A Midsummer Night’s Dream

‘Unconventional’ is an oft-used adjective when referring to a contemporary adaptation of a Shakespeare play – and it’s not always a positive label. Robert Hastie’s re-working of the Bard’s best known Romantic Comedy is certainly one to which this word applies though – boasting a musical score by The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie-Sells …

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History Society Debating Competition

Congratulations to Ultan Norris and Luke Matthews who both gave excellent talks at the History Society debating competition recently. The topic was the Age of Revolution and they were jointly awarded the Historical Association Cup. They will represent Birkdale in the Sheffield final, the winner of which speaks in the UK final. We wish them both luc …

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Design and Technology trip to JCB and the AMRC

On Wednesday 3 October, Lower and Upper Sixth Form Design and Technology students paid a visit to JCB and the AMRC Sheffield (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre). The morning was spent at JCB Headquarters, Rochester, Staffordshire, with a short presentation in the JCB Theatre showing the global manufacturing facilities and products. They then too …

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Open Days 2018

Following our Prep School Open Morning we are holding a drop in coffee morning on Wednesday 10 October from 9.00am - 10.30am. All welcome to come and see Birkdale Prep School in action. We hold Open Days for each of the main entry points of the school. Our Open Days provide an insight into life at Birkdale and the amazing opportunities available to o …

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Lake District Adventures with our Chinese Visitors

As part of the programme of culture experiences we have been running for our visitors from Nanchang, a trip to Cumbria proved a real highlight this weekend. With the Modern Foreign Languages department language assistants on board, the Chinese students and their teacher were introduced to the rugged beauty of the Lake District Park, taking in Wordsworth …

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They Came, They Saw, They Learned

As part of their preparation for their GCSE the S5 Latin students paid a visit to the capital. They visited the Museum of London where many of the finds discovered in the city which the Romans founded are displayed. Read more »

European Day of Languages

Birkdale began the European Day of Languages with an insightful assembly by Alex Neep, a third year Economics & German student from the University of Warwick. He spoke of the merits of learning a foreign language alongside your studies at university. Of particular interest was how much easier having an A Level language makes this! Alex also unde …

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CERN 2018

It wasn’t long ago that Physics was considered a red-giant subject nearing the end of its lifetime as a mysterious and unexplored field. The general consensus seemed to be that everything would be discovered soon. My experiences at CERN have demonstrated first hand to me that this could not be further from the truth. It seems that the more we study ou …

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London Research Trip Presentation Evening

The six winners of Birkdale’s London Research Trip competition presented their findings and conclusions at the end of last week. This was the culmination of a research process which began in London back in June when the students spent two days studying at the British Library, an opportunity they’d won by submitting the best of this year’s resea …

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Inspiring visit to Jodrell Bank

Our U6 Physics students visited the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire this week, home of the incredible Lovell Radio Telescope which towers nearly one hundred metres above the Cheshire countryside. The telescope, built in 1956, remains the third largest steerable telescope in the world. It was used to track the progress of the Sputnik satellites and …

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