Making the Change
Starting life in a new secondary school is an exciting time and at Birkdale we put a heavy emphasis on trying to ensure that the transition period from Junior School to Senior School is as smooth as possible for everyone.
Year 7 (S1) and Year 8 (S2), are known as the Lower School, and are based in the Johnson building. There are specific pastoral structures designed to help the boys to settle quickly, to grow in confidence and to feel at home within their new school environment.
The new intake is divided into three forms each with a tutor responsible for the pupils in his or her care. We strive to develop a Lower School community where boys feel secure and happy.
The Johnson building and grounds are for the sole use of the Lower School pupils outside lesson times, and here they have their own Common Room and table tennis area, cloakrooms, toilets and lockers.
Building the Team
A major aim of the Lower School is to aid and support the ‘growing up’ of boys in a secure environment, allowing them to develop as individuals, working and playing together as part of a community.
Even at this early stage, boys are encouraged to develop as leaders and to take on responsibilities in a range of areas. Hence a number of pupils in the second year of the Lower School are selected for duties as Prefects and Monitors. There is also a Head Boy and a Deputy Head Boy specifically for the Lower School. This is an important part in the education of the whole pupil and we seek to provide further opportunities for character development and leadership training outside the classroom. The emphasis being on an education for life, not just academic success.
At the end of S1 (Y7) a large group of Lower School boys enjoy a packed visit to London. Below is a short video of the most recent trip.
Senior Mistress - Lower School