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  • Debbie RobertsBirkenhead SchoolThe Lodge, 58 Beresford Road, Oxton, Wirral CH43 2JD

    T: 0151 651 3009E: [email protected]

    Birkenhead Schooladmissions



    From the Wallasey tunnel

    Leave the M53 at exit 3, turn left and follow

    the A552 in the direction of Birkenhead, almost

    immediately passing under a railway bridge.

    After about 400 yards, turn left at trac lights

    into Holm Lane (Swan Hotel on corner).

    Take rst right turn (still Holm Lane)

    and proceed to top of hill where Holm

    Lane bends left into Talbot Road. Continue

    along Talbot Road to Bidston Road, passing

    St Saviours Church on right (trac lights

    at this point.) Take second turn right

    into Beresford Road.

    From Chester

    Leave the M53 at exit 3, turn right and follow

    instructions from Wallasey Tunnel (above).

    From the Birkenhead tunnel

    Turn right immediately after tunnel toll,

    following signs for Heswall and Tranmere

    Rovers Football Ground, on to Borough Road

    (A552). At the third set of trac lights turn right

    up the hill Balls Road East. Continue up this

    road through two sets of lights (Williamson

    Art Gallery on right-hand side at second set).

    Continue until the road bends sharply right.

    At this point bear left into Gerald Road. At the

    lights at the top of Gerald Road, turn right

    (St Saviours Church on your right-hand side).

    Take second right-hand turn into Beresford Road.

    School is on the left-hand side (Headmasters

    Oce, Bursars Oce and Sta Common Room

    rst house after Holy Name Church).

    Please note that Beresford Road is one-way only.

  • Welcometo the Sixth Format Birkenhead School

    CONTENTS as the annual a-level results are published, it is always gratifying to seenot only the many outstanding individual performances, but also to notethe vast majority of our sixth Formers winning places in their chosencourse at their rst-choice university.

    First-rate teaching in small groups combined with

    excellent facilities provide the right environment for

    success. at the same time, students learn to benet

    from the independence which the sixth Form oers,

    meaning that in the end the success is their own.

    as well as providing the gateway to higher

    education, the sixth Form at Birkenhead school

    provides opportunities for individual development

    in the widest sense. leadership, teamwork, and

    personal initiative are actively encouraged, as

    students assume their role as senior members of

    the school, with a responsibility for other

    members of the community and for the ethos of

    the school as a whole.

    outside of the curriculum there are many

    opportunities for sixth Formers to broaden their

    experience and prepare for life beyond school: our

    unique Beyond the Curriculum courses oer

    students an insight into fashion, law, it, philosophy,

    media and so much more. students have the

    opportunity to take on positions of responsibility

    as Prefects and Peer mentors. they may organise

    house drama productions, become an nCo in

    the CCF, or else take on a leading role on the

    student Council. our debating and youth

    Parliament teams are a real force to be reckoned

    with, frequently winning places at national and

    international nals. Participation in team sport and

    music is very much to the fore, as are the academic

    research groups in science, politics, philosophy and

    public-speaking. no matter what your interests and

    motivations, entry into the Birkenhead sixth Form

    oers an exciting and stimulating opportunity to

    get involved and to excel.

    i hope that in reading our sixth Form Prospectus

    you will see just how many opportunities there are

    available. the size of the sixth Form means that

    each individual is nurtured and esteemed within

    our open and friendly school community. Come

    for a taster day and see it for yourself.

    dr Jeremy h Grundy

    h e a d m a s t e r





    SPORT 6

    2014 EXAM RESULTS 7



  • As well as the rst-class facilities around the beautiful

    campus, our Sixth Form is based in their very own

    Sixth Form Centre. This forms a hub for all Sixth Form

    students where they can relax and socialise in the

    common room or work in the quiet study rooms.

    There is an iT suite, games room, TV facilities and a

    dedicated coee shop, solely for Sixth Form use.

    There are also a range of exciting and interesting

    opportunities available to Sixth Form students. These

    include the chance to get involved in optional extras

    such as debating, School productions and drama, the

    Chapel Choir and musical recitals, Science Olympiad

    competitions and Science in the Community,

    academic and peer mentoring, advanced tutorial

    groups (providing preparation for the most

    competitive university courses) and much more.

    Regular eld trips take place during course study,

    as well as an annual Sixth Form outdoor pursuits trip.




    Sixth Form students at Birkenhead School have accessto some of the best facilities on the Wirral.

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    Classical Civilisation

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    english language

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    sports studies

    Physical education



    religious studies


    theatre studies

    Learning in our Sixth Form is about so much

    more than the subjects you choose to study.

    Away from your studies, we oer an extensive

    programme of co-curricular activities, ranging

    from sports to science clubs to our very own

    Combined Cadet Force, all of which are open

    to you from your very rst day.

    in addition, our Sixth Form students have the

    opportunity to take part in our Beyond the

    Curriculum workshops, which include a range

    of interest courses. in recent years, these have

    included politics, law, fashion design, Dutch,

    Mandarin, singing and much, much more!

    And to stimulate your imagination further,

    we hold weekly lectures from guest speakers

    who are Captains of industry, leading

    professionals, Old Birkonians and eld

    specialists. These speakers come and explore

    their specialist elds of interests and give you

    an insight into careers and options you may

    never have even thought of!



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    We oer a range of subjects to our Sixth Form students, including:

    We recognise that the classroom is only a small part of the story. Our co-curricular activities are designed to both complement and extend learning in the classroom through an enriching programme of activities that stretch both mind and imagination.

    We advise that you select subjects for which you

    have already demonstrated an aptitude and, as far

    as possible, a combination of subjects which takes

    account of your career intentions. Although many

    courses at university will require specic AS/A2

    level subjects, it is by no means so in all cases.

    it is also very important that you choose subjects

    you really want to study because this will help

    you when you make the step up from AS to A2

    level work. Students are most likely to achieve

    success in subjects which they enjoy. it is also

    very likely that their future intentions will be

    aected rather more by the quality of their AS/A2

    level grades than by the actual subjects they

    have studied. More than 50% of careers chosen

    by graduates are not linked to a specic subject.

    To follow through a subject to AS Level a student

    will need to have obtained a minimum of 6

    GCSE passes (i.e. grade C or above) and at least

    an A in the chosen subjects - grade B is

    sometimes considered where students have

    shown particular commitment and aptitude to

    succeed. in the case of subjects which have not

    been taken at GCSE relevant other subjects will

    be taken into account. if in doubt, ask Mr Parry,

    Assistant Head of Sixth Form, for advice.

    Please note that provision of teaching in some of the above subjectsis dependent on demand and stang.


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    The Creative

    Artsindividual expression and

    creativity are key to developingstudents condence, attitude andexpertise across our drama, music

    and art provision.

    Students in our Sixth Form are encouraged

    to take opportunities to express themselves

    through a calendar of productions,

    performances and showcases throughout

    the academic year.

    SPORTGreat emphasis is placed on the

    importance of physical resilienceand robustness with our school

    sport programme. From the veryrst day students are invited

    to engage in sport and to beambitious in reaching their goals,

    regardless of level and ability.

    Many of our students regularly achieve

    representative honours at county, national