Birkbeck School & Community Arts College

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Birkbeck School & Community Arts College
Motto Freely to serve
Established 1964 (1964)
Type Foundation school
Headteacher Lynda Dobson
Chairman of Governors Graham Stark
Location Keeling Street
North Somercotes
LN11 7PN

53°26′49″N 0°08′09″E / 53.44681°N 0.13574°E / 53.44681; 0.13574
Local authority Lincolnshire
DfE number 925/4061
DfE URN 120653 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 51
Capacity 356
Students 310 (November 2013)[1]
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16

Birkbeck School and Community Arts College is a small secondary school of around 300 students, located in North Somercotes, near Louth in Lincolnshire, England. It draws its pupils from largely deprived rural and coastal areas within a 20 mile radius, many travelling by bus for over an hour each way to and from school.[2][3] It was judged to be requiring improvement in its most recent Ofsted inspection.[3]


The school follows the National Curriculum in Years 7-9, setting students by ability in some subjects.[4] In Years 10 & 11, it offers national diplomas in ICT, Creative & Media, Engineering and Hair & Beauty as an alternative to traditional GCSE courses, as well as a range of foundation courses and the extended project qualification.[4]

In 2012, 42% of all pupils attained five GCSEs grade A* to C including English and mathematics, placing it in the bottom 40% of similar schools' results, and in the bottom 40% of all schools.[5]

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

The school runs art, design & technology, drama, ICT, music and science clubs at lunchtime and after school, as well as an after school fitness club, and also offers the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme to pupils.[4]

It fields competitive sports teams in Badminton, Cricket, Football and Hockey.[4]


  1. ^ Department for Education. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  2. ^ National College for Teaching and Leadership. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b Ofsted inspection report, 19 March 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d School prospectus. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  5. ^ Ofsted dashboard. Retrieved 5 November 2013