Welcome to The Orchard School!

 Contact number for Mrs Stokes Designated Safeguarding Lead 07922 850155

 ** New School Office mobile number from 7th September 2020 - 07872 862042 **

























 Public Health England and the Department for Education have issued


the following guidance for school regarding the Coronavirus.


·        staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell

with a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of taste or smell

to avoid spreading infection to others. 

·        if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new,

continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of taste or smell they should

be sent home



The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a new,

continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of taste or smell.

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection.


1.       The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are

recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high

temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild,

stay at home and do not leave your house for 10 days from

when your symptoms started. If you live with others and you are

the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus,

then you must stay at home for 10 days. All other household members

who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms

worsen during home isolation or are no better after 10 days, contact

 NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should

call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

2.      Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using

soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and

blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other

people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have

access to.

3.      To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze,

cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve

(not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the

tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand

sanitising gel.

4.      Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces

using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of

passing the infection on to other people.

For further information you can visit the website:



Preventing spread of infection

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the


There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the

spread of respiratory viruses, including:

·        washing your hands often - with soap and water, or use alcohol

sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly

important after taking public transport

·        covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the

tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it

·        people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend

work or any education or childcare setting

·        pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:

·        before leaving home

·        on arrival at school

·        after using the toilet

·        after breaks and sporting activities

·        before food preparation

·        before eating any food, including snacks

·        before leaving school

·        using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60%

alcohol if soap and water are not available

·        avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed


·        avoiding close contact with people who are unwell

·        cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces

·        if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or


please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare


·        see further information on the Public Health England Blog and the 

NHS UK website.


Monday 21st September



     Tuesday 22nd September



Wednesday 23rd September



     Thursday 24th September

     'Bags to School' Collection

     HPV injections


  Friday 25th September





The main aim of the Orchard School is to provide a happy, secure environment for its pupils. It is hoped that all children irrespective of mental or physical ability, race or gender, will achieve the best results of which they are capable and that they will respect their fellow pupils and all staff at the school.

The school actively supports the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Orchard School is 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, 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.


Head Teacher: Mrs Sandra Fox


Proprietors: Mrs Sandra Fox, Mr Philip Atkinson and Mr Richard Fox


School address for correspondence (term time and out of term time):


Orchard School, South Leverton, Retford, Notts, DN22 0DJ


Nursery site: Orchard School Nursery, 21 Holly Road, Retford, Notts, DN22 6BE


School contact numbers:


Landline: 01427 880395


** New School Office mobile number from 7th September 2020 - 07872 862042 **


After-School Club mobile: 07834 295284    *** this is a new number from January 2018 ***


Out of hours emergency contact (Mr Atkinson) 07973 348640


Orchard School Nursery landline: 01777 700486


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Proprietor: Orchard School Nursery - Mrs Sandra Fox