Welcome from the Headteacher

Welcome to Orchard Way

We welcome you to our popular, single-form entry primary school in the London Borough of Croydon.  We are very proud of our pupils’ achievements throughout their journey with us, which is brought about by our children’s attitude to learning, the dedication and commitment of our teachers, support staff and governors and the on-going support of our parents and carers.

We strive to develop pupils’ personal, social and academic skills and their love of learning in order to equip them with the skills necessary to be successful, independent, lifelong learners.  This is reinforced by developing pupils’ understanding of Orchard Way Learning Skills (OWLS), which are:  creativity, collaboration, engagement, imagination, know yourself as a learner, linking of learning and resilience.  Our lessons involve thinking about which OWLS will need to be used and reflections involve looking at which OWLS have aided the learning.

Our last Ofsted in June 2018 resulted in a ‘Good’ grading and the Ofsted Inspector had this to say about our school:

“Pupils are polite and well mannered. In lessons, pupils are keen to do their best and to achieve well. Around school, pupils are well behaved…Parents, staff and pupils who completed Ofsted questionnaires are overwhelmingly positive about the school.”

In 2015-16 we were named ‘Croydon School of the Year’, due to our high standards of attainment and progress and the year-on-year improvements we made.  We were also given a Pupil Premium award for the progress made by our disadvantaged pupils.

We are an inclusive school and celebrate the diversity of our community and beyond.  In 2016 our school was awarded the International Schools Award through the British Council and we use Assemblies and Philosophy for Children to develop pupils’ understanding and tolerance of issues relating to the world in which we live.

On our website you will find information and policies which we hope will be of use to you and answer any questions which you may have about the school. If you wish to receive further information, please contact the school office, where we will be pleased to help you or direct your query to the relevant person, or a senior leader.

We would be happy to show you around our school to enable you to become more informed of the learning experience our pupils receive.  Please look out for Reception tours during the Autumn term.

Kristina Stewart

Head Teacher

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