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No surprise that cricket and rugby union feature heavily; three teams are current county cricket champions. The girls are catching up; if not yet in cricket or rugby, they do compete strongly in lacrosse. ‘I look forward to the day we have a girls' cricket team,’ said one potential member, pointedly. Flourishing and dynamic art department, studios are flooded with natural light and every available wall space is adorned with some very impressive works... 

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Birkenhead School is an open and happy community in which endeavour and achievement flourish and where everyone is valued for his or her own personal qualities and talents.

The School offers a well proven route to academic success and, with superb resources and a highly qualified and dedicated staff, seeks to enable each individual to reach his or her full potential. We aim to make the experience of school challenging, rewarding and enjoyable, and thereby foster a life-long love of learning.

The School provides a caring and structured environment where pupils grow in self confidence and enjoy a wealth of opportunities for teamwork and personal development, both inside and outside the classroom. Activities such as sport, music, drama and dance, together with a plethora of visits and expeditions, are central to this rich experience.

As the only academically selective Independent school on Wirral, we want all children of ability and potential to be able to benefit from the educational opportunities we have to offer irrespective of parental means. The Birkenhead School Foundation Trust exists to maintain the Schools long tradition of open access through the award of bursaries.
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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Design & Technology Systems & Control at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

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Headmaster

Since 2016, Paul Vicars MA PGCE (40s). A schoolmaster - 15 year stint at Shrewsbury School including deputy head - and an accountant - four years at Ernst & Young. Studied geography at St Andrews and still keeps his teaching hand in by taking three lessons a week. Married to Vikki, a teacher of law and history at an academy in Oswestry. He enjoys coaching sports, especially cricket, and hopes to offer more than just touchline support to all the school teams.

His mantra is ‘happy kids thrive’ and he is evidently well liked and approachable. As we walked around the school, he greeted everyone – staff, pupils, even a parent who crossed our path – by first name. His three children all attend, so he can get an immediate, daily...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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