Birkdale School gets £2.3m funding boost

BIRKDALE School, one of Sheffield’s leading independent schools, has secured  a £2.3m finance package from HSBC to support an extension and  redevelopment project.

Work on Belmayne House, which will be the new home for its youngest pupils, started in September and is due to be complete by June 2014, ready for the 2014/15 academic year.

The building will house up to 120 pre-prep (infant) boys aged between four and  seven and  the property will include six class rooms and specialist facilities, including its own library, outdoor classroom, art room, music and drama room, children’s kitchen, music practice room and sick bay.

The  new  property  will  also  create  more  space  for  pupils at the Clarke Drive-based  Prep  School,  where the four to seven year olds are currently taught.  This  will  also  be  refurbished  to  include  new  music, drama, languages  and meeting rooms, in addition to a new library and instrumental music area.

Finance  for  the  project  has  been  provided  by  HSBC’s South Yorkshire commercial team in a deal led by senior commercial manager, Chris Alsop.

Birkdale  School  was  founded in 1904 and today, the independent day school teaches around 800 pupils between the ages of four and 18.

Prep school head, Chris Burch, said: “We are very excited about Belmayne House, because it will provide state-of-the-art facilities for our pre-prep children,  helping them to lay important foundations for future academic success.”

Mick Knowles, HSBC South Yorkshire area commercial director, said: “HSBC is  pleased to support this new facility, which will result in a superb school for both pupils and teachers.”