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  • 08 March 2024 - Letter to parents


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    8 March 2024

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    I hope that you and your families have had a lovely week. We enjoyed our World Book Day celebrations yesterday at Orchard!

    Key Dates for Term 4
    • Year 7 Parent Subject Consultation Evening
    • Year 11 Examination Evening – Tuesday 26 March at 6:15pm
    • End of term – Thursday 28 March (usual time)


    Well done to all students in 7W1, 8D1 and 9D1. These tutor groups have had the highest attendance across the first few weeks of term. Great job!
    We have lots of great events going on this term, and we want as many students as possible to get involved and to be part of the buzz around the school. Moments matter and attendance counts.

    Key Stage 3 Updates

    A reminder that Year 7 Parent’s Evening is on Thursday 14 March from 3.30 – 7pm. This is a great opportunity for a first meeting with your child’s teachers and a chance to hear about their progress through Year 7. We would like all Year 7 parents and carers to attend as this is an important event in your child’s school life.

    Key Stage 4 Updates

    The next Data Capture for Year 11 takes place on Wednesday 13 March, and the updated reports for this will be given out at our Parent Exam Information Evening on Tuesday 26 March.
    We have been regathering all information on post-16 destinations, and supporting students with the entry requirements, so please do contact us if you are at all concerned about next September. As mentioned in the email last week, Easter revision days will be held on 04 April, 08 April and 09 April, so please do look out for any specific subject initiations on those days.

    Comic Relief

    A reminder that we will again be showing our support for Comic Relief this year, on Friday 15 March. Comic Relief supports huge amounts of projects and organisations that change people’s lives in the UK and worldwide. Over the past year, Comic Relief funding has helped to support 4.1 million people’s lives. To read more about the types of projects they fund, see here https://www.comicrelief.com/what-your-money-does/
    We are running some fun activities for all students to get involved with and it would be great to see as many as possible at the events. These will take place at break and lunchtime. Normal lessons will continue across the day. Students should be in every day to keep an eye on tutor notices where the events will be advertised. Will the one where the teachers get sponged make a return? We shall see!
    If students wish to wear a red accessory (e.g. scarf, badge, hair accessory) to show their support on the day, that would be great.
    Events on the day will be free to take part in and participation is warmly encouraged. It will be a great day and a lovely end to the week.

    Parents’ Survey

    We invite you to share your views on your child’s experience at Orchard, through the Keele Survey, here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OSB-ParentSurvey2024. This is a short survey of 30 multiple-choice questions, with an opportunity to add further comments at the end, should you wish.

    The purpose of this survey is for us to listen to parents’ views in order to further improve students’ wellbeing and achievement at Orchard. The results will allow us to focus on areas of strengths and development, through providing comparisons of our parents’ responses to those whose children attend other schools. Your child will also be offered a similar survey through which to offer their opinions.

    When responding to each question, please ensure that you consider your child’s overall experience at Orchard, rather than only the recent past. If you are not able to answer a question, for example, because you can’t respond with enough confidence, or your child is new to the school, then please leave it blank. For cases where you have more than one child at Orchard, you are very welcome to submit a survey per child.

    This survey will close at the end of the day on Wednesday 20 March 2024.


    Community Information

    Bristol Rovers Community Trust, the official charity of Bristol Rovers Football Club, is providing FREE spaces on their Easter holiday Football Fun Days. These FREE spaces are being funded by Bristol City Council and are exclusively for children who currently receive benefits related free school meals. The aim is to provide high quality sports provision, FREE of charge, for targeted members of the local community.
    Details are:
    • Dates:
    o Thursday 4 April
    o Friday 5 April
    o Wednesday 10 April
    o Thursday 11 April
    • Venue: Lockleaze Sports Centre
    • Times: 10am – 3pm
    • Ages: Boys and girls aged 6-13 year olds
    • Lunch: Some food will be provided for these FREE spaces (Although you may wish to still bring your own if you prefer)
    • Sign Up Here: https://www.bristolroverscommunity.org.uk/fun-days

    In celebration of the holy month of Ramadan for our Muslim families and Lent in the Christian calendar, Orchard School is hosting a Community Iftar on Thursday 21 March, in school.

    All our school community is invited; the doors will open at 5.30pm with readings and speakers at 6pm. There will be spaces available for prayers for those who wish to pray and we will then look forward to an Iftar meal together in the Dining Hall downstairs. The event will finish at 7.30pm. If you would like to attend, please complete this form: https://forms.office.com/e/B9WYdiFfz9

    Road Safety

    Your child’s risk of being injured on foot or on a bicycle increases as they gain independence. Far more teens are knocked down and hurt than younger children. Peer pressure can also cause young people to behave in unsafe ways near the road. This group are at further risk due to longer journeys to and from school with friends or on their own.
    Please ensure that they understand the importance of walking directly to their destination, without stops or diversions. Even as your child approaches adolescence, you should keep talking about road safety with them, and ensure that they know the importance of continuing to take great care when crossing the road, including putting away their phone and taking out any earphones when crossing the road. Remind them that they will be unable to hear traffic if they are listening to music through their earphones or see it properly if they are wearing a hood.

    Recently, we have had communications from members of the public regarding parents/carers dropping students to school by vehicle through stopping on the main road. This causes a hazard to road users, so we politely ask to drop your children off to school in a safe manner where parking is permitted. Please could we remind you, also, not to drive into the staff car park when dropping off students, or stop at the circle next to the nursery in the mornings; this causes a further hazard.

    Polite Reminder

    In support of the wellbeing of our staff, we do not expect them to check or send e-mails before 7am or after 6pm. Please be mindful of this when contacting staff, especially if your query relates to safeguarding. Our expectation is that staff acknowledge receipt of e-mails within two working days, and that a full reply is given within a working week. If you have safeguarding concerns out of hours, please use this link for advice or guidance. If there are immediate concerns about the wellbeing of a young person, contact 999 without hesitation.

    Wishing you a restful weekend.

    Melanie Sweet, Headteacher