The Orchard School is a Community Special School. We cater for 96 pupils who have behaviour and learning difficulties as identified by their Statement of Special Educational Needs. The school caters for primary and secondary aged pupils although they are kept in two separate departments. Staff at The Orchard are skilled in working with pupils who have a range of difficulties that prevent them from accessing their learning. We work very hard to tailor individual programmes designed to help each pupil develop the skills and behaviours necessary to cope with life in school and beyond school in society, college and the workplace.
Pupils can start at the school at any stage in their school career and their length of stay will be dependent on how quickly a pupil settles into the way the school operates, the extent of the difficulties a pupil has and how closely home/school/other adults in the child’s life work together. Sometimes it may be felt that a particular pupil’s needs can best be met through other provision in which case there are set procedures that will be followed with parents, pupils, other professionals and the Local Authority. Some pupils undergo a period of observation and assessment (usually 4-6 weeks) on entry to the Orchard to ensure that the child is able to settle into the way the school functions. Once accepted on to the school roll every pupil is continuously monitored so that staff can ensure they are supported at an appropriate level and can adjust our way of working to support the child through their next stage of development.
We aim to: