School is open as normal.
Monday 9th December
9th December - Christmas Lunch - Juniors and Staff
9th December - Year 10 mock interviews a.m.
9th December - Year 10 Statistics controlled assessment.
Tuesday 10th December
10th December - Christmas Lunch Seniors and Inter-House Quiz
10th December - History and P.E. controlled assessment ICT lesson 1
10th December - Juniors - Pantomime
Wednesday 11th December
11th December - Nursery Christmas Concert rehearsals a.m.
Thursday 12th December
12th December- Fun Swim.
12th December- Nursery Christmas Concert
Friday 13th December
13th December - Save the Children - Christmas Jumper Day
13th December - End of term Service 11 a.m.
13th December - End of term 12 noon.
From September 2013 Orchard School Nursery will now be open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Comments by Mrs Sandra Fox
'Here We Go Again' - Christmas Show
Well done to Mr Fox, Mrs Bright and everyone involved - the show was brilliant!
November fund-raising - Children in Need
Well done to Year 11 pupils who organised a very successful event and raised in excess of £460! Activities included: wearing a onesie or pyjamas, a cake stall, nail painting and a raffle to win a Steiff Pudsey Bear.
September fund-raising - Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity
Well done to everyone who took part in the non-uniform day and all the fund-raising efforts. £150 raised for this very worthwhile charity.
Error in name of Head Teacher in local newspaper
I was very pleased to see the academic achievements of our Year 11 pupils reported in the local newspapers. However, I would like to reassure parents that there has been no change in the leadership of the school over the summer.
GCSE Results 2012 - 2013
I am delighted with the excellent GCSE results of the Year 11 and Year 10 students this year. Head Pupils Natalya Boswell and Matthew Humphreys achieved the most outstanding grades with Natalya gaining 5 A* and 6 A’s and Matthew with 2 A*, 7 A’s and 1 B. House Captain Madeleine Pink also excelled with 4 A* 3 A’s and 4 B grades while Louisa Dixon, Madelaine Stanfield and Daniel Thompson all gained 11 passes 5 of which were grade A’s.However Orchard School is a school for pupils of all abilities and again this year I am thrilled with the outstanding results of the less academic children who have worked so hard to get the excellent grades they deserve. At Orchard we know we can’t all be clever but we can all do our best and this is what our pupils are encouraged to do with the help of dedicated teachers and supportive parents. We are very proud that 90% of our Year 11 pupils gained 5 or more A* - C GCSE passes. Well done everyone. I hope you will all be as happy and successful in your next stage of your education as you have been at Orchard School.
Well done everyone on, yet another, excellent show!
'Concert in the Church'
I was delighted with the talent shown by all the pupils from Years 1 through to 11! Well done to everyone who took part to raise money for South Leverton Church - it was a resounding success! Special thanks go to Mr Fox for all his hard work.
Red Nose Day
The children had a great time raising money for Comic Relief. Activities they participated in were face painting, chocolate fountain, nail bar, raffle and they also had to wear an item of red clothing. £250 raised - well done everyone!
Fund-raising - 'Send a Cow to Africa' - well done to Isabel Dukes - £1100 raised!
Fund-raising - well done to all pupils for raising £280 for the Retired Greyhound Trust.
The Orchard School, a co-educational day school for pupils from 5 to 16 years of age, has been at its present premises at South Leverton since January 1992. Set in 24 acres of beautiful landscaped parkland, the school has since been substantially improved and enlarged with Science and Art blocks, a multi-purpose Hall, Language and CDT rooms and a Drama Studio.
The Nursery Department continues to operate from the former premises at Holly Road, Retford and caters for children aged 2 to 5. The Reception class for the upper school is based at the Nursery.
In its happy, family atmosphere, where discipline is firm but fair, the best in each child is brought out.
Classes are deliberately kept small so that help can be given to all children to develop to their full potential. While attention is given to the need for educating children in accordance with modern practice, the school still uses the best of proven traditional methods of teaching.
The school has always given a high priority to basic literacy and numeracy and has a recognised reputation in these areas.
All this is achieved by a loyal and enthusiastic staff of well qualified and experienced teachers, paying attention to the individual needs of each pupil.
Progress is constantly monitored and communicated to parents, and there are termly report sheets and annual full written reports.
The school recognises the differing parental circumstances and varying needs of its pupils and is therefore very flexible about admission ages. Some parents may choose to have their children educated at the Orchard School from Nursery through to the age of 16. Others may wish them to gain the firm foundations here to prepare them for success in the 11 Plus Examination with the view to moving on to a Grammar School. Yet other children may join at the age of 11 or 13 years from either the State or the independent sector.
Additionally to the timetabled subjects, pupils are given the opportunity to study musical instruments including the keyboard, flute, clarinet, violin, guitar, saxophone and drums.
Great emphasis is also placed on the personal and social development of each child, resulting in young people who are self-confident, articulate, well mannered, and responsible members of society.
Community involvement has included the raising of funds to support local and national charities e.g. Macmillan Nurses, Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, Samaritan's Purse, Water Aid and Children in Need to mention just a few.
The educational partnership between the school and the parents of its pupils is viewed as being of immense importance. Parents are always welcomed into the classrooms to view progress or to talk to staff about any problems.