Here at Birchfield School, we pride ourselves on our happy pupils, who are supported by a network of dedicated staff. Pastoral care is at the heart of everything we do and we are proud of our consistent record of excellence in this area. We are committed to ensuring that every one of our pupils feels valued as an individual within our community and as such, each pupil has the support of a Form Tutor who looks after their immediate wellbeing and their academic studies. Tutors are committed to ensuring each of the children in their care is happy and feels confident to express their views and share any concerns about school life.
Whilst Form Tutors take on a similar role for our senior pupils too, from Year 6 upwards, each pupil is also assigned an Academic Tutor who is directly responsible for their care along both academic and pastoral pathways. We also have staff trained in pupils’ welfare to afford the very best pastoral care to all. Communication with parents, pupils and Academic Tutors will be regular with weekly meetings and encouragement given to help pupils to aspire to success. A culture of warmth and openness between staff and pupils is undoubtedly influential in delivering our happy, confident and grounded children. We welcome children of all faiths and enjoy links with our local community, particularly St Mary’s Church, Albrighton. Our school values, The Birchfield Way, prioritise key values such as respect, kindness and courtesy but also recognise the value of learning with diligence, resilience and aspiration.
In addition to the Tutor system, each pupil in Year 3 and above is allocated to one of three Houses for the whole of their school life at Birchfield: Brelades, Brown or Watson. Our pupils develop feelings of belonging and pride, and a deep-seated loyalty to their House during their journey at Birchfield. Each term sees many hotly-contested events with older and younger pupils working together in their House teams and providing mutual support. Peer support forms the backbone of our House system and is proven to build pupils’ self-confidence at school from an early age. Each House is headed up by a House Tutorwho helps to mentor pupils and encourage participation in House events.
Pastoral care is the responsibility of all staff at Birchfield School and we strive each day for the very highest standards throughout the school.