Transition to Orchard for Year 6
Welcome to Orchard!
This page is for current year 6 students who are due to start at Orchard in September 2020. There's also some information on here for your parents and carers too.
We are looking forward to welcoming our new Year 7 students into Orchard in September 2020. We’re thrilled that you have chosen Orchard and we think that you’ll be very happy here, as well as being successful. We can't wait to get to know you! You will be able to find out more about starting at Orchard on these pages.
We understand that starting secondary school is a big step. You might be feeling worried, anxious, excited – or all of those feelings and more! We have a team of people who are here to make you feel welcome and safe.
We also realise at the moment that you might feel be a bit more anxious about starting secondary school during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please don’t worry though- we are here to fully support you. We will be using this page on our website, as well as videos and packs in the post, to make your transition to Orchard as smooth and easy as we can.
There is no doubt that you and your family will have many questions about starting at Orchard. We are phoning all of the Year 6 families to answer your questions, and to welcome you to Orchard and reassure you. During the week of 15th June, you’ll receive a pack in the post which will answer a lot of your questions about Orchard life. we'll be sending you another pack nearer the summer with some activities to complete before you start with us. Don't worry - they're just for fun and not compulsory. We won't be checking what you've done in September unless you want to show us!
Keep an eye on this website for forthcoming information. We will update it daily.
Watch our welcome video for the Year 6 who will be joining us in September 2020. We are very excited to meet you!
Frequently Asked Questions for Year 6s
We think that you must have loads of questions about starting secondary school!
Here are some answers to some of the ones we usually get asked by students.
Our Orchard Values
Life at Orchard revolves around our Orchard Values. We think that you'll know them off-by-heart by the end of your first week at Orchard! We seek to live out these values in all we do - whether it's looking after each other, ourselves, or our community, we turn to our values. We aim for excellence through these values. You can read more about our values here.
Enrichment at Orchard
At Orchard, we know that 'learning' is about more than just what happens in the classroom with your teachers.
you will have the opportunity to participate in additional clubs, enrichment sessions, and extra-curricular trips and activities. Find out more here.
Frequently Asked Questions for Parents (this bit is for your parents/carers!)
If you're a parent of a young person who is about to join us at Orchard, then we're sure that you will have questions too.
Here are some of the answers to commonly asked questions. We will soon have a support area for new parents too, including a video message from some of our existing parents who are willing to answer your questions. This should be online by the end of June 2020 so watch this space!
Our Latest Ofsted Report - 2019
In May 2019, Ofsted visited Orchard. We continue to be a 'Good' school. This report highlights both our academic successes, and the way that we engage with and support our local community.
You can read our Ofsted report here. We feel that there are some areas which may be helpful and reassuring to you in the run-up to starting at Orchard, so here are some quotations from the report:
"You reach out to your local community in a very real way. Parents and carers are overwhelmingly supportive and appreciative of your work and that of your staff."
"One parent spoke for many when saying: ‘This school has been amazing. I can’t believe how well they have communicated with us, supported my child emotionally and challenged her with her learning. Any issues I raise with them are dealt with really effectively. I can see how much each and every teacher really cares for all of the pupils. I could not imagine a better place for my child’s education. I cannot praise this school enough.’"
"...staff are vigilant in ensuring pupils are kept safe and protected."
" pupils say that teachers now encourage them to stretch and challenge themselves."
" Teachers, invariably, have a good knowledge and understanding of the subject they teach. They use this strong subject knowledge to create questions in class that are precise and targeted well to help pupils swiftly move on in their learning."
" All teaching that we observed was pacey, demanding and high powered. Teachers expect much of their pupils, both in terms of work rate and in intellectual demand."