Making the Most of It
It is our aim to provide your son or daughter with a broad and well-rounded education that prepares them not only for academic and career success but also to live life to the full as a confident and independent adult.
We have a wide range of Extra Curricular activities available at Birkdale. We believe they are vital for developing character, for encouraging teamwork, leadership, self reliance and preparing our students to be active citizens. Throughout their time in the Sixth Form there are many clubs and societies which they can enjoy, or indeed help lead, in addition to all the opportunities through sport, music and drama. There are music groups to suit most tastes and an equally wide range of sporting activities.
An U6 student who recently left Birkdale describes his experience below:
"I’ve been at Birkdale for seven years, having moved here in S1 (Y7), and my experience has been great. The teachers are friendly and extremely supportive, helping you to achieve the grades you need at GCSE and A-Level. I’ve been able to get involved in lots of activities outside of the classroom including reaching the AEGON team tennis national finals and participating in the European Youth Parliament. My highlight has been travelling to Nepal with the school where I got the chance to teach in the Peace Garden School, set up by Birkdale, and trek in the Himalayas!"
Young Enterprise is a national organisation founded in 1963. It helps young people between the ages of 15 and 19 set up and run their own company for a year with the help of a link teacher and a business adviser.
Students elect a board of directors and raise capital by selling shares. Their company may make a product, supply value-added to something they have bought in or offer a service. At the end of their year the pupils have to liquidate the company, pay dividends to their shareholders and company taxes to Young Enterprise. Our students have been very successful in winning prizes in Young Enterprise competitions.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
This is very popular in the Sixth Form and encourages the social and psychological development of the individual in broadening one's outlook in life. A great many of our students are involved especially in the Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme and there is a comprehensive programme to support all of the requirements. Both the Gold practice and actual Gold expeditions are completed in the Lake District, with a team of experienced staff to oversee.
There is also the opportunity to take part in Community Action and be involved locally in voluntary work. Typically we have students who volunteer at local primary schools (including our own Prep School), local hospitals and nursing homes.
We also operate a work experience programme having strong links with local industry and commerce. Each Sixth Former spends one week either during the Christmas or Easter holidays in the Lower Sixth, work shadowing in an area of their choice.
Further afield, we run a hugely popular annual trip to Nepal where members of the Sixth Form teach in some of the poorer schools near Kathmandu, trek in the Himalayas and ride on elephants through the jungle looking for the endangered Bengal Tigers and White Rhino.
Recent destinations for the other academic, cultural and sporting trips on offer have included New Zealand, Honduras, Iceland, New York, Colorado, Paris, and Seville.