Welcome to The Orchard School!

 Contact number for Mrs Stokes Designated Safeguarding Lead 07922 850155

 School Office mobile number - 07872 862042 

























Monday 26th April

Bank Holiday 


Tuesday 27th April

 Year 11 Targets and Comments - PDP


Wednesday 28th April


Thursday 29th April


Friday 30th April


 Public Health England and the Department for Education 

have issued the following guidance for school regarding


·        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

 Members of staff and pupils must not come into school if:

 they have one or more COVID-19 symptoms

they have had a positive COVID-19 test either from a PCR test or

lateral flow device test

> a member of their household, support bubble (or childcare

bubble if they have one) has COVID-19 symptoms

they have been in close contact with someone who has tested

positive for COVID-19.

they are required to quarantine having recently visited certain

other countries

they have been advised to isolate by NHS test and trace or the

Public Health England (PHE) local health protection team (this is

a legal obligation)


Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 must book a test. This can be

done online through the NHS testing and tracing for COVID-19

website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119.


Members of staff and pupils must immediately cease to attend and

not attend for at least 10 days from the day after:

·       the start of their symptoms

·       the test date if they did not have any symptoms but have

had a positive test whether this was a Lateral Flow Device or a

PCR test (if a LFD test is taken first and a PCR test is then taken

within two days of the positive LFD test is negative this will

override the LFD test and the person may return to school).


Other members of the household (including any siblings and

members of their support or childcare bubble if they have one)

should self-isolate. The isolation period includes the day the

symptoms started for the first person in the household or the day

the positive test result was received and the next ten full days.


Anyone who receives a positive test result from a LFD device

must self-isolate immediately, as must any other members of their

household, while they get a confirmatory PCR test.


If a member of the household starts to display symptoms they will

need to restart the 10 day isolation period and book a test. If anyone

tests positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop

symptoms during the isolation period, they must restart the 10 day

isolation period from the day they developed symptoms.


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.



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.



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.



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.


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.


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: 07541 656645   *** this is a new number from 29th March 2021 ***


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