Headteacher’s Welcome Message


Due to the new lunchtime arrangements, from September school will start at 8.50am each morning – the bell for entry will be rung at 8.45am.  
School will finish at 3.15pm. 


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We wish you a very warm welcome to the Birkwood Primary School website and hope that by using the site you will get a picture of our vision, aims and the values we uphold.

Our school is a caring, supportive and family orientated community where we encourage our children to ‘be the best that they can be’.  This is achieved within the context of an exciting and relevant curriculum that meets their needs and is underpinned by our School Logo ‘Inspire, Cherish and Achieve Together.’

Our strong and committed Governing Body have made the decision to keep class sizes as small as possible lower down the school in order to ensure high quality support for our youngest children. The entire school has been refurbished over the past 4 years to include the playground and a Trim Train on the large playing field, a purpose built kitchen so that children can cook as part of their learning in Science, Maths and Literacy.   A community garden area is soon to be undertaken following successful Big Lottery Grant funding.

We are very proud of our school community; if you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

With best wishes,

Mrs Julie Allen
Headteacher

 

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Year 2013-14

We thought our Incredible Community may enjoy a view of the whole School Year. We certainly had a lot of highlights! From meeting rescued lions & trips to France to Samba Celebrations, Level 6 Achievers and even a visit from the BBC! 

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We Did It!

ARTSMARKGOLD_RGBThe picture says it all! We are delighted to reveal we are the proud holders of Artsmark Gold. This is in recognition of the work done in school across all Arts Subjects ~ Dance, Drama, Art and Music. It is something that makes us so unbelievably proud. Well done to everybody especially Mr Wood and Mrs Birch for an outstanding application! A Golden Year!

 

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Teddy Bears’ Picnic

The Daisies, Daffodils and Sunflowers brought their teddy bears to school for a teddy bears’ picnic. The children and teddies enjoyed some delicious food, listened to some bear stories and songs. The children also drew pictures of their teddy bears on the computer.

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Congratulations!

Mrs. Smith and the Lunchtime Staff have provided our final ‘Top Table’ of the Year! As usual it proved to be a wonderful occasion – especially Kim’s Cakes! The children really love this award and everybody appreciates the hard work involved from the Lunchtime Staff and Celebratory Waitress Mrs. Allen. Well done everybody – genuine Birkwood Stars!

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Special Assembly

We held a Special Assembly in honour of 5 very special people. Unfortunately, Mrs. Mountain, Mrs. Crossland & Mrs. Kenyon will move on to pastures new after some sterling work at Birkwood. Also on to slightly different pastures new are the ‘EYFS Double Act’ of Miss Marson and Miss Westlake. Following the holiday they will return to Birkwood as Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Todhunter as they both enter the married world! We wish all of these Birkwood Stars the very best for the future and promise to try to remember the new names!

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Potato Heaven!

Well after we grew all of those wonderful potatoes – What does anyone expect us to do with them? CRISPS! Year 3 Leopards certainly enjoyed the fruits of their labour and the Tomato Ketchup definitely came in handy! The taste was so good we’d like another competition next year please Miss Betts!

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Newsletter 39: Friday, 18th July 2014

Newsletter 39: Friday, 18th July 2014    

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Where do we Start?

We face the impossible task of facing up to ‘LAE’ – Life After Exley! Well what we could face was a fabulous afternoon and a wonderful presentation led Mrs. Winwood in honour of Mrs. Exley’s amazing work at Birkwood – it spans an awesome 28 years! We had a fabulous audience including former colleagues, Headteachers, family as well as current staff, Governors and of course our wonderful children! Mrs. Winwood led a vast amount of tributes to her long standing friend, Mrs. Allen explained how we’ll miss Mrs. Exley, Mrs. G White (Chair of Governors) thanked our star and a range of children shared some wonderful memories of Mrs. Exley’s work. This really is a time where words barely do a legend justice! “Thank you Mrs. Exley!” It’s been an honour to keep you at Birkwood for SO long!

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Look North TV Stars!

The BBC were in school to film our fabulous Brass Group this week! The clips were aired on Look North as part of an article discussing the funding of the Arts in Britain. We played our instruments and were interviewed too! What an amazing final week of the year! Many thanks to Michael Dugher (MP) for recommending Birkwood to the BBC!

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Sport & Dance 2014

As part of our Special Sports Assembly and Presentation we shared some sporting highlights from this school year! We hope you enjoy them here! Many thanks to Mrs. Porter, Mr. Campbell, Team Active and of course our wonderful children for all of their efforts to keep competitive, fit and of course happy throughout this outstanding year. More content to follow from the Assembly soon! Make sure you keep coming back to www.birkwood.org.uk or check twitter.com/BirkwoodPrimary for our latest offerings!

Congratulations to our Sporting Stars of 2014. We held a Special Awards Afternoon to celebrate our year in Sport & Dance. Photographed here are Class Pentathlon Winners, Key Stage 1 & 2 Pentathlon Winners, Sports Day Winners (Blue Team) and the winner of ‘Baby Oleg!’ Of course we also show our wonderful community turning out in great numbers as always! Many thanks to families, friends Governors and of course the children for a great afternoon. Congratulations to Mrs. Porter and Mr. Campbell for all they do to support our children in Sport & Dance.

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