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  • Birkenhead School
    58 Beresford Road
    CH43 2JD
  • Head: Paul Vicars
  • T 01516 524014
  • F 01516 513091
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 11 to 18 with a linked junior school
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Wirral
  • Pupils: 504; sixth formers: 120 (Boys 74; Girls 46)
  • Religion: Not Applicable
  • Fees: £13,560 - £14,65 pa
  • Open days: Sixth Form Options' Evening - Tuesday 30th January, 6pm-8pm Junior Open Morning - Friday 8th March, 9.15-11.15am Whole School Open Day - Saturday 27th April, 11am-2pm
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report
  • Linked schools: Birkenhead Prep School

What says..

Value added is the name of the game here, and pupils almost always do better than expected. ‘Teachers go above and beyond,’ lauded one of our sixth form guides when asked about the best bits of the school, and pupils lower down the school agree. ‘Good teaching, clinics, extra work, one-to-ones – they really make sure you get whatever you need,’ said one. ‘Oh yes, they get the best out of them,’ agreed a parent. Gladiators were the focal point of a Latin class we sat in on (secutor! hoplomachus! retiarius! thraex!), colourful printouts and use of tech keeping things lively. ‘Have a chat in pairs for 10 mins then let’s reconvene,’ we kept hearing – pupils here regularly collaborate and bounce ideas off...

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What the school says...

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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What The Good Schools Guide says


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. Parents approve: ‘A nice guy.’ ‘Very supportive when you need it.’ ‘Good team around him.’ Appreciated for having three children at the school – means he gets immediate, daily insight into how the school is performing from the pupil and parent side too. Attends as many sporting events as he can, and not averse to flipping burgers at school BBQs – ‘gives me an opportunity to chat to the parents as much as anything.'

Enthusiastic and fast talking, he is even faster at noticing – as he did when we ate lunch with him in the dining room – untucked...

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