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'Better a witty fool than a foolish wit'

1 day ago
The fifty-three S2 boys who travelled to Manchester to see Shakespeare's Twelfth Night were by turns enthralled and appalled – the ribald Sir Andrew Aguecheek uttering some subtly saucy lines. With Mina Anwar as a brilliant Maria, and Kate Kennedy striding the boards as a statuesque Countess Olivia, the boys were able to witness a scintillating and effervescent display of theatrical flair, and returned to school tired but replete.
26 Apr 2017

Obituary for Donald Holt

3 days ago
We were sad to hear the news that former Birkdale teacher, Donald Holt had died peacefully on 27 March 2017. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Donald was very dedicated to his teaching. Through it, he was able to help so many people be successful. When Birkdale decided to set up a Sixth Form, Donald was one of a core of staff of the old 'Senior School' in the Oakholme Building who got things up to enough speed to make this possible. He was instrumental in establishing the Physics Department and was appointed Head of Science.
24 Apr 2017

Learning to do Business in China and Hong Kong

3 days ago
China is the fastest growing major economy in the world with a population of 1.38 billion and one which, despite its slowing of economic activity, is continuing to increase its GDP apace. It was therefore a fantastic opportunity during the Easter holidays for 14 Birkdale students to gain a unique insight into the Chinese business world, ranging from visiting state-owned companies, such as the Sanyuan Foods Co. Ltd. in Beijing and bartering in the free markets, to JLL, Real Estate Agents and Mike & Kremmel in Hong Kong.
24 Apr 2017

RAF Fun with Flight

4 weeks ago
The boys in S2 and S3 were treated to a fantastic Royal Air Force Roadshow on Wednesday morning, where they heard all about the science of flight. The presentation began in exciting fashion with a drone flying around Heeley Hall, and also included a very loud demonstration of some real jet engines. We were also lucky to be joined by a current serving officer, who spoke to the boys about the huge range of careers available in the RAF and answered their many questions. An exciting and informative morning for all involved!
29 Mar 2017

U18 Football Tour to Liverpool

1 month ago
On Friday 24 March Mr. Morton led a team of U18 footballers on a mini-tour to Liverpool. Over the two days competitive matches took place against Liverpool College and St. Margarets Academy - both results being narrow defeats for the Birkdale team in what were both highly competitive and closely fought matches.
27 Mar 2017

History Society Lecture

1 month ago
The History Society’s twentieth Annual Lecture took place today. Headmaster of Ryde School Mark Waldron who wrote the textbook which our A-level students are using addressed students and teachers on “understanding the Gilded Age”.  This topic is particularly pertinent to Sixth Form History students whose course includes American history from 1865 to 1975. 
27 Mar 2017

Democracy Rules Past and Present - The Suppliant Woman

1 month ago
On Thursday 16 March the sixth form Classics students were fortunate to see a production of a Greek tragedy at Manchester Royal Exchange theatre based on The Suppliant Women by Aeschylus. The production was innovative, vibrant and ultimately absorbing. It featured some traditions of Greek drama such as a chorus, pouring libations to the god Dionysus and authentic instruments like the aulos.
20 Mar 2017

European Youth Parliament Competition Success!

1 month ago
On 17 March two teams from Birkdale took part in the Yorkshire and Humberside regional heats of the European Youth Parliament competition. The standard of debating was extremely high across all participating teams and it is very exciting that ENVI was selected to go forward to the National finals which will be held in Liverpool in September.
20 Mar 2017

Birkdale Staff Hockey Triumph

1 month ago
The staff team was ultimately triumphant in the fourth annual match against the Birkdale Ladies 1st XI. In the final game of a busy season, the staff were rampant after Mr Clifford opened the scoring in the eighth minute.
20 Mar 2017

Young Enterprise Success

1 month ago
L6 Young Enterprise team, represented by Elliott Brown, Hassan Khan, Lewis Chinchen and Henry Stevenson came runner-up at the recent Sheffield & Rotherham YE presentation final. The team, going by the name of Rebus, produced high quality school calendars, highlighting important dates for parents, as well as using images to show off a range of activities and successes at Birkdale. In addition to the runner-up trophy, they also won the award for Best Marketing. As a result, they now progress on to the South Yorkshire Final on 9th May.
15 Mar 2017

Birkdale Big Band Perform at Music For Youth Festival

1 month ago
On Tuesday 14 March our acclaimed Birkdale Big Band joined a number of other schools at the Sheffield University Octagon, for the first round of the national Music For Youth Festival. Over 50 days, all across the whole country, tens of thousands of young musicians will be taking part in similar regional rounds. If successful, groups would then be required to progress to the next round - national finals which will be held in Birmingham.
15 Mar 2017

Duke of Edinburgh – Gold Navigation Training

1 month ago
On a surprisingly temperate Sunday morning, preparation for the Summer 2017 practice Duke of Edinburgh expedition began in earnest, as forty L6 students and six Birkdale teachers boarded a coach and headed to Hayfield in the Sett Valley region of the Peak District.
13 Mar 2017

24 Hour Charity Football Raises £5k for Children’s Hospital

2 months ago
On Wednesday 1 March the school presented the Sheffield Children’s Hospital with a cheque for £5,000. This simply incredible fund raising effort was achieved by over 80 pupils taking part in a recent 24 hour football marathon.
01 Mar 2017

Westminster Work Experience

2 months ago
Lewis Chinchen (L6) had the unique and exciting opportunity of being able to undertake 3 days of insightful work experience in the office of Andrew Bingham MP at Westminster. Lewis provides his own account of the experience.
28 Feb 2017

Inspiring Study Visit to Berlin

2 months ago
Students in S4 and S5 recently headed east for an action-packed study visit to Berlin. During their time in the German capital, the boys acquainted themselves with some of the city’s most iconic sights, including the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building.
27 Feb 2017

Birkdale gets In2Hockey in a big way…

2 months ago
An enthusiastic coterie of S2 hockey players travelled to Hill House School in Doncaster for the annual In2Hockey U13 tournament. In2Hockey is a fundamental part of the English Hockey Board Junior Competitions framework for players aged between 10 and 14, with a wide range of competitions available including national competitions, school games related activities, and the development of school and club activity.
16 Feb 2017

Inspiring Day at Jodrell Bank

2 months ago
The U6 Physics students visited the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, home of the iconic Lovell Space Telescope. This mightily impressive structure is the third-largest steerable radio telescope in the world, rising 89m above the countryside and with a dish 76m in diameter. The students found out all about the history of the telescope, as well as the ground-breaking science that it still plays a lead role in to this day, such as the discovery of pulsars.
14 Feb 2017

Safe-Cracking National Finals

2 months ago
L6 Physics students Abu Al-Hasan, Robert Tomblin, Oliver Lanchberry, Harveer Narula and Thomas Doyle competed in the national finals of the prestigious Weizmann UK Safe-cracking tournament on Sunday 12 February.
14 Feb 2017

Art Department Annual Visit to London

2 months ago
The L6 and U6 students had a fantastic opportunity to not only go to London with their friends and teachers but also to meet with the Artist Brian Griffiths and the Creative director Alan Mackie who talked about various aspects of contemporary Art and Design with them. We visited five major galleries including the V&A and the National Gallery. 
13 Feb 2017

Chinese New Year Art Competition - Year of the Rooster

3 months ago
Well done to the all of the boys shortlisted in the Chinese New Year Art competition for schools. The artwork was on show at Sheffield City Hall as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations that took place this week. Read on for details...
08 Feb 2017

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