School Organisation

Class Organisation

The school is divided into three phases – Lower School, Middle School and Upper School.

Each phase has its own distinct area and identity within school. A member of the Senior Leadership Team supports each phase.

Classes groups contain 8-9 children, with an appropriate number of support staff.

Class Groups

A range of group and teaching strategies are adopted within the class to ensure the pupils access a broad and balanced curriculum.

The School Day

The Orchard School day is from 8:50am to 3:25pm.

8:50 – 9:10 Children Arrive / Registration
9:10 – 10:30 Morning Session 1 (Lessons)
10:30 – 10:45 Morning Break
10:45 – 12:00 Morning Session 2 (Lessons)
12:00 – 1:10 Lunch*
1:10 – 3:00 Afternoon Session (Lessons)
3:00 – 3:25 Pupils supervised onto transport

*The school operates a ‘split lunch’ which ensures pupils have a quality dining experience. Lower School and Middle School have their lunch at 12:00 and playtime at 12:30; Upper School have playtime at 12:00 and lunch at 12:40.

Pupils dining is a teaching time.

This meets the statutory requirements of directed time. Staff contact with pupils is consistent throughout the school.