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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
 


 
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Louise Smeaton
Head of Sixth Form

Sixth Form Highlights

Students take part in BBC Young Reporter

Students take part in BBC Young Reporter

A visit to the 'Match of the Day' set, writing and filming a news bulletin, and watching the lunchtime news being filmed - these were just some of the unique opportunities students recently got to experience during the BBC Young Reporter Day at Media City in Manchester.

Read Upper Sixth student, Tom Goodwin's, news report on the day. 

Nicholls Lecture Series - Jonathan Cunningham, MBE

Nicholls Lecture Series - Jonathan Cunningham, MBE

Jonathan Cunningham, MBE, delivered his lecture to the Sixth entitled 'Infantry Warfighting to Care for the Dying - An Unorthodox View On Dying & Living Your Life to Your Very Last Breath' on Friday 8th March.  Read Lower Sixth student, Reeve Taylor's write up of the lecture.

Nicholls Lecture Series - John Egan, Cabot Corporation

Nicholls Lecture Series - John Egan, Cabot Corporation

The Sixth Form welcomed John Egan, Speciality Carbons Operations and Product Line Director from the Cabot Corporation in to speak to them on 'Engineering = Ingenuity'.  Read Upper Sixth student, Ethan Carley's write up of the lecture.