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Orchard School Bristol

Headteacher's term 5 update

Published on 25/05/18

What a fantastic term we've had! 

Our students have been involved in so many enrichment activities and sporting events, it's hard to know where to start.  The events that stand out though have been our Year 9 Outward Bound trip and the Handball Teams' success in regional competitions.   

Prefect appointments

I am very proud to announce that our Year 10 prefects have been selected, and our leaders of this team are:

  • Head Girl - Yasmin
  • Deputy Head Girl - Angela
  • Head Boy - Joel
  • Deputy Head Boy - Akiiki

Congratulations to them all for going through an application and interview process with such confidence and skill.


Our year 11s are in the middle of their GCSE exams.  You may have heard about the different style of these exams, with much more content to be covered, and more emphasis on the application of knowledge.  Year 10s have also successfully been involved in progress testing, and all of our students have managed their exams extremely well.  I am very grateful to parents and to our expert staff team who have supported them so well throughout the year. 

Standard skills test

During Term 6, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be taking some standard skills tests, to assess their progress.  Teachers will guide students if any revision is required.   

Curriculum and staff appointments

As you know, we have very high expectations at the school. Our plans for development of the curriculum can now be realised through some key appointments to staff. From September, our Key Stage 3 students will be able to have more access to creative and performance subjects: Art and Textiles, Music and Drama, Product Design and Cookery, Digital Media and IT.  

Attendance and punctuality 

Student attendance is significantly improved since last year, and a thank you to all parents/carers for ensuring students get to school each day.  A new punctuality drive will be starting in term 6. This means that students need to be walking through the school gates before 8.20am. The first bell goes at 8.26am which signals "go into your classroom", and the lesson will start on the dot at 8.30am. If a student arrives after this point, they will receive a "3" (verbal warning)  on the sanctions ladder, as learning has had to be interrupted for others due to the late arrival.  Students have had assemblies to explain all of this, and we appreciate your support in helping your son/daughter arrive at school punctually. 

PE Kit

Finally, we recently sent a  newsletter explaining our new PE kit which will start for new Year 7s in September 2018.  As students in other years grow out of their current kit, they should replace with new kit, so by September 2020 all our students are in the new kit. We have had a fantastic response from students and parents to the new kit, and to using the Uniform shop (Famous School Branches) in Henleaze as the place to purchase uniform from now onward.  

Wishing you a pleasant Spring Bank Holiday, and I look forward to everyone returning on time, refreshed, on Monday 4th June.

Best wishes,

Julia Hinchliffe