Birkdale Sixth Form

Typically 100% pass rate at A Level. Most students go on to leading universities.

Academic Excellence

Outstanding academic results at both GCSE and A Level. Typically over half of all A Level grades are A* or A and at GCSE around two-thirds are A* or A grades.

A Space for Art

Creativity and a love of Fine Art permeate Birkdale and equip students with skills for life.

Music at the heart of Birkdale

Birkdale has an enviable reputation for outstanding music making and instrumental performance.

Birkdale Prep School

The highest academic standards in a happy, family atmosphere. Small class sizes allow each boy to be challenged, cared for and nurtured.

Birkdale Sport

Birkdale offers a wide variety of team and individual sports. We encourage our pupils to “be the best they can be.”

Counselling Support

The aim of the counselling support service is to enhance the wellbeing of our pupils by providing access to therapeutic and emotional support in school, using a proven model backed up by research and training. We work within the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy framework and guidelines.

If a pupil is struggling in any way, it is identified by their form tutor and the relevant Head of Section. The pupil is then referred to the counselling support team and a plan of how best to support the child is drawn up. Parents are also encouraged to discuss any concerns that they may have around their child, and pupils are also able to self- refer.

The relationship that a child develops with their counsellor is very different to those they share with other adults in their life. The counsellor is a neutral party and not a part of their family life, allowing them the space to open up and be heard in a safe environment.

We will always obtain parental consent before we support a pupil through one-to-one counselling. In this way, we are able to make sure the parent or carer is involved from the very start. We take children's safety extremely seriously, and will therefore always share any concerns with parents if we are worried that a child is in danger.

Anne Shipton is Head of Counselling Services and can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0114 266 8408 ext. 647.

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