伯克戴尔学校Oakholme Road, Sheffield S10 3DH
Tel: 0114 266 8408 Fax: 0114 267 1947
• BOYS, MIXED SIXTH, Day, Boys 4–18, Girls 16–18
• Pupils 800, Upper sixth 87
• Termly fees £1795–£2577
• HMC, IAPS
• Enquiries/applications to the Head Master
What it’s like
Founded at the turn of the century, it moved in 1915 to its present agreeable
site in a Victorian residential suburb near Sheffield University and 1_ miles
from the city centre. The Peak District
National Park is 5 miles away. The prep school is on a separate campus nearby. A
sixth form was established in 1988 and girls were first admitted to it in 1995.
There is an on-going programme to develop academic and sporting facilities. It
is a Christian school with an emphasis on developing the whole person and all
pupils are expected to attend morning prayers. Examination results are good. All
members of the school play games weekly and outdoor pursuits play an important
part in the overall leadership training programme. There are regular training
sessions in each age group, leading to a major expedition; a fourth form camp is
held annually in Snowdonia. Virtually all third form take the Bronze Award of
the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and an increasing number progress to Silver
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 4–18; 800 day pupils (750 boys, 50 girls).
Senior department 11–18, 530 pupils (480 boys, 50 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 4, 7, 11 and 16. Own exam and interview; for
sixth-form entry, interview and good GCSEs. No special skills or religious
requirements. 66% senior intake from own prep (Birkdale Preparatory School).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Approx 12 scholarships, up to 25% of
fees: academic and music
(at 11 and 16); design technology and Ogden science scholarship (at 16).
Bursaries and discounts may be available up to 100% of fees, including clergy
discounts. Parents not expected to buy textbooks except GCSE English literature
and all AS/A-level text books.
Head & staff
Head Master: Robert J Court, in post from 1998. Educated at St Paul’s and
Cambridge University (natural sciences, physics). Previously Second Master at
Teaching staff: 52 full time, 17 part time. Annual turnover 4%.
GCSE: In 2003, 68 pupils in fifth; 94% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects and 4% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 59 (58 over 5 years).
A-levels: 87 in upper sixth; 85% passed in 4+ subjects, 9% in 3 and 6% in
2 subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 390.
University & college entrance Approx 95% of 2003 sixth-form leavers
went on to a degree course (15% after a gap year), up to 10% to Oxbridge. 10%
take courses in medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 25% in science &
engineering, 15% in law, 30% in humanities & social sciences, 10% in art &
design, 10% in vocational subjects.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 23 subjects offered to AS/A-level
theatre studies and PE).
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
in addition, all take general studies AS and A-level. 20% take science A-levels;
42% arts/humanities; 38% both.
Vocational: Work experience (1 week) for all lower sixth.
Special provision: Specialist teachers for dyslexic pupils.
Languages: French, German and Spanish to GCSE and A-level. Regular
exchanges to France, Germany and Spain. Lectures from MEPs; French, German and
Spanish assistants; satellite TV.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject and across the curriculum. 100+
networked computers solely for pupil use (9 hours a day), many with e-mail and
internet access. A-level computing popular.
Music: Up to 25% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 7 musical groups including jazz, swing bands, quartet, 2
Drama: Some pupils are involved in school and other productions. Recent
productions of L’Alouette, Hobson’s Choice and Tom Sawyer (at Crucible Theatre);
Private Lives, Taking Steps, Twelfth Night and Oliver (in school). Some pupils
in productions at Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield.
Art & design: On average, 20 take GCSE, 10 A-level.
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, soccer, cricket, athletics compulsory. Optional: tennis,
swimming, basketball, golf. A-level PE may be taken. County representatives in
rugby and cricket.
Activities: Pupils may take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Large number of clubs, eg debating, chess, war games, Greek, Japanese,
DT, fencing, kick-boxing, bridge, music, drama, Christian Union.
Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Head of school, prefects, head of
house and house prefects, appointed by the Head Master.
Religion: Attendance at religious worship compulsory.
Social: Trips overseas to eg Germany, France, Spain, Nepal, Rome; skiing;
whitewater rafting. Pupils allowed to bring own cars. Meals self-service. School
shop. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once could expect, at
most, supervision; detention if unsatisfactory. Those in possession of cannabis
on the premises likely to be suspended at least; expulsion for pushers.
Alumni association is run by the school.
Former pupils Mr Justice Paul Kennedy (High Court judge); Lord
Riverdale; Colonel John Boddy (High Sheriff); Michael Palin; Rex Harrison; Mark
Roe; Richard Allan MP.