School Hill, Birch, Colchester, Essex CO2 0LZ
10 reasons to choose Birch Church of England Primary School
Birch Church of England Primary School has a Schoolsmith Score® of 68. It is one of the best state primary schools in Colchester and one of the 8 best independent or state primaries within 5 miles.
Birch Church of England Primary School is a state primary school for boys and girls (50%/50%) between the ages of 5 and 11 years. It is a Church of England voluntary aided faith school. The school was also rated as Good by Ofsted in its last (2019) inspection. Reception places are usually oversubscribed every year, on first preference.
Average class size
Birch Church of England Primary School has five mixed-age classes and an average class size of 26 pupils.
Exam results and leavers' destinations
Average Year 6 SATS results from 2016-19 and 2022 show that Birch Church of England Primary School ranks in the top 23% of schools in the country by attainment. By the same measure, the school achieves above average scores for pupil progress. At the end of Year 6 most pupils transfer to The Stanway School and Thurstable School Sports College, and some to St Mary’s Senior School for Girls and Ipswich School.
The Birch Church of England Primary School curriculum
School curriculum emphasises Christian social morality and also includes PSHE, French. Most subjects are taught separately, but humanities, art and DT are taught as half-termly topics. Primary Science Quality Mark Outreach Award. British Council’s International School Award for international learning activities. There may be an occasional extra-curricular academic or hobby club.
More on the curriculum
There are regular educational trips for all year groups, visiting speakers and a residential trip for Year 6.
Most lessons are taught by the class teacher with some peripatetic and specialist teaching.
Sport at Birch Church of England Primary School
School offers between 10 and 15 different sports over the course of the year. Representative teams in some sports from Year 3.
The Arts at Birch Church of England Primary School
There is provision for music, art, DT, drama, and dance, though usually as part of an integrated topic or another subject. Choir. There are some extra-curricular creative and performing arts clubs.
Out of school hours care from 7.45am to 5.15pm.
Find another school near Birch Church of England Primary School
Colchester Prep & High School, Senior (4.8 miles); St Mary’s School for Girls, Colchester (4.9 miles); Gosfield School (15 miles).
The Stanway School (2.9 miles); Colchester Royal Grammar School (4.7 miles); St Benedict’s Catholic College (5 miles).