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Overwhelming turn-out at Orchard open night

Published on 08/10/14

ORCHARD School Bristol celebrated a full-house last night at their open evening event. 

ORCHARD School Bristol celebrated a full-house last night at their open evening event. 
 
Prospective parents and pupils flocked through the doors to enjoy a night of tours, presentations and conversations with current students and staff. 
 
The sports hall and surrounding corridors became abuzz, with visitors learning about everything Orchard offers from the school's pastoral system to its enrichment courses. 
Questions were being answered, and fun was being had with the spider web obstacle course, put together by Orchard's sports department. 
 
Visitors were sat shoulder to shoulder as they enjoyed a heart-warming performance put on by Orchard's students, ranging from Year 7 to 11. 
 
Pupils took to the microphone to talk about their experiences at the school, and their involvement in subjects and extra curricular activities. 
 
Those in attendance were also treated to a live music performance from Year 11 pupil, Adam Sambrook. 
 
English and PSHE teacher, Miss Sophie Wiltshire, spoke about her own time as a pupil at Orchard and how she felt inspired by the staff's future vision for the school. 
 

The presentation then ended with a heartening speech from head teacher, Dr Helen Holman, who reinforced the school's vision - "inspire today, empower for life".  
 
Dr Holman said: "There is no ceiling to ambition here at Orchard - I think that the students here have made that clear. We guarantee not just to match your ambition for your children - we will make it grow into reality.
 
"Our staff excite and engage all of our students by offering experiences both within and beyond the curriculum. [Staff] don’t just fill our children but make them hungry for more - whatever their starting point."
 
She added: "But do you know what? Some of the most important and exciting work that we do goes beyond exam results - it is in the development of articulate, enquiring, well-rounded and happy young people. We are extremely proud of what we do here."