BIRCHENSALE Middle School played host to a visit by Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member for education Councillor Marcus Hart.
Coun Hart was joined by his colleagues representing Redditch North, Couns Brandon Clayton and Salman Akbar, and the party were met by headteacher Mark Brazier and Adrian Ward, chief executive of Bordesley Multi Academy Trust.
The party were there to hear about Birchensale involvement in BMS values – Belong, Motivate, Succeed.
The councillors were impressed on hearing how well the school had managed during the Covid pandemic thanks to its excellent virtual learning curriculum and well received Summer School.
They also visited Birchensale’s ‘Bungalow Pastoral Team’ and seeing groups of children working together and supporting each other.
Mr Brazier took the councillors through the forest school area and while he didn’t manage to get the councillors into the tree house or onto the slide, they did recognise the superb work being done to create a positive environment where all children can flourish.
The school tour finished with a question-and-answer session, when members of the BMS School Council grilled the visitors on everything from SATs tests to the biggest challenges in education at this time, putting the visitors through their paces.
“As usual it was a pleasure to show off our wonderful school to visitors,” said Mark.
“The councillors were impressed by all the hard work of pupils and staff both during pandemic and they were delighted to see the determination and effort of the pupils to recover from the challenges of the last few years.”