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The Orchards Special School

The Orchards is a proposed new Free School for 4 - 11 years olds with complex learning needs, located in Trafford.

The Orchards will offer an outstanding education to primary aged pupils with complex learning difficulties working in partnership with Trafford Local Authority and drawing upon the expertise, aspirations and infrastructure of The Dunham Trust. It will operate as one of three primary complex learning special schools, all three located geographically as local community special schools in the Trafford Borough.

The Orchards will offer pupils a Personalised Learning Programme addressing and removing barriers to individual progression. As the local community special school for the north of the Borough it will allow pupils with complex learning difficulties an opportunity to attend a school in their local community. The curriculum will be designed to meet the broad needs of the school’s pupil population, recognising the range of abilities and additional needs, led by highly qualified and experienced teachers, supported by teaching assistants, with the innovative input of creative support workers working alongside the teams.

The school is committed to providing a strong leadership and quality whole school staff by implementing a strong CPD programme to develop andmaintain staff’s understanding, knowledge and skills in order to continually meet the needs of the pupils. A culture will be present where staff reflect upon the context and difficulty a child experiences.

The location of the school and the deployment of sports and well-being instructors and creative workers will permit delivery out of school activities, after school and during the school holidays. In line with The Children and Families Bill, parents and pupils will be at the heart of the school when making decisions on the children’s education. The school will recognise the pivotal position of the parent in the progression; educationally, socially, physically and emotionally, of their child.

Sport and movement will address health and well-being issues using creativity to create empowered individuals. Rigorous life skills, activities and opportunities will be linked into topics and themes.

The Orchards will emphasize lifelong learning, demonstrated in the care and attention it will give to transition to secondary education.

Who to contact

Telephone
0161 980 4941
Website
www.orchardsfreeschtrafford.co.uk/home
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/TheOrchardsSchool/
Twitter
https://twitter.com/orchards_school

Where to go

Name of Venue
The Orchards (temporary location)
Venue Address
Irlam Road
Manchester
Manchester
Postcode
M41 6NA
Venue Notes

The Orchards will be temporarily located on the site of Acre Hall Primary School whilst the purpose-built new school is being built.

The Orchards will be located in Streford, within the M32 postcode area.

When is it on?

Days & Times
Monday - Friday 8:45am - 3:30am

Who is it for?

Ages
4-11
Supporting People With
Learning disability
Autistic Spectrum
Communication impairment
Physical impairment
Profound or Multiple Needs
Hearing impairment
Visual impairment
Eligibility Details

Admissions to The Orchards

The Orchards is a special free school which will initially provide 40 places for children of both sexes, aged 4-11 years in an environment where students with identified and statemented/Education, Health and Care plans (EHCPs) can access a specialised and holistic education that aims to develop children socially and academically to make maximum progress. The school will specialise in providing education for children with autism (ASC).

Admissions policy

For a child to be admitted, the school must be named, by a local authority, in the child’s Statement/EHCP. The Orchards will work in partnership with local authorities and parents/carers to assess the suitability of students for a place.

Parents wishing their children to benefit from our provision should ask their local authority to name our school in their child’s EHCP.

Our school will normally organise into small classes for each year group The Orchards will be part of a multi academy trust with Elmridge Primary School and Acre Hall Primary School. We will specialise in providing high quality provision for students with statements/EHCPs for Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN), Severe Learning Difficulty (SLD) and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty (PMLD). The school will specialise in educating children with a diagnosis of autism.

There will be no fee payable by the parents/carers for their child to attend the school. The school is unable to offer places to pupils whose families wish to pay such a fee.

How to use this service

Referral Required?
Yes
Referral Details

For a child to be admitted, the school must be named, by a local authority, in the child’s Statement/EHCP.

Cost Information
There will be no fee payable by the parents/carers for their child to attend the school. The school is unable to offer places to pupils whose families wish to pay such a fee.

How accessible is this service?

Facilities
Wheelchair Access
Accessible Toilet
Disabled Parking
Sensory Room/Play
Parking
Further Details

The Orchards will be a fully accessible school.

Last updated date:
17 October 2017

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