Pupils at Orchard Primary School are treated as individuals and are supported to meet their individual needs. The school curriculum is accessible to all, both in and out of the classroom, and arrangements for pupils with SEND are made as required. Risk assessments are carried out prior to off-site activities taking place to ensure the health and safety of all involved. In the unlikely event that it is considered unsafe for a child to take part in an off-site activity then alternative activities which cover the same curriculum areas will be provided in school. Orchard Primary School’s environment is accessible to all.
When pupils join Orchard Primary School, parents/carers and children will meet with members of the Senior Leadership Team and the Class Teacher who will make them familiar with the school environment and routines, and will introduce them to key staff. Prior to children joining our Reception Class, staff will visit the children in their pre-school setting, as well as arranging individual parents meetings to gather information about the child and family. They will also provide information about the school and give the family the opportunity to ask any questions that they may have.
All children participate in transition days during the summer term in preparation for their move to the next year group. Transition meetings are also held during the school year for parents/carers and pupils moving to Middle/Secondary school. These meetings are followed by visits to their chosen school.
We liaise closely with other professionals when receiving and transferring children to different schools, ensuring that all relevant paperwork is passed on and all needs are discussed and understood. If necessary, additional transitional visits will take place as well as meetings between parents/carers, children and professionals involved.