What do the children and their parents think of Orchard ?

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Parents are welcome to give their feedback to the school at any time, through the usual channels. 


Ofsted's ParentView is always available, and can be reached by clicking the link provided.


Our latest Parent Survey and separate Pupil Survey took place during the Autumn Term of 2018.  The next are taking place in January 2022.


As a School, we are very proud of the work we do and value these opportunities for feedback. Both surveys have been discussed at the Governing Body. In the meantime, the results of both surveys can be found at the bottom of this page.

One question we are always keen to ask is about what parents value the most about Orchard. Here are all the replies to this question (in no particular order!)... 


What do you value most about Orchard?

  • Lovely atmosphere. A happy place to be.

  • My child is nurtured

  • The sense of community

  • The staff - so approachable and understanding.

  • Openness and always willing to help. Viewing all children as individuals and recognising strengths, both academic and personal.

  • Senco support

  • Regular information being sent out via newsletter what is happening at the school as kids don’t tell you anything! This information means I can have conversations about school with the kids. It’s a very welcoming school; all emails I have sent are replied within 24 hours or quicker. You are more willing to use different social media to show what the school is doing, and still keeping within safeguarding guidelines. This show a lot of effort and passion from teachers who contribute to this, as most schools don’t bother.

  • Great organisation

  • Well run, maintained and organised school with great learning and teaching. Child is happy.

  • Well rounded and inclusive teaching lots of extra activities and approachable

  • The friendly atmosphere that the school provides

  • My child is still relatively new so hard to say

  • How welcoming and nurturing all the members of staff are towards the children and parents

  • That my daughter is excited to come to school and how well she is being treated.

  • That my child is treated as an individual and not just a tick box for Ofsted

  • My child is happy to attend school each day and speaks highly of his teacher.

  • My daughter is doing so well academically

  • The extra support given when a child needs it. The multiple ways they try to achieve an outcome. Patience.

  • <Teacher’s Name>

  • The level of teaching

  • Friendly and nurturing

  • The staff

  • It is friendly and inclusive. The reception area feels welcoming and staff there are always helpful and speak respectfully to parents and children. There are a lot of activities for the children to join in with and I appreciate the focus on keeping this broad range of experiences going as much as possible during year 6.

  • It is friendly and there is a lot for the children to do, clubs and things like that

  • Friendly ethos, quality of teaching

  • Excellent communication and support

  • Core values

  • The relationship between the school and parents. Being able to talk openly to

  • all staff about concerns

  • They are very friendly and approachable

  • The caring community feel.

  • Good communication

  • Its nurturing environment with strict values around appropriate behaviour

  • It’s ethics and policies

  • The teachers

  • Teaching staff and methods

  • They treat the children with respect

  • The sense of community and approachable nature of all staff

  • Very welcoming school, all the staff are lovely, they go out of there to help and support my child, my son came to this school at the start of year 5, and has made so much progress!

  • They push the children to excel! Amazing staff

  • How forced the staff in achieving the best for the children

  • Friendly, nurturing staff

  • For child; range of learning and extra-curricular opportunities and for me as a parent: the approachability of staff.

  • It's a happy and caring environment for my child, with excellent teachers who recognise each child as an individual. Also I feel the school has a whole has a lovely feel to it. Everyone is always welcoming whenever we go in. The communication between parents and the school is brilliant and we are always invited to see the children's work etc. This is my second child to go to the school and I know that orchard will give her the best tools for moving into secondary school eventually, like it did with my son.

  • The focus on being good citizens

  • Professionalism of the teaching staff.

  • High standards

  • The fact the teachers care for the pupils, they are very encouraging and supportive towards my daughter’s education & emotional needs.

  • Approachability

  • Support for pupils

  • The teaching staff

  • Teachers having time to talk to parents

  • each child is individual

  • The closeness of the staff and pupils

  • Friendly

  • Child being happy and feeling included!

  • Teachers being available to talk to when needed

  • My children have all been happy to come to school and, with the exception of one teacher, have had a good academic year and reached their true potential

  • How they care, nature and encourage the children to become kind, thoughtful individuals and to be the best that they can be.

  • Everything, no faults

  • The staff! Teachers, class based support staff and receptionists. They are all an asset to the school.

  • A family oriented environment, office staff who are helpful and supportive.

  • The love and passion that the majority of the teachers give.

  • Overall feeling of the school is positive and inclusive. Great atmosphere when you go in. The children obviously love being there.

  • My child is happy at school and is keen to learn

  • Its proximity; Good teaching

  • It's caring, safe environment

  • The teachers make themselves available for meetings with parents. The school puts a huge amount of effort into PSHE.

  • It is a friendly and well led school

  • The support offered to vulnerable children.