Birkenhead High School GDST,伯肯黑德中学,伯肯黑德高级学校
86 Devonshire Place, Prenton,
Merseyside CH43 1TY
Tel: 0151 652 5777 Fax: 0151 670 0639
• GIRLS, 3–18, Day
• Pupils 830, Upper sixth 74
• Termly fees £1383–£2310
• GSA, GDST
• Enquiries/application to the Headmistress
What it’s like
Founded in 1901, it is a single-site school in a quiet, pleasant, residential
district. The junior department is on the same campus. There have been many
modern developments and additions to its late-Victorian buildings. There is a
broad curriculum and examination results are very good. A distinguished school
with vigorous local support. There is a friendly, informal atmosphere in which
plenty of freedom is given to sixth formers who play a considerable part in
running the school. A wide range of sport and games, numerous societies and
clubs. Very strong indeed in music, drama and sport. Substantial commitment to
local community schemes and much success in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 830 day girls. Senior department
11–18, 550 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used; for
sixth-form entry, 6 GCSEs at least grade C. No special skills or religious
requirements. Some 50% of senior intake from own junior department.
Scholarships & bursaries Variable number of scholarships, academic
(at 11), music (sixth form), value up to 50% fees. Some bursaries available.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs Carole Evans, in post since 1997. Educated at Maghull
Grammar School and University College of North Wales (economics). Previously
Headmistress of Belvedere School, Head of Mathematics at Merchant Taylors’
School for Girls.
Teaching staff: 58 full time, 20 part time.
GCSE: In 2003, 85 pupils in upper fifth; 99% gained at least grade C in
8+ subjects. Average GCSE score 62 (60 over 5 years).
A-levels: 74 in upper sixth. Average final point score achieved by upper
sixth formers 404.
University & college entrance 97% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to degree course (19% after a gap year), 3% to Oxbridge. 12% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 16% in science & engineering, 47% in
arts & social sciences (5% languages), 10% in vocational subjects, 16% in
combined subjects. A few typically go on to art foundation courses or straight
in to employment.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 23 GCSE subjects; 20+ at AS/A-level
(including general studies and business studies & technology).
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
in addition, general studies is optional. 22% take science A-levels; 33%
arts/humanities; 45% both.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Languages: French (compulsory from year 7), German and Spanish offered at
GCSE, AS and A-level. Regular study visits to France.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1–2 lessons a week) and across
the curriculum. 224 computers for pupil use (9 hours a day), all networked and
with e-mail and internet access. Most pupils take Clait.
Music: Up to 40% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 8 musical groups including 2 orchestras, 3 choirs. School
holds own music festival with 300 individual and group entries.
Drama: GCSE drama and A-level theatre studies and Poetry Society exams
may be taken. Majority of pupils are involved in major school production, annual
drama festival and other productions.
Art & design: On average, 25 take GCSE, 7 A-level. Design, photography
Sport & activities
Sport: Swimming, squash, volleyball, trampolining compulsory. GCSE PE may
be taken. Netball teams regularly in national finals.
Activities: Many pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service optional. Over 30 clubs, eg Christian Union, politics,
French, drama, all sports, history, debating.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: No houses or prefects. Head girl and 3 deputies,
elected by the school.
Religion: Christian, morning assembly.
Social: Debates and joint theatrical productions. Organised trips abroad.
Pupils allowed to bring own car or bike to school. Meals self-service. No
tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect a
reprimand or lunchtime detention.
Former pupils Patricia Routledge and Ann Bell (actresses); Judith
Collins (first woman Curator of the Tate Gallery); Janet McNeill (novelist,
especially of children’s books); Doreen Sloane (actress); Dr Vivienne Nathanson
(BMA); Penny Hughes (Coca-Cola); Nicola Horlick (City).