Welcome to The Orchard School!

  Contact number for Mrs Stokes Designated Safeguarding Lead 07922 850155

 School Office mobile number - 07872 862042 

























Monday 17th January

Start of second assessment point if needed for teacher

assessed grades for Summer 2022 exams

A.M. Year 11 mock exam English Language Component 1

Lesson 4 - Year 10 Biology exam

P.M. Year 11 mock exam Combined Science: Biology



Tuesday 18th January

A.M. Year 11 mock exam Mathematics Paper 1 (non-calculator)

P.M. Year 11 mock exam History - Medicine



Wednesday 19th January

A.M. Year 11 mock exam English Literature Paper 2

P.M. Year 11 mock exam ICT Written Paper & RS Paper 1

Flu Vaccinations Years 1 - 11 'catch-up' session

Junior Inter-House Hockey & Football



Thursday 20th January

A.M. Year 11 mock exam Geography Paper 1, Sociology Paper 1

P.M. Year 11 mock exam Combined Science: Chemistry

Flu Vaccinations Reception 'catch-up' session 




Friday 21st January

 A.M. Year 11 mock exam Mathematics Paper 2 (calculator)

P.M. Year 11 mock exam German Reading, Year 10 German Reading





.  staff, young people and children should stay at home and book a PCR test

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.


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 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 (please see

below for exemptions)*


. they have been in close contact with someone who has tested

positive for COVID-19 (please see below for exemptions)*.


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)


* From 14th December 2021 adults who are fully vaccinated (14 days

after 2 doses of an approved vaccine), all children aged between 5

years and 18 years and six months, people who are not able to get

vaccinated for medical reasons and people taking part, or have taken

part in an approved clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine who are

identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 are strongly advised

to take a LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend the

school as normal unless they have a positive test result. Children under

five years are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in

daily testing of close contacts. 


If a member of staff and pupils develops symptoms or has a positive

test result either from a PCR or LFD test they must immediately cease

to attend and follow public heath advice on self-isolation which can be

found in the guidance 'When to self-isolate and what to do' and for the

household the publication 'Stay at home guidance for households with

possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Whilst awaiting

a PCR result the individual should self-isolate. From 11th January 2022

a positive lateral flow test result does not need to be confirmed by a PCR



Other members of the household (including any siblings and

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

should follow the government guidance and self-isolate (please see

above for exemptions*).


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

need to restart their isolation period and book a test. If anyone

tests positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develops

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

isolation period from the day they developed symptoms. 


Following a positive COVID-19 result some people may be able to

end the 10 full days of self-isolation early, please see the guidance

for more information in 'Stay at home guidance for households

with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. 


Pupils and staff should return to school as soon as isolation rules



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.


We encourage all adults and secondary-school aged children at the school

to take part in the twice-weekly lateral flow testing programme. All results

should be reported on-line and to school. Visitors to the school will also be

asked to take a lateral flow test at home before their appointment.


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

   colleague, please call NHS 111 or in a medical emergency 999.


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