Oxford Computing Challenge

The first round of the Oxford Computing Challenge took place this week and Birkdale students were well represented by groups of boys who took part on Wednesday and Thursday. The competition is by invitation only to those students scoring in the top 10% of the country in the Bebras computational thinking challenge. Birkdale had over 30 new invites this y …

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Cricket Tour to UAE

Over half term, 18 cricketers from S3-L6, as well as Mr Depledge, Mr Clark and Mr Tasker, embarked on the third bi-annual cricket tour to the UAE. During the week, the touring party were subject to fantastic weather and excellent hospitality from all of their hosts. With a combination of age groups, the boys were split into U14 and U17 squads for the …

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Problem Solving in Perse Braben Cup

Congratulations are due to S4 Computer Science students who took part recently in the Perse Braben Cup - a computer programming competition that attracts competitors from around the world. The pupils had to work in pairs to try to solve some tricky computing problems and submit their code to be tested by an AI 'robot' behind the scenes. The competition …

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EYP Enthusiasm

On 10 February two teams from Birkdale took part in the regional heats of the European Youth Parliament competition at The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Despite this event taking place less than two weeks after the UK left the EU it was evident that our students were very passionate and well informed about European politics. The Committee for Civil Li …

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Snowy Spring Solos Concert

Pupils and parents braved the cold weather and sleet to attend the Music Department Spring Solos Concert last night. This featured 15 brilliant performers from S1 through to the 6th form playing on a wide variety of instruments and in many different styles. The evening opened with Christian and James performing St James's Infirmary on the piano and t …

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Former Head Girl Shares University Experience

We were delighted to welcome Charlotte Kidd, Birkdale's Head Girl 2015-2016, back to school last week to talk at the Medical Society. She spoke about her degree in Medical Engineering at the University of Surrey. Over 30 students attended. She gave a fascinating insight into some of the research she was involved in during her work placement as well as m …

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Team Win Northern Schools’ Target 2.0 Interest Rate Competition

On Wednesday 5th February U6 Economists Bhavesh (Captain), Will and Siqi won the Northern Schools’ Target 2.0 Interest Rate Competition, held at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL). This competition pits the best Economics departments in the north of England against a panel of Bank of England judges and academics. The team fended off strong competition …

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Aspiring Medics Workshop

Over 20 Sixth Form students attended an extra (after school) Medical Society workshop on Monday evening kindly run by a parent Dr Sarah Mitchell who is a local GP, a Macmillan GP and a Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. Dr Mitchell explained the principles of medical ethics and then outlined a framework for ethical decision making. …

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In Memory of Gordon Grayson

Gordon Grayson was Chairman of Governors at Birkdale from 1963 to 1991. During his tenure of office he oversaw many of the developments which made Birkdale the school it is today. He presided over the establishment of the Sixth Form in 1988, the building of the Science Block, the Sports Hall, the acquisition of Clarke House for the 4-11 Prep School, the …

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Celebrating Chinese New Year In Style

Chinese New Year was celebrated in style at Sheffield City Hall last night. There was an amazing display of Chinese culture and traditional Chinese entertainment. Some of our pupils were lucky enough to attend as Prize Winners in the Birkdale Chinese New Year Art competition, with representatives from both the Prep School and Senior School. Birkdale Pri …

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