Thank you for choosing Birchensale Middle School for the next step in your child’s educational journey. We are looking forward to welcoming your child and meeting you and your families as soon as we can.
Consent Form and Data Collection
As you can imagine there is a lot of information that the school needs to know about your child. It is important that all the data we hold is accurate.
Please complete the two forms to ensure we have the correct information about your child.
To access the Data Collection Form Click Here
To access the Consent Form Click Here
At Birchensale, our uniform is very important: the purpose of the school uniform is to encourage the pupils to identify with our school. By wearing a school uniform, in school and on the way to and from school, all pupils will have a sense of belonging and be proud of their school. Please check the School Uniform Policy before purchasing any items of clothing for your child. Our supplier for items with the Birchensale crest is Orchard Clothing, but many items can be purchased in other high street shops. We would ask that you pay particular attention to the acceptable shoes picture as boots, trainers and other branded footwear are not acceptable.
If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, you can receive a Uniform Voucher for the start of Year 5. This enables you to order a free set of school uniform from Orchard Clothing for your child. If you think you are entitled to a Uniform Voucher, please contact us with your details by email email@example.com.
View the School Uniform Policy Click Here
To order School Uniform from Orchard Clothing Click Here
At Birchensale, we are a cashless school, and our system for payments in school is ParentPay. We no longer accept cash in school; your child may bring in small amounts of cash to top up their lunch account, but parents usually find it easier to do this online. ParentPay is used to make payments for items such as: lunches and break tuck, trips, tickets for events, locker keys and replacement school ties. You can monitor how much your child spends at break and lunch and their food choices via your account. You are also asked to use ParentPay to give your consent for trips and visits. You will receive details of how to set up an account with ParentPay, as well as your password details, when your child starts with us.
Before and After School
School begins at 8.45 a.m. All pupils are expected to be on the playground by 8.40 a.m.
Breakfast Club is in the school hall every morning. It starts at 7.50a.m. and pupils who are attending should come in through the main entrance. This is free to all pupils and they can purchase breakfast if they wish.
The library opens at 8.15 a.m. for pupils to read or complete homework. It is also open every day from 3.15p.m. until 5.00p.m. There is a library shop, open at lunchtimes, where pupils can buy pens, pencils and other stationery as well as lanyards and key rings for locker keys. The library shop takes cash payments, but please do not send your child into school with large amounts of cash as none of the items are expensive. A price list is on display in the library.
Instrumental lessons are available from visiting music teachers. We give Year 5 pupils the opportunity to take part in these from the Spring Term onwards, once they have settled in.
Questions and Answers for Parents and Carers
How do I contact my child’s teacher?
We value the relationship between home and school. We would ask that if you have a problem or an issue you contact us as soon as possible – we cannot solve problems we do not know about. There are several ways you can contact your child’s teacher including: by telephoning the school office on 01527 68430, by popping into the school office or by email:
Your child will be issued with a planner when they start with us. This can be used to note important information and dates, as well as homework. If you would like to let your child’s teacher know something, please write a note in the planner. Similarly, you could request a telephone call from your child’s teacher via the planner.
We would ask that you do not come into school at the beginning or end of the day to see your child’s teacher. They are often busy dealing with the events of the day, pupils and setting up for lessons. There are many issues that may be dealt with by another member of staff at the office and unlike at first school, it is not possible to catch your child’s teacher as they collect the pupils from the playground. Instead, please contact the office and your child’s form teacher or head of year will contact you as soon as they can, to either speak to you by telephone or arrange a mutually convenient time to meet.
What is the procedure if my child is ill and cannot attend?
If your child is unwell and cannot attend school, we ask that you contact us on 01527 68430 or firstname.lastname@example.org on the first morning they do not attend and keep us updated about when they will return to school.
How do I find out about extra-curricular clubs?
Details of extra-curricular clubs are displayed on the wall in your child’s form room. In addition, they are updated on the website regularly.
Is my child allowed to bring a mobile phone to school?
Mobile telephones are not allowed in school, unless permission is obtained from the Headteacher. If you would like your child to bring a mobile phone to school, please write a letter to Mr Brazier, or put a note in their planner with the reasons for them needing it. Any mobile phones should be locked away (switched off) in the pupil’s locker during the school day. Pupils found to be using their mobile phone on school site, will have it confiscated and parents will be asked to collect it from the school office.
How do I get involved at Birchensale?
To support your child, please encourage them to read daily for at least twenty minutes. In addition, please encourage them to participate in every opportunity that they are given. At Birchensale, we want to develop independent and confident learners, so please encourage these skills at home too.
Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)
More information to follow.
The staff at Birchensale hope that this section of the website will help you with preparations to support your child ready for their transition from first school to middle school. It is a daunting experience for children without the additional uncertainties that we are currently faced with.
We are already liaising with first schools about students to help support them the best we can, and we are in the process of organising other transition activities to do this; however, we are sure you can understand, there is a lot to think about to ensure the safety of the children and our staff, so please be patient with us.
If you have any questions, enquiries or information you feel that we should know about your child prior to them starting, please contact Mrs Cartwright or the Office via email: