A warm welcome!
Orchard School opened in Horfield in 2008 in a fantastic modern building, to serve our local community. We are a mixed 11-16 academy, with 800+ students, and our school community reflects the richly diverse local area. We pride ourselves on our harmonious atmosphere and the care we show for each young person.
Our mission statement, “inspire today, empower for life” reflects how we approach our school life. We want students to be inspired by their learning, to be enthused to learn independently and find their areas of brilliance – so they can go on to study further towards their chosen career. We support all of our young people to fulfil their potential - feeling happy, healthy and empowered to make the best decisions for their future pathways.
We are ambitious for everyone – we expect the best from everyone.
What will you find here?
· A calm, purposeful environment
· Staff who know your child individually and really care about them
· Strong communication with parents
· A broad curriculum, with opportunities to excel in academic subjects, in creative and digital arts, performing arts and in sports
· Highly skilled teachers, many of whom are GCSE examiners
· Enthusiastic students who are ambitious about their futures, and who are determined to achieve academic success
Our students feel that they belong to Orchard School – they appreciate that their tutor and their teachers know them well and will support them to meet the ambitious targets we set in their learning. They also understand that they have a voice and that they are actively involved in shaping the future of Orchard School.
As a member of Trust in Learning Academies, our aim is simple: to become the outstanding provision our community deserves. We are building success on the core ORCHARD values of being open minded, respectful, creative & curious, healthy, ambitious, responsible and determined. Our Values are explained here in more detail.
We are proud of the academic results that our students have achieved, but we believe that the success we have as a school is much deeper than this. We offer an impressive number of personal development initiatives for our students, including educational visits, careers talks, student leadership, mentoring, public speaking, charity work, Duke of Edinburgh Award, wellbeing, school performances, sports representation and many others, which are outlined in our Student Charter.
Thank you for your interest in the school. If you would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Mrs Julia Hinchliffe