Birkdale is keen to extend the education we offer beyond the classroom and there are numerous lunch time clubs and after school activities for pupils to participate in. Detailed below are some of the outstanding extra-curricular clubs available.

There is also a list of the clubs available in an average week (this is subject to change). In addition, the IT room is open every lunchtime except Friday.

Click here to find out more about Clubs at Birkdale

Mandarin Classes

Birkdale is one of a select number of Schools to be recognised by the Confucius Institute for its work in promoting the study of Mandarin Chinese and in July 2013 was awarded the coveted accolade of becoming a Confucius Classroom.

The Confucius Institute also helps Birkdale provide activities within the curriculum to ensure that students become familiar with Chinese culture, art, music and history. Year 7 (S1) enjoy an annual Chinese day and Mandarin lessons are currently available to Years 10 and above (S4-U6) at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Some members of staff have also been able to attend Mandarin classes and we will be offering beginner and intermediate evening classes to all interested Senior School parents.

Birkdale has also enjoyed considerable success in recent years in the painting competition organised by the Confucius Institute as part of its Chinese New Year celebrations and we hope that this will continue for many years to come.

For anyone interested in participating in Mandarin classes please email
Courses begin from week beginning 26 September & details can be accessed by clicking here.

Christian Union

Christian Union activities extend throughout the Senior School at Birkdale.

‘Quest’ is for Year 7 and Year 8 boys (S1 and S2), whilst ‘Discovery’ caters for Years 9 and 10 (S3 and S4). These groups are led by teaching staff, and meet on Friday lunchtimes on the ground floor of the Johnson building. A typical meeting might involve games and bible study or a guest speaker.

The Senior CU is pupil led, and is open to Year 11 and above (S5).

We have an increasingly strong link to Glod, a youth ministry which is focused particularly on independent schools. They run camps and residentials during school holidays with an evangelistic emphasis. Click here to go to the Glod website (opens a new browser window and leaves the Birkdale Web Site)

Young Enterprise

Birkdale School have a thriving Young Enterprise scheme run by the Department of Economics & Business Studies for Lower Sixth students (not necessarily studying Economics or Business Studies). The scheme involves setting up a limited company and producing goods and services for sale.

Senior School Debating Society

The Senior School Debating Society meets regularly to discuss powerful issues relating to current affairs, ethics and the like. Many members go on to to get involved with the European Youth Parliament.

Clubs in an average week:


Monday Morning Music Male Voice Choir Psychology Film Club
One Tuck Photography Club Lower School History Club
GCSE Greek IT Club Drama
Girls Choir S5/U6 Systems and Control Mandarin Chinese Taster
Homework Club Judo
Music theory club
Sports Coaching Senior Badminton String Orchestra


One Tuck
Cross Country Club
Quiet Music
LS Choir
MS 5-a-side Football
IT Club
MS Writers Club
GCSE Greek
Geography Club
Sixth Form Choir
S3 Greek
MS History Club
Homework Club
Sports Coaching
Senior Basketball
Brass Band
Saxophone Club
Wind Ensemble
Da Vinci Society
Young Enterprise
S5/U6 Resistant materials
Word Games Club


Guitar Ensemble Chess Club
Lower School
Science Club
IT Club One Tuck Maths Puzzle Club
Music Theory Club Nepal Product Group Drama
S5/S6 Resistant Materials Homework Club Sports Coaching
Big Band Rock Band Project S1-S3 Art Club


Circus Skills Word Games Club Composers Club
Senior Debating Society Quiet Music Young Poet’s Society
Chess Ensemble 123 S4 GCSE Greek


Monday Morning Music
Male Voice Choir
Songwriter’s Workshop
One Tuck
Circus Skills
Lower / Middle School
Christian Union
GCSE Greek
IT Club
Cryptic Crossword Club
Girls Choir
S5/U6 Systems and Control
Mandarin Chinese Taster
Homework Club
Music Technology club
Hockey Club
LS Badminton
String Orchestra
Share Trading Club
LS Book Club
Japanese Club

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