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Birkdale Jazz Band Performs at Whirlow Hall Farm Fayre

13 hours ago
Visitors to the Whirlow Hall Farm Fayre on Sunday 10 September were entertained by the Birkdale jazz band Octopus playing a variety of traditional and more modern pieces. The band has become an established feature at this annual event, held to raise funds which enable inner-city children to spend time in the countryside and develop their understanding of farming. The students made the most of this opportunity to perform to a large audience in a spacious arena.
25 Sep 2017

Engineering Excellence

5 days ago
Congratulations go to five L6 students: William Gray; Louis Thomas; Sushain Razdan; Omar Sorour and Aryan Akhgar who have secured the sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarship. Birkdale have a record of accomplishment in achieving Arkwright scholars, but this year is a school record!
20 Sep 2017

European Youth Parliament UK Selection

2 weeks ago
Congratulations to U6 student Ellen Knight who has been selected to represent the European Youth Parliament UK (EYPUK) at a future conference, to be held in either Lithuania or Switzerland.
14 Sep 2017

U15 Cricket team become Yorkshire Champions!

2 weeks ago
Congratulations to the U15 cricket team who defeated The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) in the rearranged Yorkshire T20 Cup Final at Hunslet Neslon CC on Wednesday.
11 Sep 2017

EYP : Empowering Europeans: encouraging participation, cooperation and innovation

2 weeks ago
From Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September 8 U6 pupils engaged in high-powered debating on a range of controversial topics relating to the EU in the national Finals of the European Youth Parliament competition.
11 Sep 2017

Summer Work Experience in France

3 weeks ago
Four Birkdale sixth-formers spent a week of their summer holidays undertaking work experience in St. Malo, France. They worked in a range of placements depending on their interests.
06 Sep 2017

Grant Awarded to Birkdale Classics Department

3 weeks ago
The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies considers applications from institutions and schools for grants to assist projects and events in the field of Hellenic Studies. The Birkdale Classics Department were delighted to be awarded a grant for a set of text books for Greek Club. 
05 Sep 2017

Top marks for Birkdale pupils as they celebrate GCSE success

1 month ago
Pupils at Birkdale School have, once again, achieved a series of exceptional GCSE results which recognise the years of hard work they have put into their studies.
24 Aug 2017

Cricket Success

1 month ago
Cricket finished with a series of resounding successes as the U12, U14 and U15 teams all ended up as Sheffield champions in their respective cup finals at the Abbeydale Sports ground.
17 Aug 2017

Class of 2017 A Level Results

1 month ago
Birkdale School achieved a fine set of results at A level across the full range of subjects in 2017 in the first year of the new linear courses.  There are a large number of particularly notable achievements:
17 Aug 2017

S1 China Day

2 months ago
S1 enjoyed a Chinese-themed day at school on Thursday 6 July. They participated in a carousel of six workshops led by teachers from the Sheffield Confucius Institute. Pupils explored aspects of culture from Chinese folk dance to kung fu and calligraphy.  They also enjoyed a taster lesson in Mandarin as well as a delicious Chinese themed lunch. All the boys had an enjoyable day and we look forward to relaunching our extra-curricular activities in Mandarin from September.
12 Jul 2017

Sam's Fundraising Success

3 months ago
Sam Richards (S1) participated in the Sheffield Student Colour Run recently. He was running to raise money for Weston Park Cancer Charity and his team has just reached their £1000 target! Sam managed to outstrip his team mates with his brilliant fundraising. He ran in the number 1 bib and his trusty goggles. Sam was determined to keep up with the 3 university student pacesetters - he not only managed this, but overtook one and so was placed third overall. Well done Sam!
11 Jul 2017

Big Band Perform at Music For Youth National Finals

3 months ago
On Friday 7 July our acclaimed Big Band travelled to Birmingham to perform at the National Finals of the Music For Youth Festival. After regional heats over 8,000 of the very finest young musicians from across the whole country once again took over Birmingham's Town Hall and Symphony Hall for this 5 day of musical extravaganza.
11 Jul 2017

Quarry Bank Mill

3 months ago
The History department organised a trip to Quarry Bank Mill for Enrichment Day last Thursday. Here is an account of the day written by an S2 student "On Thursday 6 July, we went on a fantastic trip to Quarry Bank Mill near Manchester airport, where we learned about the awful lives of children during the industrial revolution. We were shown how raw cotton was turned into string and then to cloth using a variety of spinning and weaving machines, each invention being more efficient than the last.
10 Jul 2017

Visit to the Houses of Parliament

3 months ago
L6 Business, Economics and Politics students visited London recently. Here is an account from one of the students about their day.  "This year’s trip to London for the L6 proved to be another enthralling experience. After arriving at St Pancras, with many of us feeling the pressures of a 6am start, we headed to our first destination: the Houses of Parliament. On our guided tour of the parliamentary estate, the House of Lords proved to be particularly impressive in terms of its grandness.
05 Jul 2017

International Space Challenge Winners

3 months ago
Congratulations to the S4 team which won the prestigious International Space Challenge at RAF Waddington this week. The boys were faced with the task of designing a space hotel using science and engineering skills allied to marketing and language knowledge. Against stiff competition from all over England, the Birkdale boys came up with the innovative idea of a space hospital, taking advantage of low gravity to speed the recovery of spinal injury patients.
28 Jun 2017

Know Your Neighbour

3 months ago
Birkdale pupil Benul Rathnam (S2) pledged his support for the Sheffield Star’s Know Your Neighbour initiative, by helping to prepare and serve food to elderly people who visit the Park library café, Duke Street, Park Hill. He featured in a Sheffield Star article about the initiative on Tuesday 27 June.
27 Jun 2017

Onatti Theatre Company Visit

3 months ago
The Onatti Theatre Company paid their annual visit to Birkdale on 16 June, performing their play “Le Café” to S1 and S2 pupils in the Heeley Hall. The play, which was performed by two native French actors, focused on the similarities and differences of the two languages both in terms of vocabulary and pronunciation. The pupils had spent time in French lessons studying the plot, characters and key vocabulary and so had no difficulty in understanding the play even though it was all in French!
26 Jun 2017

Lower School in London

3 months ago
S1 and S2 had a fantastic time in London last weekend. The boys were asked to write an account of the trip for homework. Here is one pupils account of the trip: "On Sunday the 11th of June Birkdale school were heading to London. After a long time of hugs and waves goodbye the coach of 11 and 12 year olds was off. Shortly after we were put into travel groups. Mr Low, Mrs Birtles, Mrs Stolz and Mr Pietrck. I can’t lie that a few people were scared to be with Mr Pietrek but he turned out to be so nice...
22 Jun 2017

FOBs Ball Raises £6,000 for Children's Hospital Charity

3 months ago
On Saturday 17 June the Friends of Birkdale school (FoBs) hosted their annual Ball at Baldwins Omega. Over 150 guests were welcomed to the ball by the school's acclaimed jazz band Octopus. This year there was a very special welcome as Theo the Bear, the Children's Hospital Charity mascot, was on hand to also shake hands with all guests as they arrived for this prestigious event.
20 Jun 2017

Mock Election Campaign

4 months ago
In support of the Birkdale citizenship programme, a Lower School Hustings took place as part of the Birkdale Mock Election campaign. The event was chaired by Harry Clay (U6) as Returning Officer. The candidates are: Sam Beahan (S4) Conservative; Joshua Watts (S2) Liberal Democrats; Ahmed Hussain (S3) Labour and Harry Burch (S2) Official Monster Raving Looney. All of the candidates gave a speech and then fielded questions from the audience.
07 Jun 2017

Old Birkdalians Receive D of E Gold Award

4 months ago
Old Birkdalians, Charlotte Kidd (left 2016) and Ben Horscraft (left 2011) were at Buckingham Palace on 24 May to receive their Gold Award. They enjoyed a great day and all three of the expected royals were there – the Duke of Edinburgh himself, Prince Philip and the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie. They were presented their Award by Prince Edward and the celebrity Chris Mears, an Olympic gold medallist diver.
05 Jun 2017

St John Ambulance Achievement

4 months ago
Shahid Qadar (L6) has recently been nominated national youth representative for St John Ambulance, the nation's leading first aid charity. Shahid originally joined St John Ambulance through his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh voluntary work and loved it so much he carried on. He is currently officer at corporal level within his unit. Shahid also runs the popular First Aid Club in school and teaches first aid as part of enrichment and Duke of Edinburgh.
24 May 2017

S1 Visit to Warwick Castle and Bosworth Battlefield

4 months ago
S1 and their accompanying teachers were very fortunate to experience the delights of Warwick Castle and Bosworth Battlefield on a sunny day in an otherwise wet week.
23 May 2017

Politics Forum

4 months ago
The Lower Sixth Politics group took over the running of Politics Forum yesterday due to the imminent departure of the Upper Sixth. With the General Election on the June 8 fast approaching, the Lower Sixth wanted to take the opportunity to get involved by holding a parliamentary style hustings.
22 May 2017

Black Dyke Band raise the roof!

4 months ago
We were privileged to welcome the Black Dyke Band to Birkdale last week. Billed as the world's most famous brass band they did not disappoint. The calibre of performance in the Heeley Hall made for a very special occasion.
22 May 2017

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

4 months ago
Thirty-five S3 students and several members of staff from Birkdale Senior School sat enthralled, as this award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s seminal novel unfolded in the spacious yet somehow intimate environs of Sheffield’s Lyceum theatre.
22 May 2017

S1 Crepe Making Competition

4 months ago
S1 French students have been studying food and drink. Over Easter, they were invited to test an original crêpe recipe with their own choice of topping. Kitchens across Sheffield were transformed into French style crêperie's as the boys competed to produce the ultimate crêpe. Congratulations to all entrants and to the joint winners, Samuel Richards and Luke Offer.
15 May 2017

Rugby Trio Promotion

5 months ago
Rugby goes from strength to strength at Birkdale, which is no surprise when you consider their outstanding team of coaches. The trio, which includes Adam Byron as Director of Rugby at Birkdale School is also Head Coach at the recently promoted Sheffield RUFC. They achieved promotion to National 2, which is the fourth tier of England rugby and are now looking forward to next season playing at a higher level.
10 May 2017

S3 Visit Imperial War Museum

5 months ago
The History Department took the S3 year group on a visit to the Imperial War Museum in Salford Quays Manchester. As well as finding out all about warfare in the iconic museum the pupils also explored the Industrial History of the area and the History of Television as Salford Quays is the new home of the BBC and the Coronation Street studios.
09 May 2017

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