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Head is particularly hot on ‘learning for its own sake’ and has developed several initiatives under the banner ‘intellectual curiosity’. Pastoral care is high on the agenda emanating from the school’s strong Christian ethos. It is not heavy-handed but focuses on nurture and mutual respect with the advantage that the school is small enough for everyone to know everyone. Parents are particularly effusive about the sixth form, one described its…


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What the school says...

Birkdale is the only school in Sheffield which combines an exclusive focus on boys aged 4 to 16 years with a thriving co-educational Sixth Form.

Our care for each individuals needs is at the heart of what we do. Birkdale is a school where all pupils can reach their full potential. A place where hard work, individual attention, discipline and good manners are underpinned by Christian values.

Standards of teaching and learning are outstanding with our pupils gaining some of the best exam results in the region.

Senior School entry - Y7 entrance test: January/February in year of entry; Y8-Y10 - maths, English and reasoning tests. Typically no admission in Y11. SIxth Form entry subject to satisfactory GCSE results, reference and interview.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Design & Technology Product Design at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Computer Studies at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Economics at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Psychology at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Mathematics at an English Independent School (Edexcel Certificates)

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Head master

Since 2010, Dr Paul Owen MA Phd. Educated Winchester College, then Queen’s College, Cambridge. Married to Gail, with one daughter and two sons, all current or former pupils at the school. He came to Birkdale from Wellington School, Somerset, where he served eight years as deputy head, after 18 years teaching mainly physics, and also as a day housemaster.

An unassuming, genial presence and obviously liked by the boys. Parents describe him as ‘approachable and very down to earth’. He continues to teach physics and parents commented this keeps him ‘firmly in touch’ and ‘his abilities as a teacher are outstanding’. He is a keen hill walker and trumpet player, and also an active Christian, committed to the strong pastoral ethos of the school.

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Special Education Needs

Meeting the learning needs of pupils with SEN is the responsibility of all teachers at Birkdale School and is achieved in the first instance through Quality First teaching. Some of our pupils may require additional support. The learning support department offers a range of small group and 1:1 interventions. The programme offered reflects the needs of our pupils and currently includes support in spelling, reading, handwriting, processing speed, working memory, study skills and revision. Coaching is also offered. Interventions typically run for no longer than a term, when progress is reviewed and next steps identified. Provision for our pupils is based on the 'graduated approach', as advocated in the SEN Code of Practice. It is important that pupils and their parents have a say in the support we give. To facilitate this, there are regular opportunities to meet and the department has an open door policy.

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

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