High School Hub

At Birchwood we value aspiration and achievement of all sorts, both within and outside the curriculum.

Encouraging the highest ambition and personal commitment, and supporting individual strengths and interests. We seek to instil a love of learning and intellectual curiosity, promoting informed questioning and debate, and self-motivated, self-directed learning.

“Your dreams, your future, our challenge”

High School

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Get Involved!

Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities from sport, music and drama to community service programs.

Advice and Support

Our staff are dedicated and resourceful to provide guidance and advice on all areas of school life, subjects and future careers.

Our Curriculum

…its philosophy and rationale

Birchwood is an 11-18 Academy with an 8 Forms of entry and a PAN of 240 students. We are proud of our inclusive and all-ability ethos, catering for boys and girls in Bishop’s Stortford and surrounding villages.

We currently have a two-year KS3 and three-year GCSE programme. This is currently under review but we do ensure that students in Year 7 and 8 have access to the full range of National Curriculum subjects and, from Year 9, have access to a broad range of subjects including The Arts / Technology and PE. We also have a taught PSHE programme which provides students with a wider understanding of RS, citizenship, finance, keeping safe, British Values and SRE.

The percentage of students following EBacc subjects has been rising, with 55% sitting this broad range of subjects in 2019.

Key Stage 3

Students in Year 7 and 8 follow the full range of National Curriculum subjects. These include:

Key Stage 4 / GCSE

Students in Year 9 begin a GCSE programme which includes English, Maths, Science and PE along with 4 other option subjects.  Most students sit 9 or 10 GCSEs in Year 11. We continue to offer a broad and balanced curriculum and appropriate weighting to EBacc subjects* means that students can follow a wide range of subjects including The Arts, PE and Technology related subjects.

*EBacc subjects = English Baccalaureate – English + Maths + Science + Geography or History + French / German or Spanish.  Current Year 9-11 students have between 55-60% studying EBacc subjects.

By offering a broad range of subjects at GCSE and then teaching each subject over a three-year period, there is time to ensure than knowledge, understanding and key skills are embedded. There is also time to offer enrichment opportunities such educational trips, external speakers and extra-curricular activities.

A comprehensive package of advice and guidance is in place help and support students through this process. We seek to ensure all students have access to a wide range of subjects, whilst equipping them with a core of subjects tailored to their future progression beyond GCSE.

To enable this progression there are three different curriculum plans for students to choose from

  • Curriculum Plan 1: is designed to cater to students following the EBacc suite of subjects. This includes the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. Students are also required to choose a languages option (French, Spanish or German) and a humanities option (History or Geography). They are able to supplement this with two further option choices. The majority of students in the year group will take this route.
  • Curriculum Plan 2: students also have the opportunity to study for an EBacc suite of GCSEs should they choose to do so. This includes the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. Students are required to choose a languages option (French, Spanish or German) OR a humanities option (History or Geography). They are able to supplement this with three further option choices.
  • Curriculum Plan 3: is designed to cater for a small number of students who will benefit from a more tailored suite of subjects. This includes the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. They are able to supplement this with three further option choices. However, students also have the opportunity to study for an EBacc suite of GCSEs should they choose to do so.

All students will receive an additional core entitlement to PSHCE. This encompasses elements of RS, Citizenship and PSHCE. This will be a non – examined unit. All students will also retain an entitlement to core PE.

Subjects currently offered at Key Stage 4 include:

Extra-Curricular Provision

We expect all students to avail themselves of the extensive extra-curricular programme we have in place at Birchwood to supplement their option choices at GCSE. This is designed to ensure students are able to continue to their development in areas they may not continue to study at GCSE.  For more details on our weekly programme of additional clubs and activities, please refer to the Website / High School / Extra-Curricular Activities link

Year Teams and Curriculum Maps

Head of Year 7
CMO – Miss Munro

Tutors
ABS – Mrs Burgess
ARE – Miss Rolfe
CHT – Mr Hannant
JJO – Mr Johnson
JMC – Ms McGhee
MGN – Mr Grogan
MLY – Mr Loney
NDE – Miss Dale
RES – Mr Edwards
RNN – Mr Newman

Head of Year 8
KPE – Miss Payne

Tutors
CPD – Mrs Pressland
CSO – Mrs Sieczko
CTE – Mrs Tooze
DPN – Mrs Parkyn
JDF – Mrs de Graaf
JHD – Mr Hipwood
MRY – Mr Reilly
RLY – Mr Loveday
SAS – Miss Adams
SHL – Mr Hill

Head of Year 9
CRS – Mr Ruggins

Tutors
CCO – Mr Cusumano
CPZ – Miss Perez
DLA – Miss Lava
ERA – Dr Rodionova
GLG – Miss Long
JBD – Mr Budd
JGH – Mrs Goldsmith
JGS – Dr Gilkes
KMS – Mrs Mangin-Griffiths
SFY – Mrs Feather Levey

Head of Year 10
WSK – Mr Stock

Tutors
ARD – Mrs Reynolds
DSS – Mr Summers
EJS – Mr Jankovskis
GBN – Mr Bowman
JDY – Miss Defay
MCN – Miss Cuddington
SCD – Mr Creed
SWE – Miss White

Head of Year 11
RNT – Mr Noblett

Tutors
AFN – Mrs Franklin
BMN – Miss McEwen
CLE – Miss LaLonge
EVN – Mrs Van Baalen
GSH – Mr Smith
LCY – Miss Crossley
MAS – Ms Adams
RGD – Ms Goddard
VCN – Mrs Chapman

To contact a member of a Year Team, click their staff initials to open a new e-mail