Education is provided for boys from 4-18 years and for girls from 16-18 years in the Sixth Form. Known for its high academic standards this HMC/IAPS school provides within a distinctively Christian ethos a wide range of out of school activities to educate the whole person. Pastoral care is given a strong emphasis.
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.”
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.”