Birchwood Update 02/07/2018

Birchwood Update week Commencing 02/07/18



Millie wows us with her success


We had some fantastic news last week about the success of Millie in 8LW.


Last weekend Millie participated in the North West Floor and Vault Championships at Robin Park Arena in Wigan and won gold on the floor, gold on the vault and overall champion beating 26 other gymnasts in her age group of 13+. 


Millie has attended GR8 Gymnastics in Culcheth, since she was seven years old and over that time has won over 40 medals in competition, including 24 gold medals.


In May, Millie participated in the Cheshire and Merseyside Floor and Vault Championships where she won overall champion.


When she isn't practicing gymnastics with her club Millie practices every night at home.


Millie’s mum said “Millie is so proud of what she has achieved and am I too!”


Millie, we are also incredibly proud of your achievements, you are a bright and dedicated young person and we wish you lots of success in future competitions.

A kind gift and a remembrance


A new Clavinova was delivered to Birchwood Community High School this week. Former Headteacher Ms Bright donated the instrument to the performing arts department in memory of her father who recently passed away. Ms Bright explained, “My Dad was passionate about music and he came to several of the concerts and shows at the school in recent years”.


“He was stunned by the musical talent of the youngsters at Birchwood and how the gifted teachers developed their vocal and instrumental skills. He would be delighted to know that the Clavinova is in daily use by Ms Walsh and her team”.

Our Year 12 drama students point out the dangers of online gaming


Last Tuesday our Year 12 drama students, along with Miss Senior, invited Year 5 and 6 children from local primaries to attend an exciting performance piece created by our students on the dangers of online gaming. The performance, including song, dance and humour, carried and important message to our young visitors on the adverse effect that extreme gaming can have on mood and health.


The visitors really enjoyed the performance and our thanks go to Locking Stumps Primary, Christ Church C of E Primary and Burtonwood Primary for attending and giving their feedback on the piece.


Above all thank you to our students who did an incredible job and Miss Senior for her support.

Sports Day – Wednesday 4 July


On Wednesday, we are holding our annual sports day in school. The events starts at 1pm and all learners are encouraged to participate on the day. The hot weather is set to continue so please make sure your child brings a refillable water bottle to school, as well as sun cream, and perhaps a baseball cap to shield them from the sun.


Parents and carers are very welcome to come into school to show your support. This is a competitive event with individual prizes as well as awards for the winning form in each year group.


Our Eco-committee learn about recycling first hand


On Wednesday, our newly formed eco-committee will be getting to grips with what happens to our school waste when it leaves our site as they visit our local recycling plant. They will learn about correct recycling rules, which can sometimes be confusing. This will enable us to correctly recycle here in school and raise our standards as an eco-friendly school.

Let a little birdy help with your career advice


We are happy to announce the launch of our career guidance twitter feed, which you can find here 


Mrs Morris will be tweeting about everything to do with careers. Parents and learners from any year group will benefit from this opportunity to keep up to date with what is available out there in the world of work. 

APP points, use them don’t lose them!


The final date for purchasing items with APPs points from the online school shop (via My Stickers) is Friday 7 July. (This is to allow time for orders to be processed and distributed before the end of term).


Please remember, points gained cannot be carried forward from year to year and so any points not spent will be lost.


You can still log APPs until 9.00am on Wednesday 18 July. Prizes will then be awarded in the final assembly for the top three learners for most APPs logged.

Whole school reward trip to Alton Towers


As a reward for our learners, we have arranged a day out to Alton Towers on Monday 16 July 2018.


Your child brought a letter home last week with the details of this trip and how to book, but in brief the entrance fee, combined with coach fare and insurance is £32.00 with a concession for pupil premium learners.


Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Payments should be made using Parentpay, the school’s online payment website.


Please make your payment and return your reply slip to the School Office by Friday 6 July 2018.


For a copy of the letter see here.

Birchwood KS3 Drama Club proudly presents Peter Pan


On Tuesday 17 July at 7pm, our Key Stage 3 Drama Club will be presenting Birchwood’s version of Peter Pan. The show has been adapted and re-written to include the vast array of talented actors that we have at school. Learners have been working hard with Miss Senior and it should be a great show, so put the date in your diary.


Tickets are available from the school office from today, Adults - £5, children and concessions £3


Support PRIDE at BCHS


To celebrate the end of PRIDE month, all learners in Years 7 to 10 are welcome to our Pride Pizza Party in the college on Thursday 5 July from 3pm to 4.30pm. 


There will be lots of fun, games, sweets, cakes, music and of course PIZZA. It would be fantastic to see as many people there as possible.



Change of Uniform Supplier


We consulted you in 2017 about changing our school uniform and you told us you wanted a local retail offer to go alongside our existing online supplier. We are pleased to announce that we have arranged for two local retailers to take over supply of our uniform. Both suppliers are already fully stocked can already take orders. We hope this change will give parents and carers a better service.


Touchline UK

Unit 2 Kerfoot Street



Online Shop



Warrington Schoolwear

50-54 Buttermarket St



Online Shop


Please remember to give your feedback on Parent View


Just a reminder that if you have a spare ten minutes in your day please complete the Ofsted survey about our school. Your views are important to us.


All you need to do is log on here then click on “Give your views” on the top tab and register. It will take about 10 minutes of your time but it will support us to give an accurate picture of our school at our next OFSTED visit and will also allow us to see more of your feedback.


Thank you for your support.


Years 8 - 12, Ski residential trip to France, Friday 15 February – Friday 22 February 2019


For your information, the remaining balance for this trip must be paid by 23 November. Thank you.



Be Active at BCHS


At BCHS we aim to offer a full range of extra-curricular activities which will appeal to a wide spectrum of interests, both before and after school and also at lunchtimes.  For a full timetable of all the activities available, please see the timetables below:-


  • Extra-curricular timetable, Summer 2018 - here.

  • For a list of clubs that your child can now take part of at lunchtime see below


Year 7 


Don’t miss out on a Fantastic chance for your child to take part in our Year 8 French Residential


It is with great pleasure we are able to inform our Year 7 learners of the wonderful opportunity to travel to France in March 2019. The trip includes:

  • A visit to a chocolate factory

  • A visit to a French bakery workshop

  • A visit to a goat farm

  • A visit to a French hypermarket

  • Day pass entry to Euro Disney

For a copy of the letter with booking details see here.


If you do not have your child’s ParentPay details, and you would like your child to go on the trip, you need to confirm these with the School Office.


This is always a very popular trip and places are limited. The trip is not yet live on ParentPay so deposits are not yet being taken. When the trip is live, learners will receive a letter in their form box and places for the trip will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. So if you are intending to send your child on this trip please set up your ParentPay account now.

Year 8


A date for your diary


End of Key Stage 3 Celebration Evening for Year 8 – Tuesday 10 July.


Come and join us to celebrate the end of this stage in your child’s education with presentations from our year 8 learners and subject and achievement awards.  Invitations will be posted out to you soon. We hope you will join us.

Year 9


Looking forward to Lockerbie, 11 July – 13 July


It is not long now until our Year 9 and 10 learners will be setting off for their residential trip to Lockerbie Manor in Scotland. Your child should have brought home a booklet with everything you need to know in preparation for the trip. For a copy of the booklet see here

A date for your diary


End of Key Stage 3 Celebration Evening for Year 9 – Wednesday 18 July.


Come and join us to celebrate the end of this stage in your child’s education with presentations from our year 9 learners and subject and achievement awards.  Invitations will be posted out to you soon. We hope you will join us.

Year 10


Looking forward to Lockerbie, 11 July – 13 July


It is not long now till our Year 9 and 10 learners will be setting of for their residential trip to Lockerbie Manor in Scotland. Your child should have brought home a booklet with everything you need to know in preparation for the trip. For a copy of the booklet see here

Media Studies tour to Prague 14 - 17 February 2019 for current Year 10 learners


Please be aware that the final payment for this trip should be made before 7 December 2018.

Year 11


Birchwood College induction day was a huge success


Last Tuesday Birchwood College held its annual Induction day for year 11 learners. The day started with presentations about our College and the courses we offer but after break the fun and team building really started as learners had the change to have some fun on the giant inflatables. The day was rounded off with a BBQ.


Thank you to all the college team for your hard work.

Important dates for your Diary


Thursday 5 July - Year 11 Prom at The Hallmark Hotel, Warrington


Thursday 23 August – GCSE Results Day

Recycle Your Uniform – Donate it to the uniform shop


Our uniform recycle shop, here at school, would be very grateful if any current year 11 learners, once they finish school, could donate any of their uniform to us.  Any clean articles in reasonable condition should be brought to the school office. Thank You.

Year 11 Prom, Thursday 5 July at the Hallmark Hotel, Warrington.

We do hope that your child will join us for what will be a fantastic final celebration of their time at BCHS.


The Prom will be at the Hallmark Hotel (formerly the Fir Grove) on Thursday 5 July. Learners will enjoy a mocktail on arrival, a three-course meal and then a disco. Return travel by coach from school is included in the price alongside a memento Year Book to keep and cherish.


You can find a copy of the letter here.

Important careers information and guidance for Year 11 learners


All Year 11 learners should now have made some plans for after year 11. According to the Government, young people must stay in education or training until at least the age of 18. See the information here


They must do one of the following:

  • stay in full-time education, for example at a college/6th form

  • start an apprenticeship or traineeship

  • spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training


It is possible to get financial help with education costs. In England, you can apply for a 16 to 19 Bursary Fund to help with education costs – this is means tested. Please see here


If you are eligible for Child benefit, this will continue if your child stays in education. You will need to inform the CBA about this.If your child starts an apprenticeship, then you will not be eligible for Child Benefit as they will receive a wage.





For apprenticeship vacancies see:


There is also lots of advice and information on post 16 options the following website:


Even if your child is keen to get an apprenticeship, it is still a good idea to apply for a college place as a back-up.


Birchwood College offers our Internship Placement Programme.  This is a specially tailored educational pathway, which allows the student to learn at college whilst completing a placement at a partner organisation, allowing a more hands-on learning experience. For more information, contact Mr Burrows, Head of College at


Warrington and Vale Royal College is also an option as they offer both apprenticeships and full time courses.


If your child requires any assistance with securing a place in education, training or an apprenticeship please get in touch with our Careers Adviser, Mrs R Morris asap.

Birchwood College 


Our College Students have plenty to celebrate


Congratulations to Tori Stammers in year 13 who has gained a higher level solicitor apprenticeship with Eversheds Sutherland. Tori is the only student they are taking on in Manchester. We are sure that Tori will fit in well and we wish her every success. Tori has always showed real commitment to everything that she has done at Birchwood and we are sure that her positive, can-do attitude will make her a true asset to the company.


Congratulations also go to Tash Hill who has gained a higher level apprenticeship with Waites, again we are sure that Tash will become a valued member of their team.


We are also proud to announce ALL of our students who applied to university are have received, including 13 unconditional offers.


Well done to all students and our fabulous staff at Birchwood College.  We say that Birchwood College is the college “Where you matter”. This really is evidenced with these fabulous results, our students and staff really do work together to attain the best for each and every one whether it be an apprenticeship, university or in the workplace.

Year 13 Leavers’ Night – Friday 6 July 2018


We have also organised a year 13 Leavers' Night on Friday 6 July.  This will be a fantastic opportunity for your child to celebrate their education at Birchwood. The event is being held in a private room at Block One Nightclub (formally ‘The Apartment’) on Bold Street in Warrington.


The evening includes a buffet and Block One’s own in-house DJ.  The event starts at 7.30pm, and will finish around 12.30am. This venue is exclusively for the Birchwood College party until approx. 11.00pm, when it will then be open to the public. Students will need to travel to and from the party independently, as transport is not provided.


Students will need to bring their proof of age ID to the evening if they wish to purchase drinks at the bar. It is important to note that staff at Birchwood College will not be responsible for students who attempt to obtain alcohol if they are under 18 and we trust you will support this requirement. 


Students should arrive promptly on this day, and in the right frame of mind to enjoy a celebratory evening.  If over 18, they should refrain from over-indulgence of alcohol prior to, and during the event, as this will result in them being sent home.


The cost of this evening will be £10. To secure a place, please complete the reply slip attached to this letter making payment preferably via Parentpay or cash or cheque.

A Level Results Day – Thursday 16 August 2018


Results will be available in Birchwood College on the morning of Thursday 16 August 2018.  Senior staff will be available between 9.00am and 12.00pm to provide students with their examination results and offer guidance as required for university or career plans.  It is important that students are available to collect results in person on the day.


Other School information:


Keeping in touch gets even easier with the introduction of the Xpressions website


We are pleased to announce that Groupcall Xpressions is now available to access on your computer via a website. The login page can be found here.


This gives you a further way, as well as accessing the APP on your mobile phone and tablet, to view information about your child

Once you are set up you will be able to see information such as:

  • Free messages sent by the school delivered to the app

  • Attendance and absence information

  • Attitude to learning (“ATL”) scores for each lesson.

  • Daily/Weekly timetable information

Xpressions is completely free of charge to you and supports Apple iOS, Android devices and now Windows operating system.


In order to use the Xpressions, school must have your correct mobile number and email address on our school system. Forms are available from the school office to check and update your details or you can simply email them to the school. You will need to make sure you keep these details up to date in future to maintain access to the service.


We hope that you take advantage of this new service, which has replaced our ParentsLive system.  If you have any issues or need to know more please contact Mr O’Reilly here at school on



Mobile phone sanctions


We would like to remind parents and carers about the school rules on using mobile phones.


Learners must not use mobile phones between the 8.50am and 3.00pm on school days. Teachers will confiscate mobile phones where a learner breaks this rule. The only exception to this rule is when a member of staff asks learners to use their phones in a lesson to support their learning


Confiscated phone are taken to the school office and process below is followed:


First offence: The phone is locked in the school safe where it can be collected at the end of the day by the learner.


Second offence: As above but a Year Team Leader after school detention is issued and parents and carers are informed.


Third offence: The phone is confiscated and locked in the safe and school inform a parent or carer who are asked to collect the phone at the end of the school day. The learner will also receive an after school detention with a member of our Senior Leadership team.

Children on site out of school hours


As a Community School, we welcome clubs and booked activities to use our facilities and school grounds outside the school day. We have become aware though that there are groups of both learners and ex learners on site in the evenings. Please make your child aware that learners are only allowed on site after the school day, if they are part of an organised and booked group. Thank you for your co-operation.


School Nurse: Please note that the school nurse comes into school every Wednesday from 12.15- 1.30pm and is available in the BSR Mentoring Room if any learners or students have any health related issues they would like to discuss.


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