Welcome to Sixth Form

The Sixth Form is an exciting time of new responsibilities and increased freedom, marking the transition between school and university. Every year Birkdale welcomes a large number of students from other schools. The Sixth Form is co-educational, providing a natural progression to university.

Life in the Sixth Form is bursting with opportunity. Around 200 students make it large enough to offer choice and variety but small enough for everyone to know each other within a supportive community.

A team of experienced Sixth Form tutors is led by Helen Parsons, Head of Sixth Form. She works with two Assistant Heads of Sixth Form, Polly Pickford and Matthew Jones, providing strong pastoral care to support students in making informed decisions about courses, careers and the complexities of UCAS applications.

Birkdale consistently achieves outstanding academic results. Typically Birkdale achieves 100% pass rate at A level. Nearly all students go on to leading universities.

Settling In

Many of our Sixth Form students have valued the chance to experience the Birkdale atmosphere before making their decision to study here on the Taster Day in the Easter Term. The Induction Course, held at the end of the Summer Term after GCSEs are completed, is another key opportunity to sample life in Birkdale Sixth Form. Students are able to explore A level courses, while getting to know the others in the year group. All of this makes it much easier to settle down quickly and make the most of Sixth Form life on arrival in September.

One of the highlights of the first term in the Lower Sixth is the two-day residential personal development course at the Edale Activity Centre. The chance to work together both as team members and leaders outside the confines of the school day helps the Sixth Form develop a strong sense of unity.

We would love to meet you in person and show you what is special about Birkdale. We hope the information on our website gives you a flavour of the sense of community, range of activities and facilities that are available to our Sixth Formers.

Please read on and feel free to visit one of our Open Evenings or arrange an individual tour, where you can see for yourself what we have to offer.

Helen Parsons – Head of Sixth Form



Celebrating Chinese New Year in Art

Pupils at both the Prep and Senior Schools took up the challenge of the Chinese New Year Poster Competition run by Sheffield’s Confucius Institute. The winning entries will be on display in the Ball Room of Sheffield City Hall on Tuesday 20th February as part of the pre-show activities for the China New Year Show and the first prize-winners will re …

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Old Birkdalian vs 1st XI Football!

This annual fixture was almost cancelled due to the frozen pitches at Castle Dyke but despite the freezing wind and snow the game went ahead. The old boys started very well and gained an early two goal lead. Mr Morton made a brief cameo performance for the 1st XI - bending a free kick into the top corner. The superior fitness of the current 1st XI sh …

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Cyber Security Challenge

We hear about cyber security in the news on a regular basis and members of Birkdale’s Code Club, run by the Computing department, have been participating in the recent cyber security challenge "Capture the Flag" run by students from Sheffield Hallam University. This involved challenges testing cryptography, secure coding and on-line security. Merlin …

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Birkdale Economics Students Hit The Target

The team of Elliott Brown (Captain), Lewis Chinchen, Josh Michalowski and Anna Fardon won the Northern Schools’ Target 2.0 Interest Rate Competition, held at Greenhead College, Huddersfield last Wednesday. This competition pits the best Economics departments in the north of England against a panel of Bank of England judges and academics. The team fend …

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