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Head is particularly hot on ‘learning for its own sake’ and has developed several initiatives under the banner ‘intellectual curiosity’. Regular random questions appear on screens around the school and pupils are invited to submit a response. 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.

Entrance criteria as follows: 4+ - subject to meeting with Head of Preparatory School. Year 7 entrance test: January/February; year 11 - maths, English and reasoning. At 16 - satisfactory GCSE results and interview. Other ages - entrance test 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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What The Good Schools Guide says

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 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.

Academic matters

Results are consistently creditable. In 2016, 51 per cent...

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support Department at Birkdale Senior School is organised on a one to one withdrawal system. Pupils are screened in their first term to identify need so that appropriate support can be offered. Support is tailored to an individual's needs and is reviewed regularly Although the main focus is on literacy skills, study and revision skills become increasingly important as a pupil moves through school. However, personal skills, such as organisation, are reinforced at all stages, and particular emphasis is placed on developing and maintaining a positive self image for all pupils. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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