Birkenhead School is celebrating after receiving an outstanding report in its latest inspection.
Following on from the School achieving its best ever results at both A level and GCSE last summer – topping the Merseyside league tables – inspectors from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) agreed that ‘the quality of the pupils’ achievement and learning is excellent’.
Inspectors visited the school in December, identifying many areas of academic excellence as well as commending the high levels of personal, moral and social development and pastoral care for individual pupils.
Birkenhead School is the Wirral’s leading co-ed independent school, providing an outstanding education and first-rate extra-curricular opportunities for boys and girls aged from three up to 18-years-old. The School’s nurery provision was also found to be ‘outstanding’ in every respect.
Headmaster John Clark said the ISI report was testament to the dedication of teachers, governors and support staff, as well as the hard work and academic achievements of pupils.
Mr Clark said: “Governors, staff and I are delighted with this report. It is particularly pleasing that the inspection team recognised the same excellence in areas which are less easily measured – aspects such as personal and cultural development, pastoral care and all that goes on beyond the classroom.
“This was a rigorous process, and that we were commended so highly demonstrates that each and every one of the ten inspectors who visited us was very impressed with our teaching, community ethos and facilities.”
The ISI Inspection praised the levels of teaching and the school’s “well-constructed curriculum” recognising strong performances in mathematics, science, English, languages and classics. The report also highlighted the pupils’ national success in extra-curricular activities including lacrosse, trampolining, music, drama and dance.
As well as commending Birkenhead School pupils as ‘enthusiastic learners, keen to succeed’, the report says that they ‘show natural openness, confidence and excellent behaviour’, with the ‘cultural awareness of pupils enhanced by trips and activities’.
The school’s links with parents was highlighted as ‘excellent’ alongside a ‘strong promotion of the ethos of the school as one community’.
Mr Clark added: “We can all be very proud of the qualities and high standards reflected in the 2013 inspection report. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole school community for the part they play in making us what we are and for their enduring commitment and support. Birkenhead School can look forward with confidence to the next stage of its development.”