Welcome to The Orchards

Welcome to The Orchards. I am proud to be the Head of School for The Orchards and part of The Dunham Trust. I have a wealth of experience working with SEND children across a variety of settings and roles. I have 13 years’ experience working as a class teacher and senior leader in many school settings and across every primary age group. Recently, I have worked as an SEND advisor within mainstream and special schools to support full inclusion and latterly as the Education, Health and Care (EHC) Assessment Manager for Trafford LA.   

I promote independence within our school and the importance of encouraging our children to be confident, secure learners. We provide an enriched learning environment which caters for the specific needs of our pupils. I have high aspirations for our school and maintain high expectations for each child that is educated with us.  

I advocate and believe in:

  • The importance of quality first teaching to underpin highly adapted and personalised learning.
  • Forward thinking approaches used to remove barriers and promote independence within an inclusive classroom.
  • Well-ordered, structured and risk-free classrooms where children can thrive and feel empowered by being healthy, safe and engaged.
  • An curriculum that is enriched by practical experiences and bountiful opportunities for alternative ways of learning.
  • Maintaining high expectations for all children with SEND so they can excel at their achievements.
  • Providing genuine feedback and challenge through constantly updated assessments
  • Ensuring all children, despite their difficulties, maintain their dignity and develop high self-esteem to aspire to be the best they can be.

I am a firm advocate for children with SEND. Through personal experience, I understand the complexities and challenges that additional needs can bring to a family. As a result, I will sincerely ensure that parents of our pupils get the best outcomes for themselves and their child.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or the school if you have any questions about our The Orchards. 

Kind Regards

Miss Judith Nash

Head of School
The Orchards


Executive Principal and CEO of The Dunham Trust's

A very warm welcome to The Dunham Trust and The Orchard's website.  It is my pleasure to introduce you to a team of professionals within the Trust who love the vocation they have chosen to follow.  The child is at the centre of everything we do.  I am privileged to work with a Board of Directors who have a vast range of experience within industry and education, their intent is that The Dunham Trust will be the best it can be, for the young people within our care.

The Trust was established in 2013, when it consisted of two schools, Elmridge Primary an Outstanding Primary School, Cohort 1 Teaching School and Acre Hall Primary, a rapidly improving Primary School.  In September 2016 we opened The Orchards Free School, a primary school for young people with need, within Trafford. We were then proud to welcome Lime Tree Primary School to The Trust in July 2017. The Trust believes in quality in all aspects, therefore under my direction our growth is measured and sustainable.

Elmridge Primary was refurbished in 2014 at a cost of £1.3 million, Acre Hall has enjoyed a £4 million rebuild and we are planning for The Orchards to move into a £6 million new build in 2019.  

The Dunham Trust is a fledgling Trust, it is very clear in its educational aims and expectations.  We look forward to welcoming you to The Dunham Trust community.  

Jo Appleyard

Executive Principal and CEO
The Dunham Trust