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- December 3, 2021, 4:20 pm

We are currently advertising for an Assistant SENCO. For further information, please see #EmploymentOpportunities
h J R

- December 2, 2021, 10:55 am

Christmas Tree from Folies Folies (formerly Squires) of Stansted located at Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers, CM24 8GE are running their Christmas Tree scheme again this year. If you mention Birchwood when buying a tree, they will kindly donate £5 to the PSFA.
h J R

- December 2, 2021, 7:51 am

We are currently advertising for a Learning Support Assistant - interviews in January for a start soon after. Please see: #EmploymentOpportunities
h J R

- November 25, 2021, 2:23 pm

Is your child feeling cold? Have they lost their coat? Reception have a large pile of unclaimed coats waiting for collection.
h J R

- November 25, 2021, 11:55 am

It's time to order your child's Christmas Lunch! Year 7 only – 15 December Year 8, 9, 10, 11 and Sixth Form – 16 December Please order on ParentPay before Monday 6 December. Only £4.00!
h J R

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Dr Ingate’s Blog – Week beginning 20 April

Dear Students/ Parents/ Carers

This morning felt weird!  I went into school this morning on what should have been the start of the summer term.  It took me 15 minutes to drive 15 miles from my home on the uncrowded A120.    I was met with an empty carpark at 8:15am.  I was soon joined by a small group of dedicated staff and children from key worker families who we have also looked after over the Easter Holiday. 

Today, there have been a number of virtual planning meetings by teachers – these meetings have primarily focussed on the setting of work for students and the initial preparation for calculating teacher assessed GCSE and A-Level grades.

 With homework, we will continue to set work for Year 7-10 and 12. We have listened to the positive feedback we have received so far and have also noted that younger students in particular prefer to have longer deadlines and focussed work that lasts no more than 30mins.  Teachers will also be looking at ways for their classes to complete on-line assessments so they can receive feedback.   You may well have seen this already but BBC Bitesize have just launched extra lessons to help with home learning and new lessons are being added every day - there might be something good you could use?

If you are a Year 11 or 13 student, we will be writing to you on Friday with details regarding your next steps in terms of exam results and progression onto Post-16 or Post-18.  We will also be phoning every Year 11 and 13 student over the next 3 weeks to have a 1:1 conversation with you to offer support as well as answer any questions you may have. Ofqual have produced a video explaining how grades will be awarded this summer: Grading in 2020 - information for students - BSL signed

And then of course there is the big question - when will schools re-open?  There has certainly been a lot of speculation and rumour in the media.  At Birchwood, we will have to wait to be directed by the DfE and we will respond as soon as we know.  The good news is that new Covid-Cases are flat-lining and fatalities are beginning to slow. We will all need to continue to do our ‘bit’ and hope for better days. 

Thank you for your continuing support

Dr Ingate


Medical Face Shield – Manufacturing Specification (Mark 2 Model)

If you would like to make use of your school's technology equipment to help out making face shields for our wonder NHS staff, the manufacturing specification we are using is here, with video instructions on the website

PLEASE NOTE - please disregard the instructions for the Mk2 model and download the instructions for the Mk3 model instead:

Race Night

Family Fun Race Night – Friday 13 March 2020
In association with East Anglia Race Nights, raising money for Birchwood PLC.
Tickets on sale now at £10 per person which includes food options.

See attached poster for details.

CupCake Sale

Friday 31 January

(See poster for details)

Wine tasting

An Evening of Wine Tasting

Friday 7 February, 2020

at 7.30pm

£15.00 per person

(See attached poster for details)

Christmas Wreath Making Workshops

Earlier in December, Wendy Gordon from Well Bean Gardening hosted two Christmas Wreath Making Workshops. Over the two evenings, 17 beautiful Christmas Wreaths were made. The PSFA would like to say a special ‘thank you’ to Wendy for her support.