Orchard Head works in close partnership with the families of children in our school to ensure that every child, every day, learns and achieves. We do this through:

Our children

The children in our school are at the very centre of school life. We want them to feel welcomed, safe, secure and part of our school family. They need to experience excitement, fun, enjoyment and challenge, so we provide a broad and balanced curriculum to meet these needs. Children are expected to work hard and achieve the very best they are able to. We want our children to be able to communicate, respect and value all of those around them, regardless of age, background, culture and belief, so we encourage and expect good manners, behaviour and conduct. We want our children to have good memories of their time at Orchard Head, but also to take away with them achievement, confidence, respect for and tolerance of others, and, above all, curiosity – the vital ingredient that turns ability and application into real achievement.

Our staff and Governors

All staff work in close harmony, both as a professional body and with the children, to ensure a calm, sympathetic and stimulating working environment at Orchard Head School. They provide children with an exciting and creative curriculum, along with stimulating experiences which support their learning. Our teachers know each child well and ensure learning experiences are differentiated, so that all children make the very best progress they can. Staff are caring, well trained, child focused and model good conduct and good behaviour, whether they work in the classroom, care for the building and grounds or have other roles in school, such as supporting attendance, providing lunches or supervision in the playground. Our Governors also work hard. They know and understand the school and its children’s needs, and are ambitious for their success.

Our parents/carers

We regard parents/carers as the ‘prime educators’ of their child(ren), and our role is to support them in this crucial role. Together, we all have high expectations – that children attend school every day, that their behaviour and conduct will make us proud of them, that their achievements will be the very best we know them to be capable of, that their tolerance and respect for others will be a model to others, and that their enjoyment and pleasure in learning will carry them forward, making them ambitious and successful in the rest of their school life.

Our community 

We see our community as being not just those around the school, but those beyond it as well. We regard other local schools, businesses and organisations as potential partners with whom we can work to serve the needs of our children. We also recognise that our school has a responsibility to serve our community, and we’re always looking for ways in which we can achieve this goal.

Our School Motto – Value, Respect and Appreciate Everyone

At all times, each and every day, we will show respect to everyone and let them see that we appreciate and value them. When we value, respect and appreciate each other, it makes our school a happy and safe, enjoyable and friendly place to work in, to visit and above all, to learn in.