ethos, underpinned by traditional values and rich educational experiences, and high standards in external assessments. The curriculum and range of extra-curricular activities are good and make a significant impact on the girls’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”
“Substantial improvements have been made to leadership and management practices during the last 18 months.”
Original Victorian buildings on our site date back to the 1840’s, this traditional architecture combined with new purpose-built buildings perfectly complements our vision to combine a modern and traditional setting for education.
Dedicated departments for each faculty make full use of existing buildings while ensuring the highest quality materials are available to aid pupils in their learning.
A fantastic range of sports facilities at the school consist of a sports hall, swimming pool, fitness suite and all weather pitch, all of which are in place to support our wide range of enrichment activities.
As a Specialist Music and Mathematics academy we also boast state of the art Music facilities and ICT provision is excellent. We recommend all prospective students and parents come along and visit us to see for yourselves some of the fantastic facilities we have at our and potentially your disposal.
As part of the school’s move to Academy status in September 2009, we were awarded £12 million from the Department of Education for new build and refurbishment of both the Junior and Senior school sites.
Education Misson Statement
- A distinctive ethos built on a culture of high expectations, raising aspirations and the achievement of each pupil’s personal best – based on principles of access and inclusion and a commitment to add value to pupils with a range of talents;
- Raising aspirations and standards through the all-through school model in which girls are given the opportunity to develop in a consistent environment dedicated to excellence from the youngest age;
- Excellence – we are committed to maintaining excellence in teaching and learning. The aim is to imbue each year group with values and aspirations of excellence, and communicate highest standards and expectations;
- Personal development – we are committed to fostering a lively spirit of enquiry and to developing individuals who are confident, competent and compassionate, responsive to their environment and to the concerns and needs of others;
- Enrichment and enhancement – the pupils and staff will have access to the full range of enrichment that other GDST schools currently enjoy;
- Capitalising on the all-through nature of the academy – through cross phase collaboration we seek to stretch all students and support them through peer work, enabling a nurturing environment through from 3-19 years;
- Working with the local community and in partnership with local schools –already a major element in the wider educational work of the GDST and its schools. We envisage delivering this through the Academy’s wrap-around care provision,extensive and diverse extra-curricular clubs programme, community service, Young Enterprise and Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes, gifted and talented and honours programmes, and master classes;
- Drawing on support and best practice from the GDST family – including innovative career programmes to prepare students for higher education and the workplace, a wide range of cross-GDST sports competitions, the Minerva Network for alumnae, extensive staff training and development schedule, the provision of innovative educational leadership programmes and the challenge of detailed benchmarking across GDST schools;
- A clear international dimension – in order to prepare pupils for life and work in the global economy an international dimension will underpin all aspects of the school’s curriculum and activities, linking with both the GDST’s extensive international programmes.
- Music and mathematics specialisms – music and mathematics, and the cross-curricular links between them, are areas of particular strength for both the GDST and the school. The GDST envisages significant cross-GDST and cross-authority engagement and outreach work to extend this programme at the school and spread best practice more widely, especially at 16-19 in the teaching of music and mathematics.
Birkenhead High School’s Sixth Form students are among the most successful in the North West. With examination results in the top of league tables, small tutorial groups and impressive facilities in the dedicated Sixth Form centre, students adjust to the fast moving pace of their final two years at school.
The expectation is that students will move on to higher education and exceptional examination results see the vast majority taking up places at their first choice universities
The Sixth Form is a transitional period for all students, a time when they acquire more independence, responsibility and confidence, and prepare for their futures, and this is actively encouraged and nurtured.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Birkenhead High School Academy directly.