The Orchards School caters for children aged 4-11 with a wide range of needs*, from moderate to complex with specialisms in cognition and learning, communication and interaction, physical and sensory and children with complex medical conditions.
In our school, we promote independence and encourage our children to be confident, secure learners. We strive to provide purposeful teaching and an enriched learning environment which meets the needs of all pupils. We have high aspirations as a school and maintain high expectations for each child that is educated with us.
We believe in enriched multi-sensory learning and ensure that our children develop their social interactions and relationship-building skills. We promote full inclusivity across the school and maximise high quality teaching in class. We also provide the children with sanctuary-bases for withdrawal time and learning bays for bespoke intervention work. Reading is an integral part of our school life and we provide appropriate reading resources which are accessible to all our learners, including non-verbal children. Our children’s learning is enriched through frequent outdoor activities, special visitors and educational visits. As we are a new school, we have a wide range of brand new up to date resources that help to support learning. We are fortunate to have access to a wide range of interventions and assessments in order to maximise progress and secure best outcomes.
Parental involvement is actively encouraged and we ask our parents to participate in school life and visit the school to experience their child’s learning environment. There is a close connection between school and home life in order for us to support the children’s learning outside of the school.
We believe that high quality teaching underpins the children’s learning outcomes and are continually working towards developing an outstanding curriculum with our highly-qualified team of teaching staff.
As an academy and part of the inspirational Dunham Trust, places for the school are funded by the EFSA with Element Three in line with existing Local Authority funded levels. The school has excellent access to the local motorway networks and already serves most local authorities.
*While we are able to offer provision for children with ASC, we regret we do not have facilities to manage children with severe emotional, social and mental health needs.
Promoting British Values at The Orchards
The DfE have recently emphasised the need “to create and enforce clear and rigorous expectations on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” At The Orchards these values are reinforced regularly in the following ways:
Each year the children decide upon their class contract and the rights associated with these. All the pupils contribute to the drawing up of the contract. We have a School Council which meets every month to discuss issues raised in class meetings. The council has its own budget and is genuinely able to effect change within the school. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class. Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at The Orchards. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. Rules are also covered in the work that the school does to promote fair play in sport and the value of sportsmanship. This is evident when sporting events are reported on. The attitude of the participants are celebrated and valued just as much as the result.
At The Orchards, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. The Orchards is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. This is evident in the themes for collective worship where the festivals of many religions are recognised and celebrated. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons also reinforce these messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.