Birchfield is a co-educational, boarding and day preparatory school for children aged four to thirteen with a special atmosphere that sets it apart from many good prep schools. An impressive academic record, weekly boarding, sporting successes, a fine musical reputation and an excellent Learning Enhancement team are just some of the reasons why you should visit Birchfield when thinking about independent education for your children.
About the school
Birchfield School is an independent co-educational preparatory school for pupils aged between 4 and 13. An impressive academic record, weekly boarding, sporting successes, a fine musical reputation and an excellent Learning Enhancement team are just some of the reasons why you should visit Birchfield when thinking about independent education for your children. Birchfield has no entrance examination and the School has an excellent reputation for getting pupils into their first-choice senior schools at 11+ and 13+. Birchfield has no path beaten to any particular senior school, instead it works with parents and offers help and guidance to find the best school for each individual child. Birchfield Prepcare, the day care facility for children aged from 6 weeks to 4 years old (managed by Prepcare LLP) is adjacent to the school. This allows the opportunity for continuity of education on one site from 0 to 13. Set in acres of beautiful Shropshire countryside Birchfield is close to the village of Albrighton, yet with excellent transport links from both Telford and Wolverhampton, being only a few minutes from the A41 and Junction 3 of the M54. If you want the best for your child in this ever-competitive and dynamic world, Birchfield extends a warm welcome to you. There are Open Days each term, check the website (www.birchfieldschool.co.uk) for the upcoming date. Alternatively call the school office on 01902 372534 or email email@example.com for an information pack or to book an appointment.
Means tested bursaries are available in some circumstances. For further information, please contact the Headmistress or the Bursar.
Birchfield is a fee-paying school run by the Birchfield Educational Trust Limited, which is a registered charity. Our fee structure is regularly reviewed by the Board to ensure it is commensurate with the leading education experience we offer.
Our fee structure affords parents flexibility and is tailored to the wide range of services we offer, whether that be boarding, learning enhancement, school clubs or the many supervised trips.
Our first priority is to establish whether Birchfield is the right fit for your child. The Headmistress will be delighted to talk you through all the details when she meets with you personally.
For outstanding candidates we offer Scholarships and Awards.
Year 2 pupil, Kieran Khossa-Kulair, Head for the day at Birchfield School in Albrighton, Shropshire
24th October 2019 — Following on from the success of last year’s ‘Head for the Day’ event at Birchfield School the Friends of Birchfield held another auction at the Birchfield Summer Ball and the lucky recipient was pupil, Kieran Khossa-Kulair, aged 6. Suitably attired in a dark suit, Kieran arrived early at school and welcomed parents and pupils from 8.15am at the school gate. Soon afterwards he helped Mrs Morris, Headmistress, with the whole school morning assembly.
During break time he had a meeting with Mr Mason, Director of Sport, and spoke about his love of football, Maradona and Liverpool United. Lunch soon followed and Kieran enjoyed his favourite lunch, which he had chosen beforehand for the whole school to eat of hot dogs, carrots, cheesy pasta and jelly.
His action-packed day continued with a meeting with the Deputy Head, Head Boy and Head Girl. He then changed into his beloved Liverpool United football kit and played a special football match with his class mates. His final duty for the day was an interview by Year 2 pupils who asked him probing questions about his day as Head. Mrs Gould, Year 2 Teacher, commented that ‘Year 2 asked some very interesting questions and Kieran answered them with thought and maturity.’
Interview questions from Year 2 put forward to Mr Khossa-Kulair:
What is it like being a Head Teacher?
It is fun because at games I got to do a penalty. I liked sharing my facts about Maradona in assembly.
What was it like meeting with Mr Mason?
We talked about what we were going to do in games. I felt nervous and excited.
What was your favourite meeting?
I liked both the meetings, the one with Mr Mason and the one with the Head Boy and Head Girl and Mrs Johnston, the Deputy Head. This was because they were both important.
What was your favourite bit of the day?
I have two; I liked games and I liked doing the assembly.
How did you feel in the assembly?
I felt a bit scared but also a bit brave, they are both equal. I felt proud of myself when I had finished.
What did you like about the food you chose?
I liked the hot dog and vegetables. I had jelly but I would have liked the toffee cake too.
What is Mrs Morris’ office like to have a meeting in?
I saw a fireplace with a shield on top and some trophies. The shield was made of wood and it had metal on it too.
If you were Head of Birchfield School what would you do differently?
• I would change the uniform to home clothes.
• At 4 o’clock in the afternoon I would let everyone go on the computers or have free time.
Author of the “Horrible Science” books, Nick Arnold, brought his novels to life with activities and readings at Birchfield School.
2nd April 2019 — Pupils from aged 4 to 13 at Birchfield School experienced a fantastic morning when the author of the “Horrible Science” books, Nick Arnold, visited the School on Wednesday, 20 March. Nick Arnold, a writer of science books for children, brought his books to life by combining some amazing experiments with some wonderful explanations to a variety of scientific phenomena. Through a series of experiments, role-play and imaginative tales he opened the pupils’ eyes to the Wonder of Science!
Both the pupils and staff were invited to participate in experiments to explain high and low air pressure and participated in a demonstration to help understand centrifugal forces. The pupils were also invited to participate in a Q and A session and asked a wide range of questions on scientific topics as well as showing a keen interest in Nick, his life and work.
Pre-Prep pupils were particularly in awe of the experiments and loved every minute ‘when he shot the rocket in the air’ and thought it ‘was funny when he tipped the water over Joshua’s head!’
Nick also took the opportunity to sign some of his books that the pupils had purchased. This was altogether a totally fun and informative morning, inspiring critical and creative thinking for both the pupils and teachers.
Grace Seedhouse awarded inaugural cricket award at Malvern College
Prestigious Rachael Heyhoe Flint Cricket Award from Malvern College won by Birchfield girl.
21st November 2018 — Malvern College has named Birchfield pupil, Grace Seedhouse, as the inaugural recipient of the prestigious Rachael Heyhoe Flint Cricket Award, set up in memory of the pioneering cricket star, who died in January last year. Grace was selected from dozens of talented young cricketers who attended highly competitive trials a couple of weeks ago at Malvern College. This is the first dedicated girls’ cricket scholarship offered by any school and will be made annually. According to one of the selectors, ‘Grace really stood out . . . She has beautiful timing and is calm under pressure. She has a fierce desire to learn and improve, which often makes the difference between a good player and a great one.’ In addition, Grace has also been awarded a Netball Scholarship by Malvern College. Grace currently plays cricket at Worfield Cricket Club and plays alongside the boys in Birchfield’s 1st XI. Grace captained the Birchfield Girls’ Cricket team to become IAPS Midlands Champions, beating strong opposition on their way to the title. She also participates in the Shropshire County Cricket pathway that identifies promising talent in the sport. Lady Heyhoe Flint captained the successful England women’s side from 1966 to 1978 and was the first female cricketer to hit a six in a Test match. Her son, Ben Flint, a former pupil at Birchfield School and Malvern College, helped to launch the awards which are being partly funded by donations made after his mother’s death. “Mum would have been delighted that these awards are being set up in her name,” he said, “and I think she’d be especially pleased that Grace, the inaugural scholar is such a gifted young player.” Grace is thrilled at the esteemed award offered to her and hopes that “it will give me the chance to try to fulfil my dream of playing cricket for England. Rachael Heyhoe Flint set the standard as one of the greatest female cricketers of all time and I really hope I can live up to her example.” “We are immensely proud of Grace and her outstanding achievements and congratulate her on being the first ever recipient of this new award”, said Mrs Sarah Morris, Headmistress, on hearing about Grace’s success.
As part of the Birchfield Summer Ball auction, pupil, Jay Barchha, had the exciting opportunity of becoming ‘Head for the Day’ at Birchfield School in Albrighton.
26th October 2018 — Jay, aged 9, took up the mantle with great aplomb and started the day on gate duty at 8:15am, welcoming both pupils and parents into school. This was quickly followed by morning assembly which he helped lead with the Headmistress, Mrs Morris. He gave a short address on Morse code and led an interactive activity with the pupils on body language skills.
Jay had an action-packed afternoon starting with lunch at the staff table, where he had already chosen his favourite lunch to be served: sausages, roast potatoes and broccoli followed by chocolate fudge cake. After lunch, he attended a meeting with the Deputy Head, Head Boy and Head Girl, which was quickly followed by a learning walk accompanied by Mrs Morris. He observed lessons in French and English and gave a pep talk to the junior football team.
The finale came in an interview by the younger pupils of the school who probed him about his special day. Jay’s answers were very much based round the importance of education adding that “only hard work will ensure good grades and a good job, like being a doctor or dentist”. Mrs Morris commented that “Jay carried out his duties with maturity and composure. He was an absolute natural and I now know who to call upon if we need any help in the future!”
Interview questions from Pre-Prep put forward to Mr Barchha:
Overall, what’s your favourite part of being the Headmaster?
“It’s a lot of hard work and very busy, but on the upside, it’s nice to have a bit of power, but on the downside I have to say it is very, very busy! I suppose I would say the best part is getting to know all of you even better.”
What are your thoughts on the following:
Longer break times?
“Mmmm that’s a tricky one. I think that’s good and bad. Although that would mean not as much education and we need that!”
Alternate homework weeks? One week on, one week off.
“Again that sounds good, but that would still mean less education!”
“I like the sound of that, but being at school means we learn more. So I’m afraid that’s not a good idea.”
Longer Maths lessons?
“Oh yes, that’s very good. We need Maths to become doctors and dentists.”
Longer English lessons?
“That would be good as we need English to be able to communicate and understand each other better.”
Not coming into school on your Birthday?
“Oh no, that’s not good at all. Besides all our friends would be at school and there would be no one to celebrate with.”
Rule: There is always chocolate cake available at all times.
“Oh no, that would not be good for your teeth!”
Mrs Grant-King then cheekily suggested maybe just on a Friday perhaps? Mr Barchha said he would have to think about that and would get back to her on that one!
How do you do your job?
“That’s a difficult one to answer. Hopefully I would be able to plan ahead and hopefully get what I need to be able to do the job properly.”
Do you like hard work?
“Yes I do. Without hard work, you can’t do well in exams and without high grades, you won’t get the job you want . . . like being a dentist. Also the teachers won’t be impressed either!”
As a Headmaster do you need to drink lots of coffee?
“No I don’t like coffee, but I think some teachers do.”
It is smiles all round for two of Birchfield School’s girls who have both gained prestigious Sports Scholarships to Shrewsbury School.
22nd October 2018 — Two of Birchfield School's girls have both gained prestigious Sports Scholarships to Shrewsbury School.
Head Girl, Esther Hurford, plays cricket for two local clubs and also for the U13s Shropshire County Cricket team. Prefect, Grace Seedhouse, also plays cricket locally and for the U13s Shropshire County; in addition she captains the U13s team at Birchfield School. “Esther and Grace are the first girls from Birchfield School to win sports scholarships to Shrewsbury School, and this demonstrates their ability and commitment to sport in general. We encourage all our pupils to participate in a wide variety of sports at school and it is wonderful news that their efforts have been recognised’, explained Mr Anderson, Director of Sport.
The Headmistress of Birchfield School, Mrs Morris, commented that Shrewsbury School was clearly impressed with the girls’ sporting skills and their overall attitude on the day and added that “the school is immensely proud of them both on this outstanding achievement”.
Sarah Morris is the first female Head at Birchfield School since it opened its doors in 1935
4th September 2018 — Mrs Sarah Morris is the new Headmistress at Birchfield School, the first female Head in the school's history. After four years as Headmistress at Norfolk House School in Birmingham, Sarah is thrilled to be returning to Birchfield School where she was once Deputy Head.
During her 18 years in the independent sector, she has previously carried out roles as Director of Studies and Deputy Head and enjoyed sharing her passion for literature and foreign languages throughout her teaching career. With a BA (Hons) in English and a PGCE (Primary), she has recently completed a Master's Degree.
In wider educational roles, she is currently Treasurer for the ISA Midlands region and sits on the ISA Inspections Committee.
We welcome new pupils at any stage and during any term. There is no entrance examination, although pupils are invited to join us for a taster day; during which they will be assessed.
If you would like to have a personal tour or require an admissions pack, please ring Mrs Deborah Frost, Marketing Manager, on 01902 372534.
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Albrighton, Nr. Wolverhampton, Shropshire, WV7 3AF