The ethos of Orchard House underpins the aims of our school and runs through every aspect of school life.

In the course of their daily work, all members of the school community contribute to the development of this ethos by:

  • Providing a child-centred, forward-looking educational philosophy
  • Treating each child as an individual and nurturing their own individuality
  • Valuing all members of the school and wider community equally, showing mutual respect and concern for others
  • The provision of a friendly and welcoming environment, in which courtesy, kindness, respect and teamwork are fostered
  • Valuing and celebrating success and achievement, in all spheres
  • Cultivating a culture to help instil resilience and perseverance.

All children can learn to thrive, regardless of early learning ability. Great minds think for themselves; nurturing individuality is at the heart of our teaching. We believe tailor-made teaching opens up young minds to endless possibilities, encouraging them to think creatively and form their own ideas. We value highly the pastoral care which we give, and are proud of the warm, nurturing ethos of the School. In addition to guiding pupils to high academic achievement, our programme of learning celebrates personal strengths, builds confidence from an early age and recognises the importance of self-esteem. We encourage kindness and courtesy, as well as sensitivity to the needs of others.

Our pupils mostly call it having fun.

We call it being the best they can be.

Every child learns differently

At Orchard House School, we want to ensure that every child can soar. Accordingly, we embrace different teaching methods, including Montessori (for younger children), kinaesthetic, oral, tactile, and visual. The scope to cherry-pick from these various methods, combined with small class sizes, allows us to tailor our teaching approach to each individual child. Our children benefit from being in an environment where girls and boys learn from each other. After all, life is co-ed. This dynamic is particularly beneficial when we set children challenging tasks, or encourage them to work (and play) in teams. Importantly, they are taught mistakes are not failures, but a positive sign they are trying. Their efforts will always be encouraged, regardless of the outcome.