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Orchard Primary Academy

Welcome to Orchard Primary Academy

Welcome to the Orchard Primary Academy website. We hope that you find this a valuable resource where you can access information about the school, the wonderful learning that goes on and most importantly gain an understanding of our fantastic children.

Pupils are happy and feel safe at Orchard Primary Academy. Relationships are built on mutual respect. 

Ofsted, 2022

Orchard Primary Academy is a unique and vibrant school where staff are fully committed to changing the fortunes for the children and families that it serves. The Academy, under the guidance of South Pennie Academies, has been on a journey of improvement in the last 3 years and continues to strive for excellence in all areas. Our children are fantastic. They are curious, willing and have taken challenges that have been put in front of them head-on. Our staff are committed and passionate practitioners who truly want the best for each child.

Orchard Primary Academy is at the heart of the Chickenley community. Staff work tirelessly to not only educate children, but to keep them safe, ensure they are in school regularly and to make sure they are ready to learn. We are committed to not only providing our children with a high-quality academic curriculum, but also a carefully planned enrichment curriculum. We place a huge emphasis on physical activity, sport and competition and love to teach our children outdoors through our forest school program and active learning sessions. Trips and enrichment are a key part of our approach to help children understand the world outside of the community. All children, in all classes attend regular trips which are linked to their curriculum and we have a range of visitors who come in and share their knowledge, experiences or provide an ‘out-of-this-world’ experience.

Mr. Matt Carbutt | Executive Principal & Miss. Faye Hirst | Head of School


If you are interested in applying for a place at Orchard Primary Academy, please don't hesitate to contact us. School visits can be book via the school office on 01924 469578.

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