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


- January 16, 2019, 2:18 pm

Tickets are now available for Birchwood's Young Musician of the Year from the Finance Office. Please see attached p…
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- January 16, 2019, 11:48 am

Birchwood Politics students will be on the ITV News - Anglia at 6.00pm tonight. Our students were interviewed by IT…
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- January 15, 2019, 12:39 pm

Year 11 Art Exhibition takes place Tuesday 22 January, in the Library 16.00-19.00. Everyone is welcome and we look…
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- January 15, 2019, 11:59 am

Dance Festival - 6 March 2019. If your child is taking part in the Dance Festival, tickets are available now from S…
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- January 14, 2019, 3:24 pm

Please find attached a list of Lunchtime and After School Extra Curricular Clubs for the Spring term which start th…
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Alfie Snook

British Cycling Award for Young Volunteers

Congratulations to Alfie Snook, for completing his British Cycling Award for Young Volunteers (CAYV) programme. This combines an introductory workshop at the Olympic Velodrome, which covers the fundamentals of cycle sport and volunteering roles, with practical placements with our Go-Ride Clubs. He has worked towards a Bronze (12 hours) and Silver (24 hours) award completing both qualifications during this summer and autumn terms. Gaining branded volunteer clothing, certificates, memberships and his help and guidance offered to others has been appreciated as he is one of only three in the Eastern Region Silver young volunteers. Well Done Alfie!


Will Gilbank

Jack Petchey Awards

Congratulations to William Gilbank on receiving an Outstanding Achievement award as part of the Jack Petchey Awards programme. The Jack Petchey Foundation was set up by Sir Jack Petchey to inspire and motivate young people across London and Essex to do their best and reach their full potential. William won his award for taking every opportunity that has been available to him from: Cycle racing on the Road, Track, Cyclo-cross and Mountain Biking, to representing the East of England, Saffron Walden and Birchwood at Judo, to playing Cricket for Birchwood, Wendens Ambo and Great Sampford, and playing Rugby for Birchwood and Saffron Walden. He also is a member of the School Council, School Choir and School
Cross-country and Athletics teams. When asked on why he won. William said it was, ‘for doing what I do’.


Presents for the Elderly

Presents for the Elderly

Our lovely Sixth Form students are off to Broome End care home with all the presents they have collected.

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Young Carers went to The Vire Zone escape room

Birchwood’s Young Carers went to The Vire Zone escape room in Bishop’s Stortford for an end of term trip. Students had the opportunity to try several virtual reality experiences – including spaceships, rollercoasters and defending a medieval town from invaders. There was also a chance to take part in an exciting shoot out experience in the Nerf arena before being treated to a pizza lunch. The main event of the day, however, was the main escape room, The Dam Busters, where students had to work as a team in order to crack codes and break free (which also involved some phenomenal teamwork in guiding an electric car through a tube!). The day was enjoyed by all and we would like to express our huge gratitude to Ian, Mel and Bec at The Vire Zone for providing such a fantastic experience.



Bronze Awards

Following their successful DofE Bronze Expeditions, seven groups of students gave presentations to staff, students and parents about their expeditions. This was somewhat nerve wracking for many of them as presenting to an audience of 50 is not something many 14 year olds have to do!

Presentations ranged from Video Blogs through to PowerPoint presentations and booklets tracking their expeditions and their completion of their aims. The effort they had gone to, both during the expedition and in preparing for the event was really obvious and made for some very entertaining presentations. For some participants this was the final aspect of their DofE awards and so they will be getting their certificates early in the New Year!



UKMT Senior Challenge

Last month, our top A Level Mathematics students, plus our most talented Year 11 student took part in the UKMT Senior Mathematical Challenge. These star mathematicians faced 25 multiple choice questions covering a broad range of topics that severely tested their problem solving and reasoning skills.
This is a nationwide competition in which the top-performing participants receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate. Birchwood achieved one gold, three silver and 15 bronze certificates with Sam Sloan (Year 11) achieving the school’s highest score. With his gold-winning performance, Sam has qualified for the next round, which is an incredible achievement.
Well done to all those who participated and a huge congratulations to all of those who achieved a certificate. We are very proud!