23 July 2022

News has reached us that former pupil Lindsey Heyes passed away early this morning. Lindsey had been ill with cancer for some time.

According to our records, Lindsey left Birkdale in 1993.

Our thoughts are with Lindsey’s family and friends during this sad time.

8 February 2022

Information has been received giving the sad news former pupil David Donovan passed away on 5 February in hospital after a short illness. David left the school in 1972.

Our thoughts go out to David’s partner Dee and family.

7 February 2022

Janet Mulcahy has been in contact to inform us that her mother Mrs Barbara Morris sadly passed away yesterday morning, aged 94. Like Janet, Mrs Morris was a former teacher at the school.

Our condolences go to Janet and her family during this sad time.

Update 18.02.22: Barbara Morris’ funeral will be taking place at 1pm on Wednesday 23 February at Southport Crematorium.

17 January 2022

An update re: this year’s Reunion on Saturday 21 May at the Masonic Hall in Southport.
The Masonic Hall are not doing buffets due to Covid. However, they can do hot food such as hot pot, or a choice of fish, chips & mushy peas, beef burger & chips, or sausage & chips.
Gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available.
This would be table service and served individually. Tickets will cost £10, which includes the food.
A Facebook poll will be done to get an idea of numbers interested in this. If you’re not on Facebook, please use the Contact Form to share your feedback.

22 December 2021

News has been received this evening that Mrs Eileen Tomkinson sadly passed away last week.

Mrs Tomkinson started teaching at our school in 1964, and went on to become Head of the Junior School in 1980. When Miss Clark retired in 1986, Mrs Tomkinson took over as Principal. At the end of the Christmas term in 1991, Mrs Tomkinson herself retired from this role.

No funeral details are available yet, but it will be after Christmas.

Our thoughts are with Mrs Tomkinson’s daughter Helen, family and friends during this sad time.

Update 03.01.2022: a date has been set for Mrs Tomkinson’s funeral; it will take place on 14 January at 2.45pm. There is a 30 person limit on funerals in Wales at the moment, but there will be a virtual link available should anyone want it. Please use the Contact Form to request the link if you would like to have this.

Update 10.01.2022: as many of you who knew Mrs Tomkinson will not be able to get to join the family for the funeral service on Friday, they are hoping to be able to collect memories that can be read or spoken during the service. If you would like to share your favourite memories of Mrs Tomkinson, please contact us to arrange sending these to Helen and family.

Update 13.01.2022: details of the webcast for Mrs Tomkinson’s funeral are now available. If anyone wishes to access the funeral service tomorrow (14 January) at 2.45pm, please contact us to request the login information.

29 November 2021

Former pupil John Thorpe has sadly died at the age of 72. He passed away last month.

John left our school in 1965, and was well-liked by many other ex-pupils.

19 November 2021

We are sad to report the death of Mr John Morgan who passed away suddenly in May.

Mr Morgan was a well-respected member of staff who thought a lot about school and its pupils. He taught Science, and was involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. He will be greatly missed.

25 October 2021

Former Chairman of the Governors Mr Denis Hobley died suddenly this morning. No further news are available at the moment.

Mr Hobley was a kind, caring and wise friend of the school who served as a dedicated Chairman on the Board of Governors. He continued with the Birkdale Trust for Hearing Impaired after the school closed.

28 September 2021

Wendy Dray’s funeral took place yesterday (27 September). Mourners gathered at Liverpool Road Cemetery for the Committal, and this was followed by a Memorial Service at Aughton Park Baptist Church.

Several former staff attended, including Mrs Liz Rothwell and her husband Duncan, Mr & Mrs Loxham, Miss Angela Baron, Mrs Janet Mulcahy, Mr Brian Birkby, and Mr Steve Hosker. A few ex-pupils paid their respects too; among them were Celia Hulme, Lucy Riding, Charlotte Speak, and Victoria Sumner-Jones.

Victoria Sefton‘s parents were also there.

Mrs Rothwell was asked by Miss Beryl Daintith to present a tribute about Wendy in her years as a teacher at Birkdale School.

Qlocal reports on the service here.

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