Young Carers go to Vire Young Carers go to Vire

On Friday 23March, the Vire Zone in Bishop’s Stortford town centre opened its doors to a group of ten students aged between eleven to sixteen from Birchwood High School. The students, who are all young carers, took part in a range of activities including the Nuclear Launch Escape Room, virtual reality computer games and the Nerf Battle Arena. They all had a wonderful time, demonstrating great team work and resourcefulness. The idea behind the trip was to provide an opportunity for the students to enjoy themselves and bond as a group. Due to their home circumstances young carers may not have the chances to socialise and have fun that other students do. By the end of the hour and a half session, everyone had tried at least two activities, there were big smiles all round and the confidence of the group had visibly increased. Feedback from the students was that “everyone at the Vire Zone was really friendly. There was a lovely atmosphere and we felt welcomed as soon as we walked through the door.”

Kate Byers, Community Manager at Birchwood High School thanked Ian Cox, owner of the centre, and his staff for their time and generosity in making the afternoon possible.

Alumni Boys v 1st XV - Charity Rugby match Alumni Boys v 1st XV - Charity Rugby match

Alumni Boys v 1st XV - Charity Rugby match 
Next Tuesday as part of Feel Good Week, the senior rugby team have organised a match against the Birchwood Alumni boys during period 5. 
Tickets will be sold for £2 outside the Sixth Form centre at break and lunchtime this Thursday 22, Friday 23 and next Monday 26 March. 
If you are an Alumni student and wish to support the Alumni team please purchase your ticket from Visitors’ reception.

Birchwood through to the Final of Hertfordshire Maths Challenge Birchwood through to the Final of Hertfordshire Maths Challenge

Two teams of four Year 7 students travelled to Thomas Alleyne Academy in Stevenage to compete in the Year 7 Hertfordshire Maths Challenge where the students’ memory, maths, problem solving and estimating skills were all put to the test. The students have been attending weekly masterclasses since October half term to prepare for the event and their hard work paid off!

Birchwood B; Lauren Gore, Jessica, Newton, Lulia Popa and Lucy Robinson worked brilliantly and grabbed 4th place, only 4 points behind the team in 3rd!!

Birchwood A; Joseph Haslam, Gavin Gardner, William Gilbank and Jack Morris put in an amazing performance and placed 1st!!! Not only that but the competition has been held over three heats, with 31 teams entering in total and Birchwood A got the highest score of all three heats in

Birchwood A are now automatically in the final as they came in a top 3 position and we are waiting to hear if Birchwood B get through as a high scoring 4th place team.

Mrs Cox, Maths Teacher

Year 9 GCSE Dance and Drama Year 9 GCSE Dance and Drama

The Year 9 GCSE Dance and Drama students put on an excellent evening of performances last night to show off their talent and passion for the arts.

The first half of the evening showcased a selection of Dance work based on the theme of ‘opposites’. The students performed various duets/trios using different stimuli as well as three whole class pieces. The first act closed with a dance based on ‘girl power’ using the Suffragette movement as inspiration.

The second half of the evening showcased a selection of Drama work based on pictures of different faces. The work was very abstract and in a Brechtian style, highlighting features such as the use of chorus and multi-rolling. The evening closed with a piece based on Grenfell Tower- there was not a dry eye in the audience!

The students work was to an incredibly high standard and they really enjoyed creating theperformances that were seen. I am incredibly impressed with all the students focus, commitment and team work! Well done to all those involved and all those that came to support.


Miss Adams

Careers Fair Careers Fair

We would like to thank the all companies for attending our successful and informative Careers Fair yesterday. Our students would like to thank them all for their time and words of wisdom. A two page feature will be published in the next edition of Birchwood News.

Science Week - Forensic Day Science Week - Forensic Day

As part of Science Week, the Science department hosted an action packed forensic themed day for local primary school children.
Mrs Pressland and Miss LaLonge transformed the laboratory into a crime scene investigation laboratory and encouraged the children to carry out different methods of forensic analysis. Beginning with a crime scene and list of suspects, the children had to carry out chromatography analysis on the perpetrators evil note to identify the ink used. Following that, the children were introduced to the method of dactyloscopy – fingerprint analysis.  Using magnifying lenses the children were able to identify distinctive ridge patterns on their own fingerprints. Later, the young scientists used chemistry techniques to identify an unknown powder, and to test the pH of soil samples.  This allowed them to use their powers of detection to identify whether or not a soil had come from an acidic or alkaline source. In the afternoon the children were able to get hands on experience using the schools light microscopes.  They were able to compare fibres and hairs from our crime scene. The last activity of the day aptly named ‘bones to height’ saw the children measuring the length of a footprint left at the scene and using an algorithm to calculate an approximate height of our suspect.  Did you know that a person’s foot is approximately 15 percent of his or her height! The day was rounded off nicely with Miss Lalonge and Mrs Pressland presenting the pupils with a certificate to commend their hard work and participation.  A fun day was had by all!

Norman Castles Norman Castles

Year 7 are currently learning about the changes the Normans brought from 1066 onwards. As part of their home learning they were asked to produce a display of a Norman Castle. There were some amazing (and very delicious) examples! Well done year 7!


Recently 20 Sixth Form science students went to Geneva, home of CERN, the location of the World’s biggest particle accelerator. They explored Geneva taking in the sights including a visit to The United Nations where they  had an engaging time visiting the conference rooms and admiring the works of art whilst being taught about the history and role of the UN in Geneva. They also has had an excellent tour of CERN with Enrico, a post-doc experimental physicist. He showed the students how the enormous accelerator works and took them to the control room for the AMS particle detector that is attached to the International Space Station.

The Art Department's Easter workshops The Art Department's Easter workshops

Book now for your Easter Workshops, Wednesday 21 March 3.30-5.00 in C23

Sixth Form visit to USA Sixth Form visit to USA

During February Half Term, Mr Torrance led a group of four staff and thirty five Sixth Form students to ski in Killington, Vermont USA followed by a two day mini break to New York. It was wonderful experience enjoyed by all.