The Orchards
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
Special school
PUPILS
125
AGES
3 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Free schools special

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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data, ONS
0161 912 2000

This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The criteria in which schools use to allocate places in the event that they are oversubscribed can and do vary between schools and over time. These criteria can include distance from the school and sometimes specific catchment areas but can also include, amongst others, priority for siblings, children of a particular faith or specific feeder schools. Living in an area where children have previously attended a school does not guarantee admission to the school in future years. Always check with the school’s own admission authority for the current admission arrangements.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

How Does The School Perform?

Good
NATIONAL AVG. 2.09
Ofsted Inspection
(09/07/2019)
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77%
NATIONAL AVG. 93%
Happiness Rating

Ofsted Parent View

6.7:1
NATIONAL AVG. 19.9:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
32.3%
NATIONAL AVG. 17.7%
Persistent Absence
45.6%
NATIONAL AVG. 22.0%
Pupils first language
not English
54.8%
NATIONAL AVG. 25.9%
Free school meals
11.2%
NATIONAL AVG. 13.5%
Pupils with SEN support
Audley Avenue
Stretford
M32 9TG
01617480670

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.

The Orchards Parent Reviews



62% Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree 46% Agree 31% Disagree 8% Strongly Disagree 15% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>46, "agree"=>31, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>15, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 13 responses up to 11-07-2019
Strongly Agree 38% Agree 46% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 15% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>38, "agree"=>46, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>15, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 13 responses up to 11-07-2019
Strongly Agree 31% Agree 15% Disagree 15% Strongly Disagree 23% Don't Know 15% {"strongly_agree"=>31, "agree"=>15, "disagree"=>15, "strongly_disagree"=>23, "dont_know"=>15} Figures based on 13 responses up to 11-07-2019
Strongly Agree 31% Agree 31% Disagree 15% Strongly Disagree 15% Don't Know 8% {"strongly_agree"=>31, "agree"=>31, "disagree"=>15, "strongly_disagree"=>15, "dont_know"=>8} Figures based on 13 responses up to 11-07-2019
Strongly Agree 23% Agree 38% Disagree 8% Strongly Disagree 23% Don't Know 8% {"strongly_agree"=>23, "agree"=>38, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>23, "dont_know"=>8} Figures based on 13 responses up to 11-07-2019
Strongly Agree 15% Agree 31% Disagree 8% Strongly Disagree 23% Don't Know 23% {"strongly_agree"=>15, "agree"=>31, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>23, "dont_know"=>23} Figures based on 13 responses up to 11-07-2019
Strongly Agree 38% Agree 23% Disagree 15% Strongly Disagree 8% Don't Know 15% {"strongly_agree"=>38, "agree"=>23, "disagree"=>15, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>15} Figures based on 13 responses up to 11-07-2019
Strongly Agree 23% Agree 15% Disagree 8% Strongly Disagree 15% Don't Know 38% {"strongly_agree"=>23, "agree"=>15, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>15, "dont_know"=>38} Figures based on 13 responses up to 11-07-2019
Strongly Agree 15% Agree 23% Disagree 8% Strongly Disagree 31% Don't Know 23% {"strongly_agree"=>15, "agree"=>23, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>31, "dont_know"=>23} Figures based on 13 responses up to 11-07-2019
Strongly Agree 31% Agree 38% Disagree 8% Strongly Disagree 23% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>31, "agree"=>38, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>23, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 13 responses up to 11-07-2019
Strongly Agree 31% Agree 31% Disagree 15% Strongly Disagree 15% Don't Know 8% {"strongly_agree"=>31, "agree"=>31, "disagree"=>15, "strongly_disagree"=>15, "dont_know"=>8} Figures based on 13 responses up to 11-07-2019
Yes 62% No 38% {"yes"=>62, "no"=>38} Figures based on 13 responses up to 11-07-2019

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