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.