A preparatory school in Shropshire is expanding to include secondary school provision from September and is in the midst of building works as new classrooms and facilities are constructed in preparation.
Birchfield School, near Albrighton between Wolverhampton and Telford, will welcome its first cohort of Year 7 students from September. It will expand its senior school provision year on year, becoming a fully operational preparatory and secondary school from 2025. The co-educational school currently educates students from four to 13.
The expansion is driven by the school’s new governance, having joined the St Philips Education Group. As part of the school’s restructuring of Birchfield, it has introduced new, lower day fees starting at £8,000, hoping to offer a more affordable independent school experience.
Headmistress Sarah Morris said she was excited for students to enjoy the new amenities. “The senior school planning and developments are well underway, and senior pupils can look forward to a smart new uniform and a state-of-the-art learning and sporting environment across the school, with a special focus on science and sport,” she said.
It’s a very exciting year for Birchfield School and we look forward to welcoming even more pupils in September who will be able to enjoy a first-class private education with our amazing new facilities – Sarah Morris, headmistress
The school will also finance a new minibus service to serve Wolverhampton, Telford and Newport, also in a bid to attract families from further afield.
The expansion is underpinned by a £500,000 investment from the school’s new parent company, which also manages St Dominic’s Grammar School in Brewood, Shropshire.