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Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening

Tuesday 26th January, 6.00pm 

Funded Access Scholarships & Bursaries Available.

Choosing a sixth form is one of the most important educational choices you can make.

Join Ms Smeaton, Head of Sixth Form, and Mr Whitworth, Deputy Head, for a live Zoom webinar on Tuesday 26th January at 6pm to find out what difference studying A Levels at a leading independent school could make to your educational journey. Current students will also share with you their experiences and answer any questions you may have about joining the School at sixth form.

Access Scholarships and Bursaries are available to study in the Sixth Form from September 2021 and further information on eligibility and how to apply will be available on the evening.

Personalised visits and Taster Days are available following the Virtual Open Evening.

Welcome to Sixth Form

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.


Fully funded Access Scholarships and Bursaries are available for new students looking to join the Sixth Form at Birkenhead School from September 2021. ‚ÄčAccess Scholarships exist to provide opportunities for those who have not yet benefitted to date from everything that an independent education offers.  

Deadline for Applications - Thursday 11th February

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Take a 360 Virtual Tour of our Campus

Birkenhead School is located in Oxton and is approximately 15 minutes from central Liverpool. Bus routes serve Wirral and a new Liverpool bus service is planned for September 2021.


Academic Success


In the Sixth Form, students choose from a range of A Levels to tailor a study programme that will support their future career. Our A Level programme offers breadth and includes subjects that are favoured by Russell Group universities and Oxbridge.

Recent Results

Our A Level and GCSE results regularly place the School as one of the leading schools within the North West region

2020 Highlights

  • 23% of all grades at A*
  • 52% of all grades A*/A
  • 92% of Science grades A*-B
  • 80% of Chemistry grades at A*/A
  • 100% of Further Maths grades at A*/A
  • 75% of Maths grades at A*/A
  • 65% of all girls grades at A*/A

2019 Highlights

  • 49% of all grades at A*/A
  • 91% of all Science grades at A*-B
  • 92% of Chemistry grades at A*/A
  • 64% of Maths grades at A*/A

Entry Criteria to join the Sixth Form:

A minimum of grade 7 at GCSE in subjects that a student wishes to study at A level.

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


We are immensely proud of our academic success but being a member of the Sixth Form allows you to also take advantage of a vast range of co-curricular activities across Music, Drama and Sport, all of which are designed to inspire creativity, encourage self-discipline and develop leadership. 

Music continues to play an important role in life within the Sixth Form, with many students taking leadership roles within the various choirs, bands, orchestras and other ensembles, to inspire and enthuse younger musicians.

Sports play an important role within the Sixth Form, with students representing the School in weekly fixtures and competitions.

Drama - students have the opportunity to take part in drama productions during the year from leading roles to assisting behind the scenes.

Birkenhead Futures


Birkenhead Futures is an exciting programme designed to prepare students for Higher Education and the world of work. Whilst some Sixth Formers will have a very clear idea of their chosen career path, we do not expect that this will not be the case for all, and the aim of Birkenhead Futures is to support every student, as they prepare to pursue their own personal goals and fulfil their ambitions.

The programme consists of:

Futures Team - a dedicated team who specialise in helping students' univerisity and apprenticeship applications.

Advanced Tutorial Groups - specialist tutorial groups to help students prepare for the most competitive university courses at the UK’s top tier of universities.

Oxbridge and Medics Pathways - specialist support and advice for students identified with the potential to study at Oxford or Cambridge University or who wish to go onto study Medicine.

Career Conferences -  specialist conferences focused on specific industries or professions hosted by the School, and that bring together leading business people from the Old Birkonian network and the wider community to inspire students. The School also extends invitations to students studying at local schools. 

Futures Day - an annual event that looks to help our students prepare for their future.


Beyond the Curriculum 


We are proud to go beyond the National Curriculum to offer students an education that will help them develop into responsible and informed adults. Students benefit from access to:

Beyond the Curriculum - a weekly timetabled session that allows students the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification, or complete a course in another area of study or area of interest.

The Nicholls Lecture Series - a weekly lecture series provides students with thought-provoking lectures on a broad range of topics to introduce them to ideas, interests and experiences beyond the academic curriculum.

Leadership Development Programme - students can act as a peer or academic mentor to other students or take on other leadership roles within the Sixth Form and wider School. Sixth Form students also have the opportunity to participate in a wider development programme run in conjunction with an external management development organisation.

Beyond Birkenhead - a programme that is tailored to equip students with the knowledge and skills so that they can play an active role in contributing to the life of the School and the wider community.


Old Birkonian Society


School leavers become members of the Old Birkonian Society, which run a number of social and community events throughout the year.

These include the Old Birkonian Weekend in September, sports matches, golf days, Liverpool and London dinners and lunches, and regular informal meetings in local venues.

For more information on the latest news, events and newsletters please visit www.obs.org.uk.


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Ms Julie Hopper, PA to the Headmaster
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