Birchfield Community School


End of Year Coffee Morning

Dear Parents/carers, 

As we come to end of this very busy year, we would very much like to invite you to join the Senior Leadership Team for coffee and cake on Wednesday 10th July from 9am until 10am. This is an opportunity for you to meet and chat with the SLT and also for you to get to know your child’s phase leader for September 2019.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sports day

Dear Parents,

Next week is scheduled to be Sports week at School. The weather forecast for next week is not looking very promising. In case of bad weather, sports day will be cancelled.

Updates will be uploaded on Twitter.

In the case sports day is cancelled due to bad weather, we will write to you again to rearrange with a new date.

Thank you for your continued cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

Mr C Jay

Trust Leader for Sport

School Photos – Monday 17th June 2019

Dear Parent/Carer,

As you may be aware the school had photographers in on Monday. The photographers will be in again to take sibling photos provided you have given consent. We will be writing to you again when we have a date confirmed.

If you are happy with your child’s photo you can return the order forms to the school office, with the envelopes that were provided, with any money enclosed-this must be sealed. All order forms will need to be returnedby Friday 28thJune 2019 by 4 pm. After this date orders will have to be made online via the Tempest website.


You are still able to order via the Tempest website directly without the need to complete the order forms and return them to school.

Should you not wish to have your child's photo, please can you inform the school office and the photo will be disposed of accordingly.

Thank you for your continued co-operation,

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs Z Thewlis

Head of School

Birchfield Cake Sale



Dear Parents,

Birchfield will be holding a cake sale every daynext week (Monday – Thursday).

All cakes will be priced at 50p.

Cake sale times will be from 3:15 pm – 4 pm.

On Friday cakes will be on sale from 12:15 – 1:15 pm

All proceeds will go towards the upcoming school fete.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Z Thewlis

Head of School



Summer Fete Friday 12th July 2-4pm

Dear parents,

I am really pleased to invite you to join us at Birchfield on Friday 12thof July from 2 pm until 4 pm for our Summer Fete. This is such an exciting school event where staff, children and their families can come together to enjoy an afternoon’s fun and celebrate the successes of the school over the last year.  It will be very busy – amongst other things, there will be games, raffles, yummy food and crafts and stalls for all ages. 

As a school we are significantly investing in reading resources and any money we raise from this event will be added to this. We know that access to high-quality reading materials really does make a huge difference to children’s lives. 

In order for us to set up the fete, there will be no clubs in the afternoon. All children will need to be collected by parents at 12:15 or 1:15. The school will then be closed temporarily while staff set up in both playgrounds and then gates will be opened at 2 pm to invite you in. As school staff will be running the event, all parents will be responsible for the supervision of their children during the afternoon. 

We would love your support with this event and if you are interested in getting involved further or donating prizes, please could you come and see me or a member of SLT. I am sure this will be a hugely successful event for our school and look forward to seeing you all there. 

Thanks for your continued support.

Mrs Z Thewlis

Head of School

Mr Gulzar awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

We are delighted to announce that Mr Gulzar, our CEO has been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours list. Mr Gulzar is one of 48 people to be honoured this year for Services to Education.

On receiving the award Mr Gulzar said “I was surprised and humbled to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Services to Education. Ever since I was a student teacher, I have done my very best to make a positive difference to children’s lives and for them to benefit from their education in the way that I have”. He added “This honour isn’t just for me and my family. It is for my colleagues, for the communities we serve and the children who are entrusted to us. I have had the privilege of working with amazing families and the most talented and dedicated people in education over the past 20 years without whom this recognition would be impossible”.

Sue Knottenbelt, Chair of Trustees at Prince Albert Community Trust said "The award of an OBE to Sajid Gulzar represents a huge personal achievement and well-deserved recognition for his outstanding leadership, dedication and effective work in raising standards and improving life chances in our city.  This recognition is great for Sajid personally and also great for the staff and pupils of our PACT schools and the communities we serve and for Birmingham."

I am sure that you will join all of us at the Prince Albert Community Trust in congratulating Mr Gulzar on his extraordinary achievement.


Eid party /Non-uniform

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow 7th June 2019 children are invited to join in with Eid parties at school.  

Children may come into school in their Eid/Party clothes.   

Children may bring pre-packed foods forthe party if they wish.

We look forward to having a fun morning.    

Yours sincerely

Mrs Z Thewlis

Head of School

School Nurse Drop-in Session

Dear Parents,

I am delighted to be able to tell you that Birchfield School will be having a new school nurse service starting again this term which will mean a school nurse will be on-site atschool.

The school nurse Louise Poundlock will be delivering a range of services including workshops for parents, workshops for pupils and seeing parents for scheduled parent appointments.

The school nurse will next be in on 13th June 2019 for half a day.

If you wish to see the school nurse please can you come to the main office and arrange a time with the office staff who will allocate you a time slot.

If you have any questions, please do speak to a member of the office

Yours faithfully

Miss C Rose

Lead Practitioner for Inclusion