Christian Ethos

Birkdale seeks to emphasise the importance of the Christian faith and to convey the relevance of the Christian message in a changing world, ensuring that Christian principles underpin the whole fabric of the community and its activities.

We believe that all the members of our school community are made in the image of God and should be respected. This leads directly to high expectations for how students will treat one another and an emphasis on service to others and to the wider community. Visitors to Birkdale often comment on the friendly environment and the warmth of the relationships between staff and students. The Chaplain, Mr Paul Jones, works alongside Form Tutors and Heads of Section to offer a high standard of pastoral care.

We believe that all members of the school community have God-given gifts to be identified and developed. A huge range of academic and extra-curricular activities encourage students to find their gifts and our commitment to the pursuit of excellence helps them to hone their talents to reach the highest possible standards.

We believe that students should have the opportunity to develop spiritually, to reflect on the big questions of life and to refine their moral judgement in order to make wise decisions. Many members of staff take assemblies which usually feature a hymn, a Bible reading and a thought provoking message. Occasionally we celebrate major Christian festivals together as a school community, such as Harvest or Christmas. Each section of the school has a Christian Union where students who wish to can meet to be encouraged in their faith.

We welcome pupils of all faiths and none.

Click here to see the Governors’ statement of belief

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