The Orchards is a special free school which plans to open in the Stretford area of Manchester (postcode: M32) in September 2016. The school is being proposed by The Dunham Trust, with the support of Trafford Local Authority, who currently successfully operates two other schools in the area.
Initially The Orchards will provide much needed places in the area for 40 children with statements/Education Health and Care plans, which name the school. When full, the school will have a capacity of 96 children from 4-11 and cater for children including those with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SCLN), Severe Learning Difficulty (SLD) and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty (PMLD) and Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC).
The school’s Personalised Learning Programme will be delivered by a team of qualified professionals. This work will be conducted in close partnership with parents in recognition of the critical role they play in the education of their children. The Orchards will emphasise lifelong learning and prepare all learners for a successful transition into secondary education.