The Orchards
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Special school

Audley Avenue
M32 9TG
3 - 11
Free schools special
4 1 1 2 3 4
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School Description

This small special school opened as a free school in September 2016. The school provides education for pupils with a significant degree of complex learning difficulty, many of whom have autism spectrum disorder. Some pupils have severe learning difficulties and a few have profound and multiple learning difficulties. All pupils have an education, health and care plan. Pupils come from a range of ethnic backgrounds. Just under half of pupils speak English as an additional language. Boys outnumber girls. Nearly a half of all the pupils on roll are identified as disadvantaged. The school works with Trafford local authority, which is the main referral route for placing pupils at the school. Salford, Manchester and Stockport also place pupils in the school. Inspection report: The Orchards, 9–10 July 2019 Page 11 of 14 The school is temporarily accommodated in the vacated wing of Acre Hall Primary School. It is on the same site as the primary school and shares some playground space and the dining hall. There have been delays in finalising a permanent site for The Orchards. However, this has now been secured and work will start at the end of this month, with the intention that the new school will be ready to occupy in September 2020. In the meantime, leaders have made several improvements to the present school building. Early years provision is located in a separate building but at the same school. This building is shared with The Dunham Trust executive team. The Orchards is one of five primary schools that make up The Dunham Trust. There is an executive principal who supports school improvement across the trust. The trust has an acting chief executive officer and board of trustees. The school also has a local governing body. A head of school oversees the school’s day-to-day operation.

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