Birkdale is a very successful and friendly independent day school for children aged from 4 to 18, amounting altogether to 770+ pupils. The School has a strong Christian ethos. From September 2020, we began the process of moving from being a school for boys with a co-educational sixth form to being a fully co-educational school.
Leading Sheffield independent school, Birkdale, is to welcome girls throughout the School - starting with the Prep School in 2020.
6th September 2019 — Leading Sheffield independent school, Birkdale, is to welcome girls throughout the School - starting with the Prep School in 2020. The School will begin the process of moving from being a school for boys with a co-educational Sixth Form to being a co-educational school at every age, from 4-18, in September next year. In 12 months’ time, girls will be joining at Pre-Prep 1 (Reception), Pre-Prep 2 (Year 1), Pre-Prep 3 (Year 2) and Prep 1 (Year 3). These co-educational classes will then continue through the Prep and Senior School with the first co-educational year group in the Senior School in September 2024.
Birkdale is making the change to ensure the benefits of the School’s education is available to all. There has been a growing demand from current parents to allow both their sons and daughters into the School.
Peter Harris, Headmaster of Birkdale School, said: “Girls are part of your family and they’re part of ours. In 1995, we welcomed girls into our Sixth Form, and now we have decided they should be part of our entire family. We know change is never easy but we know change is vital. Birkdale has been one of Sheffield’s leading schools for over 100 years by continually evolving. We are about to open a new chapter in the School’s history and we are excited at the opportunities this brings for everyone within our School community, across Sheffield and beyond.”
Chris Burch, Head of Birkdale Prep School, added: “While our primary aim is to provide the highest quality education, we place just as much importance on nurturing the individual and educating the whole child. Our Christian ethos, the traditional core values of kindness, courtesy, honesty and good manners are central to our daily life. By welcoming girls to join the School, we are confident we will be enriching the experience of every pupil who passes through our doors.”
Paul Houghton, Chair of Governors, added: “We are delighted to be taking Birkdale forward in going fully co-educational. Birkdale is a school with a unique family feel, focusing on academic excellence whilst providing each individual with a broad, rounded education. Interestingly, our uniqueness has been much less about being a school primarily for boys, so the decision to take girls throughout the School has become a question of when, not if. Now is the time, and we’re hugely positive about this change and Birkdale’s role in developing future generations of young people in Sheffield.”
A stunning cascade of poppies has been installed at Sheffield’s Birkdale School as part of their remembrance week commemorations.
28th November 2018 — A stunning cascade of poppies has been installed at Sheffield’s Birkdale School as part of their remembrance week commemorations. Ahead of this weekend’s Armistice Day, students and staff at the school have been making and selling poppies for the artwork, in aid of the Royal British Legion. Many have been dedicated to family members of Birkdale pupils who died in the Great War. The 2,500 individual poppies are now cascading across the front of the school forming a stunning and poignant visual focus of remembrance. The project, which has raised over £2,500 for the charity, was the idea of Birkdale staff Mrs Munday and Miss Bloor. Mr Nicholas Pietrek, Acting Head Master of Birkdale School, said: “100 years from the Armistice that marked the end of World War One, we wanted to do something special at Birkdale that would provide a focus of remembrance for students, teachers and the community. “The cascade of poppies is as beautiful as it is poignant. I am extremely proud of all those who have taken part by making the individual poppies or donating to the Royal British Legion.”
Those lucky enough to see one of the two performances of our play ‘Petals’ were enthralled by the quality of the writing, acting and production values. It was a truly outstanding play – perhaps one of the best-ever performed at Birkdale.
28th November 2018 — Those lucky enough to see one of the two performances of our play ‘Petals’ were enthralled by the quality of the writing, acting and production values. It was a truly outstanding play – perhaps one of the best-ever performed at Birkdale. Petals is an original play written by our very own Senior Master, Mr Kenyon. It is a play about family, love and friendship and the changes that occur at the outbreak of war in 1914. It is loosely based around the Sheffield ‘Pals’ regiment. There were many outstanding performances and we were delighted that a number of parents and staff were among the cast. Special mention to Mrs Mohanamurali who was brilliant as the archetypal Indian mother and Cormac Murphy as John William Streets. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when the troops went ‘over the top’. Our thanks to everyone involved, particularly our Director of Drama Mr Low, in putting together such a poignant and fitting commemoration to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
New partnership brings Birkdale and Chinese school together
Birkdale is forming an exciting and innovative partnership with a school in China. The link up is being launched with a visit by 14 students and four staff from the Teensen International Education Centre in Nanchang.
1st October 2018 — Birkdale is forming an exciting and innovative partnership with a school in China.
The link up is being launched with a visit by 14 students and four staff from the Teensen International Education Centre in Nanchang. They have just arrived in Sheffield and will be here for the next four weeks experiencing a mixture of learning, culture and recreation.
The partnership was launched with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two schools this morning (Tuesday, 18 September) at an event at Birkdale attended by pupils from Sheffield and Nanchang and the Acting Head Master of Birkdale, Mr Nicholas Pietrek, and Ms Zhang Yuqing, Principal of the Teensen International Education Centre.
A dinner will also be held to celebrate the relationship at Cutlers’ Hall attended by staff of both schools and representatives of the Chinese Consulate, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield University and Sheffield Confucius Institute.
Between now and their departure on 13 October, the Chinese students and staff will join special lessons at Birkdale as well as visiting some of Sheffield’s landmarks – such as the Rivelin Valley Trail, the University and Meadowhall. They will also travel further afield to Chatsworth House, the Lake District and Howarth.
It is hoped that around 20 Birkdale students will have the opportunity to take part in a return visit to China next year.
Mr Nicholas Pietrek, Acting Head Master of Birkdale School, said: “This is an exciting partnership between two schools who are 5,600 miles apart but share many common values and a commitment to developing pupils with an understanding of the global society in which we live.
“We support our pupils to realise their full potential and become those with influence in society in the future, both here in Sheffield and Nanchang and beyond. This link will hopefully be the start of a relationship that will bring our cities closer together and open up a world of opportunities for all our pupils.
“Sheffield is at the forefront of the UK’s efforts to bring more investment from China and develop closer economic links. We are proud that we can play our part and this partnership aims to cement these links and ensure they continue for generations to come.”
The partnership comes following a visit to Nanchang earlier this year by Birkdale School’s Head of Modern Foreign Languages Mrs Kathryn Higham.
She believes the impact of the partnership should not be underestimated: “There can be no doubt that the growth of China both economically and culturally is one of the most important changes to our world today. We believe it is important that pupils at both Birkdale School and the Teensen International Education Centre can seize the opportunities this presents and build a lasting relationship. This partnership will allow that to happen and we are delighted to welcome our visitors from Nanchang to Sheffield to begin that journey.”
Birkdale Prep School pupils and staff took part in two highly acclaimed performances of the musical 'We Will Rock You' recently.
2nd July 2017 — Performed in the Birkdale Senior School Heeley Hall, 56 Birkdale Prep School pupils performed to nearly 300 guests attended the shows over two nights. Based on the ever enduring music of Queen prep school pupils rocked the night away to resounding reviews from all those lucky enough to attend.
Charlotte Needham, Prep School Head of Drama and show producer commented: "I am so hugely proud of all the boys who took part. Given the pupils ages range from just 7 to 11 years it is simply incredible that their performance was of such a truly professional standard".
Greg Bish, Prep School Director of Music and conductor of the show band said: "Great fun was had by all the cast and the musicians too. It was also wonderful to see the audience on both nights enjoying taking part - it really is a feel good show and these performances will be remembered no doubt for years to come!".
All congratulations to Mrs Needham, Mr Bish and the whole cast - a truly fantastic team effort!
Following an incredible display in the local heats, for the first time in the competition’s history, Quiz Club invited two teams from the same school to the national semi-final as they had been so impressed with the Birkdale scores from Round 1.
25th May 2017 — The eight boys travelled to The Grammar School at Leeds and faced teams from ten other schools across the North of England from as far afield as Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Manchester. Despite the strength of the opposition, the two teams were again unstoppable and finished first and second in the contest. The parents and staff from the other schools were suitably impressed!
With some fascinating and incredibly difficult questions on topics such as the location of the planet’s fresh water, World War Two pipelines, the Blue Danube and Star Wars, both teams showed phenomenal knowledge as a ding dong battle ensued for top spot. At the end of the fortieth question, it was Team 2 who had just stolen the trophy with a brilliant score of 2025 – the highest score in any semi-final across the country! The team now progress to June’s National Final at Oxford Town Hall, looking to better last year’s team’s performance of finishing sixth in the country. Good luck in the National Final!