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Fabulous stand-alone science lab. ‘Real’ science is taught from the beginning, as is French - everything throughout the school is labelled with its French equivalent. Lovely loft art room, full of colour, and a shelf of working wooden catapults a recent exciting project. Discipline well maintained with clear rewards and sanctions and behaviour extremely good, although relaxed. Reward points are collected for the house, posted on a corridor wall and ‘are dished out like confetti,’ according to a parent...

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What the school says...

Birkdale Prep School is dedicated to the education and care of pupils aged 4-11. Birkdale not only offers the academic excellence you would expect from an Independent School, but goes far beyond that. Birkdale Prep will begin the process of becoming fully co-educational from September 2020.

Pupils join Birkdale Pre-Prep from age 4 and benefit enormously from the caring, family atmosphere it provides. At age 7 pupils move into Prep (Y3). Specialist teaching and classrooms are provided for many subjects. Real Science is taught from age 7 in a fully equipped Lab by highly qualified teaching staff.

Entrance at 4+ subject to meeting with parents. Entrance into Prep is subject to assessment and interview with the Head of the Prep School.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head of prep school

Since 2009, Christopher Burch BA PGCE (40s), previously deputy head of Great Walstead Prep. His wife, Pip, is the school librarian and a pre-prep teaching assistant. They have four sons, two currently at the school. Parents appreciate the whole family involvement. He is a committed and active Christian and fully supports the faith ethos of the school. Friendly and approachable, popular with parents, he patrols the playground every morning to welcome the pupils and to catch or be caught by parents, to ‘sort out problems when they are pennies before they become pounds’. Parents were keen to emphasise ‘nothing is too small to discuss with him.’


No assessment for entry at 4. From age 6 there is an assessment day, but they rarely don’t offer a place if they have spaces. Despite...

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Special Education Needs

We have the equivalent of two full time teaching staff. Approximately 30 pupils are withdrawn from lessons and before school for literacy/numeracy support.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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