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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Serving Others – Diana Award Winner 2021

Congratulations to S2 pupil Daniel and his sister Samira for receiving the prestigious Diana Award 2021. This year’s Diana Award recipients represent some of the most inspirational young people from across the UK and around the world. These exceptional young people have demonstrated their ability to inspire and mobilise new generations to serve the …

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A Cricketing Legacy To Be Proud Of

Anyone who has watched and listened to the Birkdale Prep children playing on the yard at Clarke House over many years, will have seen and heard the unmistakeable sound of numerous playground cricket matches. The raw skills first on show in the playground have been developed over time and Birkdale is proud to have produced many cricketers who have repres …

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Politics Forum – Live from USA

Politics Forum enjoyed a final event of a busy year with a live presentation from America where Mr Eric Welch from Justice High School in Virginia USA gave a presentation about the current state of American politics and then chaired a discussion with questions from Birkdale and Justice High School students. Mr Welch worked at Birkdale for a year in a …

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A Virtual History tour of Barcelona by Gaspar Lopes Torres.

The 24th Annual Birkdale Sixth Form History Society Lecture was given to members of the Society by Gaspar Lopez Torres from gasparvtours on a virtual History tour Of Barcelona. Gaspar is a tour guide in Barcelona and the wider Catalonia region, who during the Covid Pandemic has adapted his tours for a virtual audience enabling him to give the …

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Laudable Linguists

Congratulations to our language pupils who entered the Modern Languages in Schools competition run by Lancaster University. S4 pupils Abdullah, Jacob, Tom and Adam won the overall GCSE competition by creating their own languages video (reported earlier in the year). U6 pupil Hollie was also runner-up in the Herbert Hughes Memorial Spanish competition …

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Gold DofE Training

It’s that time again; this year’s Gold DofE expedition is on the horizon, meaning that all 48 Lower Sixth participants headed out to the Peak District for a day of map reading, camp craft, and first aid – not to mention a fair bit of walking! Meeting outside Hathersage train station, the hardy bunch headed for picturesque Bretton Clough, where …

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An Emotional Farewell to Upper Sixth

Upper Sixth leavers' day is always an important day in the Birkdale calendar. As we marked this year's Upper Sixth last day at school, there was a great sense of emotion after what has been a very difficult year with Covid lockdowns, social distancing and self-isolation. Three key words sum up this incredible group of young people: Resilient; Compassion …

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