For admission to S1 (Y7) at Birkdale Senior School, your child will firstly need to be registered as a prospective pupil. A Birkdale Registration Form should be completed and submitted with a photocopy of your child’s birth certificate. A £50 registration fee is payable and details of how to pay can be found on the form. The closing date for registering for entry to S1 (Y7) in September 2024 is Friday 1 December 2023. Once the Registration form is completed, you are also required to send a copy of your child’s birth certificate. This can either be a photocopy posted to: The Registrar, Birkdale School, Oakholme Road, Sheffield, S10 3DH or a scanned copy emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry to the Senior School is academically selective and all applicants are required to sit the Independent Schools Examination Board (ISEB) Common Pre-Tests (CPT) when they are in Y6. You will therefore also need to register your child for the Common Pre-Tests with ISEB by the above date. Further details about this can be found below.
The Common Pre-Tests are online, adaptive tests. We would anticipate that the majority of applicants will sit the tests at Birkdale on our test day which, for entry in September 2024, is Wednesday 10 January 2024. Any applicants choosing to sit the CPT at an alternative invigilation centre will need to have completed the tests by this date. Please advise us if your child will be sitting the tests at an alternative centre.
The outcome of the Common Pre-Tests will be initially communicated to parents by email by Friday 19 January 2024. This will be followed by a letter which will be sent shortly after the February half term holiday, when the formal offer of a place at Birkdale will be made to all those who have met the academic standard for entry. Please note that we do not provide details of candidate scores in the tests.
Late registrations received will be placed on a waiting list and will be invited to be assessed for entry if places are still available once the initial deadline (in March 2024) for acceptance of places offered has passed. It is not possible for pupils registered late to be considered for any of the S1 (Y7) Scholarships and consideration for means-tested bursary funding is unlikely to be possible.
Registering your child for the ISEB Common Pre-Tests
Further information about the tests themselves, as well as details of the registration process can be found on the ISEB website https://www.iseb.co.uk/assessments/common-pre-tests/cpt-for-families/