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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 September 2016, Paul Vicars MA PGCE (40s). Previously 15 years as house master then deputy head at Shrewsbury School. ‘Birkenhead School seemed a natural progression for me and I want to be here a long time.’ Studied geography at St Andrews and ensures he stays in tune with the teaching aspect of his role by giving three lessons per week. He is also well equipped to deal with the business and managerial components of the job, having spent four years as an accountant at Ernst & Young. Soon after his appointment he commissioned parent, staff and pupil surveys and an audit of the school buildings - results will determine how the school develops over the next few years.

His mantra is ‘happy kids thrive’ and he is evidently well...

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