At the end of June a group of excited pupils made their way to France in soaring temperatures. One of the highlights of the visit was the trip to Mont Saint-Michel. The pupils walked to the medieval monastery and enjoyed exploring the cafes and boutiques. Other memorable trips included going to a French market, travelling on the velo-rail and visiting Falaise Castle. 30 June 2019
Move-up Morning for New Reception Pupils
We welcomed the 18 new children who will be starting Reception this September. During the morning they explored their classroom and created wonderful artwork which they took away with them. 5 July 2019
House Swimming Gala
On Wednesday afternoon in glorious weather the pupils took part in the much awaited House Swimming Gala. There were many hard-fought races and some agonisingly close finishes! A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon in which all the children swam exceptionally well. 5 July 2019
Year 8 Leavers' Experience
Last week Year 8 spent a week camping at Beaudesert Park in Cannock Park as part of their Leavers’ Experience. On arrival they participated in a challenge course which comprised of going through tyres, a spider’s web, into a tunnel and then a sponge pit, holding hands throughout! During the rest of the week they took part in activities which included climbing, axe throwing, air rifle shooting at Frisbee golf and pedal karting. One of the most popular activities was the Via Ferrata; traversing a quarry rock face! This was a fabulous week where all the pupils learnt new skills. 28 June 2019
Pre-Prep Sports Day
Last Friday Pre-Prep and Prepcare took part in their own Sports Day on a glorious day. The children competed in sprints, obstacle courses, hurdles, relays and the challenging 300m. Year 2 also had the opportunity to take part in shot put and long jump events. A wonderful and memorable occasion for the pupils and parents alike. 28 June 2019
U11 Girls win U11 ISA Rounders Tournament
Last Thursday the U11 Girls achieved an outstanding victory in the U11 ISA Rounders Tournament at Stafford Prep School. They won all their matches against Arnold Lodge, Malvern St James, The Old Vicarage and Crackley Hall and were crowned overall winners. Well done girls! 24 June 2019
Year 8 had a busy and varied week of activities during the first week of their Leavers’ Experience. At the start of the week they had an informative presentation on the history of the Police Force by Chief Detective Inspector Clews. In terrible weather conditions they braved the Wild Zoological Park at Halfpenny Green in Bobbington on Tuesday and on Wednesday they tested their teamwork skills in the classroom. Visits to RAF Cosford, the Steelhouse Lane Lock-Up and Chillington Hall took place later in the week. They are looking forward to their Leavers’ Camp next week at Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre in Cannock Wood. 17 June 2019
Year 5 Geography Trip to Carding Mill Valley
Year 5 spent the last day of the half-term navigating their way through and around the Shropshire Hills, practising their orienteering skills. Thankfully, all the pupils proved to be competent using the various maps to navigate around the valley and no-one was lost! 9 June 2019
Year 7 Trip to Warwick Castle
Year 7 enjoyed an extensive tour of Warwick Castle, walking around the grounds and up the towers. The highlight of the visit was the falconry show where they saw birds with 10 feet wing spans flying over their heads! 22 May 2019
Year 2 Visit to the Mad Museum
Year 2 enjoyed a captivating visit to the MAD Museum, Stratford upon Avon where they were able to explore, create, pull, twist, clatter, clang, build, invent, apply and see the magnificent array of mechanics on display. The visit finished with a picnic next to the canal in glorious sunshine. 20 May 2019
Reception Visit to Severn Valley Railway
Last week Reception pupils were able to link their topics of transport and fairy tales in a most enjoyable school visit. They boarded the steam train at Bridgnorth , disembarked at Arley Station and, then walked to Arley Arboretum. In spite of the wet weather the pupils were still able to enter the world of fairies and folklore; they discovered lots of tell-tale signs including magical doors within trees! Wednesday, 15 May.
We are delighted to announce some wonderful results in the recent LAMDA Examinations with 65% of our pupils achieving the highest accolade of a distinction and the remainder with merits. We are hugely proud of our young dramatists at Birchfield and would like to say a big well done to our pupils. Friday, 3 May.
Year 2 Art
Year 2 has been working on a space-themed large scale montage throughout the Spring Term. The finished article is a wonderful success, showcasing texture, colour and perspective. Well done to our budding artists in Year 2. Friday, 3 May.
Austrian Ski Trip
There was much anticipation and excitement among our pupils as they headed off to the Austrian Alps during their Easter holidays. We were lucky enough to experience snow on four of the six days and all our skiers showed resilience and determination, improving their skiing enormously. Great fun was had off the slopes undertaking snowball fights, sledding and llama trekking! Friday, 3 May.
Year 4 History Trip to Chester
On Monday Year 4 travelled along the ancient Roman road travelled by their forefathers, to the city of Dewa. Upon arrival they were taken to the Roman gardens where they learnt about a variety of battle tactics. Following a very entertaining gladiator battle in Britain’s largest amphitheatre, pupils examined archaeological excavations on the site of the museum. They also learnt about the life of an average soldier and how they spent their time when not preparing for battle. An educational and fun experience to remember! 29 March 2019
Pupils' Pop-Up Shop Success
Every member of Enterprise Club gave up their breaks and lunchtimes this week to staff the annual Pop-Up Mother’s Day shop. Many weeks of hard work and planning ensured that everyone had a wonderful time and the pupils smashed their target of £350, taking a final £402! Next week our budding entrepreneurs will conduct a board meeting to discuss how to spend their profit, all of which is donated directly back to School through the Friends of Birchfield. 29 March 2019
Runners-up at ISA Stafford Rugby Festival
Many congratulations to our super U9 rugby squad who did themselves and Birchfield proud to win runners-up medals in a fiercely-contested competition involving thirteen schools. Playing eight challenging matches, the team were unbeaten all day, succumbing only in their last match and narrowly missing out on the title. They played with skill, heart and pride against squads from much larger schools, securing many impressive victories and laying the foundation for further success in the future. Well done boys! 22 March 2019
Birchfield runners selected for the National ISA Cross-Country Championship
Three impressive Birchfield cross-country runners have been selected by the Independent Schools Association to represent the Midlands region in the ISA National Cross-Country Championship. This is a prestigious event and it is down to the talent and determination of our resilient runners Alexia, Charlie and Ellen that their potential has been recognised. Birchfield is justifiably proud of our three young runners and we wish them every success on 30th March as they compete for their region at Rugby School. 22 March 2019
Nick Arnold, author of Horrible Science, visits Birchfield
Staff and pupils were delighted to welcome author Nick Arnold, author of the well-known Horrible Science books to Birchfield this week. Nick not only spoke to our pupils but engaged them in a series of fun and interactive experiments to demonstrate such laws as centrifugal force, air pressure and the principles of flight.
Pupils were fascinated as volunteers, including staff, were drafted in to live experiments with incredible results. Science continues to thrive at Birchfield and provides answers to some of the great mysteries of life that are in the minds of our young learners. 22 March 2019
Ranvir selected for Shropshire County U11 Squad
Well done and many congratulations to Ranvir, whose exemplary performance in the County Cricket trials has earned him a place on the squad for this season. His exceptional performance over the Winter training season ensured he caught the eye of the Shropshire coaches and he thoroughly deserves his place. 15 March 2019
Sports Scholarship to Ellesmere College for Ethan
It was wonderful to hear from Ellesmere College this week that Ethan, Year 8, has been awarded a Sports Scholarship after his outstanding performance recently at the school. This is a great achievement for Ethan and recognition of his terrific contribution to sport at Birchfield. Exciting times ahead for this young man. 15 March 2019
C.B.Fry Exhibition for Catharine at Repton School
We were delighted to hear from Repton School that Catharine, Year 7, has been awarded a prestigious C.B.Fry Exhibition for her performance over 24 hours at the school in a series of interviews, activities and tests. The C.B.Fry award is an All-Rounder award encompassing English, Mathematics, Teamwork, Leadership, Art, Music, Drama and Sport. The award is named after the famous Repton Old Boy who was an academic scholar and writer, diplomat and politician as well as an England cricketer and athlete. Well done to Catharine on her superb achievement. 15 March 2019
New Website for Birchfield
We are delighted to launch our new website which provides Birchfield with a smart and elegant shop window and offers prospective parents and our current parents information about every important School year and every subject in our curriculum. Birchfield is showcased through powerful imagery of our pupils going about their School activities. The website is enabled for use on phones, tablets and computers and is a wonderful platform from which to communicate to our market. We welcome your feedback about our new site on our social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter. 13 March 2019
Art Exhibition to Shrewsbury School for Fynn
We are delighted to announce that our Head Boy, Fynn, has been awarded a prestigious Art Exhibition to Shewsbury School. Many congratulations to Fynn on his wonderful achievement and also to Head of Art and DT, Mr Swift for his guidance and support in the run up to the award. 8 March 2019
Our recent Mindfulness Day at Birchfield was a time to stop and reflect upon the beauty around us, to enjoy positive well-being and to find different ways to manage the challenges of daily life. Pupils took part in a Tai Chi session in the Hall, learning a range of breathing exercises and the skill of channeling positive energy. Pupils from Years 3 to 7 participated in a range of different workshops during the day practising meditation and positive thinking along the way with yoga, agility challenges and visualisation techniques. The pupils had a thoroughly enjoyable day. 15 February 2019
Malvern College Specialist Coaching
Pupils were delighted recently to welcome coaches from Malvern College to Birchfield to run sessions in both rugby and netball. Children in Years 5 to 8 thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to develop their skills and benefited from further expert coaching. This was a great start to the Spring Term. 11 January 2019
Rachael Heyhoe Flint Cricket Award
Many congratulations to Grace, from all of us at Birchfield, as the inaugural recipient of the prestigious Rachael Heyhoe Flint Cricket Award, set up in memory of the pioneering cricket star, who died in January last year. Grace was selected from dozens of talented young cricketers who attended highly competitive trials at Malvern College. This is the first dedicated girls’ cricket scholarship offered by any school and will be made annually.
According to one of the selectors, ‘Grace really stood out . . . She has beautiful timing and is calm under pressure. She has a fierce desire to learn and improve, which often makes the difference between a good player and a great one.’ Grace currently plays cricket at Worfield Cricket Club and plays alongside the boys in Birchfield’s 1stXI.
Lady Heyhoe Flint captained the successful England women’s side from 1966 to 1978 and was the first female cricketer to hit a six in a Test match. Grace hopes that “it will give me the chance to try to fulfil my dream of playing cricket for England.”
“We are immensely proud of Grace and her outstanding achievements and congratulate her on being the first ever recipient of this new award”, said Mrs Sarah Morris, Headmistress on receiving the wonderful news. 6 December 2018
First Sports Scholarships for Birchfield Girls
It is smiles all round for two of Birchfield School’s girls who have both gained prestigious Sports Scholarships to Shrewsbury School. Head Girl, Esther, plays cricket for two local clubs and also for the U13s Shropshire County Cricket team. Prefect, Grace, also plays cricket locally and for the U13s Shropshire County. This is a magnificent achievement for both girls, who play for our 1st XI cricket team, and it demonstrates the high level of sport that our girls play at Birchfield. 28 October 2019