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Welcome to the Sixth Form

Welcome to the Sixth Form, where we continue to develop the pursuit of academic excellence and intellectual curiosity fostered throughout the school. 

We are immensely proud of our examination results at A level and, alongside outstanding teaching, the wealth of opportunities afforded to our students.  Indeed, being a member of the Sixth Form here is about so much more than academic success, and we offer a vast range of co-curricular activities designed to encourage creativity, self-discipline and leadership.

We aim to teach our Sixth Formers to be independent thinkers and to develop a life-long love of learning.  In order to maintain as broad an educational experience as possible, students typically study four subjects in their Lower Sixth year, some choosing to reduce that number to three in the Upper Sixth.  Lessons are taught by specialists with a passion for their subject and, in order to provide a highly personal level of tuition, the size of teaching groups is kept deliberately small, ensuring that all our students receive the bespoke guidance and support they need.

Whether their interests lie in the Arts and Humanities, the Sciences, or both, superb facilities and excellent resources allow students to excel in their chosen field.  In addition, they enjoy their own impressive and modern Sixth Form Centre, boasting a newly refurbished study room and computer suite, as well as its own snack bar, lounge and games area.

At Birkenhead School, we pride ourselves on our strong sense of community, and that so many students continue to maintain links with us after leaving, is a testament to the idea of family to which we are so committed.  We believe that, when they leave us, Birkonians are confident, independent and resourceful individuals, fully prepared for university and the world of work.

I hope this has given you some insight into the Sixth Form but, please, don’t take my word for it. A Taster Day is the perfect way to see for yourself what a friendly and purposeful place it is.  You’ll always receive a warm welcome and surely there’s no better way of discovering what our Sixth Form is really like than by spending some time in our company.

I look forward to meeting you.
Louise Smeaton 
Head of Sixth Form

Sixth Form Highlights

Nicholls Lecture Series - Dr Adam Boddison OB

Nicholls Lecture Series - Dr Adam Boddison OB

On 28th September, Dr Adam Boddison, an Old Birkonian and Chief Executive for Nasen, addressed ‘The Truth About Inclusion’ to the Sixth Form. Through the use of statistics and examples from his personal experience, Dr Boddison presented the issue of inclusion and exclusion in the education system, from styles of teaching to standardised testing and its implications for those with special educational needs.

Sixth Form Induction Programme

Sixth Form Induction Programme

We welcomed our Sixth Formers back from the summer break with an insightful and enlightening three-day programme, as part of our Sixth Form Induction Programme.

Nicholls Lecture Series - Ian Huntley OB

Nicholls Lecture Series - Ian Huntley OB

In the first lecture of the academic year on Friday 7th September, Ian Huntley, a former navy brigadier and Old Birkonian, discussed the differences between management and leadership, with an original outlook on the distinctions.