Anti Bullying Gold Award
We are proud holders of the Gold Anti-Bullying award, awarded by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. The Anti-Bullying Alliance was established by the NSPCC and the National Children's Bureau in 2002 and aims to raise the profile of bullying and the effect it has on the lives of children and young people; to create a climate in which everyone agrees that bullying is unacceptable; to make sure that staff, parents, carers, children and young people have the skills and knowledge to address bullying effectively.
We were first awarded Gold in 2018, and have worked hard to maintain our Gold standard - so we have the most impact in making Orchard School Bristol a safe and happy place to be.
SMSC Silver Award
We are very proud of our SMSC Award. This Award looks at the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education that we have within Orchard and how this is enacted in the school day to day. Our assessor was really impressed by our SMSC work:
The school offers so many opportunities for all, underpinned with values and strong pupil’s voice. Parents commented that the school has the pupils' interest at heart, where pupils are given the confidence to thrive, grow, be ambitious and meet their potential, ultimately to make them stronger. SMSC has a high status in the school with numerous displays reflecting this around the school, with responsibility being a key message.
Orchard School Bristol is a positive, calm, ambitious and purposeful environment which celebrates all the different cultures in the school making it inclusive to all in a very supportive way. This is a true multicultural school.
Eco-Schools Bronze Award
The Eco-Schools programme provides a unique opportunity that empowers pupils to lead change within their school and have a positive impact in their wider community. The programme encourages pupils of all ages and abilities to work together to develop their knowledge and environmental awareness. Independent research into the Eco-Schools programme in England found evidence of the positive impacts on pupils, including increased confidence, development of leaderships skills, improved pupil well-being and behaviour and greater motivation at school.
Healthy Schools Awards
We’re really excited to announce that we have passed both the PSHE (Personal, Social, and Health Education) and Mental Health badges of the Healthy Schools Awards! We are so proud to be one of the schools in the city to be awarded these badges as a Healthy School.
We worked hard with staff, parents, staff and governors to make fundamental improvements to our mental health support and PSHE Education. We were praised for our pastoral care and support for both of these badges.
Unicef Rights Respecting Schools Awards - Bronze
We are very pleased to have recently been awarded the first stage of Unicef's UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA), Bronze: Rights Committed.
We have set up a pupil-led steering group and have an action plan to ensure that The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) underpins our values and decision making in school, and that our students are empowered to become active learners and active local and global citizens.
Young Carers Award
The Young Carers in Schools programme helps primary and secondary schools improve outcomes for young carers and celebrates good practice through the Young Carers in Schools Award.
To achieve our Bronze Award Orchard has demonstrated that we support young carers in many ways, including homework clubs and drop-in sessions with a member of staff who is responsible for this vulnerable group of students. Vital information about how to identify young carers is made available to all school staff, and noticeboards and the school website let students and their families know where to go for help.
Nourish the Workplace
Nourish the Workplace provides schools with the tools to identify what is working well with staff wellbeing provisions and where improvements can be made. Starting with an anonymous staff survey covering all aspects of wellbeing, workload and happiness, it gives staff a voice. There is then the opportunity to celebrate prioritising staff wellbeing by working towards the Nourish the Workplace staff wellbeing award. This is a great way to show the school’s community that they are embedding wellbeing into the culture of the school.