Birkdale High School
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Birkdale High School was a secondary school located in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England. The school's buildings were constructed in two distinct phases; the older building, comprising mainly the former Wheelwright Grammar school (Girls' section) and a newly built wing connected by a bridge c1980. The school was set amongst grassed grounds with a large playing and track area and more secluded grassed quadrangles located within the main building.
The school was located on Wheelwright Drive. near the Dewsbury/Batley border. The intake of the school was reflected by the surrounding area, most pupils were taken from the Batley/Dewsbury area due to the school's central location and its position on many bus routes through the surrounding towns. The school had a slightly higher male population due to the presence of an all-girls school in the school's catchment area as noted by OFSTED. The school became quite small in the years before closure, with just under 600 pupils in 2006/7
The school was merged with Westborough High School, with some pupils from Birkdale transferring to the Westborough campus. However the former Birkdale High School campus is still used to educate some pupils (under the management Westborough High School), and is currently known as the Halifax Road Campus. The Halifax Road Campus will be closed when the final set of year 11 students finish their GCSE's in 2014.
Notable former pupils
- Dewsbury Reporter Article, http://www.dewsburyreporter.co.uk/news/Rallying-call-to-save-Dewsbury.6435512.jp, 23 July 2010.
- Online gallery showing protest, http://www.birkdalehigh.org.uk/news/galleries/save-our-school-pictures-july-2010.html
- Yorkshire Evening Post article, http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/Dewsbury-Protest-march-over-plans.6541914.jp, 21 September 2010.
- Huddersfield Examiner article, http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/local-west-yorkshire-news/2010/09/21/pupiles-take-to-the-streets-to-save-birkdale-high-86081-27307267/, 21 September 2010.