Facilities Investment Well Underway
Work to enhance Birchfield’s already impressive facilities and develop new learning spaces is well underway, with the Easter holidays providing a great opportunity for contractors to work on our site. A complete re-fit of the Science laboratory is almost complete with major enhancements to the Art and Design Technology areas adding to the crisp and clean modern learning spaces in addition to enhanced sports facilities. Upgrades are taking place all around the site to enhance the learning environment for all our pupils and we will continue to keep posting our progress. 19 April 2021
Exciting New Fee Structure Announced for Birchfield
We are delighted to be announcing an exciting new fee structure which will come into operation in September 2021. The aim of the new structure is clear – to make a premium all-round education at Birchfield School more affordable for families. Headmistress, Mrs Sarah Morris, is thrilled to be able to open up the school to new families from around the region. ‘Birchfield has long had a reputation for academic excellence and an aspirational outlook. We are proud to have had 41 scholarships and awards given to our pupils in the last 3 years alone and I am delighted that our new fee structure will make a Birchfield education more affordable for many families in our area.’ 5 February 2021
Yoga, Mindfulness & Breathing Exercises a Big Hit with Pupils
This week has seen many exciting activities for Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 and top of the list with our pupils have been yoga lessons, learning to be mindful and taking quiet time to think and simply be, plus breathing to calm our minds. Year 4 pupils were able to demonstrate some superb yoga poses for Shropshire Star photographer Mr Leath this morning, along with their Form teacher, Mr Denver. We are delighted that so many pupils have embraced these new skills and we hope they will take them forward as tools to look after their mental health. 5 February 2021
Birchfield supports Children's Mental Health Week
We are proud to be supporting Children’s Mental Health Week from 1st to 7th February 2021, whilst raising money for Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity. This year’s theme is ‘Express Yourself’ and is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good. Our week is full of fun and thoughtful activities for our pupils – including mindfulness colouring, yoga, random acts of kindness, boredom jars and dressing to express – all designed to raise awareness about and look after our pupils’ mental health. 29 January 2021
Happy New Year!
It is wonderful to be starting the Spring Term, albeit not together as we would have wished. Our Griffin Learning Programme will roll back into action, offering all pupils from Reception to Year 8 live lessons and Form Tutor time daily with a comprehensive sports programme and a weekly focus on wellbeing to support our pupils’ mental health during lockdown. We are looking forward to seeing everyone this week, in person or on screen! 6 January 2021
Happy Christmas to all our pupils, families, staff and community
We would like to wish everyone associated with the Birchfield community a peaceful and Happy Christmas 2020. After an unprecedented year for us all, we send all our good wishes for some precious family time on Christmas Day. Stay safe and keep well. We will see you in 2021! 12 December 2020
Thinking Day - 'Reach for the Sky' a Great Success
This week’s Thinking Adventure Day focused on the theme ‘The Sky’s The Limit’ with pupils across the school helping to plan the day’s activities. Years 3 & 4 worked on Space whilst Year 5 focused on flight and its history and development. Year 6 drew and designed flying machines ready to be constructed in the Lego studio and Years 7 & 8 conducted an investigation into the paranormal in an attempt to prove the existence of the Loch Ness monster and Bigfoot. Senior pupils also enjoyed competing to build the tallest tower from only spaghetti and marshmallows. A great day was had by all with impressive engagement and enthusiasm from pupils all across the school. 20 November 2020
Birchfield Joins St Philips Education Group
Birchfield School is now part of the St Philips Education group, which is providing major investment to improve facilities and extend the senior school – meaning we hope to be welcoming our very first Year 9 class from September 2023.
Headmistress, Mrs Morris, says: “We are thrilled with this development and we can all look forward to an exciting future together. We will see investment in so many areas of school life, adding to our already highly-respected educational provision, and allowing our pupils the opportunity to stay on with us at the school they love so much for their ongoing education.
“We are proud of our independent status, and the opportunity for pupils to continue their education up to Year 11 and GCSE will allow the school to draw upon its subject specialists to build upon further success.”
A letter has been sent to parents explaining more, and we will be sharing more information over the coming days, but please contact the school directly if you have any questions.
You can read the full press release which contains more details by clicking the link below.
16 November 2020
Public Speaking Competition Winner
Many congratulations to Annabelle, Year 5, who triumphed in the 2020 Public Speaking Competition with a series of stunning performances throughout the competition. Places in the final were hotly contested, with every pupil from Year 2 to year 8 entering and performing over the last three weeks. The finals were judged by Deborah Owen, a LAMDA specialist and West End theatre coach and Ms Owen commented on the high performance standards of our Birchfield pupils, who spoke and acted out their pieces with real conviction and confidence. Well done to Annabelle, who shone from the outset. She is the overall winner of the JFW Public Speaking Shield for 2020, a very well-deserved award for this talented young performer. 06 November 2020
School Council Team 2020
Our new School Council for this academic year has been selected and we are looking forward to seeing their valuable contributions to school life over the next few months. Congratulations to all our elected members from Year 3 to Year 8. We are looking forward to working with you!
15 October 2020
Tours Booking Up for Open Morning
Last week’s fully booked Open Mornings were a real highlight with many interested families attending and touring the school. Our pupils were as always polite and well mannered, greeting visitors cheerfully from a safe social distance and impressing everyone they met. We look forward to welcoming more families to Birchfield this weekend and demonstrating why Birchfield School remains such a special place to educate children. 02 October 2020
2020 Pumpkin Carving Competition Launches
This year’s Birchfield Pumpkin Carving competition launches today with pumpkins available for parents to purchase at the School Shop. The competition will award prizes in different age categories across the School and all carved pumpkins will be displayed in traditional fashion alongside our famous Birchfield drive during the week of Monday 19th October. We are looking forward to our usual creative entries from pupils and wish all our entrants the best of luck! 30 September 2020
Business as usual for the Autumn Term
The Autumn Term has started with a warm welcome to all our pupils, old and new and a sense of togetherness and purpose. Pupils have quickly adapted to the new normal and are embracing the full school experience with enthusiasm and laughter. Our new Reception pupils are settling quickly into Birchfield life with a vast array of activities from their first experience of writing to racket skills and coordination at our after school Tennis Club. 17 September 2020
Autumn Term Open Mornings
We are pleased to announce our Autumn Term Open Mornings with four opportunities to come and visit us for a personal and covid-safe tour. Birchfield accepts registrations for all years from age 4 to 13 and we are proud to offer you the opportunity to meet our staff and pupils and see for yourself what makes us such a warm, dynamic and aspirational learning community. Friday 25th & Saturday 26th September 10.00am to 12.30pm and Friday 9th & Saturday 10th October 10.00am to 12.30pm. Please call us to register your tour on 01902 372534.
New Term Preparations in Full Swing
As we look forward to welcoming all our new and existing pupils in September, work continues apace to ensure we get the new term underway with safety of pupils, parents and staff our highest priority. A return to our new normality is being eagerly anticipated by staff and pupils alike. The new academic year will be full of hard work, team work, positivity, smiles and purpose. We cannot wait to see all those happy faces on 2nd September! 17 August 2020
Birchfield School Now Open for all Pupils
It is with great pleasure and excitement that we open our gates this week to all pupils for the last two weeks of this extraordinary term. Our pupils are thrilled to reconnect with their classmates, friends and teachers and our extensive site and grounds allow all year groups to work safely and effectively. The next two weeks are full of academic learning with lots of fun activities to give pupils the very best experience before they finish for the Summer holidays. 29 July 2020
Academic Scholarship for Gabriel, Year 8
Many congratulations to Gabriel, Year 8, who has been awarded the prestigious Butler Scholarship at Shrewsbury School. This is a much-prized academic scholarship and Gabriel’s performance was so strong across all the disciplines that he achieved a placing in the top group of four scholars for this year. Gabriel has been studying with the Griffin Learning programme and remote support from his teachers this term, which makes this an even more impressive achievement. Birchfield is so proud of him and we wish him all the very best for his future. 11th June 2020
Head Boy and Girl lead from the front
Birchfield’s Head Boy and Girl, Jenson and Catherine have passed on their good wishes, a motivational message and well-being tips to pupils working remotely at home this term. Jenson and Catherine both wrote a heartfelt letter to pupils to support them during this term’s lockdown. The letters were published in our weekly newsletter The Griffin and were much praised by parents and pupils alike. Our younger pupils look up to Year 8 role models and have been very appreciative of these thoughtful and supportive words from our Heads of school. 22 May 2020
Business as usual through Griffin Learning
This term has seen many changes for all schools and, for Birchfield, a whole new way of working with remote learning for all our pupils through our personalised Griffin Learning programme, covering our complete curriculum. Our pupils have demonstrated some key Birchfield values along the way; resilience, determination, kindness, respect and pride. The standard of work being delivered is exceptionally high and connecting live on the internet in lessons and tutorials has been a huge boost to wellbeing for pupils and staff.
14 May 2020
Welcome back to the Summer Term
We are looking forward to welcoming all pupils back to the Summer Term, albeit in a different format to usual! Next week sees the launch of Griffin Learning, our comprehensive remote learning system for pupils from Reception to Year 8. Pupils will be able to study, catch up with each other, their teachers and the Headmistress and we are working tirelessly to ensure that our famous Birchfield spirit shines through in all the exciting activities we have planned. 17 April 2020
Repton C.B. Fry Award for Darcey, Year 7
Darcey, Year 7, has been awarded a prestigious C.B. Fry Exhibition to Repton School. This is an all-rounder award that is hotly contested every year by schools across the UK and Darcey shone with her academic, music, sporting and leadership skills. Many congratulations to her. 20 March 2020
Bake Off Star Bakers
Our first Birchfield Bake Off competition has finished with a junior and a senior Star Baker. After a very close competition the awards went to Tristan, Year 8, Senior Star Baker, and Joshua, Year 3, Junior Star Baker. Birchfield aprons were awarded to both our winners. Congratulations! 19 March 2020
Pupils Raise Funds Through Pop-Up Shop
A huge thank you to the pupils of Enterprise Club who have run a Pop Up Shop this week for pupils, full of bargain Mothers’ Day gifts. The shop takes a term to plan and prepare, with pupils from Years 5,6,7 & 8 joining forces to deliver this annual Birchfield favourite. Along the way they have learnt stocktaking, pricing, accurate administration, marketing and selling skills. A record breaking £312.00 was raised for the Friends of Birchfield. Well done to all. 18 March 2020
Birchfield Bake Off
Pupils from all across the school joined this week in baking muffins, using a basic muffin recipe, plus their own creative adornments for the first Birchfield Bake Off. What a dazzling array of creations we had, giving the judges a hugely difficult task! Finalists were chosen and they baked their muffins again live in our Food Technology room. Results following!
16 March 2020
Young Leaders Awards for 13 Pupils
We were delighted to be able to award 13 pupils in Years 7 and 8 their Young Leaders Awards this week. The pupils have worked extremely hard to complete all their modules, developing and demonstrating key leadership and coaching skills by working with our Year 2 pupils in this term’s PE lessons. Many congratulations to them on a fine achievement.
13 March 2020
House Netball and Rugby Finals
Congratulations to Brelades on becoming 2020 House Netball champions after a tough competition for the girls this week. There was some real skill on show on the pitches, and most importantly, great teamwork between pupils from different year groups. Watson become 2020 House Rugby champions after some hotly contested matches with real drive and ambition on show. Well done to them, and to all pupils for demonstrating so ably why Birchfield has such a fine reputation for sport.
13 March 2020
Success at the Repton Challenge
Well done to our super team of business entrepreneurs who attended the annual Repton Challenge day, where their challenge was to design a brand new chocolate bar and market it successfully, creating costings plans, flavour combinations and an ad campaign which was presented to a panel of judges. Our team designed and pitched the ‘X-plode’ bar to great acclaim and a well deserved 2nd place in the competition. Thank you to Repton School for such a great day. 13 March 2020
World Book Day 2020
World Book Day 2020 gave staff and pupils the chance to celebrate their favourite books and literary characters, with pupils dressing as everything from Toad in Wind in The Willows to Mr Stink, to Harry Potter and Hermione. The whole school undertook literary themed activities all day and we were delighted see such a high level of interest and engagement amongst our pupils from the beginning to the end of the day. 10 March 2020
Young Mathematician Success
This week we sent two pairs of Year 5 mathematicians to the annual Wrekin Maths Challenge, an mathematics event attended by Prep schools from around the country and with 80 teams competing. Congratulations to Ellen and Fleur for their impressive 6th placing and to Paddy and Austin for a creditable top half placing in what was a very challenging competition. 04 March 2020
Arts and Sports Scholarship Success
Many congratulations to Emelyn who has been awarded a prestigious 13+ Arts and Sports Scholarship to Shrewsbury Girls’ High School. This is a wonderful achievement and we are very proud of her.
28 February 2020
Years 7 & 8 Host 11-13 Information Afternoon
On Thursday, Years 7 & 8 hosted a busy parents’ information afternoon to showcase the top two years of Prep school and talk about their own experiences as senior pupils, their varied curriculum, opportunities and many achievements. Our Year 8 pupils were able to explain the scholarships and award process to interested parents and with a host of awards won for this year, they could speak from real experience. Well done to all our senior pupils on being such superb role models.
28 February 2020
Year 5 Fairtrade Charity Raffle
This week Year 5 has been learning about sustainability in Geography and the Fairtrade global organisation. Their focus has been chocolate and the growers of cocoa beans across the world. For the 25th anniversary of Fairtrade Year 5 are raffling a Fairtrade hamper, kindly donated by Albrighton Co-Op. All proceeds will go to Fairtrade Fortnight. Well done to Year 5. 28 February 2020
Music Scholarship Success
Huge congratulations to Catherine, who has been awarded a prestigious Music Scholarship to Malvern College. This is an outstanding achievement in a highly competitive field and we are delighted that her talents and hard work have been recognised. 14 February 2020
Primary Mathematics Challenge Success
We are very proud of Maxi, Year 6, whose performance in the recent Primary Mathematics Challenge was outstanding, and won him a place in the National ‘Bonus Round’. This is a very tough challenge for any young mathematician and we are rooting for him in this next stage. Well done Maxi!
14 February 2020
Science Themed Friday is a Hit
Today the whole school was involved in a special Science Themed Friday and every lesson was linked to science and its practical application in our world. In sport, pupils undertook speed trials, measuring their running speed in km per hour and comparing their speed to that of animals. Our geographers measured wind speed at different locations. Meanwhile, our forensic team had to work out who was the criminal through forensic testing in the lab. Our seniors built a water rocket and studied the effects of pressure as they pumped air through the liquid to launch.
14 February 2020
School Cross-Country Event
Today we hosted our annual Pre-Prep Cross-Country event alongside our Prep School House Cross-Country. This is a hugely popular event with parents and tests our pupils’ resilience and determination with a challenging course for each year group. There were some remarkable performances, and not all from our winners. The famous Birchfield spirit was demonstrated in spades. Well done to Brown House who were the overall House Cross-Country winners. 7 February 2020
Well done to Catherine who has been awarded Captain of Netball for Birchfield. This is a reflection of the valuable contribution she has made to the sport and our netball teams. Well done! 6 February 2020
ISA Cross-Country Success
A super squad of Birchfield runners travelled to Bedstone College this week to compete in the ISA Cross-Country event. With 80-100 runners in each category, competition was plentiful and strong. The weather held for a bright day, even though conditions were challenging with a muddy, hilly course. Our pupils acquitted themselves brilliantly, performing strongly in all classes and gaining two Top 20 placings. Well done to all the squad.
4 February 2020
93% of LAMDA Entrants gain Distinctions
This week we have celebrated 29 super pupils who have received their grades from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art after their exams. With a record 27 Distinctions and 2 Merits, it was a stunning result for Birchfield. LAMDA remains a popular choice for many of our pupils and helps develop early confidence in performing, conversing and interacting with others.
31 January 2020
Rugby and Netball Coaching with Malvern College
This week we warmly welcomed Rugby and Netball coaches form Malvern College to Birchfield to work with our Year 6 boys and U9 girls respectively. A superb afternoon of coaching was had by all with the coaches commenting on our pupils’ excellent listening skills, manners and effort levels. The teams are looking forward to applying their new skills at their next fixtures. 31 January 2020
Sports Scholarship for Jack, Year 6
Jack has been offered a Sports Scholarship to senior school. In a highly competitive field at Wrekin College, Jack stood out for his sporting talent, Shropshire County Cricket record and passion for golf and cricket. Well done to Jack, a wonderful achievement! 26 January 2020
All-Rounder Award for Amar, Year 6
Many congratulations to Amar for achieving a Pendle Award from Wrekin College. This is an all rounder entrance award and Amar shone with his ability and approach in a range of disciplines from academic and sport to leadership and the arts. Well done Amar! 26 January 2020
Cross Country Win for Nathan, Year 3
We were thrilled to have a such a large and strong squad of cross country runners competing on Tuesday at Bedstone College for the Three Counties Cross Country Championships. All our runners ran with courage and determination, producing some fine finishes in appalling weather conditions. Nathan put in a particularly fine performance in his age group and came over the line in first place from a strong class of almost 40 runners. Many congratulations to him!
17 January 2020
Trip to the Wolves
Year 5 pupils had an exciting Saturday afternoon at the Molineux where they attended a Premier League match against Newcastle United. Even though the score was not quite what our team of supporters were looking for (a 1-1 draw), there was much excitement and singing. This was a great stadium experience for our Year 5’s and one they won’t forget in a hurry! 17 January 2020
Shropshire Cricket Success for Gabriella, Year 7
Many congratulations to Gabriella in Year 7 who has been selected to play for Shropshire U13 squad this summer. We look forward to following her progress as the season commences. 17 January 2020
Year 8 Scholarship Success
Great news this week of three of our super Year 8 pupils receiving prestigious Entrance Awards from Wrekin College, Wellington. Competition for Entrance Awards to senior schools is stronger than it has ever been and Birchfield pupils continue to impress with their talents, social skills and confidence. Huge congratulations to Catherine, Double Scholarship (Music and Sport), Emelyn, Double Exhibition (Art and Sport) and Jenson, Sport Exhibition. We are very proud of you all.
9 January 2020
Happy New Year 2020!
As a new year and a new decade dawns, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our pupils, staff and parents a very happy and prosperous New Year. What a packed and exciting school year we have to look forward to! 8 January 2020
Happy Christmas To All
As the gates close on another packed and exciting term, it just remains for us to wish all our pupils, staff, families, friends and our local community a very Happy Christmas. We are looking forward to seeing you in 2020! 13 December 2019
Birchfield raises £4,000 for Nine Charities
Nine worthy charities have benefited from £4,000 raised by Birchfield School for a solo bike ride from Buckingham Palace to Birchfield undertaken by the Chair of the Friends of Birchfield Alex Heath. Her mammoth cycle was completed in fine style with pupils completing the final mile alongside her on their own bikes. A wonderful achievement and one of which we are very proud. 13 December 2019
It was a pleasure to recognise and reward a number of pupils for their effort and outstanding commitment on the sports field this term. A huge well done to Emelyn, Jocelyn, Phoebe, Ellen and Jemima for hockey and to Gabriel, Jack, Amar, Paddy and Will for football. All have shown a fantastic attitude throughout the term in both training and matches. Congratulations! 12 December 2019
Football and Hockey Colours
Congratulations to Jenson for winning his football colours this season, and to Catherine, Alexia and Darcey for winning their hockey colours. This end of term award recognises individual pupils’ outstanding contribution to our main sports of the term. Thank you to all of them for their skill, commitment and inspiration on the pitch. 12 December 2019
House Football Finals
In the Junior competition, our teams played with real grit and determination. Some impressive skills were on show as the boys fought hard to gain the edge. Brown took first place with two well-executed wins, followed by Brelades and Watson respectively. Well done to all our Juniors! In the senior competition we saw end to end action with some exciting matches and high score lines. Well done to Watson, who triumphed, and to Brown and Brelades following in 2nd and 3rd places. Many congratulations to Brown, who retain the overall House Football trophy for 2019. 10 December 2019
Junior House Hockey Finals
In bitingly cold weather, our Years 3 and 4 girls showed fantastic teamwork and determination, battling hard for their House and putting on a great show for the parents. The standard was admirably high with Brelades winning the title and much to look forward to for next year’s hockey season. Well done to all our girls!
Pre-Prep Christmas Performance
It’s been a week with a little extra Christmas sparkle at Birchfield as our Pre-Prep stars of the stage have rehearsed and performed to two sell-out audiences. Parents and family members were dazzled by both performances of ‘Children of the World’ which was a lively and colourful spectacular with singing, dancing and well delivered comedy lines. Well done to all our budding thespians!
5 December 2019
Operation Christmas Child
This week we were proud and delighted to send off a huge quantity of wrapped and filled Christmas boxes to Operation Christmas Child who will transport the boxes to needy children across the world to give them a bright smile at Christmas. A bit of teamwork in counting and loading our Birchfield boxes, and they were on their way! The joy of giving is a wonderful lesson for our pupils and these were sent with love and Christmas wishes to the many who are less fortunate than ourselves. 22 November 2019
Thank you to all the parents and pupils for supporting this year’s Book Fair. The books ‘flew’ off the shelves and as a result we are delighted to report that it was a huge success. Pre-Prep pupils had the added bonus of a guest appearance from Clifford the Red Dog who promotes our Book Fair. 18 October 2019
Head for the Day!
Due to the success of last year’s ‘Head for the Day’ event the Friends of Birchfield held another auction at the Birchfield Summer Ball and the lucky recipient was pupil, Kieran. Suitably attired in a dark suit, Kieran arrived early at school and welcomed parents and pupils from 8.15am at the school gate. Soon afterwards he helped Mrs Morris, with the whole school morning assembly. The rest of the day was taken up with meetings with the Deputy Head, Head Boy and Head Girl and Mr Mason, a very welcome special football match with his classmates, before ending the day with an interview from Year 2. It was certainly an action-packed day for Kieran! 18 October 2019
Year 8 Visit to Carding Mill Valley
On Monday Year 8 carried out a field investigation at Carding Mill Valley. In preparation for their study the pupils have been studying river processes in class. Despite the inclement weather they managed to collect data which they analysed in class later in the week. 11 October 2019
Years 1 and 2 Visit to Think Tank
On Thursday, Years 1 and 2 went to The Think Tank in Birmingham as part of their topic ‘Marvellous Me’. Throughout the visit the children had lots of opportunities to further their understanding of how their body works and what different skeletons look like. 11 October 2019
U13 Abbotsholme Hockey Tournament
Congratulations to the U13 Girls’ Hockey Team who finished 2nd overall in the U13 Abbotsholme Hockey Tournament last week.
v WGS DREW 0-0
v St Edwards WON 3 – 0
v Tettenhall College WON 5 – 0
v Abbotsholme WON 2 – 0
v Nottingham High School LOST 1 – 0
7 October 2019
Congratulations to Catherine, Alexia and Darcey who have all been selected for the Shropshire County Hockey U13s. We are extremely proud of their outstanding achievement. 7 October 2019
World Animal Day
Last week the Year 6 Assembly centred on World Animal Day, a day celebrated on 4th October every year that gives us a chance to appreciate the wonderful animals that we share our planet with. The assembly focussed on the sheer quantity of different creatures that live on Earth, with some scientists estimating there to be around 20 quintillion animals on the planet!
A fundraising jar was set up to raise money to sponsor an endangered species; the school voted for the class to sponsor the rhino for the upcoming year. 7 October 2019
Future Schools Presentation
Last Wednesday we held our Future Schools Presentation to enable parents to decide which senior school to send their child to and, at what age, 11+ or 13+. Parents were given the key information as to how to apply for 11+ exams as well as the value added of staying at Birchfield until 13. Martin Cropper, Head of Admissions at Shrewsbury School, gave an insightful presentation of 11+ as well as the benefits of the traditional prep child arriving at a Senior School at 13+. 7 October 2019
Macmillan Coffee Afternoon
The Macmillan Coffee Afternoon was a great success and raised a fantastic £238.82. Thank you to everyone who came and donated so generously and congratulations to our Years 7 and 8 pupils for organising the event. We are already thinking ahead to next year’s event and it would be wonderful to see even more of you joining us to make it even bigger and better. 7 October 2019
European Day of Languages
On Thursday Birchfield marked the European Day of Languages by transforming the Hall into a French cafe. The pupils ordered and enjoyed an array of French cuisine including chocolat chaud, jus d’orange, croissants and pains au chocolat. ‘C’etait magnifique!’ 26 September 2019
ABRSM Music Results
Congratulations to Amelia who achieved a pass in her Grade 3 Singing Examination and to George and Nathan who both achieved merits in their Grade 1 Piano Examinations. Well done! 13 September 2019
At the beginning of term we welcomed our new Reception class to Birchfield. We have been so proud of how they have quickly settled into school and look forward to sharing a wonderful year with them. Mrs Grant-King (Reception teacher) 6 September 2019
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