About Orchard School Bristol
Orchard School Bristol is very much a good school. It achieved this rating from Ofsted in October 2015 and gains in a number of areas have been made since then. It is a school with strong relationships at its heart and these pay dividends in ensuring that Orchard School’s inclusive and ambitious values secure positive outcomes for the students it serves.
Education changes lives and the school invests its energy in inspiring all students to become successful, well-rounded, confident and courteous young people who are a credit to their families, their community and their school.
All schools have aims for their students but at Orchard the school prides itself in providing that little bit extra – and the most recent Ofsted inspection recognises this.
When Ofsted visited the school and delivered a verdict of Good across all areas, the inspectors noted:
Teachers set very high expectations. Excellent relationships between teachers and pupils ensure a good pace of learning.
Pupils conduct themselves well in lessons and at social times. A harmonious atmosphere is evident between pupils from a very wide range of different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. Pupils enjoy school and feel safe.
Pupils’ personal development and confidence are being effectively developed.
The school has moved on again from here, successfully introducing Ready to Learn, which enables staff to maximise every minute of learning. Attendance is rapidly improving; students are focusing on developing leadership skills, and a new Prefect system is being established. It really is an exciting time to be joining Orchard School.
Outcomes and Progress
Planned changes to the school’s curriculum over the last three years have resulted in a positive trend of improvement in both attainment and progress. In many areas attainment and progress of students matches their peers locally and nationally. 2017 outcomes saw a dip in figures, but we are confident that our data for 2018 will put us back on our rapidly improving trajectory. There is much more to accomplish as the school builds upon the successes of the last few years.
The school has highly motivated staff that represent the brightest and best in the profession and there is a well-established programme of professional development. This includes a commitment to working with colleagues from TiLA in supporting inter-school work and collaboration across Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Quality Standards, as well as Pastoral and Wellbeing CPD sessions for Orchard School teaching staff.
Staff are encouraged to be creative in lessons and subject leaders are receptive to new ideas while ensuring standards among their team members are as high as possible. A recent staff survey shows that staff thrive at the school and enjoy being part of the community.
The school was built in 2007 and as such has modern facilities, with extensive playing fields and grounds. Staff and students use modern equipment and the school environment is both welcoming and highly professional. Leaders have invested much time in creating a school environment which is conducive to the best learning and to make sure that facilities for staff are top class and as good as they can be.
There is ample parking for staff and many cycle to work as well.
Working in Partnership
The school works to support the aspirations of the community it serves with young people and their families at the centre of all it does. The school works with a wide range of community partners in realising this. The school seeks to open its doors to the community.