Find out what events, awards and changes are taking place at the school.


- January 19, 2022, 10:04 am

Please see attached poster for Birchwood's Young Musician of the Year 2022.
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- January 14, 2022, 12:00 pm

Congratulations to Hans Tsui from Year 9 who was the lucky winner of last half term’s ‘Read, Review, Reward’ competition. For more information on how your child can enter this term's competition please contact Mrs Gibson
h J R

- January 5, 2022, 10:43 am

We look forward to welcoming all students back to Birchwood on Thursday 6 January. Please ensure that you take a Lateral Flow Test today (Wednesday) and send us the result as explained in the letter sent out yesterday: Covid-19 Update 4-1-2022
h J R

- December 21, 2021, 10:43 am

We wish you all a Happy Christmas and a safe New Year!
h J R

- December 16, 2021, 3:05 pm

We are currently advertising for a Grounds Keeper. For more information, please see #EmploymentOpportunities
h J R

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Young Musician of the Year 2022

Birchwood’s Young Musician of the Year 2022
Are you Birchwood’s next Pop or Classical winner?
How to Enter:
All you need to do is email a video recording of you performing your favourite piece in a communal space, e.g. your living room,
to Mr Grogan,
All styles and genres of music are welcome.
Closing date for entries is:
Wednesday 9 February and finalists will be announced on Friday 11 February.

Congratulations to Hans Tsui

Congratulations to Hans Tsui from Year 9 who was the lucky winner of last half term’s ‘Read, Review, Reward’ competition. Hans read and reviewed five books from the reading list – his overall favourite was ‘Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus‘ which he rated 4.5 out of 5.

This half term’s competition ‘Read around the World’ has been extended until Easter so there is plenty of time to get involved. You too could be the lucky winner of a £10 Waterstones gift card. For more information on how you can enter please contact Mrs Gibson

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Detached Playing Field – update – 21 December 2021

Governors have now met to consider the feedback from the public consultation with regards to the 3.4Ha detached playing field adjacent to the school.  It is land owned by the school which has been used for PE and Sports. However, the school is keen to explore a variety of development options to improve its use and effectiveness.  A sub-committee of Governors has been set up to lead with this project and their Terms of Reference and minutes from their initial meeting can be found here:

London Spanish Film Festival

Spanish A level and Year 11 students recently attended the London Spanish Film Festival, which took place at the Ciné Lumière in South Kensington.
We met at Bishop’s Stortford train Station at 3.35pm and travelled into London via train and the tube. We arrived in plenty of time to be able to grab a bite to eat before making our way to the cinema on foot. It was so great to be in London again after so long!
We chose the film “La Isla de las Mentiras” (Island of Lies) which had a very unusual but interesting storyline. It was about a shipwreck off the coast of a small Galician island and how the people dealt with the incident, with lots of twists and turns.
I enjoyed the whole experience of watching the film in Spanish; it made me think about the cultural aspects involved and how the film was made (we study a film as part of our course). This trip was also very helpful in terms of developing my listening skills, and being totally absorbed in something different. I would recommend this trip to any Spanish student as it was beneficial and an enjoyable experience. We will look forward to the next one!
Alice Peacock, Year 13

Birchwood “Unsung Heroes” receive their highly commended certificate at the Indies

On Thursday 18 November, Miss Munro, Mr Osborne and myself went to the annual Indie awards at the South Mill Arts Centre. Our PPE manufacturing team had been nominated for the unsung hero award by readers of the Bishop’s Stortford Independent. It was a fantastic evening with a red carpet and meal laid on by a local caterer. We were at a table with the other nominee; Dr Sian Stanley. It was great to put a face to a name as during our time manufacturing we were in contact on several occasions to ensure the PPE went out to where it was needed locally. We were so proud to be awarded the highly commended certificate in
recognition of our work over that challenging time.
Mr Stephens, Technology

Birchwood wins the immediate level at the annual Rotary young engineer challenge

On Tuesday 16 November we hosted the annual Rotary young engineer challenge. Teams from TBSHS, Leventhorpe and the Bishops Stortford College came to compete at three different levels. It was a really tricky task for all but our intermediate team of Lucy Moorfield, Rosie Thorpe and Severin Fleet took first place with our other two teams taking a close second in their
respective categories. Birchwood won the immediate level.