Orchard Junior School

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About Orchard Junior School

Name Orchard Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Carol Taylor
Address Water Lane, Dibden Purlieu, Southampton, SO45 4SB
Phone Number 02380843162
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 358
Local Authority Hampshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

The Orchard mission, 'Growing together, branching out,' is at the centre of life at this friendly, welcoming school. Pupils are happy to come to school and they feel safe. As one pupil said, 'All the children are really friendly here and will accept you.

If there is a problem, someone will help you sort it out.'

Leaders' ambition is for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), to be the best that they can be. Leaders have developed an inclusive and respectful school culture.

They readily make appropriate adaptations to activities to ensure that all pupils are included.

Pupils behave well. They are calm a...nd focused in lessons and play well together at playtimes.

Relationships between adults and pupils are strong. Bullying is extremely rare and when it happens it is dealt with effectively.

Pupil leaders are rightly proud of the positive difference they make to their school.

Recently the School Council worked with leaders to both design and raise money for a new playground and the 'Eco Leaders' organise litter picking in the grounds and promote ways of saving energy inside the buildings.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have designed a broad and ambitious curriculum. Expectations for all pupils, including those with SEND, are high.

Leaders identify and meet the needs of pupils with SEND particularly well. In all subjects, leaders have identified the essential knowledge they want pupils to learn. In the strongest subjects, for example in mathematics and science, pupils develop knowledge in a clear sequence that builds over time.

As a result, pupils achieve well in these subjects.

While teachers' subject knowledge is strong overall, it is less well developed in some subjects. Where teachers' subject knowledge is most secure, teachers set tasks that help pupils to achieve well.

Teachers routinely check pupils' understanding and plan activities to strengthen and deepen pupils' learning. However, in a minority of subjects, for example computing and geography, teachers' subject knowledge is less secure. This means that teachers do not always design tasks that enable pupils to learn as effectively as they could.

Leaders prioritise reading. They want all pupils to read with fluency and comprehension and to love reading. Leaders have recently introduced a phonics programme to enable pupils at the early stages of learning to read to become fluent readers quickly.

Leaders are in the process of making sure that all staff receive appropriate training to deliver this programme effectively.

The school's work to support pupils' personal development is a strength. Pupils are encouraged to make a difference to both local and global communities.

For example, they have provided Easter eggs and games for a local children's hospital and raised money to buy a well for a village in Uganda. Leaders provide high-quality opportunities to broaden pupils' experiences. For example, pupils learn about the world of work through links with local employers and about higher education through working with a local university.

Pupils also enjoy trips to museums and places of worship and have taken part in music events both in Southampton and in London.

Leaders provide a range of opportunities to nurture and develop pupils' talents. Staff run many clubs including chess club, art club, choir and running club.

Year 3 pupils enjoyed having their own cake recipes baked and sold to the public in a local bakery.

Leaders and governors work well together to improve the school. Governors have effective systems in place to check how well leaders provide high-quality education for all pupils.

Staff value the support they receive to manage their workload. Subject leaders are given time to fulfil their roles effectively. Parents are very positive about the school.

As one parent said, 'Orchard Junior School is an inclusive, caring and nurturing school with amazing teachers and staff.'


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Safeguarding practice is strong.

Leaders have established a culture of vigilance to identify pupils who are at risk of harm. Highly effective policies ensure that all adults know what to do to keep children safe. Leaders make sure that children and families in need of additional support access this quickly when they need it.

Pupils feel safe in school and know where to go for help if they need to. They are confident that their concerns will be dealt with well. Pupils have a clear, age- appropriate knowledge of how to keep themselves safe, both online and in the community.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Teachers' subject knowledge is stronger in some subjects than it is in others. Teachers do not always design tasks that enable pupils to achieve well in all subjects. Leaders should continue to make sure that professional development is prioritised in those curriculum areas where teachers' subject knowledge is less strong so that pupils achieve even better in all subjects in the curriculum.

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