Birchwood Update 9/9/2019

Birchwood Update week Commencing 9/9/2019

 

Important dates for your diary:

 

Plan ahead - This term’s Important dates for Your Diary

 

September

 

19 September – Year 7 Welcome to KS3 Evening, 6.30 – 7.30pm

 

26 September - School closes at 2pm in readiness for Open Evening

 

26 September - School Open Evening, 4.30pm – 7.30pm

 

October

 

3 October – Birchwood College Open Evening, 6pm – 8pm

 

10 October – Birchwood College Welcome to KS5 Evening, 6pm – 7.30pm

 

17 October – Year 7 Meet the form tutor, 3.30 – 6.30pm (NB amended date from that it Yr 7 parent/carer handbook)

 

November

 

7 November – Year 11 Revision launch, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

 

14 November – Class of 2019 Presentation Evening, 6.30pm – 7.45pm

 

Week of 25 November – BCHS School Show, Aladdin

 

December

 

5 December – Year 9 Performance Review Evening, 3.30pm – 7pm

 

20 December - Close for Christmas break

 

 A letter from Ms Mills regarding Food service issues at the start of term can be found here

A Message from Ms Mills, the Headteacher

 

 

I would like to offer a very warm welcome back to all our learners, students, staff and parents/carers as we begin a new academic year at Birchwood Community High School and Birchwood College. It really has been a fantastic start with learners arriving back at school looking smart and ready to learn in their new uniforms, with smiles on their faces. It was also lovely to welcome back our new sixth-form students ready to start the next stage of their learning; an exciting time in their education journey. I feel extremely proud to be here working with these young people and I am very much looking forward to everything we are going to achieve together this year.

 

We strongly believe in celebrating and rewarding all successes with a strong focus on our “Team BIRCHwood” values: Believe, Independent, Respectful, Committed and Happy. These values start with good manners in and outside the classroom but also include random acts of kindness or good citizenship. They also celebrate when learners do well with their learning; making an extra effort in a lesson or completing an outstanding piece of work. Everyone in our school community wears a “Team BIRCHwood” badge with pride – we are all part of the same team and we work together to be the best that we can be. In the first term, we are going to really focus on the value of being respectful as we believe that showing respect for your environment, for others and, most importantly, yourself is key to a safe and happy future. We want the best for our learners and we know that by teaching them these core values, and working together as a team, that we are giving them the very best chance to be the very best that they can be.   

 

As you may have seen on our update, Birchwood is certainly an improving school and we are pleased that our external exam results from both school and Birchwood College have reflected this.

 

Birchwood College achieved yet another set of excellent results this year, proving the college really is going from strength to strength.  The vast majority of students have used their hard-earned qualifications to access higher level apprenticeships and university degree programmes, and are embarking on an exciting future. The vocational results at Birchwood are again exceptional, with 80% of students achieving a Distinction or a Distinction* grade – a phenomenal achievement.  In Music, Acting, Applied Science and ICT – every student achieved the top grade!

 

100% pass rate for all BTEC applied learning courses

100% Double Distinction* in Music

100% Distinction* in Acting

100% Distinction* in Applied Science

100% Distinction* in ICT

100% Distinction* or Distinction in Health & Social Care Diploma

100% Distinction* or Distinction in Sports Studies Subsidiary Diploma & Diploma

63% Distinction* or Distinction in Applied Law

 

We are very proud of these extraordinary results, and they show that our College really is the best place to come for students who want to take the Applied learning route.

 

A level results were also impressive with a higher average grade than ever before, and 99% of students passing these qualifications.  We wish all our students tremendous success in the future, and are so very proud of them all.

 

The school results also saw a positive picture with an increase in the overall progress students are making from their KS2 SATs plus, a 10% increase in the important Maths and English measure of grade 5 or above (strong pass) alongside a further increase in the Maths and English measure of grade 4 or above (pass). Learners also achieved excellent results across a range of subjects:

 

100% pass rate in Acting with 47% achieving a 7+ grade

100% pass rate in Music with 50% achieving a 7+ grade

98% pass rate in Biology with 40% achieving a 7+ grade

98% pass rate in Chemistry with 36% achieving a 7+ grade

91% pass rate in PE with 43% achieving a 7+ grade

96% pass rate in Physics with 18% at 7+

69% pass rate in Maths with 50.3% at 5+ and 18.9% at 7+

80% pass rate for RE with 68% at 5+ and 31% at 7+

73% pass rate in Food with 63.6% at 5+ and 36.4% at 7+

 

Most importantly, this has meant that all young people have been able to move on to apprenticeships or on to the courses that they have wanted, many of them at Birchwood College.  We wish them lots of luck on their chosen pathways and we are now focused on achieving even better results next summer.

 

You will have received, during the holiday, the Parent/Carer Handbook, which is bespoke to the year group your child is in. The booklet contains all the important information you will need throughout the year – they can also be accessed on the website here.

 

 

Finally, I would like to thank you in advance for your support and partnership in this coming year, in giving our learners and students the very best chance to fulfil their aspirations and potential.

 

Thanks,

 

Emma

 

 

 

 

 

A warm welcome to our new Year 7 learners.

 

The sun shone on Wednesday for the first day of this academic year and it was our pleasure to welcome the latest members to Team BIRCHwood, our new year 7s.

 

They were all excited to join us, and though there were a few nerves, they soon felt at home. They had a packed day what with official photographs, assembly, their first school lunch and a few lessons!

 

Staff and learners were on hand to welcome them and help them find their way around the site, which initially can seem huge. We hope they had a fantastic first week and are looking forward to working hard and believing in themselves that they can become Independent, respectful, committed and above all happy members of our team.

 

Here are just a few comments that Year 7 made at the end of their first week:

 

“They welcomed me in and it felt like my home”

 

“The school dinners are better than Primary”

 

“I enjoyed it because on my first day I got an ATL 1”

 

“You learn something new every hour”

 

 

Show my Homework – A reminder

 

 

This year we will continue to record and monitor your child’s homework on the ‘Show my Homework’ APP. If you are new to the app more details can be found on our website here.

 

All parents and carers in Year 8-11 already have login details but if anybody needs this information again please contact the main office.

For parents/carers of Year 7, login details have been sent by out by post, so all parents/careers should be able to download the APP, login and track all homework set. You and your child can login here via our website.

 

Year 7s are spending their first week logging in and familiarising themselves with the APP.  Therefore, no homework will be set for Year 7 only until Wednesday 11 September by which time they should feel fully comfortable about using the APP for their homework.

For any learner who does not have internet access at home, opportunities throughout the school day will be given for learners to check the APP on the school computers.

 

Should you child have any concerns regarding using the APP, their form tutor can help and If you have concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at school.

School early closure on 26 September 2019

 

On Thursday 26 September, we will hold our School Open Evening from 4.30pm. To prepare the school for our visitors, we will close to learners at 2pm that day.

 

Keeping your child safe

 

Online Safety for all the family

 

O2, as part of its partnership with the NSPCC to help all children and families in the UK stay safe together online, has created a series of weekly emails for parents and carers to help them start a conversation with their children about online safety.

Please click on the link here to find out more information and to sign up.

Extra-curricular timetable

 

Please take a look at our extracurricular timetable to see what great activities are available for your child to take part in both before, after school and at lunchtime . 

Click here to access the timetable

 

Year 7 

 

 

Welcome to Key Stage 3 Evening, Thursday 19 September 2019 - 6.30pm – 7.30pm in the Main Hall

 

We would like to invite you to this evening, which will help explain to you the expectations we have of all Year 7 learners as they begin Key Stage 3.

The evening is aimed at parents and carers only, and learners are not expected to attend.

The objectives of the evening are:

  • to provide a smooth transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3,

  • to support you with vital information about Key Stage 3 and our expectations of Year 7 in particular,

  • to strengthen the vital home and school working partnership.

Please note that you will need to park on Birchwood Shopping Centre car park and allow time to walk across to the school and use the main front entrance of the school to reach the M1.

 

The presentation will start promptly at 6.30pm and last for about one hour.

 

 A letter will be sent home which can also be found here

 

Year 8 -  No specific information

 

Year 9 - No specific information

Year 10

It’s never too early to think ahead and plan for your child’s future

 

Before you know it, this year will fly by and your child will be returning for their all-important Year 11. It is proven that if a learner has an aim and something to work to, success follows.

 

Learners in Year 10 follow a careers programme throughout the year through Learning4Life lessons, assemblies and presentations which will prepare them for post 16 option.

 

To support this, you and your child are warmly invited and encouraged to attend the Birchwood College Open Evening on Thurs 3 Oct 6-8pm where you can find out about the many fantastic courses offered here at Birchwood College. There will be a presentation by the Head of College at 6pm.

See the College section below for more details.

 

Year 11

 

Looking to the Future and next steps for 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

 

Learners have been following a careers programme throughout year 10 to prepare for this and will continue to learn about post 16 options, through Learning4Life lessons this term, assemblies and presentations.

 

You are also warmly invited and encouraged to attend the Birchwood College Open Evening on Thurs 3 Oct, 6-8 pm, where you can find out about the many fantastic courses offered here at Birchwood College. There will be a presentation by the Head of College at 6 pm. See the College section below for more details.

 

 

 

Birchwood College 

 

Don’t miss out on our College Open Evening Thursday 3 October 2019, 6pm – 8pm

 

Birchwood has now become a specialist applied learning college building on our fantastic reputation and success in applied learning.

 

In our last Ofsted inspection, the inspectors stated in their report:

 

“The progress at Birchwood College for general applied qualifications is significantly above the national average.”

 

So, if applied learning is for you, we are the College for You, without a doubt!

 

Visit our college to talk to our staff and students and see the personalised programmes we are able to offer. This year Birchwood College achieved yet another set of excellent results, proving the college really is going from strength to strength.  The vast majority of students have used their hard-earned qualifications to access higher level apprenticeships and university degree programmes. The vocational results at Birchwood are once again exceptional, with 80% of students achieving a Distinction or a Distinction* grade – a phenomenal achievement.  In Music, Acting, Applied Science and ICT – every student achieved the top grade!

 

100% pass rate for all BTEC applied learning courses

100% Double Distinction* in Music

100% Distinction* in Acting

100% Distinction* in Applied Science

100% Distinction* in ICT

100% Distinction* or Distinction in Health & Social Care Diploma

100% Distinction* or Distinction in Sports Studies Subsidiary Diploma & Diploma

63% Distinction* or Distinction in Applied Law

 

Just a few reasons why Birchwood College is a force to be reckoned with in post 16 applied learning!

 

 

Year 12, get a great chance to team build and work together

 

Last Wednesday we welcomed our new Year 12. Those returning after Year 11 and those joining us from other schools.

 

They had a fun morning working in teams on some fun activities, which really got them chatting and building relationships. Thank you to the staff who organised the day and a big welcome to our new students.

 

 

Other School information:

 

Please support us in ensuring that our facilities are the best they can be

 

Please be aware of rules regarding learners being on the school site outside school hours.

 

Some damage has been caused to the site and a learner has been hurt trying to climb over the fencing. We would like to remind you that learners are not allowed on the school site at any time unless they are with a member of staff. The rule about this is below:  

 

Unless there is a member of staff running a special extra-curricular activity, the school site is out of bounds for all learners on weekdays after school clubs have finished (usually after 4.30pm) and at weekends and during school holidays. 

 

Please support us by making you child aware of this rule so that our facilities are the best they can be for us to use in school time and for the community to book and use out of school hours.

 

Thank you for your support in this matter

 

 

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 aoreilly@birchwoodhigh.org

 

Mobile Phones, Earphones and Speakers in school.

 

Phones and headphones may be brought in to school but must be kept in bags or zipped in blazer pockets out of view at all times. Learners must not use phones at any time on the site between the bells at 8.50 and 3.00pm unless they are asked to do so by a teacher in a lesson for a reason that is related to learning. In this case, the teacher will issue instructions on the use of phones or headphones, which must then be followed. If a phone is out during the school day, even to check the time, this will be confiscated. There is a staged system of sanctions and mobile phones, earphones and speakers are counted as identical items.  If you think a learner is using a smart watch in the same way as a mobile phone, please speak to their Year Team Leader or Year Team Officer. 

 

If a learner is concerned about an issue at home and feels they need to speak to a parent, they need to go to the Year Team Office and discuss this with Year Team Officer. Staff should confiscate mobile technology items that are visible and in use during the times specified.  They should be taken to the school office.  The system of sanctions are:

 

Stage 1 - First offence

  • The item is confiscated and locked in the school safe

  • The item is collected by the learner at the end of the day

  • One behaviour point is issued by the Office

Stage 2 - Second offence 

  • The item is confiscated and locked in the school safe

  • The item is collected by the learner at the end of the day

  • One behaviour points issued by the Office

Stage 3 - Third Offence

  • The item is confiscated and locked in the school safe

  • Parents/carers are informed and asked to collect the phone at the end of the school day

  • One behaviour points is issued by the Office.

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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