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Sixth Form

Choosing a sixth form that offers opportunities beyond the curriculum and an outlook that goes beyond academic grades, can greatly influence a student’s future success when they leave after A Levels. 

We welcome you to come and visit us to find out what we can offer at sixth form and what difference an independent education can make at this stage of your son or daughter’s education.

In the video below, Ms Smeaton, Head of Sixth Form, talks about the Sixth Form and the unique aspects that set us apart from others in the area. This includes the Nicholls Lecture Series and the Birkenhead Futures Programme.



We welcome enquiries for places to join Sixth Form throughout the year and encourage early application to join Year 12. 

Fully funded Access Scholarships and Bursaries are available for new students looking to join the Sixth Form at Birkenhead School from September 2021. Access Scholarships exist to provide opportunities for those who have not yet benefitted to date from everything that an independent education offers. Please contact Ms Hopper, Seniors Admissions, for further information.

Open Events

Students and families are invited to visit the School at one of our Open Events which are held in the Michaelmas and Summer terms.   We also hold a Sixth Form Open Evening in February.
Our Open Events are an excellent opportunity to speak to staff and students about the wide range of opportunities available at the School and see what sets the School apart from other sixth form providers within the area.

Personalised Visit

We also warmly invite you to visit the School and meet with Mr Vicars, Headmaster and Ms Smeaton, Head of Sixth Form.  During the visit you will be given a tour of the Sixth Form with a member of the Prefect team.  Visits and tours are available throughout the year. 


Taster Days

Taster Days are available throughout the year and are tailored for each individual student.  The day offers an excellent opportunity to experience life in the Sixth Form, meet other students and confirm subject choices.  During the day, interviews will take place with Mr Vicars, Headmaster and Ms Smeaton, Head of Sixth Form.

An application can be submitted following the Taster Day.

Entry Criteria

Academic ability is assessed at age 16 by means of GCSE results, an interview and references from the applicant's secondary schools.  

The main entry to the Sixth Form is at age 16, following on from GCSE studies. Entry may be available at other times but is subject to places being available and a student meeting the relevant entry criteria for their chosen subjects.

Entry Criteria:

  • A minimum of six GCSE passes (grade 5 or above)
  • A minimum of grade 7 at GCSE in subjects that a student wishes to study at A level.
A grade 6 may be considered if the applicant has shown a particular commitment and aptitude to succeed in the subject area.

In the case of subjects which have not been taken at GCSE, other relevant subjects will be taken into account.

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Offer of a Place to Join Sixth Form

Following a visit and assessments, feedback is given, and if both parties are happy an offer will be made. Places are confirmed upon receipt of the Reservation Form and accompanying fee.

Details of the fees are listed on the Fees page. 

*The reservation fee is refundable on the completion of the student’s education at the School.

Following reservation of a place in Sixth Form, the Bursar will issue contracts and further information.

Information on the Conditions of Admission can be found at:
About Us / Information / Policies

We look forward to welcoming you to the Sixth Form.
A range of bursaries and scholarships are available to students in the Sixth Form. Further information is available here Scholarships and Bursaries. 

Admissions Contact Information

Seniors & Sixth Form Admissions
Ms Julie Hopper
Email Seniors Admissions
Phone Number: 0151 651 3009

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Data Protection

Birkenhead School (“the School”) is a data controller and is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (registration number: Z8074917). The School may process any personal data about you/your child which will be used for the purposes of admission to our School, in accordance with the School’s Privacy Notice.  On occasion we may you contact you by email or in writing to provide further information about Birkenhead School prior to receiving your application form.


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