Welcome to Senior School

At age 11, boys from Birkdale Prep School are joined by other boys from many different schools. A welcoming environment, tailored to the needs of boys, allows all our students to settle in quickly, make new friends and enjoy their days at school. Boys also join us at other stages of their academic careers and we occasionally have places available in Year 9 (S3) and Year 10 (S4).

Small classes, expert teaching and a happy and aspirational environment allow our students to learn effectively and achieve highly; typically around two-thirds of all GCSE grades were A* or A. A large number of extra-curricular activities in sport, music, drama and many other pastimes enrich the students’ lives and provide opportunities to develop new skills. Birkdale places great emphasis on encouraging high standards of behaviour, thought and care for others and positive relationships between all members of the school community.

High academic expectations, huge breadth of activity and outstanding pastoral care for the individual are all rooted in our strong Christian ethos and characterise the education that we offer to students of all ages.

Dr Paul Owen
Head Master



Sovereign Education English Language study day

A combined group of L6 and U6 Birkdale English Language students attended the annual Sovereign Education English Language A-level study day in Manchester, where linguistic luminaries including London University’s Ian Cushing, and Bermondsey boy & AQA Chief Examiner Dan Clayton, delivered a series of entertaining and instructional presentations, ra …

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Classics Reading Competition Success!

On Wednesday 14th March, a group of students from Birkdale travelled to Leeds University for the Classics Reading Competition.  As the contest is 70 years old in 2018, this involved special celebrations, with a splendid cake sporting logos in Latin and Greek. Competing against schools from across the Yorkshire region, our boys achieved considerable …

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Gold navigation training

On a blustery but fine Sunday morning, preparation for the Summer 2018 practice DofE expedition began in earnest, as sixty L6 students headed to Hayfield in the Sett Valley region of the Peak District, for a day’s practice walk and navigation training. In their expedition groups, the students navigated their way up and around Kinder Scout moorland pla …

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Birkdale sets up educational partnership in China

With some initial help from Ben Hui, consultant for Sheffield City Council Invest Sheffield China Project, Head of Modern Languages, Mrs Kathryn Higham, has been exploring a proposed link with the Teensen International Education Centre established by the prestigious Nanchang No. 1 Middle School,  to enable students to sit iGCSE and A level ex …

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