Orchard School

Name Orchard School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 07 November 2017
Address South Leverton, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 0DJ
Phone Number 01427880395
Type Independent
Age Range 2-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 135
Local Authority 891
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.4%
Catchment Area Information Available No, we only have catchment area data for schools in England
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The Orchard School is an independent all-through school. It is much smaller than an average all-through school. Orchard School Nursery comes under the school’s registration, but operates from another site, at 21 Holly Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 6BE. This nursery was inspected on 7 September 2017 and was judged to be good. The proportion of pupils who are from minority ethnic groups is smaller than average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is well below average. There are no pupils at the school with a statement of special educational needs or with an education, health and care plan. The school does not make use of any alternative provision for pupils in the secondary phase. The school’s last standard inspection took place on 8 to 10 July 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school School leaders have created a culture that encourages pupils to become confident learners who make good progress. Good teaching ensures pupils in the primary and secondary phases make consistently strong progress in a range of subjects. Children in the early years provision make good progress because of the strong support and effective teaching that they receive. Leaders have a precise understanding of the quality of the school’s provision. They know the areas that they can develop further. Senior leaders have created a curriculum that is broad and that focuses on meeting pupils’ individual needs and interests. Pupils engage well with their learning as a result. The proprietors are ambitious for their pupils. They ensure that resources are available to help pupils to make good progress. Pupils make outstanding progress in their personal development due to the close support that teachers provide for them to prepare for their next steps, and for life in modern Britain. The strong culture of mutual respect that exists at the school ensures that pupils behave well. Levels of attendance at the school are high. Pupils enjoy coming to school. Leaders’ close checks on pupils’ achievement ensure that pupils quickly receive support when they are not making good progress. Leaders’ management of teachers’ performance ensures that all teachers, in planning learning, focus on the progress that pupils make. All staff are highly vigilant of pupils’ welfare. Training opportunities for staff do not focus sharply enough on ensuring that all classroom practice is of the highest level. As a result, in some year groups, pupils’ progress in some subjects is not as strong as in other subjects. There are limited formal arrangements for the school to work with other organisations. There is a limited range of extra-curricular activities available to pupils, whereas pupils can take advantage of a wide range of enrichment activities to enhance their learning. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.