Celebration & Prizegiving

As the academic year draws to a close we had the opportunity to come together as a school community for our annual Celebration and Prizegiving this week. Pupils, parents and friends celebrated all that is good about Birkdale. Everyone received a warm welcome as our Jazz Band entertained on arrival at the Octagon Centre. First, our Chair of Governors, …

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Young Racing Driver Rowan

S1 pupil Rowan was accompanied by Mr Depledge on a recent visit to Oxfordshire, following an invitation by Arden Motorsport to join their Young Racing Driver Academy. On arrival, in the heart of the reception area it was interesting to see the history behind Arden Motorsport run by the famous Horner Family.  There's a large and impressive collection …

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Showcasing Birkdale Music and Performing Arts

Birkdale has been awash with musical and performing arts talent over the last couple of weeks. The end of the summer term is notoriously busy for the music department with the Lower School Young Performers Platform and performances at the Broomhill Festival and Whirlow Farm Fair to name but a few. The Young Performers Platform was a delight, with our …

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Economics, Business and Politics Trip to London

The departments of Economics and Politics took 21 students to London on a typically sunny Monday 1st July. The group began with a relatively early morning trip to Number 10 Downing Street, with a few students considering popping their CVs through the letterbox for the top job… The group then had a tour of the Bank of England along with a …

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Beijing Language and Culture University Scholarships

Three talented Birkdale linguists, Aleksi Anderson, Reuben Conway and Rafal Faraj, have been awarded 4 week scholarships at the Beijing Language & Culture University this summer. The Confucius Institute Scholarships offer students the academic and educational opportunity of a lifetime. Recipients are immersed in the language and culture of China for …

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The CILIP Carnegie Medal

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.Medal holders include Arthur Ransome, C.S. Lewis, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Phillip Pullman and Sally Gardner. Many schools across the UK take part in the Shadowing Scheme which involves groups of students reading the …

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TCS Oxford Computing Challenge Success

Congratulations are due to Matthew (S3) who has managed a prestigious 3rd place in the TCS Oxford Computing Challenge. Matthew was one of around 20 Birkdale students who qualified for the competition by scoring in the top 10% of students nationally in the Bebras Challenge before Christmas. Matthew sailed through round one of this more challenging online …

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A Promising Author…

Congratulations to Adam (S2) who has been declared the joint winner of Sheffield University’s Frankenstein Competition. (more…)

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Showcase of Musical Talent

Birkdale has been alive with the sound of music over the past few weeks. It began with the annual summer concert which was a fantastic showcase of musical talent with many bands and ensembles participating. It was a fantastic evening with some notable solo performances: Tey singing with Soul Band; Jack on double bass with the string orchestra and Keir p …

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Politics Forum

Our Politics Forum has thrived this year with some regular and interesting debates. This is unsurprising considering the current political climate, but students have been motivated by and engaged with the issues we currently face. The latest event, which is the last for our current U6, was a discussion on the results of the local elections and what t …

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