Our Year 9, 10 and 12 Drama GCSE and A Level students completed their Grade 4, 5 and 8 LAMDA exams in acting and musical theatre.

The students put so much time and effort into their performances and it certainly paid off! All of our students achieved a Merit or Distinction grade as their end result. As a school we are very proud of these students and look forward to more LAMDA fun in the future!

GCSE Results 2018

This morning, 235 excited students and their respective families collected a super set of GCSE results matching the school’s best results last year.


Principal, Dr Chris Ingate said: 


“What we saw last year was a significant ‘step change’ in the school’s performance with three-quarters of our students achieving 5 or more GCSEs including English and Maths. This year we have mirrored this performance which will mean that all our students can access their chosen A-Levels or College courses.  Strong academic performances were seen in English, Maths and Science.  There were a number of standout performances by individuals recording Level 9s across the board but I am very proud of our comprehensive non-selective ethos and it was also great to see students who struggled to begin with in Year 7 pass all their GCSEs 5 years later.  


Dr Ingate added “With the media reporting that these were the most challenging exams in a generation and with so many changes at GCSE including almost all subjects now awarding numbers instead of grades, to build on last year’s record results is a credit to the students’ hard work and the dedication of their teachers.   They were a super year group and it is great to a record number returning to our Sixth Form to continue their studies.”

A-Level Results 2018

This morning, 100 Sixth Form Students finally received the excellent news they were all waiting for – a super set of well-deserved results.  All of them will now be well qualified to move on to their chosen destination whether this is university, higher apprenticeship or employment.


Principal, Dr Chris Ingate, said "overall, these results build on our growing reputation we have as a strong post-16 provider with, once again, above average value-added performance.  However, what matters most is at the individual level.  There were a significant number of standout performances with A* or A grades and we have students moving on to some of the best universities in the country including Cambridge, Warwick and Durham. We also have some who have been employed by top employers directly from A-Level, fulfilling our aims of having no-one left behind and all achieving their potential."


"Most significantly, I am struck by how well-balanced, sensible and responsible these 18-year-olds are. Everyone recognises that academic qualifications are just the passport to a given career, but it is your personal qualities that carry you. This was a characterful cohort of talented students who gave a lot to the school. They will be missed but will hopefully keep in touch through our growing alumni."

The Brilliant Club The Brilliant Club

Six Year 10 and five Year 12 of the 18 members of the Brilliant Club attended their graduation event at the University of East
Anglia.  All Brilliant Cub members have worked incredibly hard since January to complete assignments targeted at the level above their Key Stage – Year 10’s at A Level standard and Year 12’s at undergraduate standard – in addition to their school studies. 

Rotary Young Chef of the Year Rotary Young Chef of the Year

Birchwood held its annual Rotary Chef of the Year competition. Six Junior and four
Intermediate teams completed the challenge from Birchwood High, Herts and Essex and
St Nicholas school’s.  

The Junior Team winners were StNicholas and the Intermediate Team winners were Herts and Essex with Frankie Gilder from Birchwood High being crowned Bishop’s Stortford Rotary Chef of the Year.  He was responsible for a stunning white chocolate cheesecake with a mango sorbet. 
Congratulations to all our winners!

Pasta King Winners Pasta King Winners

Congratulations to the recent winners of the Pasta King Draw. Students collect stamps when they purchase their Pasta King pots and once they have six stamps their cards can be entered into the competition to win various prizes. Another great incentive to collect the stamps is that every seventh Pasta King pot is free! This is a national competition and in recent years Birchwood students have been very successful.

Young Choreographer Young Choreographer

The first ever Young Choreographer winners are:-

  • Junior Winner – Ella Parkes
  • Senior Winner – Farrah Field

All the performances were fantastic and showed the great range of talent at Birchwood. It was a wonderful evening and hopefully the start of more to come.

Head Boy and Girl Team Head Boy and Girl Team

I am also pleased to announce the new Sixth Form Leadership Team as follows:

  • Head Boy – Taylor Alexander
  • Head Girl – Phoebe Butler
  • Deputy Head Boy – Thomas Davenport-Jones
  • Deputy Head Girl – Nancy Saunders
  • Head Prefect – Matthew Gleeson

Special thanks go to our outgoing Sixth Form Leadership Team who have done a brilliant job this year. We wish them well in their exams and their future careers.

Dr Ingate, Principal

Girls U16 District Champions Girls U16 District Champions

Congratulations to the Year 9 and 10 Girls Football team for becoming this year's District Champions.

Good Luck to all our Year 11 Good Luck to all our Year 11

Good Luck to all of our Year 11 students who start their exams on Monday. They enjoyed their celebrations this morning.