Live Music is Back!

Following 18 months of not being able to perform to a live audience, 23 pupils from S1 to Sixth Form delighted in playing a variety of pieces from different composers and genres to an appreciative audience. Instruments played included cello, saxophone, piano, double bass and violin to name but a few. A fantastic evening was had by all. Our talented m …

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S3 Camp Adventure Days

An intrepid group of S3 (Y9) pupils set off from school on Monday to begin a 24 hour expedition as part of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh training. Following a 6 hour walk to Hathersage, they set up camp at the North Lees campsite where they pitched their tents and cooked their evening meal. Unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse and the …

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Fantastic Football!

Last week Birkdale competed in the only national ISFA (Independent Schools Football Association) cup. The U15’s travelled to Bootham School, York in the first round. They were losing 2-0 at half time and then went 3-0 down just after the break, but then completed an amazing fight-back with Hayden scoring the winning goal in the last minute to make …

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Marvellous at Mandarin

S4 pupil Indy has achieved HSK1 in Mandarin. This is a significant achievement and we would like to congratulate him on his success. Indy’s interest in learning Mandarin began in the Prep School and he continued his studies at Senior School and via online lessons throughout the periods of remote learning. He also enjoys learning other languages and …

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Birkdale Bake-Off Series 5

Stealing a march on their TV namesakes, our new batch of intrepid bakers came steaming out of the baking blocks to produce some wonderful cakes and flapjacks. Ebenezer’s magnificent chocolate fudge cakes took the judge’s breath away, whilst Hashim’s chocolate surprise was, unsurprisingly, a big hit! On top of these butter, flour and egg leviathans …

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Class of 2021 Achieve Top GCSE Grades

Pupils at Birkdale School are being congratulated on their GCSE successes despite the unprecedented circumstances and challenges they faced during their studies. 26% of results were the highest possible grade 9 with nearly half at the top two grades, 9 or 8, with two-thirds at grades 9 – 7 (equivalent previously to A** to A). Among the other hea …

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Celebrating A Level Success

Students at Birkdale have, once again, achieved highly in their A levels – despite the unprecedented circumstances and challenges they have faced when completing their courses. The school has exceeded last year’s overall performance with 76% of all grades at A* and A grade. Among the other headlines:

Music for Summer

As we draw to the end of this academic year our amazing music department have put together a series of music ensembles to get us in the mood for Summer! We sadly couldn't hold our usual Summer concert, but as our pupils have continued to work hard on their music, we wanted to share it with you. We really hope to be able to welcome you all back into s …

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UK Biology Challenge Success

Back in May, 44 of our S4 Biology students participated in the Biology challenge - a national competition run in conjunction with the Royal Society of Biology and the University of Warwick.  Overall 26,828 pupils entered from 348 UK schools.   Two online tests provided an opportunity for students aged 13-15 to test their Biology knowledge through a s …

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Outdoor Adventure

It was heartening to see the S4 boys head out to the Peaks for their two-day Bronze DofE expedition and camp this week. The year was split in two, and each half undertook the expedition while the other half enjoyed some abseiling around Burbage, and learned bush-craft skills from Bear Bridle. After a wet and dismal first day, the weather improved massiv …

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