Newark Orchard School is an area special school which opened originally opened in 1996 and moved into a brand new building in September 2020. It caters for 140 students from age 3 -18 who present with an extremely diverse range of needs, PMLD, SLD, MLD, ASD & SEMH. The school is based in Balderton. Also situated onwithin the school is the specialist ASD hub which offers limited places to pupils with ASD. This was originally opened in April 2015. All students have an Education, Health Care Plan (EHCP) and are placed at the school via an admissions procedure administered by the local authority. As Nottinghamshire is an inclusive authority, this means that the students have increasingly complex needs. The number of pupils presenting with additional mental health issues and challenging behaviour is increasing. This means that careful consideration needs to be given to class groups in order that all students’ needs are met appropriately and safely.
The curriculum offer is diverse, catering for the needs of students from Engagement through to Level 1 qualifications.
The school’s mission statement ‘Individual Growth, Individual People’ is at the heart of everything. The mission of the school is to meet the very individual needs of the students and enable them to reach their full potential. The school works closely with families and other agencies to ensure that all aspects of the students’ needs are being met as far as possible. The school continues to work with other schools across Newark town and it also works closely with the other 10 special schools which enables collaboration and problem solving of common issues which are important for SEND students.
- 39% of students claim free school meals
- 8% are looked after children and 10% have previously been in care or are living with relatives on a care order.
- There is a large travelling community in the Newark area
- There is also a large population of Eastern European families and the school has admitted several pupils where English is a second language.
- Strong partnerships are in place with many of the mainstream schools in Newark in order to support best practice for all the pupils with SEND.
- In June 2019 the school was judged by Ofsted to be ‘Good overall with Outstanding in Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare’