Principals' Blog


w/c 16th April 2018

A very warm welcome back to all of our children, parents and staff at Orchard. We are at the start of our summer term and a term that will see lots of exciting things happening at the academy. We have lots of spots events planned, educational trips and lots of visitors coming in to tell us all about their careers and jobs. Our curriculum driver this term is ‘aspirations’ and our message is simple ‘Dream big and dare to fail.’

I look forward to seeing you during this term and seeing all of the amazing things that we can achieve.

Mr. Carbutt

w/c: 12th March 2018

We finally had a full week at school as the snow stayed away. What a great week it was too!

Wednesday saw our annual science day take place on the day that the science genius Stephen Hawkings passed away. We had a special visitor in Vicky the 'Science Boffin' who came into school and showed us some amazing science experiments in assembly, and then worked with each class to share the love of all things science. We also invited Reverend Simon from our local church to talk to the children about resilience. To finish the week off we had a visit from our Chair of Governors Barbara Cunningham. She was blown away by the excellent behaviour that she saw and the respect the children showed her and their peers. Well done!

w/c: 5th March 2018

We were again denied a full week at school due to the snow as we had to close on Thursday. However, we did get to celebrate World Book Day 2018 on Friday and celebrated our love of reading together. Children were given the opportunity to read with children from other classes and it was great to see our oldest children reading with our youngest of readers. We had some super fancy dress costumes as children and teachers dressed up as their favourite book characters: we had it all from Fantastic Mr Fox to Supertato! 

Let’s hope the Great British weather behaves itself this week and we get a full week at our amazing and unique school.


w/c: 26th February 2018

Well the 'Beast from the East' really did cause us lots of problems this week. Regrettably, we had to close our wonderful academy for 3 days due to the snow and unsafe grounds around the building. Our children and parents were fantastic despite having to arrange childcare and sort work issues. As Principal, I thank you for your patience and support during the past week. 

We did see some wonderful snowmen uploaded to our Twitter and Facebook pages and it was great to see our families having fun together. We also saw lots of reading (some extreme!) during the closure, which was fantastic to see our children reading for pleasure at home. 

Onwards and upwards next week as we hope for milder weather and a full week at school. 

Resilience: Enjoyment: Progress