Professional Rugby League Debut

Congratulations to U6 student and 1st XV Captain, Phoenix, who made his professional debut for Keighley Cougars RL v Bradford Bulls in a pre-season game last Saturday (13th). This is a tremendous achievement for Phoenix, who at 17, has been awarded a one-year contract with the Cougars, before switching codes and begin pre-season training with Leicest …

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Seasons of Love

Here is the latest music department video - the 6th form choir singing 'Seasons of Love' from the musical 'Rent'. Tomorrow will be exactly a year since our last performance in school; the final night of Les Miserables. Mr Jordan, Director of Music thought this song would be quite an apt one to mark that milestone... have a listen to the opening lyric …

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Terrific Tectonics

Our Geography Department were thrilled to receive some amazing Tectonic Projects completed by S3 pupils. This was an independent lockdown project,where pupils could choose their own place and type of tectonic hazard and had to work to a design brief to complete it.  It was purposefully aimed at having time off the computer, which they were all very ple …

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‘Let’s Talk About Conversation’ Event

The English department has organised tickets for an online talk on Monday 1st March, beginning at 5.30pm, for 6th Form English students. This event, ‘Let’s Talk About Conversation’,  which is raising money for the ICAN childrens’ charity, has been organised by the University of Sheffield’s ‘Engsoc’, and is being conducted by the living …

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Oxbridge Success

We are delighted to announce that 5 Birkdale students have been successful in achieving offers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities: 2 at Cambridge for Land Economy and Geography and 3 at Oxford for Ancient and Modern History, Law with Spanish Law and French. One of these students, Dom, left Birkdale last year with a plan to take a gap year. He wri …

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Language Learning in the Digital Era

S4 pupil Abdullah and a group of talented students have produced the most amazing video about the benefits of learning a language in the digital era. MFL teacher Mr O’Toole suggested they enter a video competition organised by the Department of Languages and Culture at Lancaster University on the topic: "Do we still need to learn about other lan …

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Cracking Codes

The Alan Turing Cryptography Competition kicked off online at 4pm on Monday 18th January 2021 and Birkdale students were able to use Google Classroom to take part in the proceedings. It was good to see a number of returning code-breakers and even better to see several new S1 members of Cryptography Club. S1 and S3 students have the chance to apply th …

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Swimming Superstar

Despite the current restrictions placed upon many sports, we are delighted to report the impressive swimming achievements by Tom in S4. Before the latest lockdown, Swim England introduced a "Level X" national swim competition, where you compete in your home club but the results are compared on a national level. Tom swims at Ponds forge and they ha …

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Christmas Music Medley

Despite not being able to hold our usual Christmas Concert, we are delighted to share with you a musical medley of 15 performances by our talented senior school musicians from S1 to Upper Sixth. These were all performed in year group bubbles in smaller groups than usual. We hope you enjoy the videos as much as the pupils enjoyed making them. Also look o …

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The Greatest Story

We were delighted to share our pre-recorded Pre-Prep Christmas play with parents earlier this week. Our youngest pupils aged 4-7 performed The Greatest Story. It was the traditional Christmas story with a twist – it was recorded in numerous exciting locations around the Prep School. They even used Mr Burch’s office as Herod’s Palace! Everyone i …

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