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We pride ourselves on providing substantial pastoral support so that all boys 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 the demeanour of the students in their care, and to provide any support that may be required.
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 specific responsibility for this aspect of the school and can ensure that the best Pastoral Care is provided 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.
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 the Learning Mentor helps students develop strategies to overcome barriers to learning and improve social interaction.
Please contact Mrs Nightingale, our Learning Mentor, if you have any questions.
As a school we are proud that we have two trained counsellors on site for two days a week. They help by offering additional support for students, from bereavement counselling to anxieties and mental health concerns. The school liaises with parents, students and external agencies as well as the counsellors on site, to ensure that the support offered to individual students is tailored to meet their specific needs.
School nurses are specialist community public health nurses (SCPHN) who work with school-aged children and young people and their families to improve health and wellbeing outcomes and reduce inequalities and vulnerabilities. They are Nursing and Midwifery Council registered nurses or midwives who have undertaken additional training and qualifications to become specialist community public health nurses (SCPHN – SN). School nurses lead the Healthy Child Programme: 5-19 and are essential in ensuring every child has the best start in life.
Councils have responsibility for commissioning the Healthy Child Programme for which school nursing teams lead on delivering interventions in the 5-19 service.
This publication highlights and defines the role of a school nurse, who they are commissioned by and how they contribute to the vital health and wellbeing of children aged five to 19 years old. It explores the full range of interventions which school nurses can offer and their impact on key government priorities such as reducing child health inequalities, emotional wellbeing and mental health, encouraging healthy weight and childhood immunisations. It also includes key evidence on the impact of school nursing interventions on advancing outcomes for child health, in addition to supporting quotes from key stakeholders.