Links with local schools and other organisations

Orchard School has a number of well-established links with our local schools and organisations. Over the years we have worked on a range of projects that meet the needs of our learners whilst also promoting and enhancing community cohesion.

Examples of some of our projects

Networking with the Windmill Cluster of Schools

Orchard is a member of this cluster of ten schools. We are consistently working in collaboration with our colleagues from all our cluster schools, to help improve the life chances of the communities we serve. The Windmill Cluster Schools are listed below:

  • Sudbourne Primary School
  • Christchurch Streatham C of E Primary
  • Orchard Primary
  • Jubilee Primary
  • Holmewood Nursery
  • St Jude’s C of E Primary
  • Holy Trinity C of E Primary
  • Richard Atkins Primary
  • City Heights E-Act Academy
  • St Luke’s C of E Primary

Some examples of our current projects:

  • JOINT CLUSTER INSET DAY – For staff CPD and networking (held every year in January)
  • TEACHING AND LEARNING FORUMS – for staff to share and develop good practice
  • SHINE SATURDAY CLASSES – delivering enrichment activities through a topic based curriculum including science, maths, arts and drama

Hosting a Community Fun Day in partnership with St Augustines Church, the Balham and Tooting Community Association (BATCA) and the Al-Risalah Trust Schools 

Our latest fun day was held during the 2017 Summer Term! See the link below for a press release on the event:

Press release Fun Day donation 17_01_18

Drama Workshops and Performances

Last Autumn Term, our Year 5 pupils worked with the drama teacher from City Heights E-Act Academy to produce a play based on the novel ‘Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes‘. It is a story promoting the concept of ‘Peace in our World’. Our pupils worked in collaboration with children from other schools such as Christchurch CoE School and St Luke’s, to produce a wonderful play which was performed in front of an audience of parents at the City Heights Academy on Wednesday, 9th December 2015. A wonderful learning experience and time was had by all!

Joint Booster Classes

Joint maths lessons for more able Y6 pupils from Orchard and Christchurch School, delivered By Dr Delroy Dunkley from St Martin’s School. Dr Delroy Dunkley is an Advanced Skills Teacher from St Martin’s our link secondary school. The pupils taking part in this initiative made very good progress in their maths as a result of the classes. This provision took place during the acdemic years 2011/2012 and again during 2012/13. 

Science and DT Workshops at St Martin’s

These took place in the spring term for Y5 and Y6 classes in the school’s purpose build modern labs.  

Links with the Nightingale Jewish Care Home

We have had a well established link with this wonderful care home which our school pupils have been visiting over a number of years. The Care Home is based at 105 Nightingale Lane, London SW12 8NB.

Last academic year, a group of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils visited Nightingale on two seperate occasions, to meet the residents and take a guided tour of the synagogue. This helped them to find out more about the elderly and also about  Judaism which they had studied in RE lessons at school. Our pupils also worked with the elderly in their Arts & Craft Centre!

The children presented the residents with some plants for their home and shared a book about Orchard School.
Helen took the children on a tour of the Care Home grounds.
We looked around the synagogue. Helen and Alastair were impressed by the questions that the children asked about Judaism.
Some of our group joined residents in their clay workshop. Mrs Hacene (Orchard parent) made a plaque from Clay as a present for the residents.

Please click on the link below to read some of the pupil and evaluations of their visits in years gone by…

Nightingale Jewish Care Home visit_June12_pupil evaluations

One of our parents came along and has written some thoughts about the visit:

The visit to Nightingale Care Home_Mrs Hacene



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