Orchard House provides a thorough grounding in the usual educational subjects. In the past 3 years, scholarships at leading London senior schools have been awarded to Orchard House children for art, sport, drama and academic excellence. Read our full results including scholarships.
We take great care to advise parents from an early stage on the school which would best suit their child’s ability and personality and we receive excellent feedback from senior schools about the achievements and success of former pupils.
The children are prepared with great success for the entrance examinations to leading day and boarding schools, winning offers from schools such as:
“Orchard House is like my second home”
Chloe – 6 years
“I love the matches, everyone gets a chance to play and represent the school”
Sam – 10 years
“We’re all friends and we have fun”
Grace – 5 years
“The teachers are great! They spend time with you and help you”
Oliver – 7 years
“All the teachers know the names of all the children at our school and they really care about us”
Annabel – 9 years
“The food is delicious and the tacos are really tasty”
Olivia – 11 years
“Interactive whiteboards make our lessons fun and interesting”
William – 9 years
“It is a small, friendly school that brings everyone together”
Poppy – 8 years
Feedback from parents
“Thank you so much for a really well run, fun filled event. I love watching all the children do the different events such as tug of war etc. It is a brilliant way to involve everyone and great for team spirit and our children adore the running races.”
“I just wanted to mention what a great idea the holiday “homework” was. It was really refreshing for the boys to be given a list of fun, diverse and challenging activities to complete. Aside from it not being focused onacademics, it also gave them the chance to try out activities thatthey’d not had the opportunity to do before.”
“I was so moved and impressed by all the teachers on the trip. It reaffirmed our choice of sending our children to OHS. The focus on good manners, politeness and consideration to others was well balanced and delivered with authority and affection. I can see why the children all grow up to be confident and assertive; it’s because they are treated with respect and discipline in equal proportions.”
“Both Emily and Johnny loved their time at Orchard House and it has been amazing to see how they have developed and grown during their time there. Emily looks back at her time at OHS with very fond memories, and I’m sure Johnny will do too. All their teachers, and other staff, have been wonderful, without exception. Orchard House is a very special school.”
What the independent inspectors think of us
Orchard House School is routinely inspected by the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate). The inspection team inspects every aspect of the school as well as observing the quality of the teaching and learning.
Orchard House was inspected in June 2015 and the ISI made the following judgments about the school.
The report reflects the four areas inspected in each of the Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Naturally the report should be read in its entirety (read the full report here) but parents will see that the school is judged in all four areas to be ‘excellent’, the highest inspection grade possible, and in the category addressing the quality of the pupils’ achievements and learning to be ‘exceptional’ (the only place where under the ISI’s self-imposed rules this description is permissible). As parents may imagine, the staff are delighted with the judgments made about the school. Listed below some of the highlights in the report (the school has emboldened the words ‘excellent’, ‘exceptional’ and ‘exemplary’ where these appear):
Success of the school
Orchard House School is highly successful in meeting its aims. Pupils achieve exceptionally well throughout the school and make exceptional progress. They reach exceptional levels of attainment and their attitudes to learning are exemplary. Pupils enjoy an excellent curriculum which is interesting, exciting and stimulating.
Pupils’ Learning and Achievements
The quality of pupils’ achievements and learning is exceptional.
Pupils are exceptionally well educated in accordance with the school’s aims of ensuring that pupils reach their potential and become confident, creative and independent learners.
Pupils make exceptional progress during their time at the school, particularly in English and mathematics from Years 3 to 6. Pupils’ attitudes to learning are exemplary.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development of Pupils
The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is excellent.
The Quality of Teaching (Including Assessment)
The contribution of teaching is excellent… and fully meets the school’s aim to provide supportive, yet challenging teaching, which takes into account the progress and individual needs of the pupils.
The Quality of Pastoral Care, and the Welfare, Health and Safety of Pupils
The school’s arrangements for pastoral care are excellent. The school has a homely, welcoming feel and relationships between staff and pupils are excellent. EYFS children feel safe and have a key person to oversee their needs, but all staff adopt a supportive and encouraging approach.
The contribution of the arrangements for health and safety is excellent.
The Quality of Links with Parents and the Community
The quality of leadership and management, including links with parents, carers and guardians, is excellent.
The Quality of Governance
The quality of governance is excellent.
The governors maintain an excellent oversight of all aspects of the school’s work through their close involvement in the running of the school, including the EYFS.
The Quality of Leadership and Management
The leadership and management ensure that the aims of the school are achievedin a most effective manner and successfully promote the pupils’ personal development, care and well-being in a dynamic school environment, including in the EYFS.
Orchard House features in Tatler magazine’s Schools Guide to the top prep and public schools in the UK.
‘One pupil reports that Orchard House, a House Group school in leafy Chiswick, is truly ‘perfect’. Prospective parents are encouraged to put names down at birth, and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular. Leavers head on to Hampton, Godolphin & Latymer and Kew House having enjoyed excellent teaching (staff wellbeing is taken very seriously – they have their own clubs including ultimate frisbee), sporting prowess – Year 6 swimmers reached the IAPS final this year – and clubs galore. Not to mention the fabulous food made by Le Cordon Bleu-trained Miss Polly (including lemon thyme chicken with parsley new potatoes). Az, the caretaker, knows every child by name (and always greets them with a Famous smile); Orchard’s Got Talent is the highlight of the year; and the first girls’ rugby team stormed through their inaugural season.’ (Tatler 2020)
The ICT Mark is a national accreditation scheme which gives schools recognition for their achievements in using technology to deliver excellent learning. Over 1,000 schools in the UK have achieved the ICT Mark and thousands more are working towards it.
We’ve long been accredited with the ICT Mark.