Orchard School Bristol

Name Orchard School Bristol
Website www.orchardschoolbristol.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 October 2015
Address Filton Road, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 0XZ
Phone Number 01173772000
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 838 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.4
Academy Sponsor Trust In Learning (Academies)
Local Authority Bristol, City of
Percentage Free School Meals 31.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 29.4%
Persisitent Absence 16.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Orchard School is a smaller than average-sized secondary school. The school is an academy school sponsored by Trust in Learning multi-academy trust. A local governing board monitors the school and a board of trustees governs the trust. A new Chair of the Governors was appointed to the local governing board in summer 2015. Whilst the majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds, a large proportion are from different ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils eligible for the pupil premium funding is much higher than average. This is additional government funding to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are in the care of the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is higher than the national average. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. A very small number of pupils access some of their education at Urban Pursuit, Education First and Hospital Education.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher is resolute and determined to provide the very highest quality of education for the pupils at the school. The school continues to improve rapidly. Pupils’ outcomes are now good. As a result of teachers embracing mastery as part of the new National Curriculum, pupils make rapid progress across Key Stage 3. Teachers pay meticulous attention to improving pupils’ literacy skills. This effectively provides pupils with the key skills that they need to enable them to be successful in their learning. Teachers set very high expectations. Excellent relationships between teachers and pupils ensure a good pace of learning. Learning support assistants are well trained and provide effective support to pupils both in and out of lessons. Pupils conduct themselves well in lessons and at social times. A harmonious atmosphere is evident between pupils from a very wide range of different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. Pupils enjoy school and feel safe. Pupils’ personal development and confidence are being effectively developed. As the quality of teaching improves, pupils respond positively to the raised expectations and increased challenge in their learning. Senior leaders provide training for staff that is highly effective in developing the quality of their teaching. Leaders ensure that pupils are well cared for and supported whatever their individual need. The board of trustees and the local governing board know the school very well. They are very ambitious and provide high levels of challenge and support to leaders. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils do not yet make rapid and sustained progress across all subjects and particularly at Key Stage 4. Occasionally, some teachers’ questioning does not effectively assess, probe and deepen pupils’ learning. Some teaching does not always suitably challenge, inspire and motivate pupils to do their best. Not all teachers ensure pupils act upon the feedback they are provided with so that they understand how to improve their learning. Attendance is too low.