Ofsted Parent View survey

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have been informed that we will be the subject of a 1 day Ofsted inspection tomorrow (Tuesday 22nd May 2018) under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. The Lead Inspector will be Mr Stewart Gale.

If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted’s online survey, Parent View, at: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk

Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of the school, including the progress made by your child, the quality of teaching, how the school deals with bullying and poor behaviour. It also provides a free-text box for you to make additional comments, if you wish. The inspectors will use the online survey responses when inspecting the school. Written comments can also be sent to the school in a sealed envelope, marked confidential and addressed to the inspection team.

To register your views, you will need to provide your email address, which will be held securely. It will not be used for any purpose other than providing access to the online survey. Neither schools nor Ofsted will have access to any email addresses.

Please complete the online survey by noon on Tuesday 22nd May 2018. The inspectors will consider all online responses that are completed during the inspection, although the free-text box facility will not be available after this time.

If you are unable to complete the online survey, it may be possible to speak to an inspector during the inspection, for instance at the start of the school day, or to pass on messages to the inspectors if you are unable to speak to them in person. Inspection administrators will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. If concerns are raised about child protection, we may have to pass the information we receive to social services or the police. You can contact the administrators on 0300 123 4234. Inspectors will be pleased to receive your comments, but cannot deal with complaints about individual pupils or settle disputes between you and the school.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the online survey.

Yours sincerely,

Anne Rutherford
Executive Headteacher

Investigating Weather

Pupils at Mad Science club have been investigating weather – making tornadoes and finding out why rain does not always fall, even though there are always water droplets in the atmosphere.

Community Partnership Day

Today our School Council Representatives made us very proud!  At the Community Partnerships Day at Orchard School, they not only had the courage to present ideas and projects to other schools and adults, they showed our Golden Values of Collaboration, Aspiration, Respect and Endeavour throughout the day by listening to others and wanting the best for our community. They created some excellent ventures in order to improve our community area.



We anticipate that the school will be open as normal tomorrow. If conditions worsen overnight please check our website and Facebook page in the morning for any updates.

E Safety Day

This week in school our pupils have been exploring E-Safety and some of the issues around staying safe when using technology and the internet. This included some excellent assemblies and workshops provided by our colleagues at Unique Voice.

We know that E-Safety is a cause for concern for many of our Parents and Carers so have attached a copy of the presentation on the topic delivered by Mrs McCorry at the Community Partnership meeting. The NSPCC Net Aware website is also a great tool and allows you to review the suggested minimum and, function and security of a site, app or game to help you support your children in staying safe online.

Parent Forum Presentation


Christmas Events

This week has seen the pupils perform their Christmas stories and Christmas Concerts. The children were fantastic, singing, acting, dancing and narrating their hearts out, and the turnout for every performance has been amazing. A lot of hard work has gone in to making these shows such a success, so a big thank you to all involved.





Golden Ticket Winners

Pupils who have received three Golden Ticket enjoyed tea/squash and cake with Mr Rodeck today. All these children have been wonderful adverts for the school’s values of Collaboration, Aspiration, Respect and Endeavour. Well done!