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



Celebrating Chinese New Year in Art

Pupils at both the Prep and Senior Schools took up the challenge of the Chinese New Year Poster Competition run by Sheffield’s Confucius Institute. The winning entries will be on display in the Ball Room of Sheffield City Hall on Tuesday 20th February as part of the pre-show activities for the China New Year Show and the first prize-winners will re …

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Old Birkdalian vs 1st XI Football!

This annual fixture was almost cancelled due to the frozen pitches at Castle Dyke but despite the freezing wind and snow the game went ahead. The old boys started very well and gained an early two goal lead. Mr Morton made a brief cameo performance for the 1st XI - bending a free kick into the top corner. The superior fitness of the current 1st XI sh …

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Cyber Security Challenge

We hear about cyber security in the news on a regular basis and members of Birkdale’s Code Club, run by the Computing department, have been participating in the recent cyber security challenge "Capture the Flag" run by students from Sheffield Hallam University. This involved challenges testing cryptography, secure coding and on-line security. Merlin …

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Birkdale Economics Students Hit The Target

The team of Elliott Brown (Captain), Lewis Chinchen, Josh Michalowski and Anna Fardon won the Northern Schools’ Target 2.0 Interest Rate Competition, held at Greenhead College, Huddersfield last Wednesday. This competition pits the best Economics departments in the north of England against a panel of Bank of England judges and academics. The team fend …

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